Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Games & Activities for Emerging Readers

November 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Roy The Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Stories” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Interactive Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as: 

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • Consonant Blends
  • High Frequency Words (Days, Months, Numbers, Colors)
  • Singular or Plural
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Sentence Structure
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive story book about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion and literacy worksheets.

If you read the stories, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, the site does sell reading software, books, etc. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Understanding Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, Summarizing and Quoting!

November 16th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 16, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here is a compilation of websites that help students understand plagiarism, paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting.

KidsHealth: What Is Plagiarism

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/plagiarism.html

At this website designed for elementary grade students, you’ll find a clear and concise definition of plagiarism. Students can use the helpful hints in this article to be sure they have placed quotation marks properly and accurately referenced any sources used in their written work.

Purdue OWL: Overview of Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/

This site provides clear definitions of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting along with an example. Although it was designed with college level students in mind, it can be used by any student that is capable of writing research papers and reports.

Homeschooled Kids And Plagiarism

http://www.pahomeschoolers.com/newsletter/issue78b.htm

At this website you’ll find a terrific article by a homeschool mom, Susan Richman, about her experiences with students and plagiarism (especially when it comes to writing biographies). She explains how she helped her own children and other homeschool students understand plagiarism, and provides some creative ways to write reports that help students avoid plagiarism.

More Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

November 9th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 9, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

(www.nwtf.org/hunt/category/all-about-wild-turkeys)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Read All About Wild Turkeys at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) site. There are illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys.

Discover: 

Once you’ve read all about turkeys, test your knowledge by printing out and solving these puzzles:

Then, try these Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts worksheets: 

To write an acrostic poem, use one word (such as “turkey”) as the subject of your poem. Write the word vertically on a sheet of paper. Use each letter of the word as the beginning letter for a word in each line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem. 

Printable Halloween Worksheets and Puzzles!

October 26th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 26, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

teAchnology.com – Halloween

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/halloween/m)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve spotlighted this company just recently BUT we wanted to circle back around and show you these wonderful Halloween-themed printable worksheets and puzzles!

TeAchnology Incorporated says that they “developed this website in response to the challenges associated with Twenty-First Century Learners: The Net-Generation. To meet these challenges, the company developed a method for individuals to access free on-line resources that support classroom instruction, www.teach-nology.com.” They go on to say that their “mission is to provide services designed to support educators in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning”. The website does have resources for purchase; however, you are not required to buy anything to utilize the free materials.

When you get to the page scroll down to find printable worksheets and puzzles. Click on an item and print language arts activities like these

  • Acrostic Poem
  • Candy Adjectives Worksheet
  • Ghosts Adjectives Worksheet
  • Pumpkins Adjectives Worksheet
  • Witch Adjectives Worksheet
  • Bank On It! Worksheet
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Cryptogram
  • Do The Research
  • And many more!

Scroll further down to locate resources for coloring and writing, also Halloween songs and teacher resources.

A Free Rhyme Generator!

October 5th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 5, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Write Rhymes

(www.writerhymes.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

For those who are learning how to write poetry or limericks this is a terrific tool to have handy. You just type in a word and in seconds you’re provided with a list of words that rhyme with it!

When you get to the site simply type in the word you want to rhyme, hold down the “alt” key on your keyboard, and use your mouse to click on the word you just typed. A list of rhyming words (with from one to multiple syllables) appears on the right side of the screen.

The only drawback is that the rhyming words that are generated appear in white font making them difficult to see. Use your mouse to highlight the words in order to get a better view.

2016 Calendar of Children’s Books

September 28th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, September 28, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

About.com/2016 Calendar of Children’s Books

(childrensbooks.about.com/od/forteachers/a/september0900.htm)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

If you haven’t checked it out, ABOUT.COM is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. Today is Language Arts day and we want to spotlight the 2016 Calendar of Children’s Books. If you are looking for a theme or reading resource ideas or information for yourself, this is an excellent place to start.

When you get to the website, from the top of the page the calendar begins by giving you an overview of themes, holidays, events for the month with some suggested reading. Then as you scroll further down you’ll see specific dates (holidays, memorable days, events and days/dates with special meaning) with suggested reading. Each selection is linked and will lead you to a deeper explanation of the reading resource and more good ideas. Keep scrolling because each page is loaded with information.

If you scroll to today’s date, you’ll see that this week–9/26 through 10/1–is “BANNED BOOK WEEK”. About.com describes this week:


Celebrating the Freedom to Read is an annual event that is designed to bring attention to the threat of book censorship and celebrate the freedom to read. The six-day event starts the last week in September. This year, Banned Books Week will be held Monday through Saturday, September 26 – October 1, 2016.


When and why was Banned Books Week established? About answers: 


In 1982, Banned Books Week (BBW) was started as a response to the jump in book challenges taking place in schools, libraries and bookstores (source: About Banned Books Week). For the many libraries that observe Banned Books Week, it’s a chance to educate the public about their freedom to read and the challenges to that freedom when someone wants a book completely removed from library shelves or limited access to it.


About says, “While Banned Books Week puts the spotlight on censorship and First Amendment rights, challenges, book banning and censoring happen year-round”. They provide many articles that will provide you with information on the subject. Check out BannedBookWeek.org for more information.

This is an interesting subject that you’ll want to discuss with your children. While many books may not be appropriate for you and your family to read, you’ll likely find that there may be books on the banned books list that you’ll want to read together as a family.

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