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Children’s Literature Quizzes

October 15th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 15, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

 

Age Range: 5-Adult (Grades 1-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find many online, interactive quizzes based upon children’s literature.
When you get to the site you will see a menu that you can use to find quizzes according to book series, book author, young adult books, and a general literature category that includes quizzes on fairy tales. Don’t let the sparse menu on the landing page fool you – there are tons of quizzes on just about every children’s book imaginable.

Click on a category and a new page opens with a large menu of quizzes indicating the difficulty level of each quiz that ranges from easy to difficult. Choose the topic that interests you – and another page opens where you can select what format you want to take the quiz in – html or flash. Make your selection, and a new page opens where the quiz begins.

It’s fun to test your knowledge and memory of various story lines and characters that you have met in books! That said; parents have different criteria for what is suitable in terms of children’s literature. Therefore, as always, parents should preview this site before exploring it with your children.

Note: There are innumerable quizzes on many subjects at this site. We have only reviewed the Children’s Literature section for ClickSchooling. Again, parents should preview this site before exploring it with children.

The Bubonic Plague & Nursery Rhymes

October 8th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Nursery Rhymes – Lyrics, Origins & History!

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers the fascinating and surprising history of nursery rhymes. Did someone actually put their baby on a tree top? Why sing about Jack and Jill getting hurt? Did horses really attempt to reassemble Humpty Dumpty? Did someone named Peter actually eat a pumpkin and then lock his wife inside the shell?

On this informative, ad-supported website, read about all your old favorites, and perhaps discover a few new ones. As a bonus, you’ll learn surprising things about the history of England and its neighboring countries too. For example, did you know that the Bubonic Plague and its symptoms were parodied in “Ring around the Rosy”? Or that “Boston” was named after someone called Saint Botolph?

Many of the featured rhymes have more than one history, which just makes them all the more fun. You get to pick which one you’d like to believe! (Some of them are so old, it’s difficult to be certain of their true origin.)

Make Your Own Comic Book Online!

October 1st, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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PimPamPum – Bubblr

 

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here’s a fun idea! Create your own comic book! At this website you can select free (Creative Commons) photos from Flickr, and then add your own speech bubbles or thought bubbles to the photo. Chain the photos together to create a comic book, then, publish it for the world to see!
Just follow these directions when you get to the site:

Step 1: Select a photo. To do this, first decide on a “tag” (search term) that will generate photos of what you want. For example, if you choose “puppies,” you will be presented with hundreds of photos of puppies. (IMPORTANT: You will want to help your child select the tags and photos, as not all images on the internet are kid friendly.) When you see one you want to use, just click on it, and it will appear on the selected page of your book. (Don’t worry; if you change your mind, you can click on “delete” at the bottom right of the photo and it will go away. This is also handy if you want to re-arrange the photos.)

Step 2: Select a word (or thought) bubble and drag it onto your selected photo. Once you have placed the word bubble you can type whatever text you want into the bubble. You can also click and drag the tip of the bubble to point toward the speaker, and you can use “back space” to remove extra blank lines at the bottom of the bubble to make it smaller. You cannot move the bubble itself once it has been placed. However, you can delete and re-select the photo; this clears the bubbles and you can try again.

Step 3: Go back to Step 1 and repeat the process until your book is completed. (It looks like the maximum length for a book is 26 pages.)

Step 4: Publish. Title your work and name the author. Use a fictitious name, if you like. You can also send a link to your story to others. Word to the wise: Sharing your story with yourself and family/friends in this way will make it easier for you and them to find it later.

If you’d like to see stories created by others, you can click on “…or visit the archive” near the top of the page.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Content changes frequently and is not moderated; sometimes stories are generated by students as part of a class assignment, but not always. Preview this site and the stories for suitable content before sharing them with your children.

Free Grammar Book with Activities & Worksheets

September 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Azar Grammar: Fun with Grammar

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can download the book, Fun with Grammar for free and use the activities and games to supplement and enhance any study of grammar. The games reinforce the correct use of grammar through oral and written activities.

While designed for ESL classroom use, many of the activities can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. This book was originally designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum, but it is not necessary to purchase the curriculum to enjoy and learn from the activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of book chapters that cover grammar topics such as:

  • Verbs – Present, Past, and Future
  • Nouns & Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Passive Voice
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • ~And More!

Look at the menu on the right to find free grammar worksheets. These are also designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum but can easily be adapted for anyone to use. Find these types of materials for Basic English Grammar, Intermediate and Advanced: 

  • Teacher-Created Worksheets
  • Expansion Activities
  • Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Song Lessons
  • PowerPoint Supplements

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

September 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Wise Pockets

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.
This website is provided by the University of Missouri. It is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit. The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students.
What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers. There are 13 book titles in all that include:
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!
Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories & Poems

August 27th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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PicLits.com

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 to adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.
The idea here is to:

1) Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)

2) Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.

3) Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Learn It” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page. A new page opens with three options:

*Write It – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.

*Rhyme It – Read some suggestions on how to use rhymes and similes to create poetry.

*Master It – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

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