Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Free Spelling Course

January 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 23, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cozy Grammar – Free Spelling Course

(www.cozygrammar.com/course-descriptions/#spelling-description)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website that sells Language Arts curriculum packages developed by a long-time classroom teacher, offers a free, thirty-six week spelling course appropriate for the 7th grade level.

When you get to the site, sign up to enroll and review “How This Course Works” for directions and tips on the best way to tackle the course that includes: 

  • Pre-Test
  • Exercises
  • Dictation Sentences
  • Final Test

The lessons cover: 

  • Plural Nouns
  • Suffixes
  • Prefixes
  • Doubling The Final Consonant
  • Possessive Forms
  • Contractions
  • Capitals
  • Letters and Syllables
  • Special Words (i.e., Compound Words, Root Words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms)

You’ll also find a list of “Spelling Rules” that may be handy to print out and have around the house.

Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

January 16th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AAASpell.com

(www.aaaspell.com/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, students can study and practice their spelling and vocabulary lists in a variety of fun ways without having to wait for mom to be available. 

Quickly select from the many prepared lists based on the classic McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book, by W. H. McGuffey and use in your lesson planning. You can construct your own lists but when you create a free account you can save and edit your lists and then select them later as needed. 

To start right away, scroll down to “3. Practice AAASpell.com Spelling Lists” on the home page. Click on the link and then choose your grade, then a lesson, then “Click here to practice…” Some of the self-correcting activities that can be utilized are: 

  • Hear and Spell: Listen to the word and then spell it. (Note that only words with available audio will be used for Hear and Spell. Words available with audio are indicated on the sidebar after creating your new list.)
  • Missing Letters: Spell the word correctly by adding one or two letters.
  • Spell the word: The word is shown and the student copies it.
  • Guess the Letters: Find the word by guessing letters.
  • Scrambled Letters: Spell the word correctly by unscrambling the letters.
  • And several other study methods to keep the learning fresh.

Instant feedback is given. If the student answers incorrectly, the correct answer is displayed, reinforcing spelling and vocabulary skills.

Whether practicing spelling lists, exploring new vocabulary, or learning alphabetical order, this website is an excellent addition to your education toolbox.

Holiday Language Arts and Free Audiobooks

December 19th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 19, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Holiday Zone

(www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

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

 

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development.

You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

When you are done playing the games at this site, go on over to LibriVox, where you can read/listen to free Christmas audiobooks. LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Language Arts Activities with The Polar Express

December 12th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

(polarexpress.com/schools-libraries)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.


When you get to the site, you’ll find a link to download an extensive discussion guide and a list of additional curriculum connections: 

  • Creative Writing/Language Arts – Brainstorm winter words; ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about it, list all of the adjectives, then verbs, then nouns.
  • Read-Aloud – Have a Polar Express Party! Click the link to download a complete party kit.
  • Science/Geography – Find the North Pole on a globe or map, and write a short report on its characteristics.
  • Topics for Further Research – Polar ice cap, Northern lights, reindeer
  • And more!

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to access activities, games and recipes.

Fun with Ambigrams

November 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inversions by Scott Kim

(www.scottkim.com.previewc40.carrierzone.com/inversions/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At today’s website you can explore the fascinating world of “ambigrams” also known as “inversions.”

What’s an ambigram? This is a “cool, artistic twist on wordplay!” Ambigrams are words that can be read in more than one way – that is, right side up, upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored.

At this website you’ll find classroom activities for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website, these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative thinking. When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Classroom Activities – Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games including printable handouts and teacher notes.
  • Classroom Galleries – See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by students.

Please note, that this site recommends more learning resources about ambigrams at other websites. We have not reviewed these other sites and as always, parents should preview.

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

Cranberry Fun Facts and A Word Search

November 21st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cranberry Facts

(www.teachervision.com/food/cranberry-facts)

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Cranberries – Read All About It! At this site you can read lots of information about cranberries including the origins of the name, how Native Americans used them, and best of all – fun facts about cranberries.

For example, did you know that Native Americans made a survival cake out of deer meat and cranberries called “pemmican”? Did you know that Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year? About 80 million pounds – or 20 percent – are gobbled up during Thanksgiving week! For more fun facts visit the site!

Have fun solving this Thanksgiving word search puzzle that you can print or do online. The information and words you learn from reading fun facts about cranberries will help you to recognize words like: “cranberries, “Pilgrims,” and “Plymouth” and more. Happy Thanksgiving!

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