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Language Arts Brain Food

January 24th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 24, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brain Food: Word Puzzles

(www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/c/word.shtml)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of interactive word puzzles and games that will enhance your Language Arts curriculum.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of word activities that include: 

  • Word Searches – Find the hidden words themed around topics such as: The Body, Medieval Times, Varieties of Cheese, Horses, The Bible, Winter, Palindromes, Aviation, North American Birds, Car Parts, Calendar, Vowels – and many, many more. Just keep clicking the “next” button at the bottom of each page to see them all.
  • Associated Words – Think of a single word that goes with the word given, to form a compound word.
  • Word Fragments – Using the word fragment provided, think of a word that contains the fragment — that is, you must form a word by adding letters to the beginning and/or the end of the fragment.
  • Garbled Proverbs – In each of these puzzles, a proverb is written with exactly one letter of each word replaced with another. Can you figure out what the original proverb is?
  • Cryptograms – Cryptograms are encoded sayings or quotations where each letter has been substituted for another. Can you decode them?
  • Language Puzzles – Challenging puzzles about words and language. Put your thinking cap on!

When you are through exploring the “Word Puzzles” portion of the site, you may want to try the “Word Boxes.” Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid.

This site has number and logic puzzles too. In fact, there is so much content here that we were unable to review it all. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for their own children.

Children’s Literature Quizzes

January 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

(www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/books_for_kids.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, 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.

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 20th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 20, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Visit From St. Nicholas

(www.storynory.com/2006/12/17/a-visit-from-st-nicholas/)

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

 

This is a classic story by Clement Moore, also known as The Night Before Christmas.

Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

And here are other great classic selections of free, audio holiday stories. They are available as audio recordings to listen to on your computer, to burn to a CD, or to download to your portable audio player (mp3).
 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“This is the classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways.” (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)
 
Good King Wenceslas

Listen to the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” and the story behind the song.
 
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

This short story is about a young couple who are very much in love and also very poor. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.
 
The Elves and the Shoemaker

This traditional fairy tale is a short story about a Christmas gift. A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most.

The Polar Express

December 13th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 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. The 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 can download an extensive discussion guide for The Polar Express. You’ll also find “Additional Curriculum Connections”. Don’t miss “More Games and Fun” for: 

  • Activities
  • Games
  • Recipes

And links to Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s books.

Also check out Countdown Calendar on the top menu where you’ll find an activity to do on each day of the calendar.

Return to this site often!

Latin Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 6th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

(www.myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/christmas-holiday-traditions-vocabulary/interactive-puzzles/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas/Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.
 
Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities: Christmas & Holiday Traditions Crossword Puzzle
 
Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 10 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 

  • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
  • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
  • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
  • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
  • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol) 

Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

November 29th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and time for

Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wise Pockets

(www.umsl.edu/~wpockets/schoolhouse/lessons/lessons.html)

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

 

This website, provided by the University of Missouri, 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.


Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.

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