Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Free Crash Course in English Literature

July 12th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content.

After exploring the “Crash Course in English Literature,” use the menu to check out Green’s other Crash Courses: 

  • Crash Course in World History (42 videos)
  • Crash Course in Biology (40 videos)
  • Crash Course in Ecology (12 videos)
  • Crash Course in U.S. History (48 videos)

And lots more.

Free Spelling Games & Quizzes

June 28th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grade Spelling

(gradespelling.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This is a FREE program which includes a spelling placement test, spelling & vocabulary (games, activities & tests), writing lessons, & novel study guides by grade.

When you get to the site, choose Spelling & Vocabulary or Book Guides. Under Spelling & Vocabulary, you can choose a grade level to begin right away or scroll below the grade choices to the Spelling Placement Test. Each grade level has 30-40 weeks’ worth of activities. Under Book Guides, choose the book you want to be tested on – they are listed in alphabetical order. The activities for both sections include: 

  • Hear It! Say It! Write It!
  • Word Introduction
  • Spell & Learn
  • Word Jumble
  • Spelling Bee
  • Flash Cards
  • and more.

You can use this site as a guest (free), or purchase the “premium” program that allows you to monitor a student’s progress and advance them only when mastery of the subject matter has been achieved.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 17th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 17, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers “fresh classroom resources – from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more – all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on NYTimes.com.”

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Articles and Questions – Article of the Day and Teenagers in the Times
  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Quizzes and Crosswords – Word of the Day, Weekly News Quiz and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture
  • Contests – The Eighth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest starts June 16.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Grammar Gorillas & More!

May 10th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunBrain: Grammar Gorillas

(www.funbrain.com/games/grammar-gorillas)

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

 

As we celebrate National Pet Week, today’s websites are centered around gorillas. It will have your kids swinging on vines…

Did you know that “Grammar Gorillas” is also a term used to describe any feature of grammar which people find particularly challenging? At this site, learn various parts of speech and grammar with this fast-paced, fun, and interactive game called “Grammar Gorillas.”

Most people don’t have pet gorillas. However, in Woodside, California there is a very unusual “pet” gorilla named Koko, who since 1971 has learned to sign over 1,000 words and can also understand spoken English! Here are a couple of websites that feature Koko and her uncanny ability with language arts: 


Meet Koko


Learn to sign with Koko

Egg Language Arts

April 12th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

The websites below have online children’s stories about eggs and the bunny

Not all of the following online children’s stories are about eggs, but rather, the legendary egg delivery guy — the bunny. The best of the bunch is the last story.

The Easter Egg Hunt 

(www.storyjumper.com/book/index/4929542/The-Easter-Egg-Hunt#)


The Adventurous Bunny and Easter Island 

(learningbox.com/bunny/1.htm)


The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

(http://lightupyourbrain.com/stories/audio-story-the-tale-of-peter-rabbit/)

Fun Poetry Lessons & Activities for Kids

April 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Giggle Poetry

(www.gigglepoetry.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

April is National Poetry Month! This website offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry. It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as: 

  • Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.
  • Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.
  • Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.
  • Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more. Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.
  • Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

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