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Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 17th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 17, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

 

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1-12, approximately, with adult 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/Greek 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/Greek 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 Trivia Lists – There are 9 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.

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 3rd, 2014

 

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

 

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

 

Here is a selection 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).
Choose from a great selection of classics including:
A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore – This is also known as The Night Before Christmas. Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer including, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

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.

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 19th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

 

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

 

As explained at the site, “Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.” Some are somber and some are silly. Some are old and some are modern. I hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

November 5th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 5, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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FreeReading.net

 

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

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that helps educators teach early literacy. It contains a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities designed for a typical Kindergarten or first grade core reading program. This program is also used as an “intervention program” for kindergarten or first grade students who need additional help with learning to read.
That said, (and the early emphasis on learning to read at too young an age by schools aside) the resources here can easily be used for children of all ages when they are developmentally ready to learn to read.
As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities in the following categories:
  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words. For the first time, they read.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out. (Some educators refer to these words as “sight words.”)
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words such as the and was by sight.
  • Reading Connected Text: Students learn to read their first stories.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Irregular Words II: Students learn more high-frequency irregular words to read by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, decodable passages, word list generators, and much more. You’ll find audio and video aids too. There is even a “literacy is priceless” blog as well as a live forum to provide support to educators who are teaching reading.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen and click on “FAQ” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.
This site provides a wide variety of early literacy tools covering phonological awareness, reading and spelling fluency, and writing comprehension!

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.)

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