Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Free Audio Stories for Kids!

October 24th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Storynory

(storynory.com/)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

If you don’t know about this website – you should! Storynory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories and more.

Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

  • Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen
  • Folktales and legends from around the world
  • Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audio book of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company.

You can subscribe to their podcasts as well.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination.

Interactive “Elements of a Story” & More!

October 17th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Language Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/)

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

 

Learner.org offers free, interactive lessons including the elements of storytelling, how to use primary sources for historical facts when writing, and even an interactive spelling bee!

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of amazing interactives for every subject that are archived on this site. Don’t get distracted! Look under “Language Arts” and “Literature” on the left “Disciplines” menu to find several choices including:

  • Elements of a Story (Grades K-5) – Explore the different ingredients and elements that go into stories such as characters, plot, and background – and see how they fit together.
  • Spelling Bee (Grades 1-10) – Take part in a virtual old-fashioned spelling bee! Listen to three stories and then spell words from each story. You can review the words, hear the audio, find definitions, and see the words used in context too!

Of course, once you’re through with the Language Arts and Literature Interactives, you’ll want to return to the main menu to explore Mathematics, Social Studies & History, Science, Foreign Language and Arts interactives too. Bookmark this site, it’s a keeper!

Fun Grammar Lessons, Videos, & Activities

October 3rd, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Grammaropolis

(www.grammaropolis.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 to adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website provides really entertaining videos, e-books, and interactive games designed to help kids learn the parts of speech and grammarYou have to pay to access all of the programs on the site BUT there is plenty of free content that your children will enjoy as well.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a video with explanations about the program, followed by a menu where you can explore samples of the books, videos, quizzes, and games that are included in the “Grammaropolis” program.

The easiest way to explore the free grammar content is to use the horizontal menu buttons at the top of the home page. Place your cursor over each button to see what topic it covers including:

  • Nouns – Learn about common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract, compound, and collective nouns.
  • Verbs – Discover action verbs along with transitive, intransitive, and linking verbs.
  • Adjectives – Find out about possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, comparative, and superlative adjectives. Learn about articles, too!
  • Adverbs – Explore adverbs, adverb clauses, and comparative and superlative adverbs.
  • Pronouns – Learn about subjective and objective personal pronouns.  Study possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, intensive, reflexive, and relative pronouns.
  • Conjunctions  – Find out how conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. Learn about coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.
  • Learn how to identify and use prepositions and interjections, too!

Click on any topic and a new screen opens where you can take an animated mini-tutorial. Just click on the arrows to scroll to each new page. Scroll down below the invitation to “join today” to choose from free: 

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Games
  • Apps

This multimedia resource developed by a classroom teacher is appealing to a variety of learning styles. The free content here is a great way to introduce parts of speech or review them.

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 26th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mythweb

(www.mythweb.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!

Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 

  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to be Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes: 

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

September Writing Prompts

September 12th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Teachers Corner

(www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

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

 

This ad-supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of September writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these: 

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

Free Writing Lessons for All Grades!

September 5th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 5, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Time4Writing

(www.time4writing.com/free-writing-resources/)

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

 

This commercial website sells an online writing program, but it also provides free writing resources that include instructional videos, printable worksheets, and interactive games.

There’s enough free material to jump-start writing, nudge it along, hone some grammar skills, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and below it are some of the free writing resources. Use the menu on the right side of the home page to easily access the free writing resources that teach: 

  • Writing Sentences – Sentence structure, fragments and run-on sentences; simple, complex and compound sentences; types of sentences including declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory
  • Writing Paragraphs – Topic sentence, supporting details, concluding sentence, and types of paragraphs
  • Writing Essays – Introduction, thesis statement, concluding paragraph, types of essays, etc.
  • Writing Mechanics – Parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, punctuation, homophones, homonyms, etc.
  • Standardized Test Writing – Identifying sentence errors, choosing the better sentence, editing and revising paragraphs, improving sentences, writing the SAT essay.

Click on a topic of interest and a new page opens with a selection of sample lessons, activities, and games.

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