Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

April is National Poetry Month

March 28th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Poets.org

(www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/30-ways-celebrate-national-poetry-month)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website, you’ll find 30 free ways to celebrate “National Poetry Month” that runs from April 1st through April 30th.

When you get to the site you’ll see the list of thirty suggestions that include:

  • Memorize a poem.
  • Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  • Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  • Make a card for Mother’s Day.

Click on any one and a new page opens with greater detail and some have links to resources to help you implement the suggestions. And that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at this site. Use the menu to explore: 

  • Use the search engine to look up a favorite poem or poet. In many cases you can listen to audio clips of poets reading their own poetry.
  • Get tips for teaching poetry along with lesson plans. Don’t miss Teach This Poem” that contains a list of popular poems with links to audio files so you can listen to the poem being read aloud.

Free story starters for writing

March 21st, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Chateau Meddybemps – Young Writers Workshop

(www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-7, with parental supervision)

 

You can enter your budding author’s writing to be published on the Chateau Meddybemps website and win a free t-shirt!

To whet your appetite, when you get to the website, take a look at what other children have published. These stories, found in the menu on the right side of the screen, are fun to read and will give you the confidence that your child has a good chance of seeing his or her own writing online!

To inspire your child to write a story for submission, select one or more of the “Story Starters” on the menu in the middle of the screen. These are prompts (suggestions for a story) that are formatted on a printable lined sheet of paper that includes a simple illustration. Just open the .pdf file, print it out, review it with your child, and encourage him or her to draw and write to their heart’s content! Winning entries have been as short as one sentence or as long as ten pages, and they often even include original illustrations!

St. Patrick’s Day-themed language arts activities

March 14th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach-nology.com: St. Patrick’s Day

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/stpats/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has all kinds of language arts activities themed around St. Patrick’s Day!

You’ll find: 

  • Worksheets and Puzzles – including an acrostic poem, crossword puzzle, cryptogram, group creative writing lesson, reading comprehension worksheet, vocabulary quiz
  • Complete Spring Worksheet and Lesson Series –  St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans and teaching theme
  • St. Patrick’s Day Adjective Worksheets – How many ways can you describe a head of cabbage? And more.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Songs

And much more!

Free Literature (Novel) Guides!

March 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LitCharts

(www.litcharts.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free literature guides to help students analyze novels and plays.

LitCharts are similar to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes except the summary and analysis sections are side-by-side, making them easier to use and they are created by the original editors of SparkNotes. They are shorter than conventional guides, but haven’t sacrificed detail for brevity.

These literature guides provide students with everything needed to better understand what they read, ace any tests and quizzes, and write analysis papers.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of literature titles that includes: 

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

You can view the guides online for free by clicking a title. A new page opens with the complete literature guide that includes: 

  • Context
  • Plot Summary
  • Detailed Summary and Analysis
  • Themes
  • Quotes
  • Characters
  • Symbols
  • Theme Wheel

You can also download the PDF of each one for free to view or print offline.

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.

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