Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Free Thanksgiving Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

November 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Thanksgiving Day

(myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/thanksgiving-day-vocabulary/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

Today we are focusing on Thanksgiving Day. When you get to the site, you’ll see a list of the 24 Thanksgiving vocabulary words. Then there are: 

  • 3 complete word puzzles
  • A fill in the blank puzzle
  • A definition match
  • A crossword puzzle
  • A word search puzzle
  • And a word find puzzle

And there’s a list of vocabulary words related to Thanksgiving for every letter of the alphabet except ‘x’. After that, check out the 12 Thanksgiving Lesson Plans, Activities, Discussion Questions and Ideas. Have fun with some of these around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

(www.poetryfoundation.org/collections/101693/the-cranberry-cantos)

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

 

This website offers a great selection of Thanksgiving-themed poetry.

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. We hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!

Reading – Storybooks Online

October 4th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 4, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Storybooks Online

(www.magickeys.com/books/index.html)

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

 

This award-winning site contains original stories with illustrations for young children, as well as stories for older kids and young adults too.

This ad-supported archived website gives you many riddles, mazes, and coloring activities that are coordinated with the stories. You can also click on a “sound” link to listen to some of the stories. One example is the book The Farm Animals – by Rolando Merino. It’s a free, complete, online, Click-a-Word Talking eBook! You can click and hear every individual word pronounced, hear every page read, and listen to real farm animal sounds!

There is real potential here for older siblings to read the online stories to their younger brothers and sisters – so it’s a friendly site for the entire family.

Going to this site is a little like going to the library without leaving home!

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 13th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 13, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-10 (for pre-readers and early readers, Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.

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

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journals – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

July 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.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 includes a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities.

As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities (under the “Find Activities” link) in the following categories: 

  • Print Concepts: Students learn how different forms of print are read.
  • 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.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out.
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • And more.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, word list generators, and much more.

Also check out “Teaching Tools” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.

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.

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