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Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

December 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

(See below.)

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

 

This week, we are featuring Language Arts with a holiday theme.

The Holiday Zone

(http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development. You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

Story-Lovers.com: In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays

(www.story-lovers.com/bareboneswinterstories.html)

This website offers a free compilation of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa stories. Simply click on a title on the menu to read the story online. Some of the stories have a link to the original source material on the Net. You can just quickly scan stories, and then head to your bookstore or library to find the tales your children will enjoy in book format.

LibriVox: Free Christmas Audiobooks

(librivox.org/)

LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Gingerbread Language Arts

December 14th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 14, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread Language Arts

(see below)

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

 

Continuing with our holiday theme, here are some Language Arts sites related to gingerbread.

Jan Brett’s Audio-Visual Version of “The Gingerbread Baby”

http://www.janbrettvideos.com/how_to_draw_a_gingerbread_baby_high_bandwidth.htm

Gather the family around the computer for a treat! You can watch a film of beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett reading her story, “The Gingerbread Baby,” aloud at this website. Not only that, she offers lots of arts and crafts activity pages all themed around “The Gingerbread Baby.” Simply click on “Home Page” at the bottom of the screen. When the Home Page opens, you’ll find links to “Activities” and “Coloring Pages” on the menu. If you click on either one, you can find a menu containing activity items related to “The Gingerbread Baby” story.

Topmarks Education: The Traditional Gingerbread Man Story

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/stories/gingerbread.htm

Read an interactive, online version of the classic, traditional tale of “The Gingerbread Man.”

The Annotated Gingerbread Man

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/gingerbread/index.html

You can read an annotated version of the classic tale, “The Gingerbread Man,” at this website. See various illustrations and books about “The Gingerbread Man.” Use the menu on the left side of your screen to discover similar stories from other cultures – such as “The Runaway Pancake”, “The Johnny Cake”, and “The Runaway Tortilla”.

Games & Activities for Emerging Readers

November 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Roy The Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Stories” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Interactive Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as: 

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • Consonant Blends
  • High Frequency Words (Days, Months, Numbers, Colors)
  • Singular or Plural
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Sentence Structure
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive story book about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion and literacy worksheets.

If you read the stories, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, the site does sell reading software, books, etc. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Understanding Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, Summarizing and Quoting!

November 16th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 16, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below)

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

 

Here is a compilation of websites that help students understand plagiarism, paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting.

KidsHealth: What Is Plagiarism

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/plagiarism.html

At this website designed for elementary grade students, you’ll find a clear and concise definition of plagiarism. Students can use the helpful hints in this article to be sure they have placed quotation marks properly and accurately referenced any sources used in their written work.

Purdue OWL: Overview of Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/

This site provides clear definitions of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting along with an example. Although it was designed with college level students in mind, it can be used by any student that is capable of writing research papers and reports.

Homeschooled Kids And Plagiarism

http://www.pahomeschoolers.com/newsletter/issue78b.htm

At this website you’ll find a terrific article by a homeschool mom, Susan Richman, about her experiences with students and plagiarism (especially when it comes to writing biographies). She explains how she helped her own children and other homeschool students understand plagiarism, and provides some creative ways to write reports that help students avoid plagiarism.

More Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

November 9th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 9, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

(www.nwtf.org/hunt/category/all-about-wild-turkeys)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Read All About Wild Turkeys at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) site. There are illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys.

Discover: 

Once you’ve read all about turkeys, test your knowledge by printing out and solving these puzzles:

Then, try these Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts worksheets: 

To write an acrostic poem, use one word (such as “turkey”) as the subject of your poem. Write the word vertically on a sheet of paper. Use each letter of the word as the beginning letter for a word in each line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem. 

Printable Halloween Worksheets and Puzzles!

October 26th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 26, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

teAchnology.com – Halloween

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/halloween/m)

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

 

We’ve spotlighted this company just recently BUT we wanted to circle back around and show you these wonderful Halloween-themed printable worksheets and puzzles!

TeAchnology Incorporated says that they “developed this website in response to the challenges associated with Twenty-First Century Learners: The Net-Generation. To meet these challenges, the company developed a method for individuals to access free on-line resources that support classroom instruction, www.teach-nology.com.” They go on to say that their “mission is to provide services designed to support educators in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning”. The website does have resources for purchase; however, you are not required to buy anything to utilize the free materials.

When you get to the page scroll down to find printable worksheets and puzzles. Click on an item and print language arts activities like these

  • Acrostic Poem
  • Candy Adjectives Worksheet
  • Ghosts Adjectives Worksheet
  • Pumpkins Adjectives Worksheet
  • Witch Adjectives Worksheet
  • Bank On It! Worksheet
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Cryptogram
  • Do The Research
  • And many more!

Scroll further down to locate resources for coloring and writing, also Halloween songs and teacher resources.

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