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Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Videos – Kids Stories in Spanish

October 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 27, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garabato – Videocuentos

(pacomova.eresmas.net/paginas/videocuentos/videocuentos.htm)

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

 

This page, part of a larger ad-supported Spanish website, provides video presentations of stories for children in Spanish.

We thought that this would be a fun addition to your Spanish class and provide your students with listening and reading practice.

Because this is an all-Spanish website, if you do not read Spanish, you can use the translation function of your browser to change the page content to English. If you are a Chrome user, when you first arrive at the site a pop-up should appear asking if you would like to translate the page. Doing this will allow you to see the story titles in English. Alternatively, you could choose not to have the page translated for more challenging language practice for the student. 

Select a video you would like to watch using the text links under the images. Some of the stories have more than one video breaking them into shorter segments. We did find that a couple of the links brought up error messages on the videos, but the others played fine. Some familiar tales include: 

  • El Patito Feo – The Ugly Duckling
  • La Princesa y el Guisante – The Princess and the Pea
  • Pulgarcita – Thumbelina
  • El Ruiseñor – The Nightingale
  • La Sirenita – The Little Mermaid
  • Caperucita Roja – Little Red Riding Hood
  • El Traje Nuevo del Emperador – The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • La Princesa de las Nieves – The Snow Princess
  • Los Tres Cerditos – The Three Little Pigs
  • La Liebre y la Tortuga – The Tortoise and the Hare
  • La Gallina de los Huevos de Oro – The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

And more.

At the bottom of the page there is a text link that will take you to the website home page (Volver a la página principal). On the home page, visitors can browse through hundreds of stories to read online, all sorted alphabetically. If you had previously selected to have the page translated into English, in order to read the stories in Spanish, you will need to either copy the page link and open in a new window or go back to the video page, and refresh to get back to the Spanish version. The home page has right-click disabled so it is not possible to update language options using that method.

Scroll under the alphabet selection section to find additional links to pictogram stories, over 150 Hans Christian Andersen stories, over 100 stories from India and more.

Although we suggest using this site as a tool for older language students, younger children may enjoy watching the videos or having the stories read to them by an older student.

Fun, Interactive Grammar Exercises

October 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Bytes

(www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you or your students think learning English grammar “bites”?  Then, check out this website developed by a college English professor with attitude. She’s irreverent and funny and has devised a way to provide meaningful grammar lessons and interactive drills and quizzes that won’t bore your kids to death.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: Terms – Detailed definitions of grammar terminology including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Dangling Modifier
  • Gerund
  • Nouns
  • Participle
  • Semicolon
  • Verbs
  • And plenty more!

When you are finished here return to the home page menu to locate: 

  • Exercises – Interactive exercises (lessons) to help students learn correct grammar usage. Topics include comma splices, fragments, irregular verbs, misplaced modifiers, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Handouts – FREE handouts in PDF files that are companions to the exercises that students can do offline.
  • Videos at YouTube – A short selection of fun, entertaining videos and animations that teach grammar.

Just click on any menu item title (in black) and a new page opens where you can access the free materials.

You might want to click on the “About” section as well, where you’ll meet Professor Robin and discover her views on grammar instruction.

Learn Japanese Basics

September 15th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 15, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Japanese

(www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english/)

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

 

Learn basic Japanese grammar and expressions with this website from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan’s only public broadcaster.

Not only can the 48 lessons be done online, but the audios and lesson PDFs can be downloaded for use offline making it great to use away from your computer.

There are several ways to navigate through the site. Either use the upper menu to locate lessons, syllabaries, materials and information about the site and how to use it or the use the image map on the home page to select: 

  • Lessons
  • Japanese Syllabaries
  • Teach Us, Teacher
  • Vocabulary List & Quiz
  • Sound Words
  • What is “Easy Japanese”

On the right-hand sidebar there is a block of lesson numbers to select a specific lesson plus a link to the lesson download page and more.

Lessons include a brief animated example, the approximately 10-minute audio lesson with the hosts presenting the information, the vocabulary audios and visuals, grammar tips, related “Teach Us, Teacher” selection where specific lesson points are explained, “Sound Words” about Japanese onomatopoeia, and “Anna’s Tweets”, which add fun tidbits of Japanese culture to the lessons. When your student has finished the lesson, they can take a vocabulary quiz or review what they have learned with a multiple-choice quiz.

This site is a wonderful starting point for a student wishing to learn Japanese.

Spanish for Early Learners

August 25th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 25, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GPB Media: Salsa

(www.gpb.org/salsa)

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

 

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video Spanish lessons available for free online at this website.

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner.  

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

The stories include characters from such favorite stories as:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

No need to worry if you are not familiar with Spanish because on each episode page there are Introduction, Vocabulary, and Instructor videos for the teacher to preview before presenting the episode videos to their children. Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

Free, Fun Etymology Games!

August 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 22, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funbrain

(www.funbrain.com/roots/index.html)

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

 

We thought it would be fun to play some games that teach the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.

The first site we are highlighting is Funbrain: Rooting Out Words – Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids. Levels: easy, medium, and hard.

And here are a few more: 

QUIA: Greek & Latin Root Words Match Game – Like the game “Concentration” just match the root word with its meaning.

Sporcle: Etymology Trivia Quizzes and Games – This website, whose mission is to provide fun through trivia, boasts of over 250k user-generated trivia games you can choose from to play. You are also invited to create up to 25 of your own game/quizzes per month where you can track your stats and invite others to play. If your game/quiz becomes popular, it could be featured on the front page of the website. In order to create a game/quiz, you’ll need to sign up for a free account.

Free Rice: Define Words and Feed the Hungry! – At this website, you can take a multiple choice quiz to define words and feed the hungry at the same time! It doesn’t cost a thing to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger!

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