Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Little House on the Prairie Activities

August 8th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 8, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Laura’s Prairie House

(www.laurasprairiehouse.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website claims to be the definitive place for information, resources, and learning activities based on the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The content here is terrific, even if the ads are a nuisance.

When you get to the site you’ll see Google ad links, followed by an introduction to the site and a list of the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Click on the book titles to read a brief description of each book. Then, continue to click on subsequent links, or use the menu to find: 

  • Crafts & Activities, Recipes, Music and more – Make maple syrup candy, do a book character word search puzzle, print out worksheets and lesson ideas that include how to grind wheat, churn butter, make a braided rug, and more! You’ll even find lyrics to some of the songs & hymns mentioned in the books.
  • Little House Historical Sites – Get suggestions for taking an educational vacation by visiting memorial sites across the U.S.
  • Biographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Friends & Families – Learn more about some of your favorite characters from the books.
  • Little House on the Prairie Television Series – Find episode guides for all 10 seasons, the cast of characters, and more.

There is a great deal of content and resources here that fans of this series are sure to appreciate. Many of the activities can be enjoyed, even if you haven’t read the books.

Books That Shaped America’s History

August 1st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 1, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: Books That Shaped America

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/books-that-shaped-america/overview.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Library of Congress has an exhibition called “Books That Shaped America” that highlights books that have had a historical impact on the lives of Americans through the ages.

The titles featured are by American authors and as the website explains, “Some of the titles on display have been the source of great controversy, even derision, yet they nevertheless shaped Americans’ views of their world and often the world’s view of the United States.” The Library of Congress encourages visitors to read the books exhibited to explore the breadth and depth of America’s literary tradition
 
This online exhibit presents a unique opportunity to identify books of historical importance by era. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of each era including: 

  • 1750 to 1800 – Find book titles such as: Experiments and Observations on Electricity by Benjamin Franklin, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, and even the first American cookbook.
  • 1800 to 1850 – You’ll find Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a book featuring papers written by Lewis & Clark about their great expedition, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. You’ll discover why these books were of great historical importance.
  • 1850 to 1900 – The titles here will most likely be much more familiar and include: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and many more.
  • 1900 to 1950 – Book titles you’ll recognize include: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and more.
  • 1950 to 2000 – Discover Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Double Helix by James D. Watson, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, etc.

Click on any era and a new page opens that explains what each book is about and why it is historically significant. Some of the explanations are thought provoking – and could stimulate lots of discussion.
 
You might want to copy the titles and use them as a guide the next time you head to the library for a good read.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

July 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Skillswise

(www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills.

Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:

  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation.

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.
 
IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Summer-themed reading activities

July 18th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 18, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Start with a Book

(www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

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

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed booklists and activities for summer reading and learning.

When you get to the website click on any of the graphics in the center of the page. A new page opens providing instructions on how to explore a particular theme: 

  • Fiction and non-fiction books (suggested list by age and grade)
  • Hands-on activities
  • Fun ideas to build writing skills
  • Kid-friendly websites
  • Play and learn mobile apps

The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 

  • Dinosaurs
  • Flight
  • Bugs, Birds and Animals
  • Stars, Planets and the Night Sky
  • Weather
  • Detectives and Explorers
  • Art and Artists
  • Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Poetry
  • and many more!

This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often.

Free “Charlotte’s Web” Lessons & Activities!

July 11th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free “Charlotte’s Web” Lessons & Activities!

(www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/author-white-born-this-30597.html)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 2-5, with parental supervision)

 

Today, July 11th, is the birthday of E.B. White, American author of the beloved children’s book, Charlotte’s Web. He was born in 1899.

This website offers free “classroom” activities that can be tweaked for homeschoolers. It includes Charlotte’s Web-themed lessons on how to write an Acrostic Poem and/or a Comparative Essay, how to make a Venn Diagram, and provides a field trip suggestion.

Here are some other links to Charlotte’s Web resources including: 

  • The publisher’s website (HarperCollins) – Offers some fun online games themed around the book. There’s also a quiz, and some printables.
  • TeacherVision.com’s Letter From E.B. White – Read a letter that E. B. White wrote to his readers answering many of the frequently asked questions about his works. (Sign up for a free account with TeacherVision to see it.)

Free, Fun Math Games

July 9th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sheppard Software: Math

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm)

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

 

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable.

The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including: 

  • Basic Operations
  • Mixed Operations
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Telling Time
  • Money
  • Early Math
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Round & Estimate
  • Probability
  • Ratio

Click on any icon under the heading of your choice to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the horizontal menu located at the very top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, preschool and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

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