Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

June 6th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids on the Net

(www.kidsonthenet.com/)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.

When you get to the site you will see menu icons in the center of your screen and a menu bar at the top of the screen.

If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include a crossword, a metaphor and simile quiz, hangman and more. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices flowing.

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Language Arts Games & More!

May 30th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 30, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

(pbskids.org/whiteboard/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as The Electric Company, Between the Lions, Super Why, Sesame Street, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Organizing
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • And more!

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Arts, Math, and Social Science games. The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

Over 400 Free Grammar Lessons!

May 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daily Grammar

(www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website, developed by a software executive and a middle/high school English professor, archives over 400 grammar lessons and 80 quizzes to teach students the mechanics of the written language.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the lessons. Click on any one and a new page opens with the lesson and practice activities to further understanding. The lessons include: 

  • Parts of Speech – Verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
  • Parts of the Sentence – Subject/verb, direct object, indirect object, appositives, prepositional phrases, gerunds, infinitives, participles, and more.
  • Mechanics – Capitalization, end punctuation, periods, commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, brackets, italics, and underlining.

This is a great way to learn new skills and improve existing grammar usage. This site is supported with randomly generated advertisements. Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise use.

Summer Reading Club with Prizes

May 16th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 16, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DOGObooks Summer Reading Club

(www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2018)

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

 

DOGObooks is offering an online Summer Reading Club program that rewards kids for reading.

The contest began April 22 and will continue through August 31, 2018. With the help of  their affiliate partners they have assembled a list of 50 popular books for kids to read and review this summer. For every 3 books read and reviewed by your child, they will get to select a FREE new book from the prize catalog. There are 1,500 books in the prize catalog this year.

DOGObooks describe themselves as an online place where kids discover, review and rate books. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book reviews are moderated and approved by DOGObooks prior to being published.

When you get to the website you’ll see the list of sponsors and below that find the directions to sign up. Parents are asked to fill out and mail a hard copy of the consent form. The consent form is straightforward: it asks that you agree to allow your child to participate in the Books Giveaway/Contest and receive prizes. You and your child are then directed to select books from the reading list. Each book listed indicates the reading level. Once your child has read and written an online review of the 3 books, a prize can be selected from a list of books.  

Locate the “freebies” button on the top navigation bar. Here you’ll find limited time offer freebies that your children can win in addition to the contest. You’ll want to check here often because new contests are added all the time. One example is: Enter to win a free copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 by National Geographic Kids.

DOGObooks’ motto is “Books Reviewed by Kids for Kids.” Each review is required to have a word count of at least 25 words. DOGObooks will moderate and approve all reviews prior to posting them. We found it interesting seeing which books have been reviewed the most so far. Reading reviews written directly by the children who read those offers some insight that may be missed by an adult.

Free Audio Stories in Many Languages

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BookBox

(www.bookbox.com/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children’s fairy tales and stories that you can listen to for FREE in a variety of languages!

In addition, you can download activities, and play interactive puzzles and games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the commercial sale of digital books at the site, but you do not have to purchase anything to enjoy the free PDFs, MP3s, games and activities. The digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children. The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of stories. Select a story and choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once you’ve listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

Math Games with Dice & Catapults

May 7th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, May 7, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SpaghettiBoxKids

(spaghettiboxkids.com/blog/math-games-with-dice/)

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

 

A Dad, with a strong belief in the merits of learning through play, created this website/blog with good, old-fashioned, activities that help a child’s ability to focus and learn.

There are activities covering a variety of subjects including math, science, language arts, and more – laced with some parenting tips and strategies for learning.

When you get to this archived site, you’ll land on the “Math Games with Dice” page. There, you’ll find a menu of math dice games (from simple to advanced) that help kids learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and exponents. You’ll just need a pair of dice to get started.

Also check out More Math Games with Dice” that require familiarity with the Mayan Numeric System. And yes, there’s a page on the site that teaches Mayan Numbers for Kids.” 

We found the easiest way to access the terrific content at this site was to view the Site Map that lists the activity titles, making it easy to pinpoint games of interest to you and your family. 

BEST OF ALL:  Don’t miss the Catapult Designs for Kids! You’ll find a variety of instructions for making catapults out of stuff you’ve got around the house including coffee cups, soda cans, egg cartons, soup cans, and more. The whole family can launch and learn for hours and hours of fun.

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