Posts Tagged ‘book reviews’

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kids on the Net

 

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.
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 hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. 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. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

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, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

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.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

Celebrate the History of Disneyland

July 17th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 17, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Designing Disney

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

On July 17, 1955, the doors of the magical kingdom known as Disneyland opened to visitors and the minds and hearts of imagination were forever changed. This Disney Fan website is “dedicated to the art and history of Disney theme parks.”

This website provides simple navigation to the various sections of interest. You can either use the tool bar at the top of the page or the links within the text of the home page. Destinations to choose from include:

  • Design – Behind the scene looks at how Disney theme park magic is made
  • History – The histories and stories of various Disney locations
  • People – Mini biographies of Disney Imagineers
  • On this Day – Learn about several special events that have taken place
  • Book Reviews – Reviews of recommended books pertaining to Disney parks
  • Current Events – What’s happening now at the Disney parks across the world

Through informative and interesting text and beautiful images, visitors can grow a new appreciation for what it takes to create the world’s most beloved theme parks. Discover what it took to design the Main Street Electrical Parade or how park costumes are made or what is involved in the landscaping of a park. Learn the history of Disneyland California, explore the lost treasures of Disneyland Paris, and investigate much, much more.

This website adds content regularly, so you may want to bookmark this site for further exploration in the future.

Literacy, Spelling, & Grammar Activities!

July 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ambleweb

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

 

The Ambleside Primary School faculty and fourth-year students created the free language arts games and activities on this site.
The literacy portion of this site appears in two sections as follows:
I. When you get to the site you’ll see the word “Literacy” and below it a menu that includes short “Click-On” activities as follows:
*Interactive spelling worksheets – Click and drag the missing letters to the blank spaces where they belong to complete the words.*Proverbs – Click and drag the first and last parts of each proverb to place them together.

*Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, and Prepositions – Drag each word into the correct category.

*Word Finder – Given a word, see how many smaller words can be made from its letters.

*Sentence Sorter – Put the words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.

II. Below the above menu, click on the words “Ambleweb Literacy Page” to find:*Look, Cover, Write, and Check – A customizable spelling list. You look at the word, then click “cover” and type the word from memory. You will be informed whether you got the word correct or not.

*Book Reviews – Read reviews submitted by (mostly young) website visitors, or submit your own!

*Word Games and Quizzes – Create stories, limericks, or haiku. Work on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and more!

*Best Internet Resources – A long list of recommended links for further Language Arts learning and practice. (We did not review these links, so parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use).

Bookmark this website and also use it for math, science, art, geography, music, just for fun and more! There is even an “infant zone” for the very young.

Fun Themes Help Kids Read for Pleasure!

September 4th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 4, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Kidsmomo

Age Range: 8-13 (As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers:

*Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!

*Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.

*Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.

*Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.

 

Social Studies for K-12!

March 1st, 2012

Hi! It’s Thursday, March 1, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Social Studies For Kids

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

This ad-supported website offers an archive of resources designed for kids about history, geography, government, economics, different cultures, current events and more.

When you get to the site you will see some of the featured resources for current events and history. Use the menu on the left side of the page to explore:

  • Current Events — Get some insight on what’s taking place throughout the world.
  • Book Reviews – Discover fiction and non-fiction books that are either about or incorporate social studies for ages 4-18.
  • Fun and Games — An unbelieveable selection of interactive computer games for history, geography, cultures, economics and more.
  • Cultures, Holidays, Languages, Religions — An array of links to websites with activities, information, and resources to explore the world’s people and their customs and beliefs.
  • Economics — The website description of this section says it best: “Economics is not just money. It’s businesses and how they work. It’s lemonade stands and how many dollars they take in. It’s toy collecting and baseball card collections. It’s taxes and allowances. It’s stocks and bonds. Economics is part of almost everything you could ever think about. Find out how by visiting the links on this page.”
  • Geography — You’ll find more than maps here. You’ll find links to websites with lessons and activities that help kids to have a better understanding of the world, and where they are in relation to the rest of it.
  • Government — Learn everything from how a bill becomes law in the U.S. to how other countries are governed.

You’ll also find selections that contain historical timelines, information on U.S. and World History, activities for learning about every state in the U.S., information about ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Explorers, Wars, Archaeology, Sports, and more. There are even teaching resources.

IMPORTANT: This is mainly an ad-supported resource website containing links to other websites where the content is archived. That means that you’ll occasionally encounter error messages, but overall most of the links work.  As always, parents should preview the content and supervise all Internet use.

 

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