Posts Tagged ‘character’

Little House on the Prairie Activities

June 17th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, June 17, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Laura’s Prairie House (http://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, Lessons, Recipes, Music, & Activities – 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.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder & Little House Historical Sites – Get suggestions for taking an educational vacation by visiting memorial sites across the US.
  • 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.

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion

(http://pbskids.org/chuck/)

 

Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

April 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Sheppard Software: Parts of Speech Tutorial

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.
When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include: 
  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.

When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Take a Virtual Tour of Green Gables

July 25th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 25, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Green Gables

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Through this website, travel to Cavendish on Prince Edward Island and visit Green Gables. Serving as the inspiration for the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved story of the red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables, Green Gables welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world. Now, you too can tour Green Gables from your own home with this interactive website.

When arriving at this website, below the introductory text, you will find 2 interactive floor plans. Select a room to visit by clicking on the red text links on the floor plans and a pop-up window will open. Navigate around the room by clicking on the image and moving your mouse. Zoom in or out using the plus and minus signs at the bottom of the image.

Rooms available to visit include:

* First Floor:
  • Kitchen
  • Entrance Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Parlour
  • Pantry
  • Matthew’s Room

* Second Floor

  • Anne’s Room
  • Hired Hand’s Room
  • Marilla’s Room
  • Guest Room
  • Sewing Room

This website would make a wonderful supplement to a literary study of the book but Anne of Green Gables fans will simply enjoy this visual tour into the world of their favorite character.

Literature Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Mr. Donn’s Literature Lesson Plans

 

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

 

This website offers a wide selection of free lesson plans based on literature. While they are designed for classroom use, many of the lessons contain activities that can be easily adapted to homeschooling.
When you get to the site use the alphabetized directory to search for any given book title. When you find the title of the book you are interested in, you may find from one to several lesson plans for that title that vary widely in content and design. Click on a lesson plan and you may find:
  • Suggestions for exercises to improve language arts development from letter recognition in Pre-K to character and plot development exercises for older students.
  • Book-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and games to do online or print out and do offline
  • Webquests that explore ideas and concepts introduced in the book through visiting recommended websites
  • Downloadable pdf files with questions to stimulate reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for other books to read on the same topic
  • Teacher’s guides
  • Writing assignments
  • Unit studies themed around a book
  • And more!

There is no way to access it all in one visit – so be sure to bookmark the site to return again.

You will also notice that if you scroll down the homepage at this site you will find other resources for language arts development including free lesson plans for studying: Shakespeare, poetry, fairytales, myths, drama, historical fiction, and more. You’ll even find free Power Point Lessons in Literature and Language Arts.

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