Posts Tagged ‘definitions’

Free Writing Study Guide and More

February 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Guides and Strategies – Essay and writing sequence

(www.studygs.net/writing/index.htm)

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

 

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects – and this review focuses on the essay and writing sequence.

When you get to the site, you’ll see seven stages of writing: 

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Pre-Write
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

Click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities.

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Translations and Site Map” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Types of Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and Technology

Don’t miss the “Learning Exercises and Games” under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, in “Prefixes and Root Words,” use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen. The direct link is: 

http://www.studygs.net/vocab/prefixes.htm then press the arrow to continue.

There is a lot of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.

Understanding Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, Summarizing and Quoting!

November 16th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 16, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below)

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

 

Here is a compilation of websites that help students understand plagiarism, paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting.

KidsHealth: What Is Plagiarism

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/plagiarism.html

At this website designed for elementary grade students, you’ll find a clear and concise definition of plagiarism. Students can use the helpful hints in this article to be sure they have placed quotation marks properly and accurately referenced any sources used in their written work.

Purdue OWL: Overview of Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/

This site provides clear definitions of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting along with an example. Although it was designed with college level students in mind, it can be used by any student that is capable of writing research papers and reports.

Homeschooled Kids And Plagiarism

http://www.pahomeschoolers.com/newsletter/issue78b.htm

At this website you’ll find a terrific article by a homeschool mom, Susan Richman, about her experiences with students and plagiarism (especially when it comes to writing biographies). She explains how she helped her own children and other homeschool students understand plagiarism, and provides some creative ways to write reports that help students avoid plagiarism.

Wacky Ways to Learn Parts of Speech!

April 6th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, April 6, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wacky Web Tales

(www.eduplace.com/tales/)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 3-8 – and fun for all! – with parental supervision)

 

Houghton Mifflin (the education textbook publisher) sponsors this website that helps kids learn parts of speech – nouns, adverbs, adjectives, verbs, etc. Using interactive stories called “Wacky Web Tales” they offer an online version of the classic car game, Mad Libs.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Wacky Web Tales titles. Click on any one and a new page opens that reveals the story title and a form. The form requires you to type in parts of speech (such as a singular noun, adjective, or present tense verb). The words you enter will be used to create a Wacky Web Tale — simply click on the “See Your Wacky Web Tale” button at the bottom of the form.

If you are unsure what an adverb (or any other part of speech called for on the form) is – just click on the “Parts of Speech Help” button for some quick definitions.

Because you don’t know how the parts of speech you filled in on the form will be used in the story – the resulting Wacky Web Tale can be pretty funny!

This is a painless way to learn, reinforce, or remediate parts of speech.

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 29, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Mythweb

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!
Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 
  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.
You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation, along with two free downloadable ebooks titled, “The Heroic Myths” and “The Illustrated Odyssey.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes: 

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin! Print them out to read offline too!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.
You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

April 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MyVocabulary.com

 

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.
The founders of MyVocabulary.com, Jan and Carey Cook, wrote, “We began our efforts to promote vocabulary comprehension using Latin/Greek word derivations in 1997. Our site now has 2500 pages of materials, worksheets and puzzles. More than 24,000 teachers and schools use MyVocabulary.com.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes:

*Root Word Lesson Plans – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.

*Thematic Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.

*Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “avatar” to “vintner”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

*Test Prep/Assessment – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

A Visual Dictionary

March 12th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, March 12, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Visual Dictionary

 

Age Range: all (with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows:
*Vegetal Biology – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
*Animal Biology – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
*Human Biology – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
*Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
*Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
*Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

In addition to the visual images in this dictionary, you’ll also find some videos that promote learning.

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

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