Posts Tagged ‘definitions’

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!

Animated Math Definitions and Examples

January 13th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, January 13, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Maths Dictionary for Kids

 

Age Range: 7-14 (grades 2-9, approximately, with parental supervision).

 

Today’s website provides a Math Dictionary for kids.  There’s a definition, explanation, and illustrated example of every math term from “Abacus to Zero.” 

When you get to the site you’ll see that terms are sorted in alphabetical order.  So, if you want to know about isosceles triangles (for example), simply click on the letter “Ii” of the Math Dictionary.  A list of math terms beginning with the letter “I” will pop up.  Then search the list for “isosceles triangle” and click on it.  A definition pops up on the screen with an illustrated example.

The explanations are simple and the illustrations are colorful and eye-catching — making it very appealing to kids of all ages. This is a terrific resource to use to introduce new terminology or refresh your memory about math terms you may have forgotten.

Opera Game & Lesson Plans!

November 9th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, November 9, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Create Kids Education Assoc: Design Your Own Opera

Age Range: All (With parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance.)

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that  provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being:

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about:

*The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.

*Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.

*Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.

*Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Pacido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.

*Teacher ResourcesDownload free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete.  It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!   

Fun Root Word Vocab Lessons, Worksheets, Puzzles, & More!

October 16th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, October 16,2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

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

MyVocabulary.com offers a variety of free, interactive vocabulary lessons, activities, worksheets, word searches, crossword puzzles, quizzes, and SAT test preparation using Latin and Greek root word derivations.

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 an assortment of fun vocabulary puzzles themed around English literature, science, social studies, holidays, 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. Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

*SAT 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.

Free Interactive ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Opera!

December 8th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, December 8, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Creative Kids Central: Hansel & Gretel

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Kids of all ages can learn music appreciation while choosing different settings for their own animated opera based on the fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel.”

When you get to the site, enter your name (or pseudonym) and click “Next” to launch the game. A new page opens with the opera program containing a description of all three acts. Notice that your name is listed in the credits. Click on “Next” and the opera begins. You’ll hear the introductory music and see the animated presentation begin to unfold.

With each scene, you’ll hear the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel.” The meaning and nuances of the music are pointed out by a narrator. The lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline. You’ll have an opportunity to engage in activities that include:

  • A Costume Designer – Select costumes for Hansel and Gretel.
  • A Choreographer – Make Hansel and Gretel do various dance steps.
  • A Set Designer – Choose the backdrop you like best.
  • A Property Manager – Provide props for the actors.
  • A Lighting Technician – Move your cursor to control the spotlight.

Then, during “Intermission,” try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the opera is over, you can go backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the “spotlight menu” to learn all about:

*The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.

*Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.

*Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about fairy tales along with some downloadable activities.

*Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.

*Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned!

This educational activity takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. Navigating this site is easy as long as you follow each step in the order presented. I didn’t find a way to fast-forward – and if you hit the back button at any time, you may have to start the presentation all over again. So, plan to visit when you have the time to really enjoy every step of the presentation – it’s fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

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