Posts Tagged ‘English’

Free Spanish Proficiency Exercises

January 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

(www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site features a dozen or more free lessons for each of SIX levels of proficiency in Spanish – everything from Beginning to Superior!

When you get to the site, you will see an introduction that explains this unique program. The lessons are listed by level in a horizontal menu bar near the top of the page. Place your cursor over the level on the menu bar and a drop-down menu displays each lesson in that proficiency level. Click on the lesson and a new page opens.

In each lesson, there is one simplified video interview, plus video interviews of FIVE native speakers using the grammar and vocabulary for that lesson. The five native speakers could be from Spain, Mexico, Central America or South America. While the video is playing, the captions can be set to Spanish, English, or None. The videos are also available as podcasts for anywhere viewing by iPod. 

Unlike most traditional textbooks, this website does not include worksheets or quizzes. However, relevant vocabulary, phrases, and grammar are available in the menu located in the right-hand column of each lesson page. There are plenty of videos to watch without the captions if you wish to practice your comprehension skills!

The entire site can be navigated by means of the “site index” in the upper right corner if you prefer.

Learn about Captain Cook!

January 17th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, January 17, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Captain James Cook

(cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/History/Explorers/James_Cook/index.htm)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about Captain James Cook, the first European to cross the Antarctic Circle on this date in 1773.

From Cook’s journal on January 17, 1773: “…we cross’d the Antarctic Circle for at Noon we were by observation four Miles and a half South of it and are undoubtedly the first and only Ship that ever cross’d that line.” 


This Cybersleuth Kids website has gathered two pages of links with more information about Captain James Cook, the English explorer, navigator and pioneer. Some of the topics include: 

  • an encyclopedia entry
  • a printable and fact sheet
  • charts
  • birthplace museum
  • timeline
  • stamps
  • and more!

Click on any link to learn more about Captain Cook: his life, his voyages, and his ships.

Boost Your Vocab & Feed the Hungry

January 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freerice

(www.freerice.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers you the opportunity to boost your vocabulary and help end world hunger.

For each word you get correct in the online vocabulary quiz, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help feed the hungry. The best explanation of the concept comes directly from the website:


Freerice has two goals: 

    1. Provide education to everyone for free.
    2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
 
Freerice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors.
 
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.
 
If you have more questions, check out the FAQs at the website. This is an ingeneous idea and it’s lots of fun to participate.

Videos – Kids Stories in Spanish

October 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 27, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garabato – Videocuentos

(pacomova.eresmas.net/paginas/videocuentos/videocuentos.htm)

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

 

This page, part of a larger ad-supported Spanish website, provides video presentations of stories for children in Spanish.

We thought that this would be a fun addition to your Spanish class and provide your students with listening and reading practice.

Because this is an all-Spanish website, if you do not read Spanish, you can use the translation function of your browser to change the page content to English. If you are a Chrome user, when you first arrive at the site a pop-up should appear asking if you would like to translate the page. Doing this will allow you to see the story titles in English. Alternatively, you could choose not to have the page translated for more challenging language practice for the student. 

Select a video you would like to watch using the text links under the images. Some of the stories have more than one video breaking them into shorter segments. We did find that a couple of the links brought up error messages on the videos, but the others played fine. Some familiar tales include: 

  • El Patito Feo – The Ugly Duckling
  • La Princesa y el Guisante – The Princess and the Pea
  • Pulgarcita – Thumbelina
  • El Ruiseñor – The Nightingale
  • La Sirenita – The Little Mermaid
  • Caperucita Roja – Little Red Riding Hood
  • El Traje Nuevo del Emperador – The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • La Princesa de las Nieves – The Snow Princess
  • Los Tres Cerditos – The Three Little Pigs
  • La Liebre y la Tortuga – The Tortoise and the Hare
  • La Gallina de los Huevos de Oro – The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

And more.

At the bottom of the page there is a text link that will take you to the website home page (Volver a la página principal). On the home page, visitors can browse through hundreds of stories to read online, all sorted alphabetically. If you had previously selected to have the page translated into English, in order to read the stories in Spanish, you will need to either copy the page link and open in a new window or go back to the video page, and refresh to get back to the Spanish version. The home page has right-click disabled so it is not possible to update language options using that method.

Scroll under the alphabet selection section to find additional links to pictogram stories, over 150 Hans Christian Andersen stories, over 100 stories from India and more.

Although we suggest using this site as a tool for older language students, younger children may enjoy watching the videos or having the stories read to them by an older student.

Fun, Interactive Grammar Exercises

October 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Bytes

(www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you or your students think learning English grammar “bites”?  Then, check out this website developed by a college English professor with attitude. She’s irreverent and funny and has devised a way to provide meaningful grammar lessons and interactive drills and quizzes that won’t bore your kids to death.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: Terms – Detailed definitions of grammar terminology including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Dangling Modifier
  • Gerund
  • Nouns
  • Participle
  • Semicolon
  • Verbs
  • And plenty more!

When you are finished here return to the home page menu to locate: 

  • Exercises – Interactive exercises (lessons) to help students learn correct grammar usage. Topics include comma splices, fragments, irregular verbs, misplaced modifiers, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Handouts – FREE handouts in PDF files that are companions to the exercises that students can do offline.
  • Videos at YouTube – A short selection of fun, entertaining videos and animations that teach grammar.

Just click on any menu item title (in black) and a new page opens where you can access the free materials.

You might want to click on the “About” section as well, where you’ll meet Professor Robin and discover her views on grammar instruction.

Resources for Learning Math

October 8th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, October 8, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math2.org

(www.math2.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Math2.org offers resources for learning math. It is a member of the Web Math Collaboration (WMC), a federation of math websites with the goal of providing “freely accessible open spaces for people to collaborate on and discuss mathematical subjects, help those who have difficulties in mathematics, and provide mathematical resources to the public.”

When you get to the website you’ll see it is very clearly organized and includes: 

  • Math Reference Tables (also available in Spanish!) —  All of the most important tables and formulas you need to study math: basic arithmetic facts, trig identities, integrals and derivatives, and even Fourier transforms, all in one convenient place for you to use and review. The conic sections are simply but clearly illustrated, and the calculus even includes proofs!
  • The Math Message Board — Post your math questions in this forum and get answers on this very active board! (As with all forums, children will need adult supervision.) Browse through past questions and enjoy the lively give-and-take in this helpful math-loving community; try your hand at verifying the solutions to any that catch your interest.
  • Have A Math Question? — This section refers those with questions to either the Math Message Board (described above) or to the “Ask Dr. Math” website.
  • Links — A list of links to other websites that offer everything from general math resources and lesson plans for grades K-16 to an extensive collection of mathematical theorems and formulas.
  • Other Resources — You’ll find an English-Spanish math dictionary here! Bonus: If you would like to see what else this webpage author has created, click on “Dave Manura” at the bottom of the page.
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