Posts Tagged ‘English’

Free Downloadable Art Lessons

April 1st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 1, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project ARTiculate

(www.projectarticulate.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 75 art projects and downloadable lesson plans at this website from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC).

Projects are sorted into 5 art types: 

  • 2-D Art
  • 3-D Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

Or search for subject related projects for: 

  • English / Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Government & Citizenship
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Skills for a Healthy Life
  • Technology
  • World Languages
  • Cultural Standards

Each project includes: 

  • An image of the finished project and a description
  • Suggested grade level
  • Objectives and assessment criteria
  • Materials list
  • Related vocabulary some with links to definitions
  • Related art elements covered
  • Downloadable PDF of the entire lesson plan with instructions, assessment tools, and more.

With all the lessons neatly laid out, you will want to bookmark this website as you will certainly want to come back to it time and time again.

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

March 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 25, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

(www.vegetableorchestra.org/index.php)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Listen to the music of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra! No kidding! A group of Austrian musicians got together and created an entire line of instruments from vegetables! Not only that, they record their music and perform in concert halls!

When you get to the website, select the “Info” link in the upper menu to learn about the group. While these performers take their music seriously, they do have a sense of humor. Terrific puns and double entendres are peppered throughout the text making it a delicious read! Use the menu to navigate the site that includes: 

  • Instruments (found under “Info”) – See photos of the various instruments and their names.
  • Questions & Answers (also found under “Info”) – Get most of your questions about the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra answered. Then use the “ask us” link at the bottom of that page to query the VVO further.
  • Sound – Listen to “cuts” from the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra’s CDs.
  • Video – THE BEST PART! Watch video performances and a video of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra shopping for their instruments at the vegetable stand in the local marketplace, transforming the veggies into musical instruments (with the aid of knives and drills), and then performing a concert. (Be sure to turn on your speakers!)

If you and your kids want to see more edible instruments, then check out the YouTube video, Introduction of Handmade Musical Instruments“. A Japanese musician plays the carrot flute, asparagus panpipes, cucumber trumpet and more. While he speaks in Japanese, there are English subtitles. (Note: This is YouTube – as always parents should preview to determine suitability of content.)

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Learn a Language with Digital Books

March 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 18, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Unite For Literacy

(www.uniteforliteracy.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website provides a unique way to discover the languages of the world. The purpose of the website is to “support beginning readers of all ages” and to “provide unique audio support to families who speak (or are learning to speak) English, indigenous or foreign languages.”

Because the books are easy readers and with the added availability audio feature, we think this would be a wonderful tool for early foreign language learners.

When arriving at the site, you will see a pop up window that asks for “Your Community” information such as country, zip or county which you can dismiss if you want. Unite for Literacy uses the information for studies. Book texts can be in English or Spanish. Click the pencil icon to choose which you want. Then select the “Narration” icon to choose the language in which you would like the stories read. The books available in that language will populate. After selecting the book you want, use the arrows to flip through the pages, and select the appropriate speaker icon for the language in which you wish to hear the story. In addition to English, Spanish, and French, other narration languages include: 

  • Native American languages
  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • German
  • Italia
  • Vietnamese
  • Farsi
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Arabic

And much more. This website could provide your beginning language student with some valuable practice and open up a new window into new vocabulary.

Free Italian Language Lessons

February 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 4, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ILUSS Italian Online

(www.iluss.it/schede_gram_free.html)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

The free lessons available from this paid subscription based website provide some basics for those interested in learning Italian.

With three levels offered, visitors can learn: 

  • The alphabet
  • Articles
  • Verbs and tenses
  • Parts of speech grammar
  • Numbers
  • Household items and food
  • Greetings and etiquette
  • Clothes
  • The family
  • Feelings
  • Animals
  • And more

Because this website is produced in Florence, Italy by teachers of Italian, some of the information is presented in Italian only and some lessons may not have an English translation. But don’t let that deter you from checking out the lessons. Lessons include audios and many have images to assist in identifying the words. Most lessons include a presentation of the material and a few interactive practice activities. Check out the “For busy people and commuters” lessons for even more free lessons.

This website can be used to introduce a study of the Italian language or provide additional practice for others who are currently studying the language.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

January 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/languages/words/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7 approximately, children with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

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