Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Free Spanish Lessons & More

March 31st, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 31, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish411.net

(www.spanish411.net/index.asp)

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

 

Learn Spanish with the help of this easy to use and well thought out website.

Using the links in the upper menu bar or on the home page, visitors can choose from: 

  • Spanish Lessons – Currently there are 47 lessons covering from the basics such as the alphabet and verb conjugation to pronouns, grammar, and more.  Along with the textural and sometimes audio features of the lessons, some also include a slide show presentation, infographics, and/or “At a Glance” tabs to further the students’ understanding. There are also “Notes” located on the right-hand side of the screen with additional helpful information.
  • Spanish Vocabulary – a comprehensive selection of vocabulary lists and digital flash cards for practice and study. The list can be printed out and includes the part of speech, Spanish and English translations.
  • Spanish Verb Conjugator – This is a great tool for conjugating any infinitive verb. Enter the infinitive into the tool, select “Go” and see all forms of the verb conjugation.
  • ¡Practiquemos! – Practice verb conjugation with this tool. After selecting this tool, use the dropdown menus to choose the type of verbs you want to practice, the region (Spain or Latin America), and skill level. When the practice page opens, type in the correct answer and hit enter. If your answer is incorrect a pop-up will appear with the correct answer. The student can also select to see what verbs are being used in the exercise.
  • Spanish Resources – Find a great selection of tools for further study of Spain, Latin America, and the language. Included are printable resources such as charts, maps, games, posters and more as well as interactive demonstrations, research tools, and links to other Spanish learning websites.

Whether your student is a beginner or more advanced in learning Spanish, this website provides a lot of great tools for study and practice of the language.

Houghton Mifflin’s Kids’ Place

February 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place

(www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/)

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

 

These pages were developed by the Houghton Mifflin publishing company to supplement their textbooks. But you don’t have to buy a thing to hone your language arts skills on this website!

When you get to the site, select your grade range: K-5 or 6-8. A new page opens with a variety of interactive language arts activities to choose from including: 

  • Tricky Usage — Try your hand at one tricky grammar question, and see the correct answer right away. View a breakdown of others’ responses.
  • Wacky Web Tales — Fill in the blanks with verbs, adjectives, etc., then see the often hilarious story that results!
  • Evaluation Station — Follow these steps to evaluate and improve what you have written.
  • Writers’ Showcase — The stories and essays in this section were written by elementary and middle school students!
  • Bright Ideas for Writing — Look at the picture, read the question, and you’ll surely be inspired to write something.
  • Grammar Blast — Choose your grade level and answer ten multiple-choice grammar questions. Have a blast!
  • Net’s Best for Research — An annotated list of helpful websites for student research projects.

BUT that’s not all! If you click on the words “Kids’ Place” near the bottom of the window a new page opens. Scroll to the menu at the bottom of that new page, and you’ll see these items: 

  • Using the Web – This web tutorial makes you an expert cyber-researcher in no time!
  • Current Events – Stay up-to-date with the kid-friendly links provided here.
  • Brain Teasers – Some simple but fun math puzzles.
  • GAMES – Yes, even more games here!

On the GAMES page try: 

  • Spelling Match – Match the words with the letters that they are missing, and watch the cat deep-sea diver open the treasure chest! What could be inside?
  • Web Word Find – Interactive hidden word puzzles.
  • GeoNet – This is a multiple-choice social studies quiz. Look at the map, graph, or other visual aid, then guess an answer. If you get it wrong, don’t worry. You get three tries for each question before the beaver tells you the correct answer. Keep track of your score on the cool GeoTrekker.

There’s a lot here – have fun!

Language Arts Online Games

January 31st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 31, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PrimaryGames

(www.primarygames.com/reading.htm)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

For all kids who love to use the computer – here’s a great site to get some basic drill and practice in spelling, reading, and grammar using interactive, online games.

When you get to the site you will see the words “Reading Games.” Below it is an icon menu of the many games offered in this subject.

You will find all kinds of games to practice Language Arts including: 

  • Jigmania: Snow White – Read the story of Snow White while unscrambling pieces to make a picture. Can you put this legendary story back together again?
  • Clueless Crossword – Can you solve the crossword without using clues? Complete the crossword puzzle by guessing the letters.
  • Word Grid – How many words can you form with the given letters?
  • Missed Letters – Practice letter recognition by trying to find the missing letter that completes each.
  • And many more – including alphabet and letter recognition games for the very young.

Bookmark this site. Because once you’ve exhausted the Language Arts section, you can explore the games for other subjects by looking at the menu at the top of the screen. You’ll see that this site offers interactive online games to learn science, math, social studies and more!

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

January 10th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Music Room

(www.suzyred.com/music.html)

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

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember.

That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as: 

  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos.

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

Interactive Grammar Games!

October 18th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Practice Park

(www.harcourtschool.com/menus/preview/harcourt_language/grammar_park.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Harcourt School Publishers, provides twelve, free, interactive, multi-media grammar games that help students practice and improve their understanding of grammar.

The games cover the following topics: 

  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Past and Future Tense
  • Plural Spellings
  • Prepositions
  • Sentence Structure (phrases, dependent clauses, and independent clauses)
  • Punctuation

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games divided by grade level. Click on any game and a new page opens where you can begin play.  

These practice games are based upon lessons in Harcourt textbooks and workbooks. You do need some basic knowledge of grammar to play the practice games, as they are not instructional – just a way to practice what you do know, or find out what you don’t know.

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