Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Songs for Learning Grammar

February 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garden of Praise: Grammar Songs

(gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website was created by a veteran classroom teacher and provides free songs that teach grammar along with online and printable activities and materials to reinforce learning. The idea here is that learning rote grammar rules and parts of speech is easier when set to music.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of parts of speech including: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Punctuation

Below the menu, are instructions for how to teach the lessons using the songs and printable cards and posters.

Click on any menu item, and a new page opens with a definition, examples, a link to the song (with music and lyrics), as well as links to downloadable activities. (For example, if you click on “Noun,” you’ll be able to access a crossword puzzle in pdf, and a link to another website containing an interactive noun game.)

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.

“Green” Grammar Lessons & More!

January 4th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 4, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maggie’s Earth Adventures

(www.missmaggie.org/)

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

 

This website offers lesson plans and interactive games in a variety of subject areas including five free grammar games that help kids learn about nouns, verbs, prefixes, suffixes, word endings, rhyming words, and how to edit written work. We are focusing on the Language Arts games for this review. The website’s objective is to educate children on environmental issues to protect and build a sustainable future for our planet. All of the games are themed around this objective.

When you get to the website you’ll see the icon, “Free Activities.” If you click on that, a new page opens where you can register (free) to receive the cross-curricular Maggie’s Earth Adventures Weekly Activity Packet (WAP) with lessons and games that will be delivered to your email inbox. 

Then, look at the main menu on the right side of the screen and click under “Have you played Maggie’s Games?” There are over a dozen games including: 

  • Super Match – Find words that rhyme.
  • Short Circuit – Match prefixes and suffixes with their meanings to prevent a computer short circuit.
  • Fish ‘Em Up – Catch word endings by determining if you have to double the consonant or change the y for the correct spelling.
  • Edit Dan’s Copy – Edit Dan’s work for errors in capitalization and punctuation.
  • Clean Up Your Grammar – In this game a virtual beach is littered with bad grammar. Help clean up nouns and verbs.

These games stand on their own as fun practice work for learning parts of speech, spelling rules, and other language arts skills. They are enhanced if you use the free lesson plans available by registering to get the free Weekly Activity Packs. By using the WAP, students will see the connectedness and relevance of language arts, math, science, geography,and social sciences to environmental issues.

By the way, some of the games are available in Spanish as well!

Learn Russian For Free

December 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 17, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Russian Language Lessons

(www.russianlessons.net/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

If your high school student is interested in learning Russian as a foreign language elective, then this site might just be the ticket to get started. Currently there are eighteen lessons but, per the information on the website, more are being added regularly.

When arriving at the site, read over the information on the home page to get an idea of the site’s purpose then get started using the links on the left-hand side bar. Lessons include: 

  • Getting Started
  • Russian Alphabet
  • Russian Handwriting
  • Numbers
  • Basic Phrases
  • In a Bar/Cafe
  • Verbs/Pronouns
  • Nouns
  • I Love…
  • Places (in/at/on)
  • Family
  • Genitive Case
  • Plurals
  • Language Review
  • Dative Case
  • Instrumental Case
  • Past Tense
  • Verbs of Motion
  • Most Used Words
  • Russian Apartments
  • Advanced – Parallel Texts

There are also pages that explain grammar rules, various vocabulary pages and even an English-Russian dictionary tool. All lessons provide textual explanations and half of the lessons include audios, with more promised for the future.

This website is a wonderful place to either begin learning the language or to fine-tune already learned skills.

Hundreds of Language Arts Worksheets

September 14th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, September 14, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

teAchnology.com – Language Arts

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/language_arts/)

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

 

TeAchnology Incorporated says that they “developed this website in response to the challenges associated with Twenty-First Century Learners: The Net-Generation. To meet these challenges, the company developed a method for individuals to access free on-line resources that support classroom instruction, www.teach-nology.com.” They go on to say that their “mission is to provide services designed to support educators’ in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning”. The website does have resources for purchase; however, you are not required to buy anything to utilize the free materials.

They offer worksheets for all subjects but today we are focused on Language Arts. When you get to the page scroll down to locate 100’s of Language Arts worksheets for skills like: 

  • Alphabet Worksheets – Student recognize, color, and write letters that are new to them.
  • Alphabetic Order – Put letters, single words, and two words in alphabetic order.
  • Analogies – Headaches are to analogies; as smiles are to water parks.
  • Author’s Purpose – Students determine the author’s intent for their work.
  • Capitalization – Students must capitalize letters in short and long passages.
  • Clauses – Break apart sentences to learn to write stronger sentences.
  • Cloze – Have students cloze the gaps in the reading passages.
  • Complete Language Units – Over 320 grade (1-8) specific language worksheets.
  • Compound Words – hen two words form one word the funny really begins.
  • Conjunctions – Use these to join words together and make sentences flow well.
  • Context Clues – Find the meaning of words by looking at words that are near it.
  • Contractions – Time to break out your (not you’re) apostrophes. Get it?
  • Dolch Sight Words – All the words plus remediation for each word on the list.
  • Editing and Proofreading – Pick apart work and find all the errors that you can.
  • Fact and Opinion – Determine if statements or thoughts are based on proof or just feelings.
  • Figurative Language – Hyperboles, idioms, metaphors, personification, and similes.
  • Grammar – A large assortment of grammar-related worksheets.
  • And Many More!

Bookmark this website and return often to get the most of these resources. 

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