Posts Tagged ‘handwriting’

September Writing Prompts

September 12th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Teachers Corner

(www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

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

 

This ad-supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of September writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these: 

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

July 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Skillswise

(www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills.

Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:

  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation.

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.
 
IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CSI: Forensic Science Interactive Games

(forensics.rice.edu/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and others, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series.

You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources. Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.

You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master.

Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “For Educators” to access: 

  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires a lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Free Spelling Games & Activities for K-12

July 19th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

VocabularySpellingCity

(www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with parental supervision, but most of the activities are geared for elementary grade students.) 

 

This ad-supported website offers free activities and games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills.

The activities include audio recordings so you can hear every spelling word pronounced, and also hear it used in a sentence.

In addition to the freebies, the site offers a “Premium Membership” for a fee – but you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the following: 

  • Spelling Test Me – Take quizzes to test your spelling skill on words covering myriad topics such as science, math, history, etc. Try spelling contractions, Dolch Sight Words, SAT Vocabulary and more.
  • Spelling Teach Me – Students can choose from predetermined word lists and then engage in a classic spelling learning method that includes visual and auditory modalities in each lesson.
  • Spelling Games and Activities – Play word search, word unscrambles, word matching games and more – that are generated from word lists available at the site.
  • And lots more.

You’ll also find free, printable handwriting worksheets, and games that teach concepts such as alphabetizing and sentence structure.

Again, you can access the basic games and activities absolutely free without registration. If you want to save your word lists, then you must register for an account (at no cost). You can also purchase a “Premium Membership” that includes a variety of “extras” that you can learn more about at the website.

Latin Audio Lessons

May 20th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 20, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Evan Der Millner’s Latinum

(sites.google.com/site/janualinguae/)

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

 

This site offers a complete audio course for classical Latin that follows a textbook by George Adler.

The website owner recorded himself reading the course material aloud, and you can listen to the audios on his YouTube channel.

Most of the texts he used for the recordings can be downloaded (pdf) for free at the website as well.

In addition to Latin, you’ll find similar resources for learning Hebrew, Greek, French, and English.

Again, all of the materials are presented for free, although a donation is politely requested.

This website is not particularly user-friendly. It takes some time to click your way around to find the links to the freebies. They are interspersed with links to materials that are for sale. But a little patience pays off, and you’ll be able to access the free language lessons, as well as lessons in handwriting and math!

Because of the way this site is organized, parents (as always) should preview the materials and supervise all internet activity.

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.

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