Posts Tagged ‘language’

Learn Greetings in Hundreds of Different Languages

April 21st, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 21, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jennifer’s Language Page

(users.elite.net/runner/jennifers/index.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

The goal of this website is to teach people how to say words and phrases in every language of the world!

When you get to the site there are several ways to find language activities. Use the alphabetical drop-down lists at the top of the page or scroll down to the “Choose a Letter” section to select a language that interests you or you could choose to browse the entire list to see greetings in more than 3,000 languages. At this site visitors can find out how to say: 

  • “Hello” in more than 800 languages
  • “Thank you” in more than 500 languages
  • “Goodbye” in more than 450 languages
  • “How are you?” in more than 425 languages
  • “What is your name?” in more than 330 languages
  • “My name is…” in more than 275 languages
  • “Welcome” in more than 325 languages
  • “Good morning” in more than 250 languages
  • “Good afternoon” in more than 160 languages
  • “Good evening” in more than 230 languages
  • “Good night” in more than 225 languages
  • “Please” in more than 270 languages
  • “I don’t understand” in more than 255 languages
  • “Do you speak English?” in more than 215 languages
  • “Yes” in more than 550 languages
  • “No” in more than 520 languages

The translations are all in text. This is a terrific resource site that offers a fun way to introduce languages of the world.

Listen to “Paul Revere’s Ride”

April 18th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

“Paul Revere’s Ride”

(www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1231017)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

April 18th is the anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride. In 1775, Revere rode by horseback to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. A quintessential moment in the American Revolution, it was depicted in the poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

At this website, National Public Radio offers a free audio recording of the poem that includes a discussion of the background of Revere’s ride, including the historical inaccuracies in the poem.

It may be helpful to read the poem as you listen to it recited. Read the poem online or print it out to read offline here.

And if you are ever in the Boston area, you can visit the Paul Revere House and follow the route of the ride.

It’s National Library Week!

April 11th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lessons from the Library

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson261.shtml)

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

 

April 8-14 is National Library week this year! This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills.

Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library: 

  • Mapping the Library – Compare your library with another library and create a map. (Grades Pre-K-5)
  • Huey and Louie Meet Dewey – Using the Dewey decimal classification system, organize a list of books. (Grades 3-8)
  • Save the Library – Write an essay to help save the library from projected budget cuts. (Grades 3-8)
  • Alphabetize for a Reason – Organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)
  • Library Scavenger Hunt – Locate resources within the library and use online resources to answer research questions. (Grades 6-12)

Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of internet-based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before. You can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.

This ad-supported website does a great job of making free, internet-based curriculum and educational resources available to teachers and parent-educators and National Library Week is just one of many thousands of topics offered at the site. Because the site is so large and because web addresses change so quickly you will occasionally find dead links but overall it is well-maintained. Bookmark it – you’ll want to return here often.

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.

April is National Poetry Month

March 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Poets.org

(www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/30-ways-celebrate-national-poetry-month)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website, you’ll find 30 free ways to celebrate “National Poetry Month” that runs from April 1st through April 30th.

When you get to the site you’ll see the list of thirty suggestions that include:

  • Memorize a poem.
  • Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  • Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  • Make a card for Mother’s Day.

Click on any one and a new page opens with greater detail and some have links to resources to help you implement the suggestions. And that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at this site. Use the menu to explore: 

  • Use the search engine to look up a favorite poem or poet. In many cases you can listen to audio clips of poets reading their own poetry.
  • Get tips for teaching poetry along with lesson plans. Don’t miss Teach This Poem” that contains a list of popular poems with links to audio files so you can listen to the poem being read aloud.
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