Posts Tagged ‘language’

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.

Learn French with free videos!

January 6th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 6, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French in Action

(www.learner.org/resources/series83.html)

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include: 

  • Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
  • Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
  • Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
  • Kinship – family relationships and more
  • Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
  • Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjectives
  • Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
  • Education – talking about occupations, manners
  • Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
  • Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
  • Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration
  • Habitat – asking for directions, talking about homes
  • Entertainment – talking about entertainment, expressing restriction, reservation, doubt, enthusiasm
  • Getting and Spending – money, buying and selling
  • Geography and Tourism – countries and regions, exaggeration, confirmation, insistence
  • Getting Away – destination, levels of speech, negative infinitive, imperatives, pronouns

Add this website to your French foreign language studies to increase your students’ proficiency in the language.

Children’s Literature Quizzes

January 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

(www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/books_for_kids.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find many online, interactive quizzes based upon children’s literature.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that you can use to find quizzes according to book series, book author, young adult books, and a general literature category that includes quizzes on fairy tales. Don’t let the sparse menu on the landing page fool you – there are tons of quizzes on just about every children’s book imaginable.

Click on a category and a new page opens with a large menu of quizzes indicating the difficulty level of each quiz that ranges from easy to difficult. Choose the topic that interests you – and another page opens where you can select what format you want to take the quiz in – html or flash. Make your selection, and a new page opens where the quiz begins.

It’s fun to test your knowledge and memory of various story lines and characters that you have met in books! That said; parents have different criteria for what is suitable in terms of children’s literature. Therefore, as always, parents should preview this site before exploring it with your children.

Note: There are innumerable quizzes on many subjects at this site. We have only reviewed the Children’s Literature section for ClickSchooling. Again, parents should preview this site before exploring it with children.

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 20th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 20, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Visit From St. Nicholas

(www.storynory.com/2006/12/17/a-visit-from-st-nicholas/)

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

 

This is a classic story by Clement Moore, also known as The Night Before Christmas.

Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

And here are other great classic selections of free, audio holiday stories. They are available as audio recordings to listen to on your computer, to burn to a CD, or to download to your portable audio player (mp3).
 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“This is the classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways.” (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)
 
Good King Wenceslas

Listen to the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” and the story behind the song.
 
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

This short story is about a young couple who are very much in love and also very poor. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.
 
The Elves and the Shoemaker

This traditional fairy tale is a short story about a Christmas gift. A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most.

Sing Holiday Songs in Foreign Languages!

December 16th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 16, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Wide Christmas

(www.worldwidechristmas.com/songs/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

Singing is a fun way to introduce a foreign language. This website offers dozens of holiday songs and carols in English, Spanish, Latin, French, Italian, and German.

When you get to the site, look for the language you prefer. Below it, you’ll find a menu of songs. Click on a song and a new screen opens where you’ll see the lyrics to the song. In most cases you’ll be able to watch and listen to a video production of the song as well. Some popular songs available in different languages are: 

  • “White Christmas”
  • “Silent Night”
  • “Deck the Halls”
  • “Jingle Bells”
  • “Joy to the World”
  • “O Come all Ye Faithful”

And much more.

The Polar Express

December 13th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 13, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

(polarexpress.com/schools-libraries)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

When you get to the site you can download an extensive discussion guide for The Polar Express. You’ll also find “Additional Curriculum Connections”. Don’t miss “More Games and Fun” for: 

  • Activities
  • Games
  • Recipes

And links to Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s books.

Also check out Countdown Calendar on the top menu where you’ll find an activity to do on each day of the calendar.

Return to this site often!

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