Posts Tagged ‘language’

Free Grammar & Writing Lessons

June 21st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Grammar and Writing

(grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-11, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-free website, designed by an English professor for students with a wide range of ability levels, provides free lessons in grammar and writing

When you get to the site you will see a menu of topics with search buttons below them. Click on the “arrow down” on any search button and you will see a drop-down menu of the amazing range of topics covered in that category as follows: 

  • Word & Sentence Level – adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, etc.
  • Paragraph Level – paragraph development, sentence variety, sentence combining, etc.
  • Essay & Research Paper Level – principles of composition, outlining, organization, structure, tone, formatting, plagiarism, etc.
  • Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices – Take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of grammar.
  • Peripherals and PowerPoints – instructions, suggestions, resources, and demos for PowerPoint presentations.

Click on any topic in the drop-down menu and a new page opens with instructions delivered through text and illustration. Clear examples of the correct and incorrect forms are provided as well. Interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson allow the student to self-test their knowledge of the subject matter. 

This site is equivalent to having a complete English textbook online for free. The interactive element of the quizzes makes this rather dry material much more appealing to students.

Learn to Type for Free

June 14th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 14, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is required.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics. As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.

Learn Czech

June 10th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 10, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Little Czech Primer in Pictures

(www.czechprimer.org/index.html)

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

 

This website is exactly as its name describes. It is a primer of Czech words.

Created by a librarian living in Ohio who composed a series of hand-made books while visiting Prague to help him learn the language, students can learn over 300 words. Visitors can jump right in by clicking on the main image and proceed through the vocabulary available. Each word is presented in Czech with a black and white image illustrating the word. Click the “listen” text link to hear the word spoken by a native. There is also a notation as to what part of speech the word belongs. Simply click the arrow to move onto the next word. There is also a link the “index” that when selected provides a list of all the words. On this page, you can select to see the words in English. Then when you click the English word, it opens the primer page of the Czech word. On the lists, there are icons representing nouns, adjectives, and verbs beside each word to help identify its part of speech. When learning a verb, there is a link on the page to “conjugate” the verb to see its conjugation.

The simplicity of this website’s design and navigation makes it a nice tool if you are interested in learning the language of the Czech Republic.

Language Arts Videos, Songs, Worksheets, Flashcards, & More!

June 7th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 7, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun Teaching

(www.havefunteaching.com/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of free, fun resources to teach and learn Language Arts (and Math, Science, and Social Sciences) through videos, songs, worksheets, flashcards, and more. Created by an elementary school teacher for classroom teachers, it provides an archive of free resources (and also some to purchase) to engage and educate kids in grades K-6.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of resources that are offered on the site. For this review, we were specifically interested in seeing what they offered for Language Arts, and discovered the following resources: 

  • Worksheets – Under “English” you’ll find printable worksheets that offer practice in grammar and parts of speech such as adverbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. You’ll also find worksheets for Phonics, Reading and Writing. Click on the topics to find an extensive menu that provides practice sheets in everything from basic alphabet to reading comprehension, spelling, and more.
  • Activities – Get printable crossword puzzles, word searches, and even reader’s theater scripts (so you can act out some favorite books).
  • Tools – Create your own worksheets, word lists, Flash Cards: Print them out to practice grammar, common and proper nouns, phonics, and vocabulary including synonyms and antonyms.
  • Music – You’ll find downloadable songs and lyrics that help kids learn grammar, phonics, and even a song for learning strategies for taking reading comprehension tests! Also, watch video lessons that teach about nouns, similes, subjects and predicates, and more.

Bookmark this site and use it as a year-round supplement to learning elementary subjects, or just have fun exploring the games, puzzles and activities with your kids.

History by Era Resources

June 1st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History by Era

(www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era)

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

 

This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.

Arranged chronologically by era, visitors will find scholarly introductions to the topics, essays written by historians, primary resources including images and transcripts, multimedia presentations, lesson plans and other classroom materials. Eras include: 

  • The Americas to 1620
  • Colonization & Settlement, 1585-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1783-1815
  • National Expansion & Reform, 1815-1860
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression & WWII, 1929-1945
  • 1945 to the Present

Information is also sorted by “Themes”: 

  • African American History
  • American Indian History
  • Art, Music, and Film
  • Economics
  • Global History and US Foreign Policy
  • Government and Civics
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts
  • Military History
  • Reform Movements
  • Religion
  • Women’s History

For each era or theme, information is presented in the same fashion beginning with an overview essay, then sub-era essays as well as available primary resources, teaching resources, a timeline of events, key vocabulary, multimedia and more.

This site provides an excellent place for the student to research American history or to dig deeper into a historical topic of interest.

Music, Dance, Exercise, & Learn

May 27th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 27, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GoNoodle!

(www.gonoodle.com/)

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

 

Get up, dance, and learn with this fun website intended to get the kids moving. You must create a free account to access the more than “250 research-based movement activities”.

Once you have signed up, log in and your child creates their online “Champ” that they can personalize further by earning rewards for “moving along with GoNoodle.” Kids select from categories or “Channels” that provide videos of not only fun exercises and dance activities, but also include songs that can help with math, science, language arts, classical music and more. Channels include: 

  • Blazer Fresh
  • MooseTube
  • Amp Your Champ
  • Hot Ticket
  • Indoor Recess
  • Limited Time
  • Awesome Sauce
  • Kidz Bop
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo
  • Fresh Start Fitness
  • The Champ
  • Harmonic
  • Flow
  • Zumba Kids
  • Go with the Pro
  • Maximo
  • Brainercise with Mr. Catman
  • Game On!
  • Think About it
  • Empower Tools

And more. Once you have verified your student’s account, you can check their online time and browse through all of the extras available such as tips, articles, and printables. This kid-friendly website is colorful, fun, and easy to navigate. But, beware when checking out the different videos. You may just find yourself getting up and moving too.

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