Posts Tagged ‘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.

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

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

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

Free story starters for writing

March 21st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chateau Meddybemps – Young Writers Workshop

(www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-7, with parental supervision)

 

You can enter your budding author’s writing to be published on the Chateau Meddybemps website and win a free t-shirt!

To whet your appetite, when you get to the website, take a look at what other children have published. These stories, found in the menu on the right side of the screen, are fun to read and will give you the confidence that your child has a good chance of seeing his or her own writing online!

To inspire your child to write a story for submission, select one or more of the “Story Starters” on the menu in the middle of the screen. These are prompts (suggestions for a story) that are formatted on a printable lined sheet of paper that includes a simple illustration. Just open the .pdf file, print it out, review it with your child, and encourage him or her to draw and write to their heart’s content! Winning entries have been as short as one sentence or as long as ten pages, and they often even include original illustrations!

Solve the Mysteries of Plant Life!

March 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Plant Escape

(extension.illinois.edu/gpe/index.cfm/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader age/ability range – with parental supervision)

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers this free, fun science unit that will help your students solve the mysteries of plant life!

The interdisciplinary lessons introduce kids to plant science and how foods grow while enhancing their knowledge of science, math, language arts, social studies, music and art. The activities are flexible and can be used separately or in an ordered manner. Some are designed with independent study in mind, others are group or classroom activities that can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, click “enter” to begin the adventure. Or, if you prefer, click on the “Teacher’s Guide” on the menu to get some pointers in how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:

  • In Search of Green Life – Find out about the interrelationships that exist between people and plants. Learn about plant structure, plant parts, plant life cycles, and growing plants indoors.
  • Soiled Again – Learn about the composition of soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.
  • Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants.
  • Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.
  • Mysterious Parts That Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.
  • You’ve Learned the Mysteries of Green Life – Test your knowledge of plants and plant life and enjoy additional activities such as growing lettuce, making a salad, and growing an indoor garden.

Each “Case Study” assumes the student is a detective searching to solve plant mysteries. These “Case Studies” are lessons cleverly disguised as fun activities that teach as they engage students in the process of learning about the science of plants.

St. Patrick’s Day-themed language arts activities

March 14th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach-nology.com: St. Patrick’s Day

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/stpats/)

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

 

This site has all kinds of language arts activities themed around St. Patrick’s Day!

You’ll find: 

  • Worksheets and Puzzles – including an acrostic poem, crossword puzzle, cryptogram, group creative writing lesson, reading comprehension worksheet, vocabulary quiz
  • Complete Spring Worksheet and Lesson Series –  St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans and teaching theme
  • St. Patrick’s Day Adjective Worksheets – How many ways can you describe a head of cabbage? And more.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Songs

And much more!

Foreign Language Games for Kids

March 10th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theTeacher – Foreign Languages

(www.apples4theteacher.com/foreignlang.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s ad-supported site offers FREE interactive games to practice elementary foreign languages.

When you get to the site look for the menu that includes: 

  • American Sign Language – Learn to fingerspell and create your own printable sign flashcards.
  • Gaelic Games (Ireland) – Learn all about Ireland by turning the pages of an electronic book. You’ll even hear a story in Gaelic.
  • Polish Games – Follow the dot-to-dot game and learn to count backwards in Polish!
  • Spanish Games – There are 4 interactive Spanish games that teach the correct pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet, how to count to 20 forwards and backwards, and how to say the names of parts of the face.

What a fun way to introduce foreign languages and/or reinforce them!

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