Posts Tagged ‘language’

Interactive Grammar Games!

October 18th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Practice Park

(www.harcourtschool.com/menus/preview/harcourt_language/grammar_park.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Harcourt School Publishers, provides twelve, free, interactive, multi-media grammar games that help students practice and improve their understanding of grammar.

The games cover the following topics: 

  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Past and Future Tense
  • Plural Spellings
  • Prepositions
  • Sentence Structure (phrases, dependent clauses, and independent clauses)
  • Punctuation

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games divided by grade level. Click on any game and a new page opens where you can begin play.  

These practice games are based upon lessons in Harcourt textbooks and workbooks. You do need some basic knowledge of grammar to play the practice games, as they are not instructional – just a way to practice what you do know, or find out what you don’t know.

Beginners’ Medieval Latin

October 14th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 14, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Beginners’ Latin

(www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/latin/beginners/default.htm)

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

 

This website from the United Kingdom’s National Archives provides lessons to learn Latin as it was “used in England between 1086 and 1733, when it was the official language used in documents.”

Per the information on the homepage, this Latin is different from classical Latin and provides information as to what the differences are. When arriving at the site, read through the helpful information on this page and the “Where to Start” page. There are 12 lessons available that cover: 

  • Introduction to Verbs
  • Introduction to nouns; first declension nouns; cases of nouns
  • Second declension nouns; ‘to be’
  • Non; second conjugation verbs; numbers
  • First and second declension adjectives; ego and nos
  • Hic, hec, hoc; third and fourth conjugation verbs
  • Third declension nouns and adjectives
  • Prepositions; possession
  • Using the word list for verbs; verbs – past tense
  • Qui, que, quod; the family
  • Fourth and fifth declension nouns; days of the week
  • Adverbs; numbers and dates; months; useful phrases; dating clauses

Lessons include easy to understand explanations of concepts, helpful tips to remember material, sentences for practice translation, and additional interactive activities for more practice.

When finished with these lessons, return to the home page and locate the text link “Try our new Advanced Latin” to find 12 more advanced lessons that expand the students’ knowledge of: 

  • Imperfect tense
  • Pluperfect tense
  • Future simple tense
  • Future perfect tense
  • Pronouns
  • Passive verbs
  • Participles – present, past and future
  • Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
  • Subjunctive
  • Deponent and semi-deponent verbs
  • Gerunds and Gerundives
  • Infinitives; accusative and infinitive clause

This website is a great starting point for the language student interested in learning about medieval Latin.

Huge American Speeches Database

October 12th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 12, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Rhetoric

(www.americanrhetoric.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website contains a huge database of over 5,000 speeches from a variety of resources covering a wide range of topics.

There are several options to search through the speeches. On the homepage, visitors can use the options available in the content of the home page or use the sidebar menu. If the “Online Speech Bank” option on the home page is selected, visitors can search alphabetically by speech name or the speaker(s), special events, recent additions, Speech of the Week, and more. Use the sidebar menu to search through categories such as: 

  • Top 100 Speeches
  • President Obama Speeches
  • President G.W. Bush Speeches
  • Movie Speeches
  • Figures in Sound (audio and video illustrations of figures of speech)
  • Christian Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of 9-11

Most speeches provide transcripts of the speech and many also provide audios and/or videos.

But this site does not stop there. It also provides information about the study of rhetoric as well as online quizzes

Bookmark this site not only for your history studies but also for language arts and speech classes.

Online Interactive Storytime!

October 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Storyline Online

(www.storylineonline.net/)

Age Range: All (All grades – designed for children, with parental supervision, and entertaining for the whole family)

 

Bookmark this website now! This is a website where you can watch members of the Screen Actors Guild – yes, well-known actors and actresses – read stories and books aloud. Their skills at bringing the words on the pages to life engage audiences of all ages.

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a menu of book covers/titles below. Put your cursor over the book and you can see who reads it. You can also find the complete list by clicking on “Library” located at the top. Turn on your speakers, and click on a book to begin. You will be treated to a video of the actor reading the book, complete with illustrations, captions (so you can follow along), and a musical score to enhance the experience.

Once you are through watching and listening to the story or book, download and print out the “Activity Guide” that includes a book summary, reading and writing helps, and related activities.

We were completely captivated by the stories we sampled. This is a high-quality endeavor that blends literature and technology in a delightful way for readers and listeners of all ages.

Reading – Storybooks Online

October 4th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 4, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Storybooks Online

(www.magickeys.com/books/index.html)

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

 

This award-winning site contains original stories with illustrations for young children, as well as stories for older kids and young adults too.

This ad-supported archived website gives you many riddles, mazes, and coloring activities that are coordinated with the stories. You can also click on a “sound” link to listen to some of the stories. One example is the book The Farm Animals – by Rolando Merino. It’s a free, complete, online, Click-a-Word Talking eBook! You can click and hear every individual word pronounced, hear every page read, and listen to real farm animal sounds!

There is real potential here for older siblings to read the online stories to their younger brothers and sisters – so it’s a friendly site for the entire family.

Going to this site is a little like going to the library without leaving home!

Visit a Recycled Plastics Plant Virtually

September 29th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 29, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Plastipak Packaging Plant Virtual Tour

(www.infineo-economiecirculaire.com/en/factory-tour/virtual-tour.html)

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

 

See how used plastic bottles are recycled into new bottles with this virtual tour from the French company, Plastipak.

Use the left sidebar explore the facility and see: 

  • Storage area – where bales of the old bottles are stored
  • Unpacking Zone – the first step in the recycling process
  • Wash Zone – After bottles are sorted and crushed they are washed.
  • Extrusion Zone – where the recycled pellets are converted to granules
  • Polycondensation – the purification step to prep the granules to make new bottles
  • Injection Zone – This is where the new bottles are made.
  • Silos – purified granules are stored in the silos for later transport by tankers to other food manufactures to use to create their bottles and other containers

To navigate a location simply scroll your mouse up or down or use your up and down arrow keys. Throughout the tour there are occasional information blocks to open by selecting the plus sign. 

Bonus: If you have a student learning French, click the flag in the upper right of the tour to view the information in French and your student can practice their language skills. 

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