Posts Tagged ‘languages’

Foreign Language Teaching Ideas

November 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 4, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching Ideas: Languages

(www.teachingideas.co.uk/foreignlanguages/contents.htm)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades K-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers loads of ideas for helping children learn foreign languages.

When you get to the site you will see a list of activities to choose from. Select the “Load More” button on the bottom of the group to bring up more pages of available activities. Many of the free activities are game suggestions or printables that will help kids learn vocabulary, numbers, colors, food names, and words for various body parts. While some of the activities offer examples in another language, you can certainly substitute ANY foreign language you are currently studying and get great results.

In reviewing this website, we found activities specifically for the following languages: 

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Lithuanian
  • Sign Language
  • Urdu

Please note that there are ads interspersed with the activity image links, but the activities are easily identified as each has a red icon box identifying it as an activity resource, idea, presentation, book or other teaching material with an age range under the icon. Select the “view” option to see the resource. (Review the “About” page for details about the icons and more.)

Reinforcing language skills through playing games is a whole lot more fun than typical drill and practice work suggested in textbooks – and many of these activities can be done in the car, at the grocery store, at an airport, and while waiting in line just about anywhere.

Fun Math Games in Many Languages!

October 30th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 30, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mothmatic

(www.mothmatic.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers colorful, animated, interactive math games to help students practice basic math equations in a multiple choice format – and in a variety of languages including German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Polish and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of math strands (displayed in English) that include: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Randomly generated equations are displayed on the screen and the player selects the correct answer. If the player guesses incorrectly a message appears saying, “Wrong. Try again.” If you guess correctly, you move on to the next equation until the game runs its course.
 
To play in an alternate language, use the horizontal menu at the bottom of the screen to make your selection.

Online Visual Dictionary

October 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Visual Dictionary

(infovisual.info/en)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows: 

  • Biology Vegetal – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
  • Biology Animal – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
  • Human Body – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
  • Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
  • Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
  • Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

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.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language Video Dictionary

(www.signingsavvy.com/browse-letter)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter. Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up: 

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees.

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language – and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

Activities in French for Kids

September 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 2, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids-R-Crafty

(www.kidsrcrafty.com/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site, one of the many DLTK Sites for Kids, provides younger students with learning activities in both English and French. The home page provides an introduction in both languages.

Use the left-hand side menu to find the French activities which include: 

  • Éctiture – (Education) – activities to help the student learn to write
  • Labyrinthes – (Mazes) – simple mazes with French captions
  • Les Formes – (Shapes) – coloring pages to learn shapes
  • Les Lettres – (Letters) – trace and color the letters of the alphabet and learn French words that start with that letter
  • Les Nombres – (Numbers) – Learn numbers 1-10 and color the correct amount of objects represented by the number.

Each main page has information and instruction in both English and French. Once you have selected an activity, use your browser print function to print out the page to use a worksheet. While this site is generally geared for very young learners, it can also be use with older elementary students to learn some basic French.

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