Posts Tagged ‘limericks’

Literacy, Spelling, & Grammar Activities!

October 19th, 2011

Hi! It’s Wednesday, October 19, 2011, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Ambleweb

Age Range: 7-12 (with parental supervision)

The Ambleside Primary School faculty and fourth-year students created the free language arts games and activities on this site. The math portion of this site was reviewed in ClickSchooling in 2005 and is still useful. Today’s review focuses on the literacy portion of this site that appears in two sections as follows:

I. When you get to the site you’ll see the word “Literacy” and below it a menu that includes short “Click-On” activities as follows:

*Interactive spelling worksheets -Cclick and drag the missing letters to the blank spaces where they belong to complete the words.

*Proverbs – Click and drag the first and last parts of each proverb to place them together.

*Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, and Prepositions – Drag each word into the correct category.

*Word Finder – Given a word, see how many smaller words can be made from its letters.

*Sentence Sorter – Put the words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.

II. Below the above menu, click on the words “Ambleweb Literacy Page to find:

*Look, Cover, Write, and Check – A customizable spelling list. You look at the word, then click “cover” and type the word from memory. You will be informed whether you got the word correct or not.

*Book Reviews – Read reviews submitted by (mostly young) website visitors, or submit your own!

*Word Games and Quizzes – Create stories, limericks, or haiku. Work on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and more!

*Best Internet Resources – A long list of recommended links for further Language Arts learning and practice. (I did not review these links, so parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use.)

“Gnarly Gnenglish” Free Newsletter

January 19th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, January 19, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Gnarly Gnenglish

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately)

A Maryland ClickScholar recommended this website that offers a free newsletter intended to engage kids in English language arts through short stories, history, riddles, and cartoons

Published every other month, Gnarly Gnenglish is designed to make English Language Arts look less like work and more like fun. The idea is to “hook” kids through amusing stories, limericks, rhymes, and riddles.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the current issue that features stories by Mark Twain, O. Henry, and a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes. You’ll also find humorous stories about the authors (laced with historical information) that are sure to make you smile or scratch your head and say, “Hmmmm.”  A limerick, a list of vocabulary words, and some riddles round out the fare.  It’s just enough to trigger interest in the author’s works, and at the very least it will stimulate conversation.

You’ll see a subscription form at the bottom of the newsletter.  Just enter your name and email address to subscribe.

Gnarly Gnenglish is by the creator of Gnarly Math. Gnarly Math started out as a free math newsletter to engage kids in mathematics.  Now, years later, it has been compiled into an ebook that is for sale at the site along with a CD ROM of math activities.  Poke around the site and you’ll find a few free tips for parents and teachers on making math a lot more fun for kids and students too.

Giggle Poetry

April 14th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, April 14, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Giggle Poetry

Age Range: 6-12 (approximately)

April is National Poetry Month. We featured this website last year, but it offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry it’s worth visiting again! It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as:

*Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more.  Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.

*Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.

*Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.

*Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.

*Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

Free Language Arts Lessons & Activities (CSAW)

December 9th, 2009

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, December 9, 2009 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
PowerPoint Station: Language Arts
http://languagearts.pppst.com/index.html

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)
 
The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and interactives on every facet of Language Arts.
 
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes:
 
*Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch Words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
 
*Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, classics, etc.
 
*Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
 
*Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
 
*Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and everyone’s favorite – dangling participles.  :)
 
*Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
 
*Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
 
Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well.  Click on any one and a new page opens that launches the program.
 
But wait, there’s more!  This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject.  You heard me.&nbs p; Go to the home page and see for yourself at:
http://www.pppst.com/index.html
 
This is one of the most comprehensive resources I’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?  It’s all here. This site earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence.

~ One click closer to the perfect education! ~

April is National Poetry Month!

April 1st, 2009

Recommended Website:
Giggle Poetry

Age Range: 6-12 (approximately) Note: See below for poetry site for older students.]

April is National Poetry Month and this website offers a fun way to introduce kids to poetry with helpful lessons and activities that will inspire them to write poetry as well. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as:

  • Read & Rate — Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more. Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.
  • Poetry Class — Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons — and learn to write limericks and haiku too.
  • Poetry Fun — Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.
  • Poetry Theater — Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.
  • Ask the Poet — Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

If you are looking for poetry for OLDER STUDENTS and ADULTS visit:

Poets.org

ClickSchooling list member Leslie Hammer recommended this website that offers all kinds of resources and information on poetry and poets geared to ages 14 and up. (There are some poems for younger children here as well — parental guidance required.) When you get to the site click on “Educators” on the menu to get free poetry curriculum and lesson plans. You can also find out about poetry events taking place this month near you. Enjoy!

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World Pi Day

March 9th, 2009

This coming Friday, March 14, 2009 is World Pi Day and people everywhere will be celebrating the mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…).

Celebrate all week long with fun activities that enhance students’ understanding of all that is circular with the information at today’s websites.

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: All (Parents — please preview these sites and select the resources that will be of the most benefit for your children.)

The Joy of Pi

A companion to the book, “The Joy of Pi,” this website offers a terrific, comprehensive and current archive of links to information and resources all about Pi, including FREE downloadable lessons and activities. Learn the history of Pi, how to calculate Pi, how to play Pi on the piano, and many other unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.

Math Forum: Pi Day

This site offers Pi-themed activities for classroom use that can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

The Exploratorium’s Pi Day Celebration Page

This site provides some Pi activities you can try at home as well as links to Pi-Ku (Pi Haiku), limericks, posters, etc. And for those interested in celebrating Pi Day – if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can visit the Exploratorium Museum on March 14th and celebrate Pi Day at precisely 1:59 pm (think: 3.14159…) by singing songs about Pi, doing activities related to Pi, and by eating Pi!

Note: Many museums now offer Pi Day celebrations – so check with your local museum to see if you can join in festivities there. :)

Oh, and don’t forget to celebrate by eating a piece of pie on Friday, March 14 at 1:59 PM (3.14159…)!

Have fun!

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Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website — fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.

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