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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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Rhyme Generator

September 21st, 2008

Recommended Website:
Write Rhymes

Clickschooling subscriber Winifred Sheridan recommended this website that provides a free rhyme generator. You just type in a word and in seconds you’re provided with a list of words that rhyme with it. Winifred wrote, “I love it.”

For those who are learning how to write poetry or limericks this is a terrific tool to have handy.

When you get to the site simply type in the word you want to rhyme, hold down the “alt” key on your keyboard, and use your mouse to click on the word you just typed. A list of rhyming words (with from one to multiple syllables) appears on the right side of the screen.

The only drawback is that the rhyming words that are generated appear in white font making them difficult to see. Use your mouse to highlight the words in order to get a better view. :)

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Celebrate Einstein’s Birthday and National Pi Day on March 14

March 9th, 2004

Two great events occur simultaneously on March 14th — Albert Einstein’s Birthday and National Pi Day. Celebrate with fun activities that enhance your kids’ understanding of math and science with the information at these websites:

Recommended Website:
Einstein for Kids

March 14th is Albert Einstein’s birthday. Einstein is considered to have had one of the greatest science and math minds ever! At this site you will find links to wonderful sites to explore every stage of Einstein’s life. To get your kids interested in Einstein consider telling them that he was a genius — but that he didn’t talk until he was 3, he hated school and thought it was boring, he left school at 15 because of bad grades, and he wanted to study at the university but couldn’t pass the entrance exam! Nevertheless, at age 26 he published the Theory of Relativity, the quantum theory of light, and proved that energy and matter are linked in the physics relationship of E=MC².

When you get to the site look at the menu on the left. For the best biographical information about Einstein’s life click on “Einstein — Image and Impact.”

Then, for a really interesting discussion of why Einstein is considered to be so smart — click on “How smart was he?”

Finally, to engage in some interactive puzzles that will really stretch your thinking click on “Think Like Einstein.”


Coincidentally, the mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…) is celebrated on Einstein’s Birthday March 14th (3.14).

Math Forum: Pi Day

For all kinds of activities, math problems, discussions, songs, and unique ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages visit this site.

Verbose.net’s Pi Page

Basic information and trivia about Pi.

The Joy of Pi

More information than you ever knew existed about Pi.

Exploratorium Museum

This site links to Pi-Ku (Pi Haiku), limericks, posters, and much more! And for those interested in celebrating Pi Day along with Einstein’s birthday — if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can visit the Exploratorium Museum on March 14th and celebrate Einstein’s Birthday and Pi Day at precisely 1:59 pm (think: 3.14159…) by singing songs about Pi, doing activities related to Pi, and by eating Pi! You can even visit the local sponsors and munch a “pi”zza.

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The Ultimate Poetry Site

November 23rd, 2003

Recommended Website:
Gigglepotz: Poetry for Kids

This site offers a compendium of resources for teaching and appreciating poetry. It’s organized a little haphazardly, but the content with links to innumerable resources is amazing. When you get to the site you will see the title Giggle Poetry. Under the title is a menu of links to poems and projects with poetry. Included are the poems of Shel Silverstein, and A. A. Milne. Click on the links to read some funny poetry and get suggestions for themed poetry activities that you can do.

Next, you will see “Learn How To Write Poetry” on the menu. From acrostic poems and limericks to Haiku poetry and poems based on feelings, you will find links to websites with ideas and directions for teaching kids how to write a variety of poems.

At the very bottom of the menu, and on the left side of the screen you will find many more links to sites that offer instruction in everything from rebus rhymes to cinquain poetry.

Finally, on the home page, if you look directly under the title “Giggle Poetry” you will see “Tips for Teaching Poetry to Children” and “Teach Haiku Poetry too!” The “Tips” page contains a simple list of good ideas for the study of poetry with kids. The “Teach Haiku” list offers an extensive directory for the study of Haiku poetry beginning with 2nd Grade through College!

As I said in the subject line, this is the ultimate poetry website — because it is essentially a gateway to the study of every kind of poetry through educational websites on the Internet.

Poems!

July 25th, 2001

Recommended Website:
Poetry Zone

This website contains the complete text of “How To Write Poems” designed for kids ages 8-12. In very simple language the author provides instruction and examples of how to write every kind of poem imaginable including more unusual poems such as haiku, limericks, cinquains, and tankas. Visitors to this site will learn how to use alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, similes, and onomatopoeia to construct every kind of poem from funny to sad or serious to silly. Even if you are not interested in writing your own poetry, the examples used to illustrate the concepts are interesting reading that the whole family will enjoy.

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