Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Language Arts Games and Activities

July 27th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, July 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StoryIt.com

(www.storyit.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free Language Arts games, story starters, printable writing worksheets and other activities to encourage kids to read and write.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured resources in the middle of the page or use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore topics such as: 

  • Literature – Read some children’s literature selections online including The Ugly Duckling, Aesop’s Fables, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, and children’s poetry.
  • Starters – Print out worksheets with pictures and sentences that spark a student’s imagination so they can write a story.
  • Sight Words – Play interactive games for phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercises. Try non-violent hangman games to practice spelling and Dolch sight words. Improve vocabulary by making words with interactive letter tiles.
  • Write Ons – Print lined writing sheets that are in the shape of critters, flowers, vegetables, seasonal and holiday objects, and more. Can be used for a wide variety of writing projects.
  • Coloring – Print out and color classic rhymes such as, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Be Nimble, Little Robin Redbreast, and more.

There are lots of resources here to enhance any language arts curriculum, hobby, or interest. 

Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

June 15th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 15, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lit2Go

(etc.usf.edu/lit2go/)

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

 

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. (There is a free conversion app for iTunes as well.) You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links to the ways you can browse for information including by: 

  • Authors – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and many more.
  • Books – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Common SenseThe Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little PrincessThe Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind In The Willows, and more.
  • Readability – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and carschoolers!

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 1st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

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 activities 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.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, 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. Then, click on a topic of interest 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 us. Go to the home page and see for yourself at http://www.pppst.com/index.html

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 11th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/subject/literature-language-arts)

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

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan. Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

12 Free State Unit Studies

April 21st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DIY Homeschooler – Free State Unit Studies

(diyhomeschooler.com/free-state-unit-studies/)

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

 

This page from the DIY Homeschooler provides mini unit studies for twelve states

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Each unit consists of a brief history, geography, and other information about the state, and a selection of parent-teacher resources which include interesting state facts, mapping suggestions, links for further investigation, activities, and book suggestions. There are also additional links to state-specific unit studies and lessons plans as well as printables and notebooking pages.

And don’t worry if your state is not on the list. If you are interested in doing a unit study for your state, select the “state resources page” text link at today’s site, and the DIY Homemaker has provided resources for creating your own study.

When you are finished browsing through these units, select the “Units” link in the upper menu then select “All Units” to see all of the available free unit studies which include more history and social studies units as well as studies related to geography, science, holidays, music and art, literature, and much more.

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 13th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe. It is sponsored by Thinkport, a resource for Maryland educators and families in association with public television and Johns Hopkins University.

Turn on your speakers to engage in a variety of multi-media activities that will help you learn about one of America’s foremost writers, who is best known for works such as “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

This site offers some ingenious methods for learning about Poe through both historical and fictional means, as well as from a number of different perspectives. Learn about the era he lived in, what his house, family, and hometown were like, and see how it informed the complex choices Poe made as he wrote poems and stories. You can even become a forensic investigator and review the “hard facts” about Poe’s untimely death.

Use the lesson plans and interactive experiences, including primary source documents, links to other website resources, and even some fun family-centered activities to understand the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy. [Note: Some of the links to other web-based resources are inoperative. However, we found that a quick Google search for those items led to results for similar content on a variety of other sites.]

When you get to the site you can click on images to begin to explore the content, or use the menu on the left to focus on: 

  • Poe The Person – Includes a timeline that highlights historic events that occurred during his lifetime. This section also offers, “It’ll be the Death of Me,” that allows you to explore the possible causes of Poe’s mysterious death.
  • Poe The Writer – Provides an exploration into Poe’s writings and the unusual tools, techniques, and revision processes he used.
  • The Poe Library – Access some of Poe’s works, primary source documents about Poe, and link to other resources about Poe.

In addition to all of the above, this site is filled with trivia and little known facts about Poe. The dark, mysterious images and style of the website maintains the spooky legacy of Poe’s most famous works. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.)

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