Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

December 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

(See below.)

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

 

This week, we are featuring Language Arts with a holiday theme.

The Holiday Zone

(http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development. You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

Story-Lovers.com: In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays

(www.story-lovers.com/bareboneswinterstories.html)

This website offers a free compilation of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa stories. Simply click on a title on the menu to read the story online. Some of the stories have a link to the original source material on the Net. You can just quickly scan stories, and then head to your bookstore or library to find the tales your children will enjoy in book format.

LibriVox: Free Christmas Audiobooks

(librivox.org/)

LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Free Literature Study Guides

November 30th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.ntc-school.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/index.html)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Review
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Science Postcards

November 8th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Postcards

(www.sciencepostcards.com/)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website from New Zealand encourages development of scientific exploration through children’s literature. The idea is to read one of the recommended books, and then the “teacher” sends a “Science Postcard” themed around that book title to a student. Upon receiving the postcard, the student is inspired to engage in a science activity that relates to the book they just read. The science activity is downloadable/printable at the Science Postcard website after registering.

There are eight, free science postcards and activities that include: 

  1. Book Title: Duck in the Truck – Science Activity: “Science Friction” (Forces)
  2. Book Title: Sidewalk Circus – Science Activity: “Shadow Secrets” (Light)
  3. Book Title: Cork on the Ocean – Science Activity: “Traffic Light Straws” (Density)
  4. Book Title: The King’s Bubbles – Science Activity: “Bubble Magic” (Forces)
  5. Book Title: Tarawera’s Pink Terrace Children – Science Activity: “Fiery Eruptions” (Volcanoes)
  6. Book Title: Mrs. McGinty and the Bizarre Plant – Science Activity: “Flight for Life” (Seeds)
  7. Book Title: Ruby Sings the Blues – Science Activity: “No to Noise” (Sound)
  8. Book Title: Bright Star – Science Activity: Moon Strike (Space)

All of the Science Postcards are available for free at the site. The Teacher and Pupil notes for the first book mentioned above, “Cork on the Ocean,” and the Science activity “Traffic Light Straws” are available free (without registering). All other Teacher and Pupil notes can be downloaded for free, once you have registered on the site.

We registered and noticed that you MUST fill out the “comment” field in order to complete the registration. We simply typed, “Thanks.” That did the job.

Of course, it wouldn’t be necessary to print out a postcard and send it to your children – you could simply do the activities. On the other hand, it might be fun to send the postcard to them (kids love to get mail). Or, you could place one in a conspicuous place somewhere in the house where they are sure to see it and wonder what it is.

This is a fun way to engage kids in science projects that tie into the books they enjoy reading.

Free Online Math Games for Kids & More

October 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, October 3, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LearningGamesForKids.com

(www.learninggamesforkids.com/math_games.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website archives learning games for Math and every other subject – all accessible for FREE!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of interactive math games sorted by grade range for K-5, and you can select by math strand as well including: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division

You can select random math games, too.

The arcade-style games are engaging with sounds like blips, beeps, and buzzes to encourage play.

When you’re through playing math games, check out the menu on the left side of the screen where you will find interactive learning games for the following subjects: 

  • Animals
  • Educational Songs
  • Health
  • Art and Music
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • And More!

You’ll also find a selection of games for preschoolers, keyboarding games, educational videos, printables, etc.

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!

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