Posts Tagged ‘Peter Pan’

Free Literature & Author Quizzes

January 13th, 2010

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Hi!  It’s Wednesday, January 13, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Literature Network
http://www.online-literature.com/author_index.php

Age Range: 11-18 (About Middle & High School)

This ad-supported website provides free biographies and literature including stories, books, and articles by a variety of authors from Aesop to Zola. You’ll find a searchable collection of prominent works, along with fun quizzes that test your biographical knowledge of your favorite authors.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an alphabetical list of authors names including:

  • Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  • Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
  • James M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • F. Scott Fizgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Homer (The Odyssey)
  • Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • William Shakespeare
  • Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  • Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Jules Vern (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)

Click on any name and a new page opens with the author’s biography, a collection of their works (many that you can read online), and a challenging interactive quiz.

In some cases, visitors to the site have posted comments and it wasn’t clear if they are moderated.  Therefore, parents are cautioned (as always) to preview the site.

Enjoy!

Click-a-Story — Great Audio Books Online!

January 10th, 2007

Recommended Site:

Click-A-Story!

Here’s a  gem — the website of the Lancaster County Library in Pennsylvania. When you click on the url, it redirects you to the TumbleBook Library, an online collection of animated, talking picture books (many by beloved children’s authors) that teach young children the joys of reading.

The Lancaster County library is associated with TumbleBook, making access to their website free for visitors to the library’s website. Wait for the redirect (it takes less than a minute), and a new page opens with a menu of books and games. Double click on the menu items to open a selection of resources that includes:

  • Story Books: This is perfect for pre-readers and beginning readers! Of course nothing can replace cuddling with your child and reading aloud to him or her. But for those times when you can’t, this website does the trick! Your child can learn to follow along easily with the clear, highlighted text. The illustrations are engagingly animated, but not so much so as to distract the child’s attention from the printed words. The read-along books are listed in alphabetical order by author. Most of the titles are new, although you can also find classics such as “Old Mother Hubbard.” Plot summaries and grade ranges are given, and some also provide an indication of how much time they take. (Watch for the words “Read on Your Own Book;” a small minority of the books in this section do not have audio narration.) At least one narrator is the book’s actual author, and other narrators have very pleasant and clear speech. See if you can find the one narrated by Whoopi Goldberg! :)
  • Tumble Readables: For your independent readers, several classics are
    available online, including “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” “Alice in
    Wonderland,” “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp,” “Heidi,” “The Jungle Book,” “Little Women,” “Peter Pan,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and more! The larger-print format of these books makes them very pleasant reading, and there is also the convenient option of automatic page turns after a set number of seconds.
  • Life Learning: These story books teach about health, safety, tolerance, and more! Don’t miss the version of “Little Red Riding Hood” in which Granny teaches Little Red a thing or two about cyber safety. :)
  • Audio Books: A short selection of classic children’s literature all in
    audio book format complete with narration, music, and wonderful
    illustrations. You’ll find Aesop’s Fables, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Black
    Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, and more.
  • Puzzles and Games: These correlate directly with the titles on this website and are ordered accordingly. Test your vocabulary, retention, spelling, and more!
  • Language Learning: Read along or independently in French, Spanish, Russian, traditional Chinese characters, and Italian! Some of the foreign-language stories have audio provided or allow you to read them in one language and then in another; great for learning new languages! :)
  • My Favorites: Keep track of your favorite stories (by means of cookies
    saved onto your computer.)

Click on “Index,” in the silver bar near the top of the screen, to see a complete list of titles, including many more advanced read-alones for older kids.

Social Sciences Through Peter Pan

May 9th, 2002

May 9th is the birthday of Sir James Matthew Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Barrie was born in 1860. I thought an exploration of history and social sciences while commemorating the author’s life and his most famous work would be fun! There are several sites that have interesting facts and features which turns this particular ClickSchooling recommendation into a sort of unit study. Enjoy!

Recommended Websites:

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” (from Peter Pan)

This site offers a biography of Sir J. M. Barrie mixed with the story of the origins of Peter Pan:

An Awfully Big ADVENTURE

At this site you will see terrific photos of Barrie, his home, and pictures of the original book cover and playbill posters for Peter Pan.

Barrie Photos

At this site you will find the entire text of Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie that you can read online.

Peter and Wendy

This site offers a production history of Peter Pan from play to musical to television production.

Irondale News – Special Neverland Issue

Believe it or not, this site offers a history of the animated characters in Disney’s Peter Pan; just click on any name in the upper right corner.

Disney Vault: Peter Pan

You can find curriculum and lesson plans on just about anything – including
Peter Pan! At this site you will find a lesson plan in Geography based on Peter Pan. It is designed for classroom use, but could be easily adapted for homeschools:

Finding Captain Hook’s Treasure

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