Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

June 6th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids on the Net

(www.kidsonthenet.com/)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.

When you get to the site you will see menu icons in the center of your screen and a menu bar at the top of the screen.

If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include a crossword, a metaphor and simile quiz, hangman and more. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices flowing.

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Listen to “Paul Revere’s Ride”

April 18th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

“Paul Revere’s Ride”

(www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1231017)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

April 18th is the anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride. In 1775, Revere rode by horseback to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. A quintessential moment in the American Revolution, it was depicted in the poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

At this website, National Public Radio offers a free audio recording of the poem that includes a discussion of the background of Revere’s ride, including the historical inaccuracies in the poem.

It may be helpful to read the poem as you listen to it recited. Read the poem online or print it out to read offline here.

And if you are ever in the Boston area, you can visit the Paul Revere House and follow the route of the ride.

User-Created Timeline

April 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

(www.timelineindex.com/content/home.php)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision – also see note at bottom of review)

 

One of our ClickScholars wrote this: “I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories: 

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors, Alchemists, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Composers, Conquerors, Dictators, Explorers, Inventors, Mathematicians, Musicians, Philosophers, Scientists, Settlers, US Presidents, Writers, Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art, Culture, Education, Exploration, Health, Industry, Law, Nature, Politics, Religion, Sports, Disasters, Discoveries, Empires, Revolutions, Theories, War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age, Ice Age, Industrial Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance, Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa, America, the Arctic, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books, Film, Music, Paintings, Economics, Fiction, Myths, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and URLs to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

April is National Poetry Month

March 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Poets.org

(www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/30-ways-celebrate-national-poetry-month)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website, you’ll find 30 free ways to celebrate “National Poetry Month” that runs from April 1st through April 30th.

When you get to the site you’ll see the list of thirty suggestions that include:

  • Memorize a poem.
  • Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  • Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  • Make a card for Mother’s Day.

Click on any one and a new page opens with greater detail and some have links to resources to help you implement the suggestions. And that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at this site. Use the menu to explore: 

  • Use the search engine to look up a favorite poem or poet. In many cases you can listen to audio clips of poets reading their own poetry.
  • Get tips for teaching poetry along with lesson plans. Don’t miss Teach This Poem” that contains a list of popular poems with links to audio files so you can listen to the poem being read aloud.

Free Online Literature

February 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bibliomania

(www.bibliomania.com/)

Age Range: 10-adult (Grades 4 and beyond; children with parental supervision)

 

This site has “free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts” where you can read, study or research.

When you scroll over the icons on the left sidebar, you’ll see new, featured and/or recommended books. You can click on something that grabs your attention or you can start at each icon: 

  • Read – Choose fiction, poetry, drama and more. When you click on an author name, all the books on the site by that author are listed. If you click on a title, there is usually a summary of the book first, then each chapter listed separately.
  • Study – There are study guides for books written by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and more.
  • Research – Choose from non-fiction, reference, biographies or religious texts (only the Bible and the Koran are there so far).

You can also use the search feature to find something by text or author/title.

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

(www.poetryfoundation.org/collections/101693/the-cranberry-cantos)

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

 

This website offers a great selection of Thanksgiving-themed poetry.

As explained at the site, “Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.” Some are somber and some are silly. Some are old and some are modern. We hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!

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