Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Fun Themes Help Kids Read for Pleasure

September 21st, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Kidsmomo

(www.kidsmomo.com/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8. As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)

 

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers: 

  • Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.
  • Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.
  • Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.

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. 

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?

The History of Memorial Day

May 26th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 26, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Memorial Day

(www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the history and original intent of Memorial Day with this website maintained by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

When arriving at today’s link, read an overview of the history of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day. Discover the reason why red poppies are worn, what the National Moment of Remembrance is, and more.

After reading about the history, learn more about the traditional observances on Memorial Day by selecting the “Observance” link. Dig deeper by selecting “Resources” to discover: 

  • Speeches, Essays, Articles
  • Poetry, Prayers, Lyrics
  • Presidential Remarks
  • Patriotic Melodies

This simple website provides a solid background into understanding the purpose of celebrating Memorial Day.

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.

Free Tips for Young Writers!

May 4th, 2016

It’s Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Blue Zoo Writers

(http://www.bluezoowriters.com/young-writers/)

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

 

This website is a free online learning center to help writers of all ages learn to write better without taking up a lot of your time.

 

As explained at the site:

 

As W. Somerset Maugham said: “There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” This is not a place for rules. On the other hand, it’s not a place for endless advice… My promise here: no fluff. Just help.

When you click on the link above it will take you to the “Young Writers – Tips” page. While the entire site offers helpful information for writers of all ages, this particular page is a good jumping off point – with lots of short writing tips especially useful for young writers. You’ll see a menu of articles that include guidelines and suggestions for writing:

  • Poetry
  • Brainstorming Ideas for Stories
  • The Difference Between an Idea and a Story
  • Good First Lines to Start a Great Story

The articles include advice and examples from well-known writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Sid Fleischman, Jan Yolen, Dr. Seuss, and more. You’ll find links to resources within the articles as well.

When you’re through exploring the “Young Writers Tips,” click on “Core Advice for Your Writing Craft and Career” on the menu. There, you’ll find more articles on becoming a better writer, including the “Blue Zoo Curriculum – An Outline.” It’s a set of core articles on 10 skills “a professional writer would do well to master” and are grouped into three categories:

  • Being a Writer – Get advice on becoming a better writer along with some motivational techniques.
  • The Craft of Writing – Find out how to spin an appealing story and  how to create a sense of place.
  • Career Development – Discover how to build your writer’s brand.
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