Posts Tagged ‘prepositions’

Songs for Learning Grammar

February 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garden of Praise: Grammar Songs

(gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm)

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

 

This ad-supported website was created by a veteran classroom teacher and provides free songs that teach grammar along with online and printable activities and materials to reinforce learning. The idea here is that learning rote grammar rules and parts of speech is easier when set to music.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of parts of speech including: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Punctuation

Below the menu, are instructions for how to teach the lessons using the songs and printable cards and posters.

Click on any menu item, and a new page opens with a definition, examples, a link to the song (with music and lyrics), as well as links to downloadable activities. (For example, if you click on “Noun,” you’ll be able to access a crossword puzzle in pdf, and a link to another website containing an interactive noun game.)

Free Language Arts Lessons & Worksheets

January 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LessonSnips

(http://www.lessonsnips.com/category/languagearts)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

LessonSnips offers free multi-subject lessons and worksheets for teachers in downloadable pdfs. The lessons can be tweaked for homeschool use.

For the purpose of today’s review, we’re focusing on the Language Arts portion of the site – but you’ll be happy to know there are “Lesson Snips” for Math, Science, and Social Sciences as well.

When you get to the Language Arts page, you’ll see a menu of the available lessons covering topics such as: 

  • Identifying Parts of Speech – including individual lessons on verbs, irregular verbs, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, intensive and reflexive pronouns, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, infinitives, gerunds, participles, direct and indirect objects, interjections and more.
  • Reading – including identifying vowel sounds and sounds in word families, reading comprehension, sequencing, understanding plot, identifying the problem and solution, framing questions (who, what, where, when, how, and why), understanding narrative poetry, rhyming, and more.
  • Spelling, Writing, and Vocabulary – including basic sentence structure, capitalization, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms, using similes and metaphors, using the right tense, etc.

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with a lesson summary, the objectives, and the suggested grade range. 

Click on the “Get Lesson” button to download and print out the lesson and associated worksheets.

NOTE:  You must register to access the free materials on the ad-supported section of the site. You can also purchase a membership that will give you ad-free access as well as additional tools and resources.

While there is a “schoolish” quality to these lessons, many of the suggested activities or the subjects covered would interest a vast array of learners and with just a tweak can accommodate a variety of learning styles.

Free Online Writing Lab for Grades 7-12

June 29th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 29, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Purdue OWL

(owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/677/01/)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Purdue University offers this Online Writing Lab (OWL) that helps middle and high school students learn and develop writing skills through articles that provide instruction and exercises in the writing process, style and language, different kinds of essay genres, citation, and more. There are no bells and whistles here, just thorough content.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see the menu that includes: 

  • Starting the Writing Process – Tips for instructors and students on beginning writing.
  • Developing an Outline – Suggestions for developing effective outlines.
  • Paragraphs – Learn to create understandable and coherent paragraphs.
  • Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing – Compares and contrasts the three terms and includes a short excerpt to practice these skills.
  • Creating a Thesis Statement – Includes examples of different types of thesis statements.
  • Writing a Research Paper – How to write research papers including choosing topics and finding sources.
  • Writing About Fiction – Covers pre-writing, thesis development, drafting, and common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Sentence Variety – Tips for varying structure, a discussion of sentence types, and specific parts of speech which can aid in sentence variety.
  • Punctuation – Learn when and how to use various marks of punctuation.
  • Proofreading Your Writing – Finding and fixing common errors.

There are many more topics to choose from, and you can use the menu to explore the rest of the site designed to help improve the writing process.

MUST SEE! Don’t miss the Exercises Page that provides free activity pages for learning:  

  • Grammar – Adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, and tense.
  • Punctuation – Basics, apostrophes, quotation marks, and commas.
  • Spelling – A few spelling rules and common difficulties.
  • Sentence Structure – Clauses, fragments, verb agreement, etc.
  • Sentence Style – Eliminating wordiness.

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

June 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Ninja

(www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a fun game to help students develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.


When you get to the website, read the instructions on how to play the game. Then, select a level of play (from beginner to master).

As the game begins, you’ll be presented with sentences and asked to find various parts of speech. The game tracks the time you require to answer the questions, as well as any errors you make. If you make a mistake, the game board displays the correct answer.

There are three levels of play culminating in the title “Master Grammar Ninja.” Your kids will find playing this game is a whole lot more fun than drill and practice work – and I’ll bet some of you parents will have fun testing your grammar skills as well.

Practice Basic German

April 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 9, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ActiLingua Academy – Learn German

(www.deutsch-lernen.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn basic German grammar, verb forms, and syntax with the help of the lessons provided at this ad-supported website. While this website appears to geared towards adults, it does provide a good place for students to hone in on their basic German language skills.

When arriving at the website choose from either the beginner or advanced lessons.

The 10 beginner lessons provide general information and practice in basic verb forms and an introduction to German syntax. Each lesson includes on line practice with feedback as the correct selection. The lessons can be printed out for use offline. Example sentences help the learner to understand proper use of the concept being covered. Also included are wordlists available to print out for additional study. The advanced lessons provide a more in-depth study of prepositions, pronouns, and syntax.

Please note that the first few lessons are freely available, but to access the remaining lessons you will need to register for free.

If your student is looking for some refreshing of their German language skills, this site can provide that.

Free, Fun Grammar & Vocab Flash Cards!

March 9th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, March 9, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quizlet (www.quizlet.com/)

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

 

Bookmark this website! It provides free, interactive flashcards, quizzes, and games for learning Language Arts, Literature, Math, Science, History, Geography, Art, Foreign Languages, and more.

It was the brainchild of a 15-year-old student who got tired of call-and-response quizzing in order to learn vocabulary words. He decided to creatively harness technology to provide students with fun, interactive flash cards that grew to include multiple study modes such as images, audio, quizzes, and games. You can even study on-the-go with Quizlet-compatible mobile apps.

Students and educators can make their own flashcards and study materials, or choose from a wide variety created by others.

Under the Parts of Speech section you can enjoy studying parts of speech including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Grammar
  • Nouns
  • Participles
  • Prepositions
  • Pronouns
  • Root Words
  • Synonyms
  • Verbs

Don’t stop there – search the broader topic; “Language Arts” to locate a myriad of lessons Language Arts related. Search Quizlet to locate a menu of choices for every subject area.

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