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Interactive Grammar Games!

October 18th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Practice Park

(www.harcourtschool.com/menus/preview/harcourt_language/grammar_park.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Harcourt School Publishers, provides twelve, free, interactive, multi-media grammar games that help students practice and improve their understanding of grammar.

The games cover the following topics: 

  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Past and Future Tense
  • Plural Spellings
  • Prepositions
  • Sentence Structure (phrases, dependent clauses, and independent clauses)
  • Punctuation

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games divided by grade level. Click on any game and a new page opens where you can begin play.  

These practice games are based upon lessons in Harcourt textbooks and workbooks. You do need some basic knowledge of grammar to play the practice games, as they are not instructional – just a way to practice what you do know, or find out what you don’t know.

Literacy Games and Interactive Resources

September 20th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 20, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum: Language Arts

(www.mrnussbaum.com/langcode.htm)

Age Range: 2-14 (Grades PreK-9, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is a massive archive of all kinds of learning activities and resources for every school subject. For this review, we are focusing on the huge variety of free language arts games, printables, reading comprehension activities, grammar editing, spelling help, and other resources.

When you get to the site, you will see a list of activities that include: 

  • Language Arts Games – Play games that teach sentence and paragraph editing, spelling, punctuation, and writing basics.
  • Online and Printable Reading Comprehension Worksheets – Read a paragraph or essay on any topic you select and answer multiple choice questions about it. Use either the online or offline versions. Topics include the American Revolution, the Silk Road, Galaxies, Lewis and Clark, Peregrine Falcons, etc.
  • Story Units – Read 3 different online stories and enjoy the interactive activities that further learning.
  • Sentence Surgeons & Paragraph Paramedics – Learn to be an editor! Correct sentences for spelling, grammar, and punctuation online.
  • Cloze Reading – Fill in the blanks in a sentence or paragraph with the correct word from a vocabulary bank.

Other activities teach and/or remediate spelling, alphabetical order, parts of speech, punctuation, and more. Many of these activities will allow you to choose either printable or online exercises.

When you are through with the Language Arts section, use the menu at the top of the page to find activities for math, geography, science, etc.

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

August 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 23, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free. 

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

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.)

“Green” Grammar Lessons & More!

January 4th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 4, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maggie’s Earth Adventures

(www.missmaggie.org/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers lesson plans and interactive games in a variety of subject areas including five free grammar games that help kids learn about nouns, verbs, prefixes, suffixes, word endings, rhyming words, and how to edit written work. We are focusing on the Language Arts games for this review. The website’s objective is to educate children on environmental issues to protect and build a sustainable future for our planet. All of the games are themed around this objective.

When you get to the website you’ll see the icon, “Free Activities.” If you click on that, a new page opens where you can register (free) to receive the cross-curricular Maggie’s Earth Adventures Weekly Activity Packet (WAP) with lessons and games that will be delivered to your email inbox. 

Then, look at the main menu on the right side of the screen and click under “Have you played Maggie’s Games?” There are over a dozen games including: 

  • Super Match – Find words that rhyme.
  • Short Circuit – Match prefixes and suffixes with their meanings to prevent a computer short circuit.
  • Fish ‘Em Up – Catch word endings by determining if you have to double the consonant or change the y for the correct spelling.
  • Edit Dan’s Copy – Edit Dan’s work for errors in capitalization and punctuation.
  • Clean Up Your Grammar – In this game a virtual beach is littered with bad grammar. Help clean up nouns and verbs.

These games stand on their own as fun practice work for learning parts of speech, spelling rules, and other language arts skills. They are enhanced if you use the free lesson plans available by registering to get the free Weekly Activity Packs. By using the WAP, students will see the connectedness and relevance of language arts, math, science, geography,and social sciences to environmental issues.

By the way, some of the games are available in Spanish as well!

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.
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