Posts Tagged ‘punctuation’

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

April 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Sheppard Software: Parts of Speech Tutorial

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.
When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include: 
  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.

When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

Over 400 Free Grammar Lessons!

February 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Daily Grammar

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, developed by a software executive and a middle/high school English professor, archives over 400 grammar lessons and 80 quizzes to teach students the mechanics of the written language.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the lessons. Click on any one and a new page open with the lesson and practice activities to further understanding. The lessons include:
  • Parts of Speech – Verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
  • Parts of the Sentence – Subject/verb, direct object, indirect object, appositives, prepositional phrases, gerunds, infinitives, participles, and more.
  • Mechanics – Capitalization, end punctuation, periods, commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, brackets, italics, and underlining.

This is a great way to learn new skills and improve existing grammar usage. This site is supported with randomly generated advertisements. Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise use.

Note: For convenience, all of the lessons have been compiled into both a hard copy book and an eBook that are available for purchase at the site. However, no purchase is necessary to access the lessons at the website.

Language Arts Activities for K-8

September 17th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 17, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Mr. Nussbaum: Language Arts

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, 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 variety of menu boxes below the heading, “Language Arts Games, Stories, Activities and More for Grades K – 8”. To access each activity, click on the words below each box (rather than the boxes themselves) that include:
  • Language Arts Games – Play 12 games that teach sentence and paragraph editing, spelling, punctuation, and writing basics.
  • Online & Printable Reading Comprehension Exercises – 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.

Interactive Grammar Games!

May 7th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Harcourt: Grammar Practice Park

 

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: 
  • 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.

NetRover.com – Writing

February 12th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, Febnruary 12, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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netrover.com – Writing

Age Range: 5-10 (grades 1-5, approximately, with parental supervision).

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of Language Arts games, songs, printable worksheets, and activities that include:

  • Grammar – Have fun learning parts of speech, punctuation, abbreviation, contractions, and editing.
  • Media – Write a story and use the keyboard to add fun sound effects.
  • Printing – Get worksheets to practice handwriting.
  • Spelling and Phonics – Sing spelling songs, learn to read and spell sight words, take spelling tests.

Bonus! Click on “Stories” to access children’s stories with animation and sound. Many have a quiz at the end and even more teaching resources to further learning. Some of the stories include a YouTube Video.

This website is chock-full of goodies to help moms and children experience Language Arts in fun ways!

Free Writing Tutorials

February 5th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, February 5, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Fact Monster: Writing Skills

 

Age Range: 9-18 (upper elementary through high school, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve featured portions of the Fact Monster website in the past. This section is worth bookmarking because it provides free writing tutorials on topics from basic sentence structure to paragraphs, essays, book reports, biographies, research papers, and term papers. The tutorials are delivered through simple-to-read text that includes clear and instructive samples.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of items to browse. Scroll down the page to find a wealth of writing lessons covering simpler and more sophisticated topics such as:
  • How to Write an Essay – Learn how to select a topic, organize your ideas, write a first draft, revise the work, and proofread the final draft
  • Writing Different Types of Essays – Learn how to structure your writing for Narrative, Descriptive, Persuasive, Cause and Effect, and Comparison and Contrast Essays
  • How to Write a Biography
  • How to Write a Book Report
  • How to Write a Research Paper – Learn to select a topic, discover how to research to find sources of information, take notes, organize ideas, write a first draft, revise, proofread, and use footnotes and endnotes. Plagiarism is defined here as well.
  • How to Write a Letter – Includes instruction on personal letters, thank you notes, a letter of complaint and more.
  • How to Write a Speech – Find out how to write speeches that inform, persuade, and entertain.
  • Spelling & Grammar – Includes lessons on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sentence structure, parts of speech, subject and predicate, dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, split infinitives, and more.
This is a great reference website not only for writing, but for every subject. Look around and you’ll see what I mean. Make it a “favorite” to return often.

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