Posts Tagged ‘punctuation’

Free Writing Lessons for All Grades!

May 27th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Time4Writing (http://www.time4writing.com/free-writing-resources/)

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website sells an online writing program, but it also provides free writing resources that include instructional videos, printable worksheets, and interactive games. There’s enough free material to jump-start writing, nudge it along, hone some grammar skills, and more.
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and below it are some of the free writing resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to easily access the free writing resources that teach: 
  • Writing Sentences – Sentence structure, fragments and run-on sentences; simple, complex and compound sentences; types of sentences including declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory
  • Writing Paragraphs – Topic sentence, supporting details, concluding sentence, and types of paragraphs
  • Writing Essays – Introduction, thesis statement, concluding paragraph, types of essays, etc.
  • Writing Mechanics – Parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, punctuation, homophones, homonyms, etc.
  • Standardized Test Writing – Identifying sentence errors, choosing the better sentence, editing and revising paragraphs, improving sentences, writing the SAT essay.
Click on a topic of interest and a new page opens with a selection of sample lessons, activities, and games.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 13th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BBC: Skillswise

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills. Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations). 
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:
  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation. 

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.

IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

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

April 15th, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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.
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