Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens

June 20th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 20, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

About.com – Summer Reading Lists

(www.thoughtco.com/summer-reading-lists-for-kids-and-teens-627024)

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

 

Elizabeth Kennedy is a children’s book expert that writes for About.com. She publishes an annual compilation of summer reading lists

The book lists come from her site, schools, school districts, librarians and others with a knowledge of kids, reading levels and good books for young people. You’re sure to find some books your kids will like on these lists.

The lists of recommended children’s and young adult books are generally organized by grade levels. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books. You’ll find both classics and recently published books.

When you get to the website scroll down the page to find lists for: 

  • Reading Lists for Grades 4-8
  • Books for Teen Boys, Girls and Teen Reluctant Readers
  • Books for Boys Recommended by Librarians
  • HAISLN (Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network) 2018 Recommended Reading Lists
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Booklist for Young Readers
  • 2018 Notable Children’s Books Lists
  • And more!

Find more resources at the very bottom of the page to help parents encourage the love of reading.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

June 13th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 13, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Book Wizard

(www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/)

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades Pre-K-11, with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.

Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 65,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! 

When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine: Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book.

You can also search by Genre, Subject, and Grade. And make sure you check out the Teachers section on the left side bar to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

June 6th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids on the Net

(www.kidsonthenet.com/)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.

When you get to the site you will see menu icons in the center of your screen and a menu bar at the top of the screen.

If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include a crossword, a metaphor and simile quiz, hangman and more. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices flowing.

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Explore the Oriental Institute Museum

June 1st, 2018

 

It’s Friday, June 1, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Oriental Institute Museum

(oi.uchicago.edu/virtualtour)

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

 

Tour the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago with this website.

This museum features artifacts from ancient Near East including galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and Megiddo.

After reading through the introduction, click the “Take the Tour” button on the bottom of the page. Your tour will start at the lobby and museum shop. Read through the information in the pop-up window which provides navigational instructions as well as hot spot information. Use your mouse to explore the 360° images of the galleries. Select your desired destination by clicking on the thumbnail images at the bottom of the screen. Galleries to visit include: 

  • Mesopotamian Gallery
  • Khorsabad Court
  • Assyrian Empire Gallery
  • Syro-Anatolian Gallery
  • Megiddo Gallery
  • Egyptian Galleries
  • Persian Gallery
  • Nubia Gallery

Throughout the galleries there will be photo hot spots to get a closer look at an item. Be sure that you have your permissions turned on to be able to view these items.

When you have finished with your virtual tour, head back to the home page and select the “Collections” link in the upper menu then choose the “Search our Collections” option on the left-hand sidebar. To search for only items with multimedia including images, go to the second drop-down menu and select Multimedia, then select the “Yes” radio button. Use the “Browse Museum Galleries” options to further refine your search. 

If you are studying the ancient worlds of the Near East then this website will make a wonderful resource to add to your study.

Language Arts Games & More!

May 30th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 30, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

(pbskids.org/whiteboard/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as The Electric Company, Between the Lions, Super Why, Sesame Street, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Organizing
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • And more!

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Arts, Math, and Social Science games. The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

Summer Reading Club with Prizes

May 16th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 16, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DOGObooks Summer Reading Club

(www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2018)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

DOGObooks is offering an online Summer Reading Club program that rewards kids for reading.

The contest began April 22 and will continue through August 31, 2018. With the help of  their affiliate partners they have assembled a list of 50 popular books for kids to read and review this summer. For every 3 books read and reviewed by your child, they will get to select a FREE new book from the prize catalog. There are 1,500 books in the prize catalog this year.

DOGObooks describe themselves as an online place where kids discover, review and rate books. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book reviews are moderated and approved by DOGObooks prior to being published.

When you get to the website you’ll see the list of sponsors and below that find the directions to sign up. Parents are asked to fill out and mail a hard copy of the consent form. The consent form is straightforward: it asks that you agree to allow your child to participate in the Books Giveaway/Contest and receive prizes. You and your child are then directed to select books from the reading list. Each book listed indicates the reading level. Once your child has read and written an online review of the 3 books, a prize can be selected from a list of books.  

Locate the “freebies” button on the top navigation bar. Here you’ll find limited time offer freebies that your children can win in addition to the contest. You’ll want to check here often because new contests are added all the time. One example is: Enter to win a free copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 by National Geographic Kids.

DOGObooks’ motto is “Books Reviewed by Kids for Kids.” Each review is required to have a word count of at least 25 words. DOGObooks will moderate and approve all reviews prior to posting them. We found it interesting seeing which books have been reviewed the most so far. Reading reviews written directly by the children who read those offers some insight that may be missed by an adult.

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