Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Free Audio Stories in Many Languages

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BookBox

(www.bookbox.com/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children’s fairy tales and stories that you can listen to for FREE in a variety of languages!

In addition, you can download activities, and play interactive puzzles and games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the commercial sale of digital books at the site, but you do not have to purchase anything to enjoy the free PDFs, MP3s, games and activities. The digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children. The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of stories. Select a story and choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once you’ve listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

Visit an Oil Refinery and Drilling Rig

May 4th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 4, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discover Petroleum – Fawley Tour & Captain Tour

(resources.schoolscience.co.uk/ExxonMobil/index.html)

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

 

Part of the larger Discover Petroleum site from ExxonMobil, take virtual tours of an oil refinery and drilling platform in the UK.

Our first stop is the oil refinery. Select the “The Fawley tour” link. After reading through the introduction, begin the tour by either clicking the arrow at the top of the page to “start tour” or selecting the text link in the introduction box. Use your mouse to zoom around the 360° image and learn about the location and the refining process with the informational text to the left of the image. Locations visitors will see include: 

  • Jetty – south end
  • Jetty control
  • Salt marsh
  • South trestle
  • View from the admin block roof
  • Storage tank
  • Perimeter tank
  • Fawley village
  • COGEN – COmbined heat and power GENeration
  • Bund by SP4
  • Gate 1
  • Hythe Terminal
  • View from the fire station roof
  • Pipe farm

After finishing your tour, return to the homepage by selecting the “part of the Discover Petroleum site” link at the top of the page. Select “The Captain tour.” With this tour of a drilling platform located on the edge of the Moray Firth 68 miles north of Aberdeen, visitors will see: 

  • The helicopter deck
  • Mess and galley
  • Drill deck
  • Drill control room
  • Well heads
  • Chemistry lab
  • Walkway to the bridge
  • Middle of the bridge
  • Top of the Bridge Linked Platform (BLP)
  • Control room

Use the tools under the informational blocks in each tour to learn more about oil drilling, the refinery process, and much more. There is a lot of interesting information provided, so don’t hesitate to check out the other links provided.

Fun Reading Games

May 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 2, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Turtle Diary – Language Arts

(www.turtlediary.com/games/language-arts.html)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This colorful site has free, animated, interactive games to help young kids learn and practice reading.

There are hundreds of language arts games at this site including: 

  • Word Scramble
  • Capitalization Cruise
  • Punctuation Mystery
  • Sentence Unscramble
  • Match the Phrases
  • Noun Jumper
  • Preposition Maze
  • Verb Bubble Trouble
  • Animal Crossword
  • Plural Pronouns
  • Identify Adjectives by Type
  • And so much more!

You can also choose games by grade level.

Free Piano Lessons

April 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 28, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zebra Keys

(www.zebrakeys.com/)

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

 

Learn the basics of playing the piano with the over 50 free lessons at this website.

After reading the home page overview information, select the “Start Lessons Now” button to begin with lesson 1. Please note that you will need to have Flash installed to view the animated lessons and be sure to have your volume on. Lessons include instructional text and animations as well as videos and other online tools. Practice what you are learning on the Zebra Keys Virtual keyboard using either your mouse or computer keyboard then test your knowledge on an interactive keyboard trainer. 

Lessons are broken into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and each are divided into five mini sections: 

  • Learn Songs
  • Chords
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Technique

It is suggested that if the student is new to the world of playing the piano that they should start with the “Preparation” section to learn basic playing concepts.

Browse the left-hand side bar menu to find: 

  • Sheet Music – downloadable PDFs of piano music as well as links to specific song lessons
  • Articles – general information from tips on buying a piano or keyboard to how to learn to read piano music and more
  • Links – links to outside resources to anything piano related
  • Reviews – opinions on piano related DVDs, books, keyboards and accessories
  • Reference – Read the FAQs, search the glossary, use the music notation chart, or access the virtual piano chord chart to locate chords on a keyboard.
  • Music Tools – Here you will find links to the Virtual Keyboard, Keyboard Trainer, Note Trainer, Interval Ear Trainer, Scale Ear Trainer, and Chord Ear Trainer tools used throughout the lessons.

This is a wonderful site for anyone wishing to learn the piano or improve on their playing skills.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

April 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/wiki/Find_Activities.html)

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

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that helps educators teach early literacy.

It contains a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities designed for a typical kindergarten or first grade core reading program. This program is also used as an “intervention program” for kindergarten, first grade students and above who need additional help with learning to read.

That said, (and the early emphasis on learning to read at too young an age by schools aside) the resources here can easily be used for children of all ages when they are developmentally ready to learn to read.

FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities in the following categories: 

  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words. For the first time, they read.
  • Word Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out. (Some educators refer to these words as “sight words.”)
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words such as the and was by sight.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Comprehension: Students learn to read their first stories.
  • And more!

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, decodable passages, word list generators, and much more. You’ll find audio and video aids too.

This site provides a wide variety of early literacy tools covering phonological awareness, reading and spelling fluency, and writing comprehension!

Happy Birthday, John Muir

April 20th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, April 20, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

John Muir National Historic Site

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/jomu/index.html)

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

 

Celebrate the birthday (April 21) of naturalist, preservationist, writer, and “Father of the National Parks,” John Muir, with this virtual field trip from the National Park Service.

Visitors to the site can learn about his life through texts, timelines, slide shows, and images.

After reading the overview on the home page, navigate through the exhibits using either the upper or lower menus to explore his: 

  • Family – Meet John’s family and see images of them and some personal belongings.
  • Home – View slide shows and explore a time line of his home in Martinez, California.
  • Legacy – Explore his contributions to America’s wild lands.
  • Image Gallery – Examine all the images in the exhibit including historical photos of him and his family, artifacts, and much more.

When you have finished taking this tour, check out this 20-minute video on the NPS website to learn more about John Muir, his life, and legacy.

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