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Free Writing Study Guide and More

February 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Guides and Strategies – Essay and writing sequence

(www.studygs.net/writing/index.htm)

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

 

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects – and this review focuses on the essay and writing sequence.

When you get to the site, you’ll see seven stages of writing: 

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Pre-Write
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

Click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities.

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Translations and Site Map” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Types of Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and Technology

Don’t miss the “Learning Exercises and Games” under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, in “Prefixes and Root Words,” use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen. The direct link is: 

http://www.studygs.net/vocab/prefixes.htm then press the arrow to continue.

There is a lot of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.

Free Language Arts Lessons & Worksheets

January 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LessonSnips

(http://www.lessonsnips.com/category/languagearts)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

LessonSnips offers free multi-subject lessons and worksheets for teachers in downloadable pdfs. The lessons can be tweaked for homeschool use.

For the purpose of today’s review, we’re focusing on the Language Arts portion of the site – but you’ll be happy to know there are “Lesson Snips” for Math, Science, and Social Sciences as well.

When you get to the Language Arts page, you’ll see a menu of the available lessons covering topics such as: 

  • Identifying Parts of Speech – including individual lessons on verbs, irregular verbs, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, intensive and reflexive pronouns, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, infinitives, gerunds, participles, direct and indirect objects, interjections and more.
  • Reading – including identifying vowel sounds and sounds in word families, reading comprehension, sequencing, understanding plot, identifying the problem and solution, framing questions (who, what, where, when, how, and why), understanding narrative poetry, rhyming, and more.
  • Spelling, Writing, and Vocabulary – including basic sentence structure, capitalization, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms, using similes and metaphors, using the right tense, etc.

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with a lesson summary, the objectives, and the suggested grade range. 

Click on the “Get Lesson” button to download and print out the lesson and associated worksheets.

NOTE:  You must register to access the free materials on the ad-supported section of the site. You can also purchase a membership that will give you ad-free access as well as additional tools and resources.

While there is a “schoolish” quality to these lessons, many of the suggested activities or the subjects covered would interest a vast array of learners and with just a tweak can accommodate a variety of learning styles.

“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!

Dinosaurs for Kids

November 29th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 29, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Dinos

(www.kidsdinos.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. The Kids Know It Network developed this Google-ad-supported website that offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (The site is geared for kids. Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults.)

When you get to the site you’ll see a dinosaur animation and below it 4 icons with the offerings on the site. Below those you can learn about the featured dinosaur of the day. 

  • Explore Dinosaurs – The Dino Database features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more!
  • Play Games – Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Create and name your own dinosaur. Match dinosaurs with their shadow shapes. Learn about dinosaur classification. Play dinosaur hangman and improve your spelling and vocabulary. Paint and print your very own dinosaur masterpiece. Use interactive Dinosaur Flashcards to memorize the names of every dinosaur and learn facts about them. You can even customize the flashcards to display just the dinosaurs you select.
  • Learn History – Learn all about paleontology.
  • Free Worksheets – A puzzle and lots of coloring worksheets in .pdf format.

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

More Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

November 9th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 9, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

(www.nwtf.org/hunt/category/all-about-wild-turkeys)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Read All About Wild Turkeys at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) site. There are illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys.

Discover: 

Once you’ve read all about turkeys, test your knowledge by printing out and solving these puzzles:

Then, try these Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts worksheets: 

To write an acrostic poem, use one word (such as “turkey”) as the subject of your poem. Write the word vertically on a sheet of paper. Use each letter of the word as the beginning letter for a word in each line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem. 

Thanksgiving-Themed Language Arts

November 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 2, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving-Themed Language Arts

(See below.)

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

 

Here are a few Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts websites. Due to the nature of some of the content, parents AS ALWAYS should preview these sites to determine suitability.

THANKSGIVING WRITING

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts for Grades K-12


There are many ideas at this website to encourage children to think and write about Thanksgiving. Other November special days are also included.

THANKSGIVING SPELLING

Free Thanksgiving Worksheet for a first grader

The friendly turkey is feathered with words – also a coloring page.

THANKSGIVING POEMS

Archive of Thanksgiving Poems and Songs

Fun poems about Thanksgiving, Grandma’s House, Turkeys, and more. 

THANKSGIVING PARTS OF SPEECH

National Geographic Kids Magazine “Mad Lib” Activity

If you enjoy “Mad Libs” you’ll get a kick out of this fun way to practice learning adjectives, nouns, verbs and more. Type key words using the prompts on the form – then click “read” to see how the words you typed make the wild and wacky “Picture Perfect Turkey Day” tale even sillier.

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