Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

3-D Geometry, Math Interactives and More!

June 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Monday, June 23, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Learner.org: Interactives

 

Age Range: 5-Adult (Grades K-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website’s mission is to “Advance Excellent Teaching in American Schools.” They focus on the teacher as a learner, as well as the student as a learner.
You’ll be impressed by the “Geometry 3D Shapes” presentation that provides free multi-media activities about three-dimensional shapes. Students learn about the mathematical properties of polyhedrons, cubes, prisms, cylinders and pyramids and how to calculate their surface area and volume. Because instruction is presented in 3-D format it makes it much easier to visualize and understand.
When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of learning interactives for Math, Science, Language, History, and Art. Under “Math Interactives” use the search feature to locate “Geometry 3-D Shapes”. Click on it and a new page opens where the presentation begins. When you are through with geometry, try “Math In Daily Life,” “Metric Conversions,” and “Statistics” designed for grades 6-12.

Then, check out:
  • Science Interactives – Designed for grades 7-12, this has amazing presentations on physics, DNA, the Periodic Table, Volcanoes, and more.
  • Language Interactives – This offers literature explorations and even a “Spelling Bee” for all grade levels.
  • History Interactives – Discover what life was like during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
  • Arts Interactives – Head to the “Cinema” and manage the production of a film.

Bookmark this site, as you just can’t see it all in one visit.

Free Spelling Course

May 14th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, May 14, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Basic Cozy Spelling Course

 

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-9, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website that sells Language Arts curriculum packages developed by a long-time classroom teacher, offers a free, thirty-lesson spelling course appropriate for grades 6-9. There are no multi-media bells and whistles here – the lessons are designed to be printed and used offline.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and a menu on the left. Review the “Course Outline” for directions and tips on the best way to tackle the course that includes:
  • A Pre-Test
  • Lessons
  • Exercises
  • Final Test
  • Answer Key

The lessons cover:

  • Plural Nouns
  • Suffixes
  • Prefixes
  • Doubling The Final Consonant
  • Possessive Forms
  • Contractions
  • Capitals
  • Letters and Syllables
  • Special Words (i.e., Compound Words, Root Words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms)

You’ll also find a printable list of “Spelling Rules” that may be handy to have around the house.

Language Arts Quizzes & More!

March 26th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, March 26, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kidport

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Kidport is a Google-ad supported website that that offers free information and brief quizzes in a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, and creative arts. For this review we focused on “Language Arts.”
When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of what looks like a remote control device that contains grade levels from K-8. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of subjects. Then, click on “Language Arts” to see an index of the topics covered for that grade level including:
  • Compound Words
  • Contractions
  • Word Recognition
  • Spelling
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Homophones
Click on a topic and a new page opens with information, an interactive quiz, and an activity suggestion (that you can do offline).

The Language Arts section is useful and there are quizzes on many subject areas – and as a mechanism for review of topics typically taught by grade level, it may be helpful.
You can get a good idea of everything the site has to offer by clicking on “Contents” on the menu. It includes direct links to the materials by grade level; including the “Reference Library Section” that offers information and interactives on the following topics:
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Life in the Sea
  • Human Body Anatomy and Physiology
  • Social Studies
  • American History
  • American Revolution
  • American Civil War
  • California Gold Rush
  • California Missions
  • U.S.A. Geography

NetRover.com – Writing

February 12th, 2014

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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.

Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

January 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, January 22, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

AAASpell.com

 

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, students can study and practice their spelling and vocabulary lists in a variety of fun ways without having to wait for mom to be available.

 

Quickly select from the many prepared lists based on the classic McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book, by W. H. McGuffey and use in your lesson planning. You can construct your own lists but when you create a free account you can save and edit your lists and then select them later as needed.

 

Some of the self-correcting activities that can be utilized are: 

  • Hear and Spell: Listen to the word and then spell it. (Note that only words with available audio will be used for Hear and Spell. Words available with audio are indicated on the sidebar after creating your new list.)
  • Missing Letters: Spell the word correctly by adding one or two letters.
  • Spell the word: The word is shown and the student copies it.
  • Guess the Letters: Find the word by guessing letters.
  • Scrambled Letters: Spell the word correctly by unscrambling the letters.
  • Vocabulary Practice: Match the correct word with the definition given.
  • And several other study methods to keep the learning fresh. 

 

Instant feedback is given. If the student answers incorrectly, the correct answer is displayed, reinforcing spelling and vocabulary skills.

 

Whether practicing spelling lists, exploring new vocabulary, or learning alphabetical order, this website is an excellent addition to your education toolbox.

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