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Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Plimoth Plantation: You Are The Historian

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Notice the Teacher’s Guide text link under the main image – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation by selection the Teacher’s Guide icon.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking on the image or the text link “HERE!” A new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Click on “enter” to begin the journey. A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

November 12th, 2014

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Music Room

 

Age Range: All (children, with parental supervision)

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember. That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as:
  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos. (Don’t miss the “When Two Vowels Go Walking” song that links to a music video from PBS’ reading program, Between the Lions.)

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

November 5th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 5, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

FreeReading.net

 

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 or first grade students 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.
As mentioned at the website, 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.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words. For the first time, they read.
  • Word-Form 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.
  • Reading Connected Text: Students learn to read their first stories.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Irregular Words II: Students learn more high-frequency irregular words to read by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.

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. There is even a “literacy is priceless” blog as well as a live forum to provide support to educators who are teaching reading.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen and click on “FAQ” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.
This site provides a wide variety of early literacy tools covering phonological awareness, reading and spelling fluency, and writing comprehension!

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.

Free Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-8

August 20th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 20, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Zaner Bloser: Spelling Connections

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free downloadable and printable spelling practice worksheets in English and Spanish.
There are a year’s worth of worksheets for each grade level. Although designed to be used in conjunction with the Zaner Bloser spelling program in a classroom setting, the worksheets can easily be used without the program at home.
When you get to the site you’ll see an introductory message and a menu of grade levels from 1-8. Click on any grade and a new page opens providing you with the opportunity to download and print the worksheets in English or Spanish.
Each grade level covers spelling skills that progress in difficulty with each subsequent grade. For example:
  • Grade 1 – Worksheets include words with short and long vowel sounds, adding ‘s’ to words, adding ‘ing’, and using consonant blends.
  • Grade 4 – Short and long vowel sounds, diphthongs, silent consonants, suffixes, contractions, prefixes, calendar words, plurals, possessives, compound words, and words for continents and nationalities.
  • Grade 8 – Closed and open syllables, compound words, double consonants, prefixes, suffixes, irregular plurals, Latin roots and forms, words from other languages, commonly confused words, words of names and places, and frequently misspelled words.
You can print out “homework” spelling practice activity worksheets for each grade level too.

Literacy, Spelling, & Grammar Activities!

July 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ambleweb

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Ambleside Primary School faculty and fourth-year students created the free language arts games and activities on this site.
The literacy portion of this site appears in two sections as follows:
I. When you get to the site you’ll see the word “Literacy” and below it a menu that includes short “Click-On” activities as follows:
*Interactive spelling worksheets – Click and drag the missing letters to the blank spaces where they belong to complete the words.*Proverbs – Click and drag the first and last parts of each proverb to place them together.

*Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, and Prepositions – Drag each word into the correct category.

*Word Finder – Given a word, see how many smaller words can be made from its letters.

*Sentence Sorter – Put the words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.

II. Below the above menu, click on the words “Ambleweb Literacy Page” to find:*Look, Cover, Write, and Check – A customizable spelling list. You look at the word, then click “cover” and type the word from memory. You will be informed whether you got the word correct or not.

*Book Reviews – Read reviews submitted by (mostly young) website visitors, or submit your own!

*Word Games and Quizzes – Create stories, limericks, or haiku. Work on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and more!

*Best Internet Resources – A long list of recommended links for further Language Arts learning and practice. (We did not review these links, so parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use).

Bookmark this website and also use it for math, science, art, geography, music, just for fun and more! There is even an “infant zone” for the very young.

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