Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

Language Arts Word Games for All Subjects!

December 18th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, December 18, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides free, interactive “Hangman” and “Word Search” games, themed around an array of educational subjects, that boost vocabulary and spelling skills in an engaging and fun way. Topics include:

  • Anatomy – bones
  • Animals – cats, dogs, dinosaurs, fish and more
  • Art – colors and famous artists
  • Astronomy – constellations
  • Chemistry – elements
  • Geography – U.S. States, World Countries
  • Geometry
  • History – U.S. Presidents
  • Literature – the classics
  • Music – classical composers, common terms, instruments, singers and groups
  • Mythology - Greek
  • Poetry - famous poets
  • Words – homonyms, onomatopoeia, oxymorons

You’ll also find a variety of just-for-fun topics such as cars, cartoons, comic book heroes, events, food, games, holidays, movies, sports, and television shows.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu bar at the top of the page to navigate the site. Or simply click on the “Dunk-A-Duck Hangman” or “Word Search” icons on the right side of the screen. A new page opens displaying the game screen. Use the menu on the left to select the subject or topic that will determine the vocabulary words used in the game. Then, set the difficulty level for easy, normal, or hard. Read the instructions and play the game.

As explained at the website, “What makes truly unique is that we let our members create their very own word lists. This can be a valuable tool for educators, especially those teaching vocabulary or foreign languages.” To create your own word list you must register for membership – it’s FREE!

You do not need to register to play the games.

This is an engaging way to improve spelling and vocabulary – and just have fun with words!

Vocabulary Words from Mythology!

December 11th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Calliope: Muse of Eloquence

Age Range: 9-18 (grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

Explore Roman and Greek mythology to discover the origin and meaning of English words with free worksheets and activities!

When you get to the site simply click on the illustration of Calliope, Greek goddess and muse of eloquence, music, and epic poetry. A new page opens with a menu of five “Worksheets” that you can print out and use to learn five groups of vocabulary words (a total of 25 words).

Click on any word in the groups labeled A-E, and a new page opens with a brief overview of the Greek or Roman myth that ties into that particular vocabulary word. Discover the word’s meaning in present-day English, and take a short quiz that provides further information.

Then, print out the worksheet for a particular group of words and test what you’ve learned.

This is a fun vocabulary exercise and a great springboard to learning more about word origins, spelling, mythology, and history.

Free Multi-Subject Lessons & Worksheets for K-8!

November 13th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, November 13, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

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Lesson Snips

Age Range: 5-13 (about grades K-8) 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, I’m 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:

*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.

Spelling for Those with the “Spelling Gene”

October 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, October 2, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!  

Recommended Website:

Merriam Webster: Spell It!

Age Range: 6-16 (approximately, with parental supervision)

I’ve always maintained that some people are born with a “spelling gene.” Interestingly, current brain research supports the idea that some brains are hard-wired for spelling. They just “get it”. For that segment of the population, spelling is fun! It’s a joy! Words and their root forms and origins are fascinating.

For students of all ages who excel at spelling, this website (sponsored by the Scripps National Spelling Bee in cooperation with Merriam-Webster) offers free spelling exercises that are interesting and challenging. It’s a little slice of heaven for those with spelling in their DNA. When you get to the website, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu titled “Words From” that include:

  • Latin  
  • Arabic
  • Asian Languages
  • French
  • Eponyms
  • German
  • Slavic Languages
  • Dutch
  • Old English
  • New World Languages
  • Japanese
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Click on any one and a new page opens with a brief explanation and a list of “Study Words.” Click on a “study word” and a new page opens in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio pronunciations. You’ll find the word’s function (part of speech), etymology, definition, and synonyms.

Some words have a “dialog bubble” that contains a spelling tip for that word.  Click on “Challenge Words” to find an assortment of more difficult spelling words. Click  on “Now You Try” to participate in an interactive exercise to challenge your knowledge of words, parts of words, word roots, and knowledge of spelling rules and exceptions. Wordsmiths and spellers will gleefully spend hours here testing their skills. There is a function that allows you to print out the spelling words to practice offline too. 

Back on the home page, you’ll also see “Words You Need to Know.” As explained at the website, “These words appear frequently in student essays, and every writer should become familiar with them. You should also study these words to prepare for classroom bees.”

This site’s main purpose is to provide visitors with the official list of study words for the 2010 spelling bees. However, it stands alone as a terrific and challenging educational tool for those who love words and spelling.

Free Online Math Games for Kids & More!

September 30th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, September 30, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision.)

This ad-supported website archives learning games for Math and every other subject – all accessible for FREE!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of interactive math games sorted by grade range for K-5, and you can select by math  strand as well including:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division

You can select random math games, too.

The arcade-style games are engaging with sounds like blips, beeps, and buzzes to encourage play.

When you’re through playing math games, check out the menu on the left side of the screen where you will find interactive learning games for the following subjects:

  • Animals
  • Educational Songs
  • Health
  • Art and Music
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • And More!

You’ll also find a selection of games for preschoolers, keyboarding games, educational videos, printables, etc.

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces!

September 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 25, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: 4-104 (As always, parents should preview content to determine suitability.) pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your MP3 player for free.

As explained at the website, “by putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlett Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player.