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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.

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.

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