Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

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.

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

January 15th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, January 15, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

 

Age Range: 3-13 (grades PreK-8, approximately, with parental supervision).

 

This website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

 

The thing that ties all of the available activities together is the “Word Wizard’s Club.” So, when you get to the site, click on “What’s the Word Wizard’s Club” on the menu. A new page opens where you can get more info and join the club (free). Your student will receive via e-mail a vocabulary-building kids’ word-of-the-day (called the Goodword Junior) five days a week, along with tips and tricks to help him/her remember correct spelling and pronunciation. Club members can take “Puzzle Challenges” at the website, testing their memory of daily words. They can also access other fun language arts activities at the website including:

*Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle that is based on the words from the current week’s email messages. So, for example, since today is Wednesday, you will only see three words listed under the current week’s puzzle, and the most recent completed and playable puzzle is the one which uses last week’s words. A few months’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each week are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!

*Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!

*Reference Section — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. Sign up to receive a daily email with vocabulary words. You’ll also find:

*Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!

*Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out. While you’re at it, read an article on the differences between Northern and Southern speech.

*Get a list of the 100 funniest words in the English language. One of them is: floccinaucinihilipi lification. Ah yes, it’s funny! But what does it mean, and *how* is it pronounced? Don’t worry, Dr. Goodword provides all of this information as well.

AlphaDictionary.com is a commercial website that sells translation services and custom dictionaries. But you don’t have to buy a thing to enjoy all of the free content.

Learn Spanish through play

January 11th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, January 11, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Wordplay Spanish Vocabulary Game

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Quickly master over a thousand Spanish vocabulary words with this online learning tool powered by Brainrush that teaches using a simple game atmosphere. 

 

After creating a free account and logging in, select the lesson you want to work on by using the sidebar menu of lessons. All of the lessons are nicely broken down into bite-size pieces of about 10 words each.  With over 100 lessons, you can easily find lessons to supplement your curriculum.  Some of the vocabulary topics covered are:

 

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Important verbs
  • Opening  and closing phrases
  • Adjectives,  adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Colors
  • Conversations
  • Question words
  • Comparisons
  • People, Nationalities, Professions
  • Time, holidays, and Weather
  • School words
  • Words related to food and eating
  • Words related to the home
  • Emotions
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • Places, transportation, and travel
  • The body
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • And much more.

 

Vocabulary is presented on illustrated tiles that include the Spanish word and English translation.  Click the tile to hear both translations.  When you have finished reviewing the tiles, select the “Play” button and the games begin.  In the first stage of the game, students try to match the word before it reaches the bottom of the game field.  When the student matches correctly both translations are said aloud.  Once stage one is mastered you are moved onto stage 2 in which a word tile is presented and students must type the correct Spanish or English word in the box provided. If the student inputs the incorrect answer, the program gives the correct answer and the student corrects their error, quickly reinforcing the proper translation spelling.  When you finish stage 2 you are moved onto the next lesson and the process begins again.

 

Some additional features that this site offers:

 

  • Wordplay adjusts difficulty to match your skill
  • Reviews are automatically scheduled to build long term retention
  • Each tile has a mastery meter that fills in green as you develop mastery and then blue as you build retention
  • Downloadable PDFs of course content
  • Downloadable progress reports

 

As an added bonus, you can request to have a Teacher’s account created for you where you can create your own courses, set up multiple students, and monitor their progress. 

 

Please note that this is an ad supported website, but they are minimal and don’t appear to be distracting when using the games. 

 

If you are looking for a no frills Spanish vocabulary program, you will certainly want to check this site out. 

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:
Wordduck.com

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 WordDuck.com 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.

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