Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

April 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/wiki/Find_Activities.html)

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, first grade students and above 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.

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.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words. For the first time, they read.
  • Word 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.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Comprehension: Students learn to read their first stories.
  • And more!

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.

This site provides a wide variety of early literacy tools covering phonological awareness, reading and spelling fluency, and writing comprehension!

Math Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 9th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Murderous Maths

(www.murderousmaths.co.uk/)

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

 

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. (The word “murderous” here means “extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant.”) The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.

When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes: 

  • Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
  • Contents – Under Features, enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
    • Finger Times Tables
    • Pascal’s Triangle
    • The Area of an Ellipse
    • Fibonacci and Nature
    • Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
    • Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
    • How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
    • And More!
  • Teachers – Number tricks, powerpoints and miscellaneous fun

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Free story starters for writing

March 21st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chateau Meddybemps – Young Writers Workshop

(www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-7, with parental supervision)

 

You can enter your budding author’s writing to be published on the Chateau Meddybemps website and win a free t-shirt!

To whet your appetite, when you get to the website, take a look at what other children have published. These stories, found in the menu on the right side of the screen, are fun to read and will give you the confidence that your child has a good chance of seeing his or her own writing online!

To inspire your child to write a story for submission, select one or more of the “Story Starters” on the menu in the middle of the screen. These are prompts (suggestions for a story) that are formatted on a printable lined sheet of paper that includes a simple illustration. Just open the .pdf file, print it out, review it with your child, and encourage him or her to draw and write to their heart’s content! Winning entries have been as short as one sentence or as long as ten pages, and they often even include original illustrations!

Archeology for Kids

March 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archeology for Kids

(www.nps.gov/history/archeology/public/kids/index.htm)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Park Service, kids can learn all about the science of archeology. Many national parks maintain dig sites where researchers and scientists find clues to the stories of the past. This site includes information about archeologists and the fields in which they specialize.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu below the big words “Archeology for Kids” that includes: 

  • Who Are Archeologists – Meet men and women who study fossil remains of humans, animals, marine life, and the geology of the earth through time.
  • How Do They Work – Find out how archeologists explore various dig sites. Learn about surveys, measuring, excavation, dating, recording, artifacts, and more.
  • The Archeology Lab – Learn what archeologists do in the lab including cataloging artifacts, preserving specimens, and more.
  • Try it! – Enjoy three different fun activities to learn what archeologists do and how they sift for clues that help explain the people and cultures of the past.
  • Dig Deeper – Get information on what it takes to have a career as an archeologist.

Classical Music for Kids

February 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classics for Kids

(www.classicsforkids.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

The site, which is continuously updated, is a supplement to the “Classics for Kids” radio program and is a warehouse of music activities.

You will find information on stations that air the show at the website, and you can listen to the archived programs that bring great composers to life through music and stories. You can also download activities and lessons (pdfs) that focus on National Standards for the Arts and Music.

When you get to the site you will see the current month’s featured composer and menus that include features such as: 

  • On The Radio – Includes the current week’s radio show, an archive of past shows, and activity sheets that include wordsearch puzzles, games, and trivia.
  • Composers – Read biographies of different composers (across a timespan from 1685 to 2017) including Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Handel, Joplin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Sousa, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more!
  • Games – Play fun, interactive, online games that teach rhythm and notation.
  • Music – Hear music, learn the instruments of the symphony orchestra, explore a musical dictionary, and learn about musical careers.
  • Parents and Teachers – Access free lesson plans, activity sheets, and get tips and advice for music education.

Bookmark this one–you’ll want to return often!

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