Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

North Atlantic Vikings

October 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

(naturalhistory.si.edu/vikings/start.html)

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

 

Explore the saga of the North Atlantic Vikings with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Read the brief introduction and then select either the “View the Exhibit” or “Viking Voyage.” Once on the exhibit page choose the “Guided Tour” link in the upper menu or left sidebar to begin examining 9 artifacts in the collection and discover interesting stories about the pieces. From this page, the Viking Voyage can be selected in the upper menu. Choose either the Enhanced site or the standard site. Both versions present the same information, but the enhanced site automatically begins the audio/video features. Intended to be explored sequentially, use the map to journey to: 

  • Homelands
  • Western Isles
  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Markland and Helluland
  • Vinland
  • Land of Legend

Each page includes textural overviews, archaeological information, images, interesting Viking sagas, and historical facts. There are links to videos and animations, but we found that we were not able to play these. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting this website as there is a lot of other valuable information readily available for your studies.

There are also other educational resources available by selecting the “Learning Center” link. There is an online Teacher’s Guide, a downloadable Family Guide PDF with questions to answer and more, as well as links to other resources such as additional websites, vocabulary, Hnefatafl Board (an old Norse game), a Viking world map, and the Futhark Runic alphabets.

This website will be a nice addition to your list of social studies resources.

Literacy Games and Interactive Resources

September 20th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 20, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum: Language Arts

(www.mrnussbaum.com/langcode.htm)

Age Range: 2-14 (Grades PreK-9, 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 list of activities that include: 

  • Language Arts Games – Play games that teach sentence and paragraph editing, spelling, punctuation, and writing basics.
  • Online and Printable Reading Comprehension Worksheets – 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.

K-5 Math Lessons & Worksheets

September 18th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, September 18, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

K-5 Learning

(www.k5learning.com/sample-lessons)

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

 

K5 Learning is a company that sells a math and reading enrichment program. However, they offer a selection of free, engaging math interactives for grades K-5.

Some of the topics covered are: 

  • Numbers and Operations
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Data Analysis

When you get to the site, just click on any one and a new screen opens where you can try the colorful, multi-media lesson and practice session.

You’ll also notice that the site offers free samples of their reading programs for grades K-5 too that include phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

But wait, there’s more! This site also offers free, printable math worksheets for grades 1-6 that include:

  • Place Value
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Telling Time
  • Counting Money
  • Measurement
  • Multiplication
  • Roman Numerals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Factoring
  • Exponents
  • Proportions
  • Percents
  • Circles
  • Integers

Of course, the idea in offering these free resources is to entice you to take advantage of their free 14-day trial of the program and ultimately, purchase their program. However, no purchase is necessary to try the programs and print out the worksheets.

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

September 6th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

(www.myvocabulary.com/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes: 

  • Root Word Lesson – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.
  • Subject Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.
  • Subject Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “accessories” to “Yellowstone”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.
  • Test Prep – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT/GRE vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 30th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 30, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

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

 

This archived 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.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include:

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle 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 Shelf — 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.

And more!

Learn Spanish through play

August 12th, 2017

It’s Saturday, August 12, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wordplay Spanish Vocabulary Game

(www.wordplay.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, 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 1 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 out this site.

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