Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Free Grammar & Writing Lessons

June 21st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Grammar and Writing

(grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-11, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-free website, designed by an English professor for students with a wide range of ability levels, provides free lessons in grammar and writing

When you get to the site you will see a menu of topics with search buttons below them. Click on the “arrow down” on any search button and you will see a drop-down menu of the amazing range of topics covered in that category as follows: 

  • Word & Sentence Level – adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, etc.
  • Paragraph Level – paragraph development, sentence variety, sentence combining, etc.
  • Essay & Research Paper Level – principles of composition, outlining, organization, structure, tone, formatting, plagiarism, etc.
  • Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices – Take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of grammar.
  • Peripherals and PowerPoints – instructions, suggestions, resources, and demos for PowerPoint presentations.

Click on any topic in the drop-down menu and a new page opens with instructions delivered through text and illustration. Clear examples of the correct and incorrect forms are provided as well. Interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson allow the student to self-test their knowledge of the subject matter. 

This site is equivalent to having a complete English textbook online for free. The interactive element of the quizzes makes this rather dry material much more appealing to students.

Language Arts Videos, Songs, Worksheets, Flashcards, & More!

June 7th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 7, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun Teaching

(www.havefunteaching.com/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of free, fun resources to teach and learn Language Arts (and Math, Science, and Social Sciences) through videos, songs, worksheets, flashcards, and more. Created by an elementary school teacher for classroom teachers, it provides an archive of free resources (and also some to purchase) to engage and educate kids in grades K-6.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of resources that are offered on the site. For this review, we were specifically interested in seeing what they offered for Language Arts, and discovered the following resources: 

  • Worksheets – Under “English” you’ll find printable worksheets that offer practice in grammar and parts of speech such as adverbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. You’ll also find worksheets for Phonics, Reading and Writing. Click on the topics to find an extensive menu that provides practice sheets in everything from basic alphabet to reading comprehension, spelling, and more.
  • Activities – Get printable crossword puzzles, word searches, and even reader’s theater scripts (so you can act out some favorite books).
  • Tools – Create your own worksheets, word lists, Flash Cards: Print them out to practice grammar, common and proper nouns, phonics, and vocabulary including synonyms and antonyms.
  • Music – You’ll find downloadable songs and lyrics that help kids learn grammar, phonics, and even a song for learning strategies for taking reading comprehension tests! Also, watch video lessons that teach about nouns, similes, subjects and predicates, and more.

Bookmark this site and use it as a year-round supplement to learning elementary subjects, or just have fun exploring the games, puzzles and activities with your kids.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 17th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 17, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers “fresh classroom resources – from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more – all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on NYTimes.com.”

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Articles and Questions – Article of the Day and Teenagers in the Times
  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Quizzes and Crosswords – Word of the Day, Weekly News Quiz and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture
  • Contests – The Eighth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest starts June 16.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Life Portraits of the American Presidents

February 9th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Presidents-Life Portraits

(www.c-span.org/series/?presidents)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the lives of our American Presidents from Washington to Trump with this website from C-SPAN based on the Peabody award-winning series.

When arriving at today’s link, use the drop down menu on the left to select a President to learn a little about each one. Each ‘portrait’ includes: 

  • A portrait of the President
  • Personal information about him
  • Public service record
  • A “Did You Know?” section with a few interesting tidbits

The meat of this site is the full-length video documentaries (each one is 2 hours long) accessed when you select the link under the portrait. (Please note that at the writing of this review there are no videos yet for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or Donald Trump.) On each page visitors will find links to other related videos.

This website provides an excellent resource for your Presidential studies.

Free Writing Study Guide and More

February 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Guides and Strategies – Essay and writing sequence

(www.studygs.net/writing/index.htm)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects – and this review focuses on the essay and writing sequence.

When you get to the site, you’ll see seven stages of writing: 

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Pre-Write
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

Click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities.

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Translations and Site Map” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Types of Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and Technology

Don’t miss the “Learning Exercises and Games” under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, in “Prefixes and Root Words,” use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen. The direct link is: 

http://www.studygs.net/vocab/prefixes.htm then press the arrow to continue.

There is a lot of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.

Free Language Arts Lessons & Worksheets

January 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LessonSnips

(http://www.lessonsnips.com/category/languagearts)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

LessonSnips 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, we’re 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: 

  • Identifying 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.

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