Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Interactive “Elements of a Story” & More!

October 17th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Language Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/)

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

 

Learner.org offers free, interactive lessons including the elements of storytelling, how to use primary sources for historical facts when writing, and even an interactive spelling bee!

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of amazing interactives for every subject that are archived on this site. Don’t get distracted! Look under “Language Arts” and “Literature” on the left “Disciplines” menu to find several choices including:

  • Elements of a Story (Grades K-5) – Explore the different ingredients and elements that go into stories such as characters, plot, and background – and see how they fit together.
  • Spelling Bee (Grades 1-10) – Take part in a virtual old-fashioned spelling bee! Listen to three stories and then spell words from each story. You can review the words, hear the audio, find definitions, and see the words used in context too!

Of course, once you’re through with the Language Arts and Literature Interactives, you’ll want to return to the main menu to explore Mathematics, Social Studies & History, Science, Foreign Language and Arts interactives too. Bookmark this site, it’s a keeper!

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 26th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mythweb

(www.mythweb.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!

Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 

  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to be Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes: 

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

September Writing Prompts

September 12th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Teachers Corner

(www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of September writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these: 

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

Free Writing Lessons for All Grades!

September 5th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 5, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Time4Writing

(www.time4writing.com/free-writing-resources/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website sells an online writing program, but it also provides free writing resources that include instructional videos, printable worksheets, and interactive games.

There’s enough free material to jump-start writing, nudge it along, hone some grammar skills, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and below it are some of the free writing resources. Use the menu on the right side of the home page to easily access the free writing resources that teach: 

  • Writing Sentences – Sentence structure, fragments and run-on sentences; simple, complex and compound sentences; types of sentences including declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory
  • Writing Paragraphs – Topic sentence, supporting details, concluding sentence, and types of paragraphs
  • Writing Essays – Introduction, thesis statement, concluding paragraph, types of essays, etc.
  • Writing Mechanics – Parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, punctuation, homophones, homonyms, etc.
  • Standardized Test Writing – Identifying sentence errors, choosing the better sentence, editing and revising paragraphs, improving sentences, writing the SAT essay.

Click on a topic of interest and a new page opens with a selection of sample lessons, activities, and games.

Leonardo Da Vinci Science Games and More

September 4th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Universal Leonardo

(www.universalleonardo.org/activities.php)

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

 

This amazing website offers 10, playful, online activities that provide insight to the work and genius of Leonardo Da Vinci – who not only discovered how things in his universe worked, he created many futuristic inventions in addition to great works of art.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of games. (You’ll need Flash Plugin to play.) They include: 

  • Make a Monster – Combine parts of different mythical creatures (drawn by Leonardo) to invent your own amazing “monsters.”
  • Make the Mona Lisa Smile – Have some fun altering the expressing of Da Vinci’s best known work of art by answering a series of questions about the painting.
  • Mirror Image – Try your hand at writing backwards – just like Leonardo did (without the technology).
  • Fly Like a Bird, Sink Like a Stone – Find out which of Da Vinci’s flying machines worked.
  • Leonardo Sings the Blues – Learn about aerial perspective and how Leonardo used blue tones to create it.
  • Pull the Other One – How many pulleys will you need to drag the diva up on to the stage?
  • Talking Picture – Turn on your speakers and hear a narration describing Leonardo’s hurricane drawings. (Parents, please preview – some of the descriptions could frighten young children.)
  • Getting the Point – Explore perspective through Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi.”
  • Shaping Up – Learn about Leonardo’s exploration of Platonic solids and how 3-D objects are formed.
  • Going with the Flow – Watch animations of water churning, wind blowing, and blood pumping through a heart to see the connections Leonardo made between their movement.

Click on any game and a new page opens with a brief explanation. Click “Play” and another screen opens with instructions on how to do the activity or play the game. Note: Right under the “Play” link on each individual game screen, is a link to more information about Leonardo’s explorations and discoveries with regard to this particular topic. Be sure to click on it to get the most educational content from these games.

When you are through playing the games, don’t miss the rest of this amazing site. The interactive ‘Timeline’ is located across the top of the screen and is a great resource for accessing Da Vinci’s work during various periods of time.

The Discover section offers information on scientific techniques used to analyze his works.

The ”Browse mechanism provides access to Da Vinci’s paintings, manuscripts, inventions, and drawings.

Words simply do not do this site justice. It is a vast archive, and therefore impossible to review in its entirety. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content and provide supervision of its use.

Free science experiments, games and activities

August 28th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kinetic City

(www.kineticcity.com/)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Save Vearth (Virtual Earth) from dastardly villains! The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.

When you get to the site, use the space vehicle at the top left corner of the screen. Click on “Club Car,” and from there select “Our World” to meet the animated crew of virtual kids who live on Vearth (the “virtual” planet Earth). Of course, they are facing a crisis — the possibility of Deep Delete — a wicked plan to destroy Vearth with 16 viruses.

By following the clues, reading scientific explanations for the strange things that are occurring on Vearth, and by doing science lab experiments that will help you solve various mysteries and puzzles, you can discover a solution to save Vearth.

To get started, you will need to choose from either: 

  1. Lab Car — Select this option to access just the interactive “mind games.”
  2. Control Car — To get all of the science content this site has to offer, use this option. Not only are all of the “mind games” included, but there are lab experiments to do.
  3. Supply Car — Click on “Deep Delete Trading Cards” to play “Virus Attack”.  The other choices of the Supply Car are “coming soon,” so bookmark the site and check back occasionally to see what’s new!

Once aboard the Control Car, use the top menu button labeled “Pack” to choose from packs labeled: Omega, Phi, Sigma, and Tau. Each pack has four viruses. Select a virus then click on its picture to read a brief synopsis of its threat to Vearth. Then, click the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to watch the villain and his evil henchman reveal their sinister plot of DOOM. To find out what you can do to help foil their evil plan, play the suggested online games and do the science lab experiments and other activities that include drawing, writing, and games involving physical movement. The information you gain from these activities will equip you for the “Mission to Vearth” that will ultimately destroy that virus.

When you first click “Mission to Vearth” you get a chance to earn “Power Points.” If you have logged in (membership is free), you can accumulate the points that you earn, have a chance at having your high scores posted on the site, and advance in rank from “Bug Zapper 2nd Class” all the way up to “Supersonic Virus Stopper!” If you’d rather not join, don’t worry; just click “Later” and proceed to answer the power questions anyway. You’ll still be congratulated for any power points you earn.

And don’t miss the heart-pounding arcade-style game to evaluate what you have learned, before you move on to the next virus! In “Bug Blaster,” crash into and destroy viruses, gain more fuel by answering questions correctly, and avoid obstacles which may reduce your shield strength. (Watch out! This game ends when you run out of either time, fuel, or shield strength.) Some viruses are destroyed by “Smart Attack” instead, a fast-paced matching game. Try to rack up points by matching as many facts as possible before you run out of lives or time.

Bookmark this site so you can return repeatedly to do the succession of activities in this entertaining Internet quest for science knowledge.

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