Posts Tagged ‘writing’

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!

St. Patrick’s Day-themed language arts activities

March 14th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach-nology.com: St. Patrick’s Day

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/stpats/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has all kinds of language arts activities themed around St. Patrick’s Day!

You’ll find: 

  • Worksheets and Puzzles – including an acrostic poem, crossword puzzle, cryptogram, group creative writing lesson, reading comprehension worksheet, vocabulary quiz
  • Complete Spring Worksheet and Lesson Series –  St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans and teaching theme
  • St. Patrick’s Day Adjective Worksheets – How many ways can you describe a head of cabbage? And more.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Songs

And much more!

Houghton Mifflin’s Kids’ Place

February 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place

(www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, children with parental supervision)

 

These pages were developed by the Houghton Mifflin publishing company to supplement their textbooks. But you don’t have to buy a thing to hone your language arts skills on this website!

When you get to the site, select your grade range: K-5 or 6-8. A new page opens with a variety of interactive language arts activities to choose from including: 

  • Tricky Usage — Try your hand at one tricky grammar question, and see the correct answer right away. View a breakdown of others’ responses.
  • Wacky Web Tales — Fill in the blanks with verbs, adjectives, etc., then see the often hilarious story that results!
  • Evaluation Station — Follow these steps to evaluate and improve what you have written.
  • Writers’ Showcase — The stories and essays in this section were written by elementary and middle school students!
  • Bright Ideas for Writing — Look at the picture, read the question, and you’ll surely be inspired to write something.
  • Grammar Blast — Choose your grade level and answer ten multiple-choice grammar questions. Have a blast!
  • Net’s Best for Research — An annotated list of helpful websites for student research projects.

BUT that’s not all! If you click on the words “Kids’ Place” near the bottom of the window a new page opens. Scroll to the menu at the bottom of that new page, and you’ll see these items: 

  • Using the Web – This web tutorial makes you an expert cyber-researcher in no time!
  • Current Events – Stay up-to-date with the kid-friendly links provided here.
  • Brain Teasers – Some simple but fun math puzzles.
  • GAMES – Yes, even more games here!

On the GAMES page try: 

  • Spelling Match – Match the words with the letters that they are missing, and watch the cat deep-sea diver open the treasure chest! What could be inside?
  • Web Word Find – Interactive hidden word puzzles.
  • GeoNet – This is a multiple-choice social studies quiz. Look at the map, graph, or other visual aid, then guess an answer. If you get it wrong, don’t worry. You get three tries for each question before the beaver tells you the correct answer. Keep track of your score on the cool GeoTrekker.

There’s a lot here – have fun!

The Presidential Campaign of 1896

February 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Presidential Campaign – Cartoons & Commentary

(projects.vassar.edu/1896/1896home.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from Vassar College presents information relating to the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan. Historians consider this election to be one of the “most dramatic and complex in American history.”

When arriving at today’s link, review the introduction and information about symbols used throughout the pages. Under this information visitors will find links to the pages of the site broken down into sections: 

  • Leaders – Learn about the important people of the time such as Susan B. Anthony, J.P. Morgan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie as well as the candidates and more.
  • Themes of the Campaign – Discover the “hot topics” that fueled the campaigns including the Civil War, racial prejudice, economic depression, woman suffrage, and much more.
  • Popular Culture of 1890’s – Explore inventions, medicine, amusements and more of the time.
  • Special Features – Under this section find “Classroom Ideas” for using the 1896 website including discussion questions, writing prompts, further reading suggestions, and advanced researching ideas.

Throughout the website are images of political cartoons which can also be accessed from the link in the upper menu at the top of the home page. Please take note of this important statement on the website homepage: 

“1896” contains many images and arguments that the site’s architects find offensive, including antisemitic and racial slurs. These themes–and protests against them, which were largely ignored in the press–represented the state of public opinion at the time. We include such material as part of our commitment to a full understanding of the past and its legacies today.


As always, please preview this website prior to allowing your students’ use.

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

January 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Music Room

(www.suzyred.com/music.html)

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

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember.

That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as: 

  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos.

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

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