Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Mandarin Chinese Basics

July 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include: 

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are: 

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunity here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Summer-Themed Writing Prompts & More!

June 27th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creativity Portal: Summer Writing Prompts

(www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/summer.writing.prompts.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides summer-themed writing prompts and story starters to encourage creative writing in students. You can use them for every purpose including journals, blogs, school assignments, and just plain old fun!


When you get to the site you’ll find the “Summer Writing Prompts” in the center of the page. Scroll down the page to see all 15.

After you’ve explored the prompts, you’ll want to poke around this site to discover more inspiring activities for writers including how-to articles and random writing prompt generators that you can access from the menus at the top and sides of the page.

You will also want to take a look at the Tools & Features for Teachers with all kinds of creative tools, projects, and tutorials for classroom use that can be easily tweaked for the homeschool environment.

IMPORTANT: There is so much content here we were only able to review a small portion. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine if the content is appropriate for your own children, and also supervise any internet use.

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

June 6th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids on the Net

(www.kidsonthenet.com/)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.

When you get to the site you will see menu icons in the center of your screen and a menu bar at the top of the screen.

If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include a crossword, a metaphor and simile quiz, hangman and more. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices flowing.

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Discover the Ancient Americas

May 24th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 24, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas

(carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/AA/aaflashfront.htm)

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

 

Explore the cultures of ancient Central and South America with this interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.

After the content on the home page loads select your topic of interest: 

  • What are the Ancient Americas? – Learn what this term means and explore an interactive timeline.
  • Who were the first Americans? – Discover the ancient civilizations of the American continents.
  • Why should I look at ancient things? – Understand why it is important to examine artifacts.
  • Mummies – Learn about the world’s first mummies made by the Chinchorros of Chile.
  • Extreme Geography – Explore the world’s driest coastal desert, longest mountain chain, and biggest rain forest.
  • Favorite Foods – Discover which of your favorite foods first came from the ancient Americas.
  • Jaguars – See why the people of the ancient Americas were in awe of the jaguar and learn about other animals they would depict artistically.
  • Camel Cousins – Learn about the camelid family and its importance to ancient America.
  • Before Columbus – Who were the people of pre-Columbian America?
  • Writing in String – What is khipu and how was it used?
  • The Ballgame – Examine the roots of modern day ball games.
  • Piercing and Painting – What did body painting and piercing represent?

Each topic sets out to explain a “Did you know?” question with text, interactive images, maps, and activities. Be sure to check out the link, “For Your Teacher,” at the bottom right of the home screen for lesson plans, teacher guides, and more.

Add this website to your list of resources for your ancient civilization and world history studies.

Explore Ancient Civilizations

May 10th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 10, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The British Museum – Ancient Civilizations

(www.ancientegypt.co.uk/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This extraordinary set of websites from the British Museum allows you to explore three ancient civilizations.

When you get to the first site, you can learn about ancient Egyptian life, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Temples, and Trade.

The two other sites are:

  • Ancient India – Learn about Early Hinduism, Buddha, and the Geography of the Indus Valley. There is a fascinating exploration of ancient timelines in India, as well as an in-depth look at the various writing systems used for recording the history of India through the ages.
  • Ancient China –  Learn about Crafts and Artisans, Geography, Tombs and Ancestors, and there is a section on timelines and dynasties as well as a look at various Chinese writing and recording systems.

At each website use the menu to click on a selected topic. A new screen opens with a picture of artwork. Click on the artwork, and a new page opens with an introduction and a menu of three choices: Story, Explore, or Challenge.

  • Story – Learn about the topic you selected through a story illustrated by pieces of art in the collection of the British Museum. For example, in the section on Buddha, the story begins, “There was once a king named Suddhodana…” These are well-written and engaging and the photograph-illustrations of artwork provide the perfect accompaniment! Highlighted words throughout the story link to brief definitions in small new pop-up windows.
  • Explore – Get a closer look at some of the artifacts and a better sense of the ancient times portrayed. This varies greatly depending on the culture and topic you select.
  • Challenge – Find an activity or game that challenges your memory of what you have learned while exploring the website.

Each topic also features a Staff Room. Don’t miss it! This is where you can get a brief synopsis of what is to be learned regarding that topic and print out worksheets corresponding to the Story, Explore, and Challenge sections.

These sites are truly worth the visit! Bookmark them so that you can return to explore each one as time permits.

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!

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