Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

A Really Fast Dictionary

March 25th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ninjawords

(www.ninjawords.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Does it take you a couple of minutes to find the definition of a word? Do you go to “www.websters.com” only to find you need “www.merriam-webster.com“? No longer.

Ninjawords.com offers a mnemonically easy and fast way to find the meaning of a word. What’s more, your kids may be so taken with the name of the website they’ll want to use it!

Simply create a favorites for Ninjawords, and thereafter you are only one click and a few letters away from getting a competent definition for a word. If you misspell the word, the chances are that Ninjawords will offer the corrected spelling with the definition to boot. For example, we asked for the definition of “spektakular” and got back “Did you mean spectacular?” along with the definition of “spectacular”.

Now, that’s spektakular!

Fun Interactive Timeline of English Language

March 18th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC: The Ages of English

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/lang_gallery.shtml)

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

 

At this archived website you can explore an engaging timeline of the history of the English language, how it developed, and why it has changed and evolved.

Through images and text you’ll discover how English has developed “through invasion, invention and global expansion.”

When you get to the site, explore the eight ages of the English language that include: 

  • The Anglo Saxon Invasions – 449 AD
  • The Viking Raids Begin – 787 AD
  • The Norman Conquest – 1066
  • The Resurgence of English 1200 – 1400
  • The Invention of the Printing Press 1476
  • The Renaissance – 1500 to 1650
  • The Colonization of the New World – 1600s
  • The Industrial Revolution – 1760 to 1830

In each stage, you simply click on images in a colorful drawing to learn various aspects of the history of the language through text. You’ll gain understanding about the origins of words, and discover what inquiring minds what to know. There are fun facts and explanations of phrases and idioms too.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

March 11th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/introduction/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.
  • And more!

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

Video Segments from Between the Lions

March 5th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 4, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Between the Lions Early Reading Collection

(cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/btl07-ex/)

Age Range: 3-6 (Grades PreK-1, with parental supervision)

 

PBS offers a collection of early reading video segments taken from their show, Between the Lions.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the videos that are categorized for K-1 and PreK, sorted by literacy skill: 

  • Fluency
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Text Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Book and Print Awareness
  • Language and Vocabulary Development
  • Letter Knowledge Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness

Below the videos, you can read what the video is about, and then look at/download support materials. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the stories being read.

Free Valentine Language Arts Worksheets

February 12th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, February 12, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Valentine’s Day Worksheets

(www.education.com/worksheets/valentines/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)


You will not believe the massive selection of free Valentine-themed printable worksheets that are offered on this website from Education.com.

Get free crosswords, mazes, word searches, Valentine card templates, coloring pages, and much more. Then click on “Lesson Plans” in the top menu to find 10 lesson plans including: 

  • Valentine’s Day Fun – Preschoolers can copy a sentence
  • Mapping My Heart – Third graders can produce a short writing piece
  • Valentine’s Day Idioms – Fourth graders can explain the meanings of common idioms

And here is another site that provides free Language Arts worksheets themed around Valentine’s Day:

Lanternfish.com

Get a printable Valentine-themed crossword puzzle, word scramble, word search, rhyme activity, and more.

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

February 5th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, February 5, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Ninja

(www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html)

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

 

This website provides a fun game to help students develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.

When you get to the website, read the instructions on how to play the game. Then, select a level of play (from beginner to master).

As the game begins, you’ll be presented with sentences and asked to find various parts of speech. The game tracks the time you require to answer the questions, as well as any errors you make. If you make a mistake, the game board displays the correct answer.

There are three levels of play culminating in the title “Master Grammar Ninja.” Your kids will find playing this game is a whole lot more fun than drill and practice work – and I’ll bet some of you parents will have fun testing your grammar skills as well. 

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