Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Folklore stories from around the world

October 21st, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, October 21, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Folklore

(www.americanfolklore.net/)

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

 

This website provides a free archive of American folktales, myths, legends, fairy tales, superstitions, weatherlore and other stories.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and some featured stories. You can click on the featured links or use the menu at the top of the home page that includes: 

  • Tall Tales – Meet Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Brer Rabbit, and more.
  • Myths & Legends – Enjoy stories about folk heroes such as Bigfoot Wallace, Davy Crockett, Casey Jones and more.
  • Ghost Stories – A selection of stories about things that go bump in the night.
  • Folk Tales – Stories or legends passed down from one generation to another in the oral tradition.
  • Fables & Fairy Tales – A wide variety of stories – some will be very familiar, some not-so-much.
  • And more!

You’ll also find United States, Mexican, Canadian, Native American, African-American, Asian-American, European-American, and Latin-American folklore.

Note: As always, parental supervision required to determine suitability of content.

Read Storybooks Online

October 7th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, October 7, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Storybooks Online

(www.magickeys.com/books/index.html)

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

 

This award-winning site contains original stories with illustrations for young children, as well as stories for older kids and young adults too.

This ad-supported archived website gives you many riddles, mazes, and coloring activities that are coordinated with the stories. You can also click on a “sound” link to listen to some of the stories. One example is the book The Farm Animals – by Rolando Merino. It’s a free, complete, online, Click-a-Word Talking eBook! You can click and hear every individual word pronounced, hear every page read, and listen to real farm animal sounds!

There is real potential here for older siblings to read the online stories to their younger brothers and sisters – so it’s a friendly site for the entire family.

Going to this site is a little like going to the library without leaving home!

Do You Speak American?

September 30th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 30, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Do You Speak American?

(www.pbs.org/speak/)

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

 

This PBS website attempts to answer the question, “Do You Speak American” through information and activities that explore the origin and evolution of English in the U.S. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu of choices that provides a sound introduction to the topic along with “Special Features” that offer further exploration. Younger visitors may wish to jump directly to the extensive activities page. There, you can access information, quizzes and exercises such as: 

  • Radio America — Listen to radio broadcasts from typical speakers in each of the 50 states, and notice the great variety in dialects and pronunciation of words.
  • Where is the Speaker From? — Listen to a few different speech samples and try to place them on a map of the US. (You might want to try this *after* you’ve listened to Radio America).
  • Verb Machine — See what would happen to one verb if you used another verb as a pattern to conjugate (or try to figure out) the present, past, and perfect tenses.
  • Test Your Vowel Power — See if you can understand the speech of people who pronounce vowels differently. (These shifts in pronunciation are appearing regionally throughout the U.S.)

This site can easily be used to springboard an interest in studying English grammar — and it’s a great Social Studies conversation starter as well.

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-4 – pre-readers and early readers, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes.


It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.


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

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journal – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

Free Vocabulary Activities that Teach History!

September 16th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 16, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Constitution Day

(myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/constitution-day-sept-17th-vocabulary/)

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

 

This website is offering free activities to boost students’ vocabularies and knowledge of history in anticipation of Constitution Day, Columbus Day, and Election Day.

When you get to the site, you’ll find interactive: 

  • word searches
  • crosswords
  • matching games
  • quizzes
  • and more

that include 229 vocabulary words themed around the U.S. Constitution.

Also check out COLUMBUS DAY, October 12th 

Try your skills at solving vocabulary word puzzles and games, and get some lesson ideas for learning about Columbus and his historical expeditions.

and ELECTION DAY, November 3rd

Play word games and do puzzles themed around political vocabulary words such as: Ballot, Campaign, Candidate, Canvass, Caucus, Constituency, Delegates, Electoral, Gerrymander, Incumbent, Judicial, Legislature, Nominate, Partisan, Primary, Quorum, Veto, etc.

Bookmark this ad-free website to take advantage of the array of free content to improve vocabulary. You’ll find activities to help prepare students for SAT and ACT exams too.

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

September 9th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free.

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

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