Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Pumpkin Fun!

October 16th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 16, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pumpkin Fun!

(www.universalpreschool.com/how-to/pumpkin-fun.asp)

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

 

While this page was created with preschoolers in mind, many of the activities suggested will be fun for the whole family.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the article “Pumpkin Fun!” – with all kinds of ideas for learning with pumpkins. Then scroll down to Pumpkin Language Arts to see a link to “Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden Lesson Plan”. Don’t miss “Pumpkins in Children’s Literature” where you can read the poem, “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater” and your child can color the picture online.

And here are a few more informational sites on pumpkins: 

Local Harvest: Pumpkin Patch

To find a pumpkin farm near you visit this website. When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of pumpkins with a search box under it. Simply enter your zip code or city and state and a new screen opens with pumpkin farms and patches near you. Click on any one listed and a new page opens with information on that farm, visiting hours, directions, any fees, etc.

For another resource to locate a pumpkin farm or festival near you try Pumpkin Patches and More. Click the “Start Here” button in the top menu bar.

English Spelling Rules and more!

September 4th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, September 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

28 Rules for English Spelling

(www.riggsinst.org/28rules.aspx)

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

 

Here is a handy list of rules for English spelling that you can print out and refer to as needed.

Many homeschoolers know about the Riggs Institute programs for teaching writing, spelling and reading. The Riggs Institute is a commercial website – but they offer a FREE list of the “28 Rules for English Spelling” that you can print out and use at home. Just click on the link above and it will take you right to the page where you can access the list.

There are also 35 Literacy Tips. Look under Resources in the top menu. These are great tools for your Language Arts curriculum.

Free Spelling Games & Activities for K-12

August 28th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 28, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

VocabularySpellingCity

(https://www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers free activities and games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills.

In addition to the freebies, the site offers a “Premium Membership” for a fee – but you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the free games. When you get to the site, click on “Free” in the left side bar, then choose from the following: 

  • Spelling Test Me – Take quizzes to test your spelling skill by grade range: K-2nd Sight Words, 3rd-5th Possessive Nouns, 6th-8th Geography and 9th-12th Chemistry.
  • Spelling Teach Me – Students can choose from predetermined word lists and then engage in a classic spelling learning method that includes visual and auditory modalities in each lesson.
  • And more games and activities like Word Match, Word Search, Hang Mouse

Students will naturally intuit how this site works. Parents may find the FAQs helpful in understanding how the site works, and the many features it offers.

 

Again, you can access the basic games and activities absolutely free without registration. You can also purchase a “Premium Membership” that includes a variety of “extras” that you can learn more about at the website.

Listen to Interviews with Children’s Book Authors

August 14th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC School Radio: English – Meet the Authors

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64q0/episodes/player)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides recordings of interviews with children’s authors.

The authors answer questions posed by students about how they started writing, where they find inspiration for their stories, how they develop characters and storyline, and questions about their plans for future books. Sixteen prolific authors (who are very popular in the United Kingdom) are featured including: 

  • Brian Patten
  • Valerie Bloom
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Philip Ridley
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Eva Ibbotson
  • Anne Fine
  • And more!

When you get to the site, simply click on the author’s name on the menu, then “Listen Now.” Most interviews are 15 minutes in length and are sure to engage and inspire young writers.

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

August 7th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 7, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans?f%5B0%5D=lesson_plan_subject_topic_facet%3A9361)

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

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art and culture, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see featured lesson plans. In the left sidebar is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Viewing
  • Writing

Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation
  • Lesson Activities
  • Lesson Extensions
  • Materials and Media

There is also a link to Student Activities, where you can choose Literature and Language Arts in two different grade ranges: K-5 and 9-12 .

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

Highlights Magazine Activities Online

July 31st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 31, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Highlights Kids

(https://www.highlightskids.com/)

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

 

Highlights Magazine sponsors this website that features free activities to build language arts skills while covering multiple subjects such as science, history, social studies, and more.

It also features the beloved “Hidden Picture” activity that you may remember from your own youthful experience with Highlights – and that your children are sure to enjoy. 

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured activities. You can scroll through those or use the menu at the top to find: 

  • Activities – crafts and recipes
  • Jokes – jokes and quizzes
  • Games – Hidden Pictures and Unscramble
  • Explore – science questions and experiments
  • and more

Did we mention “Hidden Pictures”? It’s a lot of fun to play online! You’ll enjoy it – and so will your kids!

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