Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Interactive Letter Writing Tutorial

July 24th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Letter Writing for Students

(www.interactive-learning.com.au/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This kid-friendly website makes basic letter writing for the elementary grades easy and fun.

When you get to the site, scroll down and look under the title, “English.” Click on “Letter Writing” then “Learn More.” Then “View Lesson Plan” for your grade level of choice: 

  • K-2 – Personal Letter Writing
  • 3-4 – Persuasive Letter Writing
  • 5-6 – Coded Letter Writing

A new page opens to the lesson where you will be taken through the step-by-step process of learning correct letter writing form and practicing what you’ve learned. (Please note the postage amount is not for the U.S.)

And underneath the 3 grade level links you’ll find resources for teachers including letter templates, a sample business letter and how to address an envelope.

Wacky Ways to Learn Parts of Speech!

July 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 3, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wacky Web Tales

(www.eduplace.com/tales/)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 3-8 – and fun for all! – with parental supervision)

 

Houghton Mifflin (the education textbook publisher) sponsors this website that helps kids learn parts of speech – nouns, adverbs, adjectives, verbs, etc. Using interactive stories called “Wacky Web Tales” they offer an online version of the classic car game, Mad Libs.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Wacky Web Tales titles. Click on any one and a new page opens that reveals the story title and a form. The form requires you to type in parts of speech (such as a singular noun, adjective, or present tense verb). The words you enter will be used to create a Wacky Web Tale — simply click on the “See Your Wacky Web Tale” button at the bottom of the form.
 
If you are unsure what an adverb (or any other part of speech called for on the form) is – just click on the “Parts of Speech Help” button for some quick definitions.
 
Because you don’t know how the parts of speech you filled in on the form will be used in the story – the resulting Wacky Web Tale can be pretty funny!
 
This is a painless way to learn, reinforce, or remediate parts of speech.

Kid Scoop Language Arts & More

June 19th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 19, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kid Scoop

(www.kidscoop.com/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Many of you may have seen the Kid Scoop activity pages in your local newspaper. It’s a weekly newspaper feature for grades 2 through 8 that explores a new subject each week through games, puzzles and brainteasers.

The companion website archives the pages that are run in newspapers throughout the country and much more. There’s a section for Kids, Teachers and Parents. All of this is delivered in a colorfully illustrated way to grab kids’ interests and help them learn.

On the Kids page, you can learn all about the topic of the week. As of this review, the topic was Constellations. Scroll all the way down to find: 

  • Answers
  • How to Draw
  • Just Plain Weird
  • Puzzles
  • Write On!
  • and more!

On the Teachers page you’ll find a Writing Corner, Teacher Guide and more. And on the Parents page, there are links to: 

  • Cool Crafts
  • Tasty Recipes
  • Try This at Home

The activity pages are only available for purchase.

A Free Rhyme Generator!

June 12th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Write Rhymes

(http://www.writerhymes.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

For those who are learning how to write poetry or limericks this is a terrific tool to have handy. You just type in a word and in seconds you’re provided with a list of words that rhyme with it!

When you get to the site simply type in the word you want to rhyme, hold down the “alt” key on your keyboard, and use your mouse to click on the word you just typed. A list of rhyming words (with from one to multiple syllables) appears on the right side of the screen.

The only drawback is that the rhyming words that are generated appear in white font making them difficult to see. Use your mouse to highlight the words in order to get a better view.

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 5th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. See for yourself using the menu on the left.

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 21st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, click on Videos – PestQuest. Turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists.


Click on “Pest Guide” on the top menu bar to examine the “Pest List – Bugs A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes.


Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for K-5 including Intro to Pests and Totally Termites. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy for Grades 4-8.
  • Games – Play interactive games like “Crush That Bug!” – similar to Candy Crush.

Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters.

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