Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

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!

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.

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