Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Grammar Gorillas & More!

May 6th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunBrain: Grammar Gorillas

(www.funbrain.com/games/grammar-gorillas)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

As we celebrate National Pet Week, today’s websites are centered around gorillas. It will have your kids swinging on vines…

Did you know that “Grammar Gorillas” is also a term used to describe any feature of grammar which people find particularly challenging? At this site, learn various parts of speech and grammar with this fast-paced, fun, and interactive game called “Grammar Gorillas.”

Most people don’t have pet gorillas. However, in Woodside, California there was a very unusual “pet” gorilla named Koko, who had learned to sign over 1,000 words and could also understand spoken English! Here are a couple of websites that feature Koko and her uncanny ability with language arts: 

Language Arts Games and Activities

April 29th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Story It

(www.storyit.com/)

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

 

This website offers a variety of free Language Arts games, story starters, printable writing worksheets and other activities to encourage kids to read and write.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured resources in the middle of the page including: 

  • Classic Children’s Literature – Read some selections online including The Ugly Duckling, Aesop’s Fables, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, and children’s poetry.
  • Story Starters – Print out worksheets with pictures and sentences that spark a student’s imagination so they can write a story.
  • Sight Words – Play interactive games for phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercises. Try non-violent hangman games to practice spelling and Dolch sight words. Improve vocabulary by making words with interactive letter tiles.
  • Shapes – Print lined writing sheets that are in the shape of critters, flowers, vegetables, seasonal and holiday objects, and more. Can be used for a wide variety of writing projects.
  • Coloring – Print out and color classic rhymes such as, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Be Nimble, Little Robin Redbreast, and more.

There are lots of resources here to enhance any language arts curriculum, hobby, or interest.

Free Journalism Courses

April 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University

(www.poynter.org/newsu/)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation, this site offers over 100 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the Course Catalog and choose from the topics including: 

  • Broadcast
  • Editing
  • Fact-Checking
  • Visual Journalism
  • Writing
  • and so much more!

You’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

April 15th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com/)

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

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also was the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen. Scroll down to “Why Study Shakespeare“? to start.

Back at the top, use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the trivia question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschooling families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

Free Read/Write Curriculum for K-12

April 8th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ReadWriteThink

(http://www.readwritethink.org/)

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

 

ReadWriteThink.org is a result of a partnership between the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation, whose mission is to “provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.”

Bookmark this site NOW. It’s one of the best Language Arts sites we’ve seen – and we’ve seen a lot!

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured highlights including: 

  • National Poetry Month
  • Write a Spring Haiku
  • Spring Weather

Then scroll over Classroom Resources in the top menu and choose from: 

  • Lesson Plans
  • Student Interactives
  • Calendar Activities
  • and more

Under Lesson Plans, you’ll find an array of standards-based lesson plans that integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. Each lesson includes a grade level, a detailed instructional plan and materials such as worksheets, interactives, and links to web resources. And it’s all FREE! You can also explore Teacher Resources by Grade.

Use the Student Interactives section to incorporate online activities (such as games, webquests, puzzles, writing starters, etc.) into your language arts curriculum for K-12 students. The activities are tied to specific lessons, but can be used independently or with other lessons as well.

And don’t miss the Calendar Activities. You can view the calendar by day, week or month to see activities and online resources associated with events in literacy and literature. For example, on the April calendar you’ll find language arts lessons with enrichment activities to learn about: Hans Christian Andersen, Maya Angelou, Pocahontas, Noah Webster, and more. (Just click on the description on any given day of the calendar to access the resources.)

Students can enjoy using technology while developing their literacy skills. The beauty of the ReadWriteThink website is that homeschoolers – no matter what methodology you use – will find something useful. Traditionalists can follow lesson plans, while unschoolers can enjoy the activities that peak their interests. Eclectics can use a little of everything.

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!

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