Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories and Poems

November 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, November 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PicLits.com

(www.piclits.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.

The idea here is to: 

  1. Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)
  2. Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.
  3. Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Lesson Plans” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page, then click on the tutorial. Also check out the lesson plans: 

  • Types of PIC-LITs – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.
  • Parts of Speech – Nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and more with links to YouTube videos on how to use PIC-LITs for each.
  • Poetry – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Printable Halloween Worksheets and Puzzles!

October 30th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 30, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

teAchnology.com – Halloween

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/halloween/)

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


We’ve spotlighted this company just recently BUT we wanted to circle back around and show you these wonderful Halloween-themed printable worksheets and puzzles!

TeAchnology Incorporated says that they “developed this website in response to the challenges associated with Twenty-First Century Learners: The Net-Generation. To meet these challenges, the company developed a method for individuals to access free on-line resources that support classroom instruction.” They go on to say that their “mission is to provide services designed to support educators in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning.”

When you get to the page scroll down to find printable worksheets and puzzles. Click on an item and print language arts activities like these: 

  • Acrostic Poem
  • Candy Adjectives Worksheet
  • Ghosts Adjectives Worksheet
  • Pumpkins Adjectives Worksheet
  • Witch Adjectives Worksheet
  • Bank On It! Worksheet
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Cryptogram
  • Do The Research
  • And many more!

Scroll further down to locate resources for coloring and writing, also Halloween songs and teacher resources

Autumn Vocabulary Word List

October 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Autumn

(myvocabulary.com/word-list/autumnvocabulary/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

Today we focused on the Autumn Vocabulary Word List. When you get to the site, you’ll see an “A-Z” list of 169 words all related to fall including: 

  • Acorn
  • Bounty
  • Chestnuts
  • Football
  • Harvest
  • Leaves
  • Migration
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkins
  • Raking
  • Scarecrows
  • Thanksgiving
  • Voting
  • Weather
  • and more!

Use the list to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

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.

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