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Favorite Language Arts Lesson Plans

February 2nd, 2022

National Council for Open Education: EduRef – Language Arts

(eduref.org/lessons/language-arts)

Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision

This website consists of contributions from teachers sharing their favorite language arts lesson plans.

When you get to the site, you can get right to any lesson plan listed. Or you can choose a category from the right sidebar including:

  • Alphabet
  • Grammar
  • Literature
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Speech
  • Spelling
  • Story Telling
  • Vocabulary
  • and more

Each lesson plan has an age range followed by the lesson plan. You can even print them out to refer to as needed.

Winter Themed Language Arts Lessons

January 26th, 2022

Education World: A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/A-Blizzard-of-Winter-Lessons.shtml)

Grades K-6, with parental supervision

Education World has shoveled up A Blizzard of Winter Lessons – Brrr! Today we are focusing on language arts – but there is a lot more to see.

Check these out:

  • Snow Activities (K-6 ) – includes snow literature
  • Winter and Children’s Literature from Carol Hurst
  • Frosty Reader Online Activities (K-4)
  • Winter Activities from Alphabet Soup (K-2) – includes songs, poems and finger plays
  • TeacherView: Activities for Teaching The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (K-3)
  • The Snowy Day Activities (K-3)
  • Meeting in the Mitten WebQuest (based on Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten (K-3)

And lots more!

Literature Studies for Middle & High School

January 19th, 2022

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/)

Grades 6-12 approximately, with parental supervision

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including:

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Preview
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Grammar University for Kids

January 12th, 2022

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/introduction/)

Grades 1-7 approximately, with parental supervision

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language.

Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes:

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.

  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.

  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.

  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.

  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”? This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!

  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.

  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as: “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

  • And more!

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

New Year Language Arts Activities

January 5th, 2022

Activity Village: New Year’s Story and Activities

(www.activityvillage.co.uk/new-year)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers a selection of fun Language Arts activities and free printables to celebrate the New Year. There are a few “for a fee” activities sprinkled among the freebies.

So when you get to the site, to get right to the free Language Arts activities just scroll down the center of the page and look for the links to:

  • New Year Worksheets – Includes printable pages of New Year story starters.

  • New Year Puzzles & Mazes – Includes New Year themed word search puzzles and word games

  • New Year Stories – Make your own booklet of Hans Christian Andersen’s Christmas and New Year story, The Little Match Girl. Includes the printable story and coloring pages.

You’ll also find links to New Year crafts, coloring pages, and jigsaw puzzles.

Reading & Phonics with Between the Lions

December 22nd, 2021

PBS LearningMedia: Between the Lions Early Reading Collection

(ca.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/btl07-ex/)

Grades PreK-1, with parental supervision

PBS offers a collection of early reading video segments taken from their show, Between the Lions.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the videos that are categorized for K-1 and PreK, sorted by literacy skill:

  • Fluency
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Text Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Book and Print Awareness
  • Language and Vocabulary Development
  • Letter Knowledge Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness

Below the videos, you can read what the video is about and then look at/download support materials. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the stories being read.

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