Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Read the Christmas story in comic book style

December 11th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 11, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Christmas Story

(www.whychristmas.com/christmasstory/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by James Cooper from the UK, this Christmas story can be read comic book style.


When you get to the site, the ‘comic book’ is ready to read. Click on the right arrow to go to the next page. 

When you are through, go to the main site of Why Christmas? It’s kid-friendly and explores all things Christmas. Use the links in the upper menu to select from: 

  • Christmas Traditions and Customs – Learn all about when the Christmas season is celebrated, the traditions of candles, candy canes, Christmas cards, carols, mistletoe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas and so much more
  • Christmas Around the World – Discover how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world
  • The Christmas Story – Read, listen, and/or watch the full Christmas story.
  • Christmas Fun and Activities – Activities include an online Christmas tree to decorate, a nativity scene to build either online or downloadable, word searches and a crossword puzzle, Christmas desktop wallpaper, and loads of other creative and fun activities

After browsing through all that is available, be sure to add to your fun by selecting the “Christmas Karaoke” image on the home page. You will be taken to another website, Tis the Season to be Singing, where you and your family can sing along to over 50 Christmas Carols and songs.

Free Literature Study Guides

December 4th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

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

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, 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.

Thanksgiving Crafts!

November 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 23, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Art

(www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/turkey_crafts.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

We thought you might like to get some step-by-step tutorials on how to make fun Thanksgiving arts and crafts with this website from DLTK.

Explore a menu of “Turkey Crafts” that include: 

  • Make an Autumn Leaf Turkey
  • Make a Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
  • Make a Variety of Handprint Turkeys
  • Make a Paper Plate Turkey
  • Make a Turkey Napkin Ring
  • and more.

Click on any item and a new page opens with complete instructions and illustrations. Many of these projects are so simple, they’d make a great activity for your Thanksgiving guests. Simply provide the materials needed and a space for assembly, demonstrate how to do it, and let everyone create their own memorable party favor.

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities and more

November 20th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, November 20, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Wild Turkey Federation

(www.nwtf.org/hunt/category/all-about-wild-turkeys)

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

 

Read all about wild turkeys at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) site. There are illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys. Then try the puzzles and worksheets from various sites below.

Discover: 

  • The Science of Gobbling
  • Life of a Summertime Gobbler
  • Life and Times of a Turkey Nest
  • 4 Great Wild Turkey Habitats
  • and more!

And check out what a wild turkey sounds like.


Once you’ve read all about turkeys, test your knowledge by printing out and solving these puzzles: 

Then, try these Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts worksheets: 

To write an acrostic poem, use one word (such as “turkey”) as the subject of your poem. Write the word vertically on a sheet of paper. Use each letter of the word as the beginning letter for a word in each line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem.

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!

Social Sciences Via Free Documentary Films

November 7th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, November 7, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Top Documentary Films

(topdocumentaryfilms.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grade 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers access to free, high-quality documentaries that you can watch online. This is essentially an archive of links to documentaries housed at other sites such as YouTube.

The content is well-organized making it easy to find and watch educational films covering diverse topics such as: 

  • Art & Artists
  • Biography
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Health
  • History
  • Nature
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Society
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • And much more

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured and recommended documentaries. Use the menu tab at the top of the page to browse the documentaries and learn more about the site. (NOTE: AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

Bookmark this terrific resource to use again and again.

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