Posts Tagged ‘character’

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

October 14th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parts of Speech Tutorial

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/grammar_tutorial.htm)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include:

  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.
 
When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

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.

Symphony Orchestra for Kids

October 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 5, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DSO Kids

(www.mydso.com/dso-kids/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

DSO Kids is the educational music site for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra located in Dallas, Texas. The site offers a wide variety of free music appreciation activities for kids!

You’ll find an introduction to famous composers and their music, lessons that teach you how to build your own instrument, practice tips for playing instruments, and more. There is also a great teacher resource section on the site that includes a huge database of archived music appreciation lesson plans that you can download and print out for use at home including: 

  • Families of Instruments Listening Maps
  • Meet the Composers Scavenger Hunt
  • The Role of the Conductor
  • Puppet Theater
  • Music Can Tell a Story
  • The Character of Instruments
  • Music and Motion
  • Meet the Percussion Instruments
  • and more!

This is a great resource to learn all about music!

Learn about the Silver Rush of 1903

June 20th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 20, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Cobalt Adventure

(www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/cobalt/en/index.php)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately, with parental supervision. People of all ages may enjoy aspects of this site.)

 

At this website you can virtually experience an early 20th century Silver Rush through interactive games and lessons that teach social studies, history and geography.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • The Game – Select one of three real-life characters (an old prospector, a nurse, or a young shopkeeper) and head to Cobalt in Ontario, Canada to join the Silver Rush of 1903. This multimedia adventure (available in Flash or HTML) is different for each character, and there are 28 possible endings. After you’ve seen the results of any one decision you make for your character, you can choose “previous” to go back and choose again. At the end of each playthrough, you can click on “Actual Factual” to see what actually happened to the person you chose to be, plus plenty of other information about life in Cobalt at that time. (From the “Library” on the menu, all of the Actual Factuals are available; during gameplay, only the information pertinent to your most recent decision is available.)
  • Curriculum – Get four downloadable (pdf) lessons with ideas and activities designed to enhance what you learn from playing the game. Create a facsimile of a hand-colored postcard, write your own adventure story, use visual prompts to tell a story.
  • Library – Explore a photo gallery and view a collection of artifacts from the Cobalt Mining Museum that were used to create the multimedia game.

This game is available in English or French. If you want to view it in French, click “Francais” at the top of the home page.

Creative Writing Activities!

May 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 22, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Get Creative!

(www.brucevanpatter.com/funstuff.html)

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

 

This website offers over 300 pages of fun activities to help kids enjoy creative writingThe designer, Bruce Van Patter, is an illustrator who shows kids how to bring their ideas for stories to life. He does offer some creative writing helps that can be purchased, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the many freebies.


When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured activity pages. Look at the menu on the left side of the screen under the heading “A Quick List of Fun Stuff” that includes: 

  • The Story Kitchen – Enjoy using creative, interactive story-writing prompts.
  • Mugshots – Click on a picture of a character and answer a set of  questions to create your story’s character!
  • KidTales – Use one of Bruce’s fun drawings to inspire a story of your own!
  • What-if Genie – Look at the top of the page to read a “What-if” question that will inspire a story. Refresh the page (or click on the genie) to get a new one.
  • Creative Times – Develop a story based on a wacky news headline!
  • DaVinci’s Doodles – What is the story potential of a doodle? Try this activity and find out!
  • Wacky Headlines – Help your child write “outside the box” by using parts of speech to create elements of randomness.

You’ll find many more activities to choose from too. 

Also, be sure to check out what Van Patter has “For Families” in the horizontal menu bar located at the top of the home page.

Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

March 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyChineseLessons

(www.mychineselessons.com/chinese-lesson-index-p01.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun.

When you get to the site, you can start on Lesson 1, or view the “Lesson Index” to view the choices including: 

  • Hello! How Are You?
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday
  • Let’s Eat!
  • and more.

Each lesson explains how to draw the character and has helpful hints on how to memorize it. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”

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