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Language Arts & History Collide!

February 23rd, 2022

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

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

Grades 1-7 approximately, children 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.

Have fun!

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.

Corn-Themed Math & Activities

November 8th, 2021

Camp Silos: Corn Math

(www.campsilos.org/mod3/students/index.shtml)

All grades, with parental supervision

At this archived website, you will find interesting corn-themed activities and lessons in math (and more!) that are geared for about 4th grade and up. However, there is material that younger children will enjoy as well.

When you get to the site you will see quick facts about corn math, corn products, and corn geography. But that’s not all! There is a menu at the top of the page with lessons and web-based activities designed for classroom use (that can be tweaked for home use) that include:

History Detective – A remarkable exploration of the history of corn including Native American folk tales about corn.

  • Scavenger Hunt – Take the challenge and find the answers to the questions about corn by following Internet links to information resources. Then take the “Corny Quiz.”
  • Newsroom – Develop a video segment about corn production for KORN-TV by following the lesson plan and using web-based research.
  • Mystery Photo – An exploration of the microscopic world of corn.
  • Amazing Mazes: Find out about the history of corn mazes. Then create your own computer-generated maze!

Then on the sidebar, check out:

  • Teachers – The teacher section offers an outline of the lessons contained at this site, along with information on curriculum standards addressed by the lessons. It provides background and resources that will help with lesson presentation. Remember, this was designed with the classroom teacher in mind — so some of this may not be as helpful to the home educator.
  • Resources – Contains many links to other websites about corn.

Note: Many of the links on this site are good, but we did find a few dead links since this is an archived site. Regardless, there is so much information here that the dead links are more of a nuisance than a deterrent to learning.

Become a Virtual History Detective

January 28th, 2021

Wessels Living History Farm

(livinghistoryfarm.org/farming-history/)

Grades 3-12, with parental supervision

 

This website is a companion to a real “Living History Farm” in Nebraska, where you and your children can learn about the history of agriculture in America and how technology has changed it.

You can also learn about the man, David Wessels, whose estate made possible his vision of a Living History Farm. One of his major concerns was “that today’s kids – both urban and rural – have almost no idea how farmers went from essentially a medieval system of plowing with horses to huge tractors run by computers with global positioning systems and air-conditioned cabs.” 

The story told on the website, goes back to Native Americans who first cultivated the fields, through the first European immigrants staking out the prairie ground, to boom and bust cycles, and then the incredible technological innovations of the 20th Century. 

When you get to the site you’ll find information on: 

  • Farming in the 1920s
  • Farming in the ’30s
  • Farming in the ’40s
  • Farming in the ’50s
  • 70’s to Today

You’ll see videos and/or graphics and sound for each, along with links to these categories: 

  • Farm Life
  • Making Money
  • Water
  • Machines
  • Crops
  • Pests & Weeds
  • World Events

Listen to interviews on many aspects of farming history as well.

Also, on the left sidebar, be sure to check out the link for Ted Kooser – podcasts from a former U.S. Poet Laureate. And the video link has all the videos in one place.

The Living History Farm seeks to educate everyone about the role agriculture plays in providing nourishment to the world. If you can’t make it to Nebraska to explore the farm in real-time, this is the next best thing.

Become a Virtual History Detective

January 21st, 2021

Historical Scene Investigation

Grades 6-12, with parental supervision

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past… they compare the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time.”

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include: 

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington and Concord
  • Constitution Controversy<
  • Antonio a Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

March 11th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

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

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, 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.

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