Posts Tagged ‘English grammar’

Do You Speak American?

September 30th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 30, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Do You Speak American?

(www.pbs.org/speak/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This PBS website attempts to answer the question, “Do You Speak American” through information and activities that explore the origin and evolution of English in the U.S. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu of choices that provides a sound introduction to the topic along with “Special Features” that offer further exploration. Younger visitors may wish to jump directly to the extensive activities page. There, you can access information, quizzes and exercises such as: 

  • Radio America — Listen to radio broadcasts from typical speakers in each of the 50 states, and notice the great variety in dialects and pronunciation of words.
  • Where is the Speaker From? — Listen to a few different speech samples and try to place them on a map of the US. (You might want to try this *after* you’ve listened to Radio America).
  • Verb Machine — See what would happen to one verb if you used another verb as a pattern to conjugate (or try to figure out) the present, past, and perfect tenses.
  • Test Your Vowel Power — See if you can understand the speech of people who pronounce vowels differently. (These shifts in pronunciation are appearing regionally throughout the U.S.)

This site can easily be used to springboard an interest in studying English grammar — and it’s a great Social Studies conversation starter as well.

Printing, Cursive, & Grammar for Kids

August 19th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 19, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Handwriting For Kids

(www.handwritingforkids.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental guidance)

 

This ad-supported website offers free lessons and practice worksheets for learning how to print, write in cursive, and learn English grammar. (It also offers instruction and worksheets for learning arithmetic.)

When you get to the website you will see an introduction, and a menu on the left side of the screen that includes: 

  • Manuscript – Learn to print by tracing letters of the alphabet, words, and sentences using the free worksheet variations available here.
  • Cursive – Learn cursive writing by tracing first, and then writing independently. Free printable worksheets of individual letters, words, and complete sentences are provided for practice.
  • English – Use the free lessons and worksheets to learn grammar, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.
  • Mathematics – You’ll find a selection of interactive math lessons, worksheets, and drill games.

You’ll also find links to further resources, Spanish worksheets, Biblically-themed handwriting and cursive worksheets, and a flash card making tool.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you’ll find the lessons and worksheets. The layout isn’t always crystal clear – but if you just click on a couple of items, you’ll figure out how best to use this site quickly.

Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation Resources

May 13th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – English

(https://www.thoughtco.com/english-4688281)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you haven’t checked it out, ThoughtCo. is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. It is “one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online.”

Today we are focusing on Language Arts. When you get to the website, you have a choice of English Grammar or Writing. There are lists and articles including: 

  • How to Choose the Right Word
  • 13 of the Longest Words in the English Language
  • The Most Beautiful-Sounding Words in English
  • A Guide to Deep Reading
  • 11 Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing
  • Guidelines for Using Capital Letters
  • 4 Rules for Using Commas Effectively
  • How To Organize a Descriptive Paragraph

And so much more!

Fun, Interactive Grammar Exercises

October 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Bytes

(www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you or your students think learning English grammar “bites”?  Then, check out this website developed by a college English professor with attitude. She’s irreverent and funny and has devised a way to provide meaningful grammar lessons and interactive drills and quizzes that won’t bore your kids to death.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: Terms – Detailed definitions of grammar terminology including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Dangling Modifier
  • Gerund
  • Nouns
  • Participle
  • Semicolon
  • Verbs
  • And plenty more!

When you are finished here return to the home page menu to locate: 

  • Exercises – Interactive exercises (lessons) to help students learn correct grammar usage. Topics include comma splices, fragments, irregular verbs, misplaced modifiers, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Handouts – FREE handouts in PDF files that are companions to the exercises that students can do offline.
  • Videos at YouTube – A short selection of fun, entertaining videos and animations that teach grammar.

Just click on any menu item title (in black) and a new page opens where you can access the free materials.

You might want to click on the “About” section as well, where you’ll meet Professor Robin and discover her views on grammar instruction.

English Grammar Games & Much More!

July 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fun 4 The Brain: English Excitement!

(www.fun4thebrain.com/english.html)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free, multi-media, interactive games to practice and learn English Language Arts including grammar, parts of speech, and sight words.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of six games that include: 

  • Panda Mayhem – Learn parts of speech and make silly sentences.
  • Base Word Baseball – Challenge your knowledge of base words and suffix endings.
  • Popcorn Words – Memorize the most common sight words.
  • Syllable Split – Break words into syllables.
  • Magic “e” Adventures – Find out what happens to a word when you add an “e” on the end. For example, “cap” becomes “cape”.
  • My Reading Tools – Use the reading tools you learned in the previous games to find the treasure.

But that’s not all! Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to find an array of free math games to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You’ll even find timed quizzes to do online or print out and do offline. There is a fun science game too, that will help you discover what happens when you mix oxygen and nitrogen.

Bookmark this site!

Free Grammar Book with Activities & Worksheets

September 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Azar Grammar: Fun with Grammar

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can download the book, Fun with Grammar for free and use the activities and games to supplement and enhance any study of grammar. The games reinforce the correct use of grammar through oral and written activities.

While designed for ESL classroom use, many of the activities can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. This book was originally designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum, but it is not necessary to purchase the curriculum to enjoy and learn from the activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of book chapters that cover grammar topics such as:

  • Verbs – Present, Past, and Future
  • Nouns & Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Passive Voice
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • ~And More!

Look at the menu on the right to find free grammar worksheets. These are also designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum but can easily be adapted for anyone to use. Find these types of materials for Basic English Grammar, Intermediate and Advanced: 

  • Teacher-Created Worksheets
  • Expansion Activities
  • Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Song Lessons
  • PowerPoint Supplements
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