Posts Tagged ‘English’

Fun Interactive Timeline of English Language

March 18th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC: The Ages of English

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/lang_gallery.shtml)

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

 

At this archived website you can explore an engaging timeline of the history of the English language, how it developed, and why it has changed and evolved.

Through images and text you’ll discover how English has developed “through invasion, invention and global expansion.”

When you get to the site, explore the eight ages of the English language that include: 

  • The Anglo Saxon Invasions – 449 AD
  • The Viking Raids Begin – 787 AD
  • The Norman Conquest – 1066
  • The Resurgence of English 1200 – 1400
  • The Invention of the Printing Press 1476
  • The Renaissance – 1500 to 1650
  • The Colonization of the New World – 1600s
  • The Industrial Revolution – 1760 to 1830

In each stage, you simply click on images in a colorful drawing to learn various aspects of the history of the language through text. You’ll gain understanding about the origins of words, and discover what inquiring minds what to know. There are fun facts and explanations of phrases and idioms too.

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.

Learn Portuguese

February 29th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, February 29, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Portuguese

(www.easyportuguese.com/)

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

 

This Google ad-supported website helps visitors learn basic Brazilian Portuguese. The simplicity of the website design makes navigating through the available learning material a breeze.

From the home page, select lessons with audios to learn: 

  • Alphabet & Pronunciation
  • Useful phrases
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar and parts of speech lessons for the beginner and intermediate learner

Continue the learning by selecting the “Learn Portuguese Menu” in the upper tool bar. In addition to the topics above, select from: 

  • Brazilian/Portuguese Names
  • Popular Words in Portuguese
  • Portuguese Verbs
  • Portuguese Grammar Tips

Grammar lessons include simple explanations of topics, examples, and accompanying vocabulary with audios. Vocabulary lessons provide the word in Portuguese, its English translation, and an audio file of the word. Visitors will need to be sure to have their volume turned up to hear the audios.

Please note that when visiting a page to view the lesson, we were able to turn off the ad so that it was not distracting.

This website provides great basics in learning Portuguese.

Learn to Speak the Sauk Language

February 8th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, February 8, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Talk Sauk

(www.talksauk.com/#/)

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

 

Discover the traditional language of the Sac and Fox Indian Nation of Oklahoma with this website. Derived from the Algonquian language family, the Sauk language is currently only spoken by a handful of elders. The Sauk Language department created this website to help “keep the Sauk language as a living and integral component of the Sac and Fox Nation”.

When arriving at the colorful website, select the “Menu” option in the upper left to expose the menu and find: 

  • About – Learn more about the Sauk Nation’s history and more
  • Dictionary – Use the visual dictionary to learn the Sauk language word for animals, food, numbers and other everyday words. Click an image to hear the word in the Sauk language.
  • Phrases – Read phrases in English related to colors, days, weather, eating, greetings, feelings, and much more, then click the phrase to hear it in the Sauk language.
  • Games – Play matching games, enjoy the online or downloadable coloring book, or explore the online games of Sauk Count and Climb and Sauk Drop and Catch (NOTE: We could not get these 2 games to load for us.)
  • Storybooks – Read and listen to “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”, see the Eric Carle book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear translated into Sauk and the story “Kâta Kîshkô”.
  • Videos – Watch animated stories, see videos about the Sauk language, and learn to count to 10.
  • And more!

Visitors do not need to be part of the Sac and Fox Nation to appreciate the value and beauty of the language. This website provides a wonderful introduction to the Sauk language and students may be inspired to dig deeper into the language of their own heritage.

Learn to Speak Japanese!

November 30th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 30, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Web Japan

(web-japan.org/kidsweb/language/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, created by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is designed to foster appreciation of Japan among American children and introduce them to the Japanese language

The simple artwork, the openness of each page, the soft color scheme and intuitive navigation, are all immediately attractive to young ones. And the content is top-notch! Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Lessons 1-8 – Nicely illustrated formal language lessons, complete with audio examples, English and Japanese text, and pronunciation in text form. (Typical lessons contain dialog, vocabulary/grammar, and an exercise.)
  • Hiragana and Katakana Charts – Japanese alphabets. Click any letter to hear it pronounced.
  • Numbers – Learn to speak and read the numbers from 1 to 100.

And under Related Articles – Language: The older kids and adults will appreciate this clear article about the Japanese language

You may also wish to spend some time on the rest of this website. You can learn about folk legends, play games and check out some recipes. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise Internet use.

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, November 21, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian

(www.plimoth.org/learn/MRL/interact/thanksgiving-interactive-you-are-historian)

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

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Click on “Begin Your Adventure” and a new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Notice the Teacher’s Guide icon in the bottom right corner – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking “Enter to begin your investigation!” A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

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