Posts Tagged ‘English’

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.

Saddle Up for Discovery of a Horse Farm

August 28th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, August 28, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

4-H Horse Farm Virtual Tour

(www.sites.ext.vt.edu/virtualfarm/equine/equine.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Saddle up your virtual horses and take an entertaining and educational field trip to a horse farm.

Sponsored by the Virginia Horse Industry Board and presented by the 4-H Virtual Farm, stops along your journey include: 

  • Visit a Horse Farm – View video interviews with horse farm owner.
  • Virginia is for Horses – Test your knowledge of Virginia horse trivia with this interactive quiz.
  • Horse of a Different Color – See the different horse colorings by name.
  • Carousel of Breeds – Using a revolving merry-go-round, select a horse to learn more about the breed.
  • Dusty the Dingy Pony – Clean up a virtual pony using the proper grooming tool with this interactive game.
  • Saddle Savvy – Learn the difference between an English Saddle and Western Saddle.
  • Horsing Around – With this interactive game, examine the anatomy of a horse.
  • 4-H Horse Show – Enjoy these video demonstrations of riding and showing styles.
  • Chincoteague Pony Dreams – Join Mallory on her trip to Chincoteague and learn about the ponies and the pony swim from a Salt Water Cowboy.
  • Whoa! What’s this? – Learn the language and vocabulary of the horse world.

Through the use of videos, interactive games and explorations, horse lovers of all ages will enjoy easily grazing through this colorful website. 

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 26th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 26, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

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

 

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include: 

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!
  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!
  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. You’ll also find: 

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!
  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

And more!

Practice Math and Feed The Hungry

August 24th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, August 24, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeRice.com: Math

(freerice.com/categories)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12 with parental supervision)

 

Test your Multiplication Tables and Basic Math (Pre-Algebra) skills and earn food for the hungry!

Scroll down to Math and choose from: 

  • Multiplication Table
  • Basic Math – Algebra

Click on your choice to get to the quiz. FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of ability as you take each quiz. It starts by giving you math equations at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get an math problem wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three problems in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio keeps you challenged to encourage learning.

You can set your own level and you can even have the site remember your total from the last time you were there if you create an account.

And, with every right answer, you donate ten grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

The site has expanded to include quizzes in other subjects: 

  • English
  • Geography
  • Humanities
  • Language Learning
  • Science
  • And more

If you have more questions, check out the About section. This is a fun and ingenious idea that will motivate kids to practice math while helping others.

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.

[ClickSchooling] Free Crash Course in English Literature

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 5, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content

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