Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

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.

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

February 5th, 2020

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Ninja

(www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html)

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

 

This website provides a fun game to help students develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.

When you get to the website, read the instructions on how to play the game. Then, select a level of play (from beginner to master).

As the game begins, you’ll be presented with sentences and asked to find various parts of speech. The game tracks the time you require to answer the questions, as well as any errors you make. If you make a mistake, the game board displays the correct answer.

There are three levels of play culminating in the title “Master Grammar Ninja.” Your kids will find playing this game is a whole lot more fun than drill and practice work – and I’ll bet some of you parents will have fun testing your grammar skills as well. 

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.

French Games, Lessons, and Activities

November 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 9, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-14, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site. 

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

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

Terrific Language Arts Resources for K-8

August 21st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 21, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet4Classrooms: Language Arts

(https://www.internet4classrooms.com/lang_elem_index.htm)

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

 

This site was designed by two Tennessee teachers who pooled their experience and resources to provide, for free, a huge list of links to lessons, games, and activities that are conveniently organized by grade level and subject matter.

When you get to this page of the website you’ll see a menu – simply scroll down, click on a grade level and a new page opens. Then click on Language Arts and another page opens with a list of links that lead directly to activities for students to practice specific skills – like spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, etc.

Does your second grader need help with spelling? Just go to the second grade language arts page and scroll down to spelling. There you can select different activities to practice. If after reaching this page you decide that your child needs a little more (or less) challenge, you can adjust the grade level accordingly.

The same astonishing archive of resources (organized according to Tennessee state standards) are also on this site for Math, Science and Social Studies.

This is an incredibly helpful resource, updated frequently. It’s unusual to find such a comprehensive archive of educational links that is so meticulously maintained.

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