Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Learn Grammar through Song

February 17th, 2021

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

October 14th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parts of Speech Tutorial

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/grammar_tutorial.htm)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include:

  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.
 
When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

Interactive Language Learning

October 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 3, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling! 

 

Recommended Website:

Duolingo

(www.duolingo.com/)

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.

When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • and so many more!

After selecting your language, you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked (and to continue very far into the lessons) you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, student earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program related bonuses.

From the website:

“In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

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.

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!

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.

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