Posts Tagged ‘language’

Free eBooks

January 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project Gutenberg

(www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Select from over 60,000 free eBooks to read online or download.

Many of you may already be familiar with the Gutenberg Project that is composed of a team of volunteers endeavoring to make as many books as possible available online at no cost. Currently, there are over 60,000 books. Gutenberg makes it easy for you to find just the titles that might interest you.

When you get to the site, click on “Book Categories” in the top menu bar. When a new page opens, scroll down where you can select from categories such as children’s literature, mysteries, detective stories, science fiction, one-act plays and more! Click on any category, and a new page opens with a list of the free books available. These books can be read online or downloaded.

In the Children’s Literature bookshelf, access the writings of L. Frank Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Edith Nesbit, and Anna Sewell.

Other authors in the bookshelves of Project Gutenberg include Agatha Christie, Andre Norton, Lester del Rey, and Dostoyevsky.

Project Gutenberg has also put together a selection of audio books. Imagine your family enjoying one of the following authors during a long ride in the car or around a crackling fire: 

  • Aesop
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • L. Frank Baum
  • Charles Dickens
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Frost
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Jack London
  • Nietzsche
  • Plato
  • Poe
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Shakespeare
  • Mark Twain
  • Jules Verne
  • H. G. Wells
  • Walt Whitman
  • and more!

To find the list of audio books, start here

One more thing: Project Gutenberg is always in need of more volunteers willing to proofread one page per day. You or your teen might like to join the team and take advantage of this exciting, fulfilling, skill-building opportunity.

Foreign Language Practice through Games

January 18th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 18, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet Polyglot

(www.internetpolyglot.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Scroll down to select the language you want to learn. Then choose the translation you want. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. And this is sort of like virtual flash cards: 

  • Picture Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct picture.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

January 15th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lit2Go

(etc.usf.edu/lit2go/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links to the ways you can browse for information including by: 

  • Authors – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and many more.
  • Books – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Common Sense, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little Princess, The Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind in the Willows, and more.
  • Readability – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and carschoolers!

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

January 8th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/A-Blizzard-of-Winter-Lessons.shtml)

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

 

Education World has shoveled up A Blizzard of Winter Lessons – Brrr! Today we are focusing on language arts – but there is a lot more to see.

Check these out: 

  • Snow Activities (K-6 ) – includes snow literature
  • Winter and Children’s Literature from Carol Hurst
  • Frosty Reader Online Activities (K-4)
  • Winter Activities from Alphabet Soup (K-2) – includes songs, poems and finger plays
  • TeacherView: Activities for Teaching The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (K-3)
  • The Snowy Day Activities (K-3)
  • Meeting in the Mitten WebQuest (based on Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten (K-3)
  • And lots more

Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 18th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 18, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

(tinyurl.com/yeglwvq9)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin/Greek root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas and Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin/Greek root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.

Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities: 

  • Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 9 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 
    • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
    • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
    • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
    • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
    • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol)
  • Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

Read the Christmas story in comic book style

December 11th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 11, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Christmas Story

(www.whychristmas.com/christmasstory/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by James Cooper from the UK, this Christmas story can be read comic book style.


When you get to the site, the ‘comic book’ is ready to read. Click on the right arrow to go to the next page. 

When you are through, go to the main site of Why Christmas? It’s kid-friendly and explores all things Christmas. Use the links in the upper menu to select from: 

  • Christmas Traditions and Customs – Learn all about when the Christmas season is celebrated, the traditions of candles, candy canes, Christmas cards, carols, mistletoe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas and so much more
  • Christmas Around the World – Discover how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world
  • The Christmas Story – Read, listen, and/or watch the full Christmas story.
  • Christmas Fun and Activities – Activities include an online Christmas tree to decorate, a nativity scene to build either online or downloadable, word searches and a crossword puzzle, Christmas desktop wallpaper, and loads of other creative and fun activities

After browsing through all that is available, be sure to add to your fun by selecting the “Christmas Karaoke” image on the home page. You will be taken to another website, Tis the Season to be Singing, where you and your family can sing along to over 50 Christmas Carols and songs.

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