Posts Tagged ‘language’

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.

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-4 – pre-readers and early readers, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes.


It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.


When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journal – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

Free Vocabulary Activities that Teach History!

September 16th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 16, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Constitution Day

(myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/constitution-day-sept-17th-vocabulary/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website is offering free activities to boost students’ vocabularies and knowledge of history in anticipation of Constitution Day, Columbus Day, and Election Day.

When you get to the site, you’ll find interactive: 

  • word searches
  • crosswords
  • matching games
  • quizzes
  • and more

that include 229 vocabulary words themed around the U.S. Constitution.

Also check out COLUMBUS DAY, October 12th 

Try your skills at solving vocabulary word puzzles and games, and get some lesson ideas for learning about Columbus and his historical expeditions.

and ELECTION DAY, November 3rd

Play word games and do puzzles themed around political vocabulary words such as: Ballot, Campaign, Candidate, Canvass, Caucus, Constituency, Delegates, Electoral, Gerrymander, Incumbent, Judicial, Legislature, Nominate, Partisan, Primary, Quorum, Veto, etc.

Bookmark this ad-free website to take advantage of the array of free content to improve vocabulary. You’ll find activities to help prepare students for SAT and ACT exams too.

Free Foreign Language Courses

September 12th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 12, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FSI Language Courses

(fsi-languages.yojik.eu/languages/fsi.html)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Developed by the Foreign Service Institute, this website offers a large selection of public domain foreign language courses. Each course provides a downloadable PDF student text and MP3 audio files that may be downloaded or listened to online.

Some languages also include a workbook and an instructor’s manual. Languages to choose from include: 

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Romanian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

While the material for these courses is fancy and a bit dated, there is a lot of educational value available in these courses for the motivated student.

Discover the Spies in the Shadows

September 10th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 10, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spies in the Shadows

(www.spiesintheshadows.com/index.php)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Companion to the documentary series, Spies in the Shadows, this interactive educational website provides visitors with tools to understand the role that intelligence and espionage played in shaping Canada.

When arriving at the home page of this website, read the brief summary “Why Spy?”, then go to the upper tool bar to select “Teacher’s Lounge”. On this page you will find downloadable lesson plans that include all the associated masters. In addition to the downloadable “Elements of Intelligence History”, which provides a list of resources for further exploration, choose from: 

  • Lesson 1: Spy Identities and Methods: War of 1812
  • Lesson 2: Spy Tools of the Trade: Cryptography, Codes, and Ciphers
  • Lesson 3: Women and Intelligence
  • Lesson 4: The Role of Intelligence and Espionage in Canada During the Cold War

In the “Teacher’s Lounge”, you will also find additional resources such as: 

  • The Secret Files –  Explore an interactive file cabinet filled with ‘index cards’ profiling some of the most unique participants in spy history.
  • The Espionage Glossary – Learn the words and phrases in the language of spies.
  • The Great Canadian Spyglass of Espionage Abbreviations – Uncover the meaning of intelligence acronyms.

After reviewing the lessons, use the features at the website to bring the lessons to life. Some of the special interactive features found in the top menu include: 

  • Cryptography Laboratory – Discover the world of codes and breaking codes with activities that include using Morse code, color shielding, book codes, and secret ink.
  • Espionage Games – Engage in the decision making process faced by commanders in the War of 1812 by ‘joining’ in five battles which include the Battle of Detroit, Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle at Beaver Dams, Battle of York, and Battle on Washington D.C.
  • Espionage Timeline – Travel through time with this interactive timeline and explore the history of espionage and intelligence. Find key icons along the way to reveal important events.
  • Links – dozens of links to other websites for further study of Canadian espionage and the War of 1812

Students intrigued by mystery, espionage, and the world of spies will enjoy exploring this website and will learn a great deal about Canadian history and the Spies in the Shadows along the way.

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

September 9th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free.

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

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