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Lots of Language Arts Learning!

March 16th, 2022

Mr. Nussbaum: Language Arts

(mrnussbaum.com/lang-arts)

Grades PreK-9, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website is a massive archive of all kinds of learning activities and resources for every school subject. For this review, we are focusing on the huge variety of free language arts games, printables, reading comprehension activities, grammar editing, spelling help, and other resources.

When you get to the site, you will see a list of activities that include:

  • Language Arts Games – Play games that teach sentence and paragraph editing, spelling, punctuation, and writing basics.
  • Online and Printable Reading Comprehension Worksheets – Read a paragraph or essay on any topic you select and answer multiple-choice questions about it. Use either the online or offline versions. Topics include the American Revolution, the Silk Road, Galaxies, Lewis and Clark, Peregrine Falcons, etc.
  • Story Units – Read 3 different online stories and enjoy the interactive activities that further learning.
  • Sentence Surgeons & Paragraph Paramedics – Learn to be an editor! Correct sentences for spelling, grammar, and punctuation online.
  • Cloze Reading – Fill in the blanks in a sentence or paragraph with the correct word from a vocabulary bank.

Other activities teach and/or remediate spelling, alphabetical order, parts of speech, punctuation, and more. Many of these activities will allow you to choose either printable or online exercises.

When you are through with the Language Arts section, use the menu at the top of the page to find activities for math, geography, science, etc.

Irish Potato Science Experiments & Activities

March 15th, 2022

Irish Potato Science

(Various sources)

Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision

Since it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and the potato is a staple of the Irish diet, we thought it would be fun to offer some science experiments using potatoes!

Can You Push A Straw Through A Potato?

This website will teach you how to push a straw through a potato so you can amaze your friends on St. Pat’s Day, and explain the science behind it!

Make a Potato Battery

Get the 4-1-1 on how to make a potato battery and why it works.

The Potato Then & Now – A Potato Curriculum

This site offers a comprehensive look at the past and present history of potatoes. It includes the story of the potato’s Peruvian beginnings, its migration around the world (along with a historical timeline), how the potato was introduced to Ireland and the story of the Irish Potato Famine, the biology of the potato and info on its cultivation cycle — and the fungus that was responsible for the Irish Potato Famine, the modern science and technology of potato production, a potato curriculum for grades 3-9, and lots of fascinating trivia facts about the potato.

Potato Print and Play Activities

The Idaho Potato Commission offers potato-themed word searches, mazes, and coloring pages for FREE.

A Preschool Potato Curriculum

Universal Preschool shares some great educational and fun ideas for having potato fun with preschoolers.

Have fun learning with potatoes!

Investigate the History of Money!

March 14th, 2022

International Monetary Fund: Where in the World and What in the World is Money?

(www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/students/money/index.htm)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

Ride a time machine back several centuries to invest everything you have for a chance at phenomenal wealth!

All you have at the beginning of the game are chocolate candy, a gold pendant, a few coins, a paper monetary note, and some song lyrics scribbled onto a napkin. Invest them wisely, and you will learn about the history of money, what forms it took at various times in various countries, and how it developed into what we use today. Will your pocket full of miscellany really increase in value over time? Play this game to find out!

When you have finished this game, you might like to try all of the other games available from the main site. (Scroll down the page a little to find them under Student Interactives.)

One of these games is called “Trading Around the World” – Decide which country you are from and trade with people from different countries. Try your hand at bartering and negotiating prices. Try to achieve various goals such as becoming very rich or acquiring an assortment of goods. You should come away from this game with an understanding of the work of the IMF with regard to trade barriers.

Another game is “Monetary Mania” as well as an informative video. Each game or activity includes the recommended grade range and a description.

You’ll also find Lesson Plans and Online Exhibitions. Everything on this website also comes with a Teacher Guide!

European Geography Games!

March 10th, 2022

Toporope

(www.toporopa.eu/en/)

Grades 3-12, with parental supervision

Hone in on your geography skills with the interactive games on this website.

This sister site to the previously reviewed World Geography Games website focuses on the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe. Games include:

  • Interactive maps in which the player identifies the location of a given place for:

  • Countries & capitals
  • Seas, islands, peninsulas, and straits
  • Mountains and volcanoes
  • Rivers and lakes
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Cities
  • Regions, Boroughs, Counties, Council areas, Principal areas, and Districts
  • And more

  • Drag and drop the countries to the correct location on the map with the Countries puzzle
  • Choose what country a flag represents
  • Identify the countries of the European Union
  • Locate countries that have a reigning monarch
  • Pinpoint the countries that use the Euro as their official currency

All the games are easy to play but challenging to master as the student commits the information to memory.

Take a Virtual Tour of Mark Twain’s Home!

March 4th, 2022

The Mark Twain House and Museum: Virtual Field Trip To Mark Twain’s House

(marktwainhouse.org/)

Take a tour of the Mark Twain Museum and learn a great deal about the life, work, and times of the beloved American author of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

“Many public school children seem to know only two dates–1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.” – Mark Twain

Did you know that Mark Twain’s daughters were homeschooled? You can see their “school room” in the Mark Twain Home on the virtual tour at this website. You can also take a tour of the Mark Twain Museum and learn a great deal about the life, work, and times of the beloved American author of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

When you get to the site, click on TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR. From there, read the description and click the play button to virtually tour the home.

When you are through exploring the house, on the home page use the menu at the top of the page and click on the ABOUT menu. From there choose “The House” and “The Museum” to learn more about both.

Then, for some detailed information on the man known as Mark Twain, click on “Mark Twain” on the menu. A new screen opens where you can read Twain’s biography, see a timeline of major events in his life, discover his major works, and explore his family tree.

Language Arts & History Collide!

February 23rd, 2022

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/introduction/)

Grades 1-7 approximately, children 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.

Have fun!

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