Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Virtual Field Trip to Scotland

November 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 22, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Electric Scotland

(www.electricscotland.com/travel/pitlochry/pictures_tours.htm)

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

 

At this ad-supported site, a native Scotsman shares his love of his homeland through photos and captions. Don’t let a first glimpse of this website deceive you – there is lots and lots of fun and fascinating content here.

When you get to the site you’ll see a photograph of Pitlochry, Scotland. Below it is a menu of links to photo archives of various scenic tours and historic landmarks throughout the country. Click on any one and the pictorial adventure begins. But that’s not all!

Use the menu at the top to explore all about Scotland:

  • history
  • culture
  • famous Scots
  • family trees and geneologies
  • travel
  • sports
  • wildlife
  • and more!

It’s all in a very accessible format, in readable chunks, with rapid download. A Scotland aficionado could easily spend a few years here. Anyone planning scholarly research on Scotland would definitely want to bookmark this site.

But there’s even more! This website is loaded with books, poetry, recipes, and even videos! There are children’s stories, games and Scottish music. You can interact with the online Scottish community [parental supervision required] or plan a trip to Scotland.

There is a lot of content here. Because of that, we were unable to review the entire site that also contains links to other resources we haven’t reviewed as well. So, AS ALWAYS, PARENTS MUST PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories and Poems

November 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, November 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PicLits.com

(www.piclits.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.

The idea here is to: 

  1. Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)
  2. Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.
  3. Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Lesson Plans” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page, then click on the tutorial. Also check out the lesson plans: 

  • Types of PIC-LITs – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.
  • Parts of Speech – Nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and more with links to YouTube videos on how to use PIC-LITs for each.
  • Poetry – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

A Free Rhyme Generator!

June 12th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Write Rhymes

(http://www.writerhymes.com/)

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

 

For those who are learning how to write poetry or limericks this is a terrific tool to have handy. You just type in a word and in seconds you’re provided with a list of words that rhyme with it!

When you get to the site simply type in the word you want to rhyme, hold down the “alt” key on your keyboard, and use your mouse to click on the word you just typed. A list of rhyming words (with from one to multiple syllables) appears on the right side of the screen.

The only drawback is that the rhyming words that are generated appear in white font making them difficult to see. Use your mouse to highlight the words in order to get a better view.

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 5th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. See for yourself using the menu on the left.

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Creative Writing Worksheets & Much More!

May 29th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 29, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TLSBooks.com: Free Worksheets

(www.tlsbooks.com/languageartscreativewriting.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades Pre-K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a wide array of free, printable Language Arts worksheets that provide creative writing prompts and activities for students from preschool through sixth grade.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to see the creative writing worksheets that include: 

  • Themed Acrostic Poems – Use these worksheet outlines to write poetry about the seasons and months of the year.
  • Quotation Worksheets – Read a quote by a famous person from literature or history (i.e., Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Abigail Adams, Ben Franklin, etc.), and write about what it means to you.
  • Miscellaneous Creative Writing Worksheets – Write a story to go with a picture, and use worksheets with writing prompts. You can also print out stationery and thank you notes to use at will.

Be sure to use the menu in the left margin to access free Language Arts worksheets that help students learn and practice: 

  • The Alphabet
  • Handwriting
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Spelling

And do Word Search puzzles that teach prepositions, vowel sounds, literary terms, and more. A big plus to this site is that it also offers free worksheets for all of the following subjects: 

  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • And more!

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return often.

Free Interactive Writing Prompts & Lessons

May 1st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingFix

(writingfix.com/)

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

 

This website provides all kinds of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing

As explained at the site, it has “strategically designed lessons to help ‘fix’ teachers who don’t enjoy teaching writing.”

It was designed for classroom teachers and students, but can be easily adapted for use in the homeschool environment. There is so much content at this site, that a brief review can hardly do it justice. So, we’ll focus on a few aspects, and leave it to you to explore the rest on your own.

The first thing you should know is that there is a lot going on at this site – so much so, that it can be a little overwhelming. Our advice is to visit the site when you really have some time to sort through what’s available. There is both “free content” and some “fee content” on the site. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured items. Place your cursor over the menu on the left to see the drop-down list of options for each menu item that includes: 

  • Writing Prompts – Get a variety of quick and easy prompts for kids that will inspire daily writing. Most are interactive that require you to fill in blanks or click on buttons to generate some ideas.
  • Mentor Text Lessons – Get free writing lessons for grades K-12 themed around picture books, chapter books, literature excerpts, poetry, short stories, and even popular song lyrics!
  • And so much more!

As we mentioned, there is much more available for you to review on your own. It may be easier to just sign up to have the FREE writing lesson emailed to you each month. To do that, click on the link under “Free Monthly Lessons” on the left margin of the homepage.

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