Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Fun with Words!

February 16th, 2022

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/pages/play-online)

Grades 1-12, with parental supervision

This Language Arts Wednesday we are featuring this company that makes magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc. Use them to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages.

At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words. Click on any one of the Magnetic Poetry games:

  • Original Kit
  • Kids’ Kit
  • Happiness Kit
  • Nature Poet
  • Poet Kit
  • Mustache Poet
  • Geek

You can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

Have fun!

High School Literature Crash Course!

December 1st, 2021

John Green: Crash Course – Literature

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision). Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including:

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine the suitability of content.

Literature Study Guides for Jr. & Sr. High

November 10th, 2021

Shmoop.com: Find a Study Guide

(www.shmoop.com/study-guides/literature)

Grades 7-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers free, web-based reference guides for studying literature, poetry, and more to make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age.

The content is written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities including Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale who specialize in “everything from Shakespeare to Victorian literature to African literature…” Shmoop’s laid-back and often humorous approach to the material is really engaging.

When you click on the above link, you’ll land on the literature page where you’ll see a menu of literary works by authors such as Jane Austen, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, George Orwell, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, and more.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a Navigation menu displayed.

Then check out the top menu for more Free Stuff and more Subjects including English and Writing. Access to all of this rich content is free, without obligation.

NOTE: Because this site links to exterior websites that we have not reviewed, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE CONTENT TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY.

Finally, we’d like to reiterate that one of the best aspects of this site is the way humor is used to engage students. Students will find the captivating banter irresistible. Just browsing the site can ignite interest in literature, so bookmark it to return often.

Windows to Earth & Space Science

November 9th, 2021

Science: Windows To The Universe

(www.windows2universe.org/)

Grades 3 & up, approximately, with parental supervision

The National Earth Science Teachers Association sponsors this website that offers comprehensive, multi-media information to encourage learning Earth and Space science as well as a range of other related sciences for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.

When you get to the website you’ll see a sliding panel featuring several of the science presentations in the archives. You can click on anyone to jump right in, or take some time to explore the menu and see what’s available including:

  • Sun – Explore the closest star to Earth including sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections.
  • Earth – Learn about our planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field, both of which are critical for sustaining life on Earth.
  • Solar System – Discover planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, the heliosphere, and interstellar space.
  • Space – Study stars, galaxies, and other mysterious objects in our Universe.
  • Sciences – Learn how Earth and Space sciences are interconnected with geology, physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Culture – Browse a collection of myths, folk tales, and stories about the Earth and sky. Check out artwork, poetry, books, and movies that portray the natural world.
  • People – Access biographies of scientists who made science history!
  • Games – Enjoy scientifically themed crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and concentration. Play interactives about the carbon cycle, planets, space, and more! Enjoy coloring pages and paper activities
  • Space Weather – Learn about radiation, fluctuating magnetic fields, solar wind and the complex ways they interact with Earth’s magnetic field, including disruption of cell phone communication.
  • Multimedia – Get links to all sorts of pictures, animations, videos, podcasts, and interactive multimedia that are on the “Windows to the Universe” website.
  • Postcards – Read collections of virtual postcards from scientists doing field research around the world with sharks, penguins, ice, rocks, the atmosphere, and the ocean.
  • Citizen Science – Find out about science projects where the public can get involved in scientific research and data collection.

You’ll also find news, research information, and tips for teachers.

Note: This ad-supported site is free, however, you can purchase a membership to access the site ad-free, along with some other interactive features.

Children’s Books Crafts & Activities

October 27th, 2021

Can Teach: Kids’ Novel & Picture Book Activities!

(www.canteach.ca/resources/english-language-arts/book-activities/specific-book-activities/)

Grades K-7, with parental supervision

Can Teach is an education website with lots of curricula resources designed for use in the classroom – although most can be tweaked for homeschoolers.

When you get to this page of the site, you will find a free selection of fun activities that are based on popular children’s novels and picture books.

For example, here is what you will find by clicking on the following titles:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White — directions for how to make a spider.
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw — an activity designed around squiggle drawings.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl — a recipe for making chocolate treats.
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett — an activity to help students understand character development in a story.

When you are through exploring this section of the site, click on Elementary Resources>English Language Arts on the menu at the top of the screen. You’ll find information and activities to teach:

  • Beginning Reading and Writing
  • Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Writing Prompts & Journal Topics
  • ~And More!

The Life & Poetry of Emily Dickinson

October 20th, 2021

Emily Dickinson Museum: Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons

(www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/)

All grades, with parental supervision

Thanks to ClickScholar Theresa for mentioning this Emily Dickinson Museum website that offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured events and news, as well as the “Poem of the Day.” 

Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including:

  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems.
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry. Take a virtual video tour of the landscaped grounds.
  • Education – Click on “Resources for Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. You’ll also find “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, provide starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities.

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