Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

A Really Fast Dictionary

March 25th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ninjawords

(www.ninjawords.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Does it take you a couple of minutes to find the definition of a word? Do you go to “www.websters.com” only to find you need “www.merriam-webster.com“? No longer.

Ninjawords.com offers a mnemonically easy and fast way to find the meaning of a word. What’s more, your kids may be so taken with the name of the website they’ll want to use it!

Simply create a favorites for Ninjawords, and thereafter you are only one click and a few letters away from getting a competent definition for a word. If you misspell the word, the chances are that Ninjawords will offer the corrected spelling with the definition to boot. For example, we asked for the definition of “spektakular” and got back “Did you mean spectacular?” along with the definition of “spectacular”.

Now, that’s spektakular!

Free, Fun Etymology Game!

January 29th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, January 29, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funbrain: Rooting Out Words

(https://www.funbrain.com/games/rooting-out-words)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

We thought it would be fun to play a game that teaches the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.

When you get to this ad-supported site, play the game Rooting Out Words. Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids – with levels from easy to super brain. Answer the questions correctly and Remainder the Dog collects mushrooms. Then you can scroll down to choose a grade level for more word games, videos and online books such as: 

  • Word Derby game
  • Watch Highlights Animated Storybooks
  • or Read Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express
  • and more!

Bookmark this site as there is so much to see in other subjects as well, like math and science.

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, November 21, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian

(www.plimoth.org/learn/MRL/interact/thanksgiving-interactive-you-are-historian)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Click on “Begin Your Adventure” and a new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Notice the Teacher’s Guide icon in the bottom right corner – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking “Enter to begin your investigation!” A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities and more

November 20th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, November 20, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Wild Turkey Federation

(www.nwtf.org/hunt/category/all-about-wild-turkeys)

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

 

Read all about wild turkeys at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) site. There are illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys. Then try the puzzles and worksheets from various sites below.

Discover: 

  • The Science of Gobbling
  • Life of a Summertime Gobbler
  • Life and Times of a Turkey Nest
  • 4 Great Wild Turkey Habitats
  • and more!

And check out what a wild turkey sounds like.


Once you’ve read all about turkeys, test your knowledge by printing out and solving these puzzles: 

Then, try these Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts worksheets: 

To write an acrostic poem, use one word (such as “turkey”) as the subject of your poem. Write the word vertically on a sheet of paper. Use each letter of the word as the beginning letter for a word in each line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem.

Free “File Folder” Language Arts Activities

October 9th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

File Folder Fun – Language Arts

(filefolderfun.com/SearchAge)

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades PreK-3, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities for young children.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the grade you are interested in and click on the link for the Language Arts related activities. Or to make it easier, we have listed some of the links below: 

Read the explanation and/or instructions, then download the game/activity you are interested in. There are also skill building links and supplementary resources.


The activities at this site are for younger children, but older children may enjoy preparing them for their siblings.

(While there are a variety of free file folder activities at this commercial site, there are many more available for sale.)

When you are through exploring the Language Arts activities, check out the Math, Science, and Social Studies activities. There is so much at this site, so bookmark it to return often!

English Spelling Rules and more!

September 4th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, September 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

28 Rules for English Spelling

(www.riggsinst.org/28rules.aspx)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here is a handy list of rules for English spelling that you can print out and refer to as needed.

Many homeschoolers know about the Riggs Institute programs for teaching writing, spelling and reading. The Riggs Institute is a commercial website – but they offer a FREE list of the “28 Rules for English Spelling” that you can print out and use at home. Just click on the link above and it will take you right to the page where you can access the list.

There are also 35 Literacy Tips. Look under Resources in the top menu. These are great tools for your Language Arts curriculum.

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