Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Tune In to Audio Literature Masterpieces

June 29th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

LoudLit.org

All grades, 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.

Explore the National Geographic Resource Library!

June 23rd, 2022

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

National Geographic Education Website!

(education.nationalgeographic.org/?q=&page[number]=1&page[size]=25)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

A Maryland ClickScholar tipped me off to this National Geographic’s education website.

It offers an expanded and updated library of popular, free, multimedia education content that brings geography, science, social studies, and technology to life for educators, learners, and their families.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured resources that include:

  • Resource Library – Every subject is worth exploring. From science and geography to human culture and history—there’s a world of knowledge waiting to be uncovered.
  • Learn Anywhere – No matter where you are learning, we offer a space to connect with our community, share strategies, lesson plans, education guides, and offer encouragement and inspiration!
  • Education Blog – Explore inquiry-based ideas, lessons, and stories. Learn from other Explorers, educators, and young people. Join #GenGeo, our next generation of Explorers.
  • MapMaker Interactive – Create and view interactive maps.
  • Black Line Maps – Customize maps to download, print, or share.

Vocabulary Lesson, Puzzles & Word Lists!

June 22nd, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 22, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

MyVocabulary.com

(www.myvocabulary.com/)

Grades 4-10, with parental supervision

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes:

  1. Root Word Lesson – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.
  2. Subject Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.
  3. Subject Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “accessories” to “Yellowstone”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.
  4. Test Prep – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT/GRE vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

Travel the Open Road!

June 17th, 2022

It’s Friday, June 17, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

NBCUniversal Media: OpenRoad.TV

(www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/openroad/)

All grades, with parental supervision

OpenRoad.TV was founded by television personality, Doug McConnell, who travels with his camera crew to interesting places in the Western U.S. and films engaging stories that educate viewers and inspire them to take a road trip too.

Doug has been the host of a San Francisco-based television program called “OpenRoad with Doug McConnell” for years. You can view the short tours (most were 4-8 minutes long) at this commercial ad-supported site. There are 20 pages of videos including:

  • San Francisco Bay Trail
  • Manzanar National Historic Site
  • Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail
  • Napa Skyline Park
  • Yosemite Bears
  • Magical Mt. Tamalpais
  • Devil’s Slide Trail
  • And many more!

Click on a video and then you’ll see a scrolling bar below it so you can better choose the video you want to watch. Unfortunately, we did not find a ‘search’ feature.

PLEASE NOTE: There are random ads in between each video. Therefore, parental guidance is strongly suggested.

This is a terrific website to take many virtual field trips – and to use as a real-time travel guide if you plan on visiting the western U.S.

Join the Word Wizard Club!

June 15th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Lexiteria LLC: Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

Grades 1-8, approximately, with parental supervision

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include:

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. *Note: Due to the discontinuation of Flash, you will need to print the puzzles. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!

  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!

  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. You’ll also find:

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!

  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

  • And more!

Take a Virtual Tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

June 3rd, 2022

It’s Friday, June 3, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

(www.vvmf.org/Virtual-Tour/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

Located in Washington. D.C., The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, more commonly known simply as The Wall, opened on November 13, 1982 and is visited by an estimated 4.5 million visitors annually. This website from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), not only shares information about The Wall and its history, but also serves to preserve the stories and memories of those whose names are inscribed on the Wall.

When you get to the site, the virtual tour begins:

  • The Wall
  • History and Design
  • Three Servicemen Statue
  • Women’s Memorial
  • In Memory Plaque
  • Items Left at the Wall

When you are done with the tour, go back to the main page and scroll over “Visit the Memorial”, “Remember and Honor Those Who Served”, and “Explore the Era” to learn more.

This virtual tour helps our students put the faces to the names on The Wall and encourages them to remember the sacrifices our veterans and their families made for us.

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