Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Free Activities to Learn & Improve Writing Skills!

July 10th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 10, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingDEN

(www2.actden.com/writ_den/index.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The WritingDen website offers free, online activities to help students improve their writing skills by working on vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraph development.

When you get to the site you will see a “Feature Topic” and a menu. Click the “About” button on the menu for an overview of what the WritingDen offers.

Then, back on the home page, click on the “Feature Topic.” The topic is “wolves.” Click on it and a new page opens with a menu of: 

  • Words
  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs

Click on each one in succession to see how the story is developed from a selection of vocabulary words, to simple sentence structures, and finally to full paragraphs.

The “Paragraphs” section includes a “Note Set” that shows how the ideas presented in the paragraph were organized. This step-by-step process really demonstrates how stories are constructed.

Once you’ve completed the activity, take the quiz to test your comprehension and understanding of vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraph development.

When you are through with the “Feature Topic,” you will have a clear idea of how material is presented at this site. If you like it, go back to the home page and click on “More Topics” to see the archived list of stories on subjects that include: History, Nature, Canada, Science, etc. Click on any story to go through the writing process as you did with the “Feature Topic.” 

This site also contains “Tips-O-Matic” that provides grammar rules on word, sentence, and paragraph usage. This is a great tool for learning and reviewing parts of speech, etc.

This site is a great resource to help students develop their writing skills.

Spanish Fun for Young Ones!

July 6th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, July 6, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GPB Salsa

(www.gpb.org/salsa)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner.

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video lessons available for free online. The stories include characters from such favorite stories as: 

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

Wacky Ways to Learn Parts of Speech!

July 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 3, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wacky Web Tales

(www.eduplace.com/tales/)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 3-8 – and fun for all! – with parental supervision)

 

Houghton Mifflin (the education textbook publisher) sponsors this website that helps kids learn parts of speech – nouns, adverbs, adjectives, verbs, etc. Using interactive stories called “Wacky Web Tales” they offer an online version of the classic car game, Mad Libs.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Wacky Web Tales titles. Click on any one and a new page opens that reveals the story title and a form. The form requires you to type in parts of speech (such as a singular noun, adjective, or present tense verb). The words you enter will be used to create a Wacky Web Tale — simply click on the “See Your Wacky Web Tale” button at the bottom of the form.
 
If you are unsure what an adverb (or any other part of speech called for on the form) is – just click on the “Parts of Speech Help” button for some quick definitions.
 
Because you don’t know how the parts of speech you filled in on the form will be used in the story – the resulting Wacky Web Tale can be pretty funny!
 
This is a painless way to learn, reinforce, or remediate parts of speech.

Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

May 31st, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 31, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All Hands on Deck

(www.allhandsondeck.org/)

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

 

Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies. Lessons are categorized by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

When you get to the landing page of the website, we recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution‘s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find: 

  • Recommended Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.
  • Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

Creative Writing Activities!

May 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 22, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Get Creative!

(www.brucevanpatter.com/funstuff.html)

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

 

This website offers over 300 pages of fun activities to help kids enjoy creative writingThe designer, Bruce Van Patter, is an illustrator who shows kids how to bring their ideas for stories to life. He does offer some creative writing helps that can be purchased, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the many freebies.


When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured activity pages. Look at the menu on the left side of the screen under the heading “A Quick List of Fun Stuff” that includes: 

  • The Story Kitchen – Enjoy using creative, interactive story-writing prompts.
  • Mugshots – Click on a picture of a character and answer a set of  questions to create your story’s character!
  • KidTales – Use one of Bruce’s fun drawings to inspire a story of your own!
  • What-if Genie – Look at the top of the page to read a “What-if” question that will inspire a story. Refresh the page (or click on the genie) to get a new one.
  • Creative Times – Develop a story based on a wacky news headline!
  • DaVinci’s Doodles – What is the story potential of a doodle? Try this activity and find out!
  • Wacky Headlines – Help your child write “outside the box” by using parts of speech to create elements of randomness.

You’ll find many more activities to choose from too. 

Also, be sure to check out what Van Patter has “For Families” in the horizontal menu bar located at the top of the home page.

New England History-Only a Click Away

May 16th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 16, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Centuries: View from New England

(www.americancenturies.mass.edu/)

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England.  

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics: 

  • Highlights of the Online Collection – Browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic.
  • Explore the Online Collection – Using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest.
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – Search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries.)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include: 

  • Dress Up – See, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively.
  • First Person – Read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them.
  • Magic Lens -Easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens.”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from: 

  • Turn of the Centuries – Focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – Takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays’ Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

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