Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

Free Literature Study Guides

December 4th, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are: 

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Preview
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Learn to Speak Japanese!

November 30th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 30, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Web Japan

(web-japan.org/kidsweb/language/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, created by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is designed to foster appreciation of Japan among American children and introduce them to the Japanese language

The simple artwork, the openness of each page, the soft color scheme and intuitive navigation, are all immediately attractive to young ones. And the content is top-notch! Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Lessons 1-8 – Nicely illustrated formal language lessons, complete with audio examples, English and Japanese text, and pronunciation in text form. (Typical lessons contain dialog, vocabulary/grammar, and an exercise.)
  • Hiragana and Katakana Charts – Japanese alphabets. Click any letter to hear it pronounced.
  • Numbers – Learn to speak and read the numbers from 1 to 100.

And under Related Articles – Language: The older kids and adults will appreciate this clear article about the Japanese language

You may also wish to spend some time on the rest of this website. You can learn about folk legends, play games and check out some recipes. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise Internet use.

French Games, Lessons, and Activities

November 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 9, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-14, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site. 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

Virtual Field Trip to Geothermal Plant

October 25th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 25, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CalEnergy: Virtual Tour

(www.bherenewables.com/tour_geothermal.aspx)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can take a tour of a geothermal power plant to see how the natural heat of the earth is used to generate electricity for homes and businesses. Geothermal power is a renewable source of energy and does not rely on coal or other fossil fuels to create electricity.


When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of a geothermal plant. Select a numbered icon to view the tour that is presented through a series of narrated videos that include animations, illustrations and sound. Explore each phase of the geothermal power plant operation that includes: 

  • A look at the geothermal resources far below the surface of the earth.
  • An explanation of how these resources are brought to the earth’s surface and converted into steam.
  • Info on how the steam is used to spin turbines and generate electricity.
  • A view of how unused fluid is returned to the earth to sustain the geothermal resource so it can be used again.

To see all phases of the tour from start to finish, just click on the “G” on the picture for “Grand Tour.”

The site includes a “Glossary of Terms” in case you need clarification on some of the vocabulary used in the tour.

Autumn Vocabulary Word List

October 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Autumn

(myvocabulary.com/word-list/autumnvocabulary/)

Age Range: 8-16 (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.

Today we focused on the Autumn Vocabulary Word List. When you get to the site, you’ll see an “A-Z” list of 169 words all related to fall including: 

  • Acorn
  • Bounty
  • Chestnuts
  • Football
  • Harvest
  • Leaves
  • Migration
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkins
  • Raking
  • Scarecrows
  • Thanksgiving
  • Voting
  • Weather
  • and more!

Use the list to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

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.

Track Migrations and Seasons

October 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Journey North

(journeynorth.org/)

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

 

This website chronicles “one of the largest citizen science programs in North America.” You can become part of their scientific research team by observing, counting, and reporting the data back or just follow the migrations of many different creatures.

When you get to the site, learn about the migration of birds and more including: 

  • Hummingbirds
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Bald Eagle
  • Earthworms
  • Common Loons
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Barn Swallow
  • Whooping Cranes
  • Gray Whales
  • and many more

View maps and sign up to report your findings. Also under “Education” in the top menu, there are “Educator Planning Tools: 

  • Instructional Activities
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Reading Strategies
  • Inquiry Strategies

This is just chock-full of fascinating learning opportunities that kids are sure to enjoy.

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