Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

Spanish for Kids!

June 25th, 2022

It’s Saturday, June 25, 2022, and time for Foreign Language at ClickSchooling!

Rockalingua

(rockalingua.com/)

Grades 2-12, with parental supervision

Kids can learn basic Spanish and vocabulary structure with free samples at this commercial website.

While this is a subscription website, there is a load of free content for visitors to use. It appears that this site is geared toward elementary-aged students, but the content can most certainly benefit the older student. When arriving at the website scroll down a bit to review the icons for:

  • Videos
  • Games
  • Songs
  • Worksheets
  • Picture dictionaries

After your selection has been made browse through the page to locate available free content. For example, when we browsed the videos page we found free videos to learn:

  • Greetings/Daily Routines
  • Animals
  • Colors and Numbers
  • Parts of the Body
  • Family Members
  • Seasons
  • Rooms of the House

Games included learning colors, numbers, parts of the body, and rooms of the house. There were loads of free songs with downloadable lyrics and images. Worksheet options included numbers and colors, animals, rooms of the house, transportation, parts of the body, and more. And don’t leave this site without checking out their blog for loads of teaching ideas.

The colorful images, witty songs and music, and fun games will make this site a great supplement to any Spanish language program.

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.

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!

Language Learning Made Fun!

May 28th, 2022

It’s Saturday, May 28, 2022, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Duolingo

(www.duolingo.com/)

Grades 5-adult, with parental supervision

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.

When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • and so many more!

After selecting your language, you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked (and to continue very far into the lessons) you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, students earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program-related bonuses.

From the website:

“In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

Tour a Geothermal Power Plant

May 6th, 2022

It’s Friday, May 6, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

CalEnergy: Virtual Tour

(www.bherenewables.com/tour_geothermal.aspx)

Grades 3 and up, 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.

Writing Instruction for Middle & High School

April 27th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, April 27, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Grades 8-12, with parental supervision

The New York Times offers free lesson plans, writing prompts, activities for students and more — all based on The New York Times journalism.

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students:

  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Articles & Questions – Articles of the Day, Teenagers in the Times, and STEM Articles
  • Quizzes & Vocabulary – Weekly News Quiz, Word of the Day, Country of the Week, and Student Crosswords
  • Photos, Graphs and Videos – What’s Going on in this Picture?, Film Club, and What’s Going on in this Graph?
  • Contests – Check out the Annual Summer Reading Contest.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

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