Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

Favorite Language Arts Lesson Plans

February 2nd, 2022

National Council for Open Education: EduRef – Language Arts

(eduref.org/lessons/language-arts)

Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision

This website consists of contributions from teachers sharing their favorite language arts lesson plans.

When you get to the site, you can get right to any lesson plan listed. Or you can choose a category from the right sidebar including:

  • Alphabet
  • Grammar
  • Literature
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Speech
  • Spelling
  • Story Telling
  • Vocabulary
  • and more

Each lesson plan has an age range followed by the lesson plan. You can even print them out to refer to as needed.

Literature Studies for Middle & High School

January 19th, 2022

Glencoe Literature Library

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

Grades 6-12 approximately, 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.

Reading & Phonics with Between the Lions

December 22nd, 2021

PBS LearningMedia: Between the Lions Early Reading Collection

(ca.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/btl07-ex/)

Grades PreK-1, with parental supervision

PBS offers a collection of early reading video segments taken from their show, Between the Lions.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the videos that are categorized for K-1 and PreK, sorted by literacy skill:

  • Fluency
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Text Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Book and Print Awareness
  • Language and Vocabulary Development
  • Letter Knowledge Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness

Below the videos, you can read what the video is about and then look at/download support materials. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the stories being read.

Study Mandarin Chinese

November 27th, 2021

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include:

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are:

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunities here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Thanksgiving Day Vocabulary

November 24th, 2021

MyVocabulary.com – Thanksgiving Day

(myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/thanksgiving-day-vocabulary/)

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 are focusing on Thanksgiving Day. When you get to the site, you’ll see a list of the 24 Thanksgiving vocabulary words. Then there are:

  • 3 complete word puzzles
  • A fill in the blank puzzle
  • A definition match
  • A crossword puzzle
  • A word search puzzle
  • And a word find puzzle

And there’s a list of vocabulary words related to Thanksgiving for every letter of the alphabet except ‘x’. After that, check out the 12 Thanksgiving Lesson Plans, Activities, Discussion Questions and Ideas. Have fun with some of these around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Learn All About Fish

October 26th, 2021

Wildlife Forever: Fish-On!

(wildlifeforever.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/State-Fish-Art-Program-Lesson-Plan-and-Illustrated-State-Fish-ID.pdf)

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

This site from Wildlife Forever offers a Fish On! Lesson Plan for Grades 4-12, but it can be tweaked for the younger grades. Learn all about fish!

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction. The art contest has ended for this year, but you can still use the lesson plan and have your kids draw. Scroll down through the lesson:

  • Objectives
  • Vocabulary
  • Background

There are also student worksheets with quizzes, puzzles, and math facts. Keep scrolling down for a glossary of terms, a list of each fish by state, and then to the fish! Each fish is on its own page – there’s a colorful illustration, details about each one, and ends with “Did You Know?” And you can see some of the art contest winners’ entries from previous years throughout.

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