Do you need help with understanding the parts of speech? Are you confusing adverbs with prepositions? Then Houghton Mifflin’s Grammar Blast can help. Grammar Blast allows you to work independently or with others as you view adverbs and prepositions in the context of sentences. Use the assorted questions as a means to review and assess you understanding of adverbs and prepositions.
Trying to teach parts of speech and pulling your hair out? Try this interactive site that allows students a chance to place in correct grammar and out pops a wacky story to share. The Houghton Mifflin Company’s Education Place offers Wacky Web Tales
a site offering a variety of stories for students grade three and above. This site can be a formative assessment, reinforcement of sentence structures, or parts of speech review.You'll love this one!
This highly interactive site pro
vides descriptions for each form of intelligence, including kinesthetic, logical, intrapersonal, visual/spatial, linguistic, interpersonal, musical and naturalistic. After reading about each form of learning, take the interactive quiz to discover your greatest and least effective learning styles. This will better equip you to understand your individual style of learning.
If you need ideas for national poetry month, visit
this site, which houses 30 poetry activities for the month. There you'll find links to freebies, poetry readings, videos, and more. Start now by ordering a free National Poetry Month poster, or sign up for Poem-a-day and read a poem every day. Learn how important poetry is in the U.S. today, or attend a poetry reading at your local library. There's a bit of poem in each of us. You can make poets’ favorite foods and drinks using their hand-written recipes. Turn up the sound and hear poets read their works or watch videos of them speaking. One link takes you to a list of full length films that are about poets’ lives or that feature poetry such as Dead Poet Society and Big Bad Love.
Today's the day for all kinds of tricks and practical jokes. It’s also a great way to encourage students to do some creative writing. Give your students this extensive vocabulary list complete with approximately 150 words associated with April Fools’ Day. Check around the site and find some historical references along with poetry all related to this humorous holiday.
If you're interested in learning sign language then check out this long list of words in an ASL dictionary. There you can click on a word, and a lesson will pop up to ensure you thoroughly understand it. For example, clicking on “alligator” goes to a page of grassland, water, and zoo animals. Take note of the drawings that will ensure you know how to make the sign for each word. In addition, there is a written description of how to sign each. The word list includes nouns, verbs, adjectives, and conjunctions. You'll get a thorough introduction to signing in both American Sign Language and Signed English.
Come play The Adjective Detective which offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz, and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels.
This site caters to students in grades 4 through 8. ShakespeareKIDS offers students and teachers a variety of tools to introduce young people to the works and world of William Shakespeare. Here you'll find a list of activities to get kids up and acting. After all, who wants to sit through a boring read? True feeling can only be extracted through group interaction! With the roots and suggested steps for planning a project, you'll do a "Do Your Own Shakespeare" section that provides background and scripts for several characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream. This will encourage young learners and teachers to have fun with the Bard.
This interactive site allows you to visit any continent and read several facts about the languages spoken. Click on the lips icon to hear the language spoken in that specific area. Each person has the same conversation, saying seven phrases. As you roll over each phrase, it is translated from English to the language of the place you are visiting. You can listen for similarities in languages, or hear how differently we sound even when we are saying the same.
April is National Poetry Month. You can explore different kinds of poetry at the Poet's Pantry. Try reading the works of various poets on a delightful field trip. There is enough poetry across the curriculum to cover many components. This site is valuable for both students and teachers because it links to many sites for poetry models and device techniques. Students can find out about dozens of poetry forms with examples of each one. They'll also enjoy the humor and craft of such poets as Shel Silverstein, Ken Nesbitt, and Jack Prelutsky. Teachers and parents will find many resources that emphasize cross-curricular activities.
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.