• Links to Learning: Language Arts 3-5

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    99 Words to Use Instead of Said List of words to use instead of the word "said."

    ABCs of the Writing Process A primer on the ABCs of the writing process, this site is chockfull of helpful tips, strategies and links related to prewriting, writing, revising, editing and publishing student work.

    Merriam-Webster; Thesaurus.com Dictionary and thesaurus (on-line).

    ePals Membership is free. Students can sign up to use monitored email accounts to communicate with other kids in over 191 different countries around the world (instant translation available). ePals also offers moderated discussion boards and password-protected chatrooms, or contribute to international, multilingual, collaborative projects. Find partners and friends worldwide quickly and easily with our search tool.
    Gamequarium Gamequarium provides an easy to navigate portal to the world of online learning. Check out Readquarium, the section of Gamequarium devoted to developing literacy skills. Readquarium is arranged based on the five crucial components identified by the National Reading Panel.

    Graphic Organizers Downloadable graphic organizers in PDF. Includes cluster web, KWL chart, problem-solution chart, spider map, timeline, story map, sequence chart, flow chart and more!

    Guide to Writing a Basic Essay If you follow a few simple steps, you will find that the essay almost writes itself. You will be responsible only for supplying ideas, which are the important part of the essay anyway.
    Houghton Mifflin Education Place Visit our language arts adoption's web site full of games, activities, graphic organizers, and Wacky Web Tales.
    Finding Information on the Internet: A tutorial An introduction to the Internet including search strategies. This tutorial presents the substance of the Internet Workshops offered by the Teaching Library at UC Berkeley.

    LEO - Literacy Education Online Offers some wonderful tips on writing from parallelism and paraphrasing to punctuation and plagiarism. There is information for the non-native English speaker, pointers for pesky grammar troubles and specific advice for varying writing styles. The site is organized by problem - “When do I use a dash?” - and gives straightforward answers with several examples.
    Marco Polo OUTSTANDING site for accessing lesson plans, student activities, reviewed Web sites and other MarcoPolo resources. Keywords: writing poetry, writing games, or writing letters, for example; check "Language Arts" in the Subject box, "3-5" in the Grade Level box.
    Primarygames.com This site was originally designed by Susan Shuey Beasley, Technology Support Specialist in Alexandria, VA, for her own students. Once she saw their growing popularity among children around the world, she decided to expand this site and create games for students everywhere.

    PoetryExpress This site was made to help students develop their own poems and to also read other creative poems.
    Read - Write - Think On this website teachers can find creative lesson plans that are guaranteed to keep the class engaged. (Keywords: reading, writing, brainstorming, problem-solving)

    Rhymezone Short on frills, but can help you pinpoint rhymes, near rhymes, synonyms and quotes from famous texts for just about any word you'd like. There are also a few quizzes, games and miscellany thrown in for fun.
    Seussville Would you? Could you? Don't walk, run! This site is good, this site is fun! Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's March 2nd birthday at Seussville! Every Who in Whoville will be there to play some games (both online and print-outs), have some fun with the quote machine and try their hand at the humdinger of a StoryMaker. Check out a Dr. Seuss bio, information on events like "Read Across America" (to be held in March), and a catalog with all things Seuss.
    Scholastic Kids There are pages devoted to Clifford, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Mrs. Frizzle, the Dragons of Deltora, Maya & Miguel... a literary Who's Who of the school set. You can find games, vocabulary builders, a homework section, fan forums and more, plus a special section laid out specifically for the pre-school crowd.

    The UVic Writer's Guide Everything you will need to write using writing process including the types of essays, planning, organizing, researching, proofreading, and sample essays.

    Word Central A site dedicated to the improvement of student vocabulary! At Word Central kids can look up words, create their own dictionaries and browse the rhyming word bank for a bit of help in poetry composition. Don't miss the Daily Buzzword which highlights a word, its etymology and uses. You may not be able to rid yourself of 'like' entirely; but, surely having more words to choose from is a good start!