It’s Revolutionary!

On the night of April 18, 1775 Paul Revere made his famous ride to Lexington and Concord to warn the countryside that British soldiers were on their way. The Battle of Lexington began with the dawn and moved on to Concord during the day, igniting the American Revolution. The connection makes April a great month to study Revolutionary vocabulary in social studies!

Terms like Patriot, Regular, militia, minute men, colonial, taxation, and representation all help students understand colonial and revolutionary times. You can find lists of social studies words, including words that relate to the Revolutionary War in America, at our sister site VocabularySpellingCity.com.

For social studies curriculum and vocabulary, check out Time4Learning.com, another sister site. It has great resources for studying the American Revolution. Fourth graders learn all about the Revolution at Time4Learning.com. Plus, there’s a whole section that focuses on the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

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Time4Learning.com High School has resources for older students. American History I is an accessible history curriculum with great information and activities on the American Revolution!

Stoked for Science?

Is your student an observer, noticing every aspect of the natural world? Perhaps your student enjoys mucking about just to see how different objects react to a magnet or whether different liquids can be mixed together. If so, you’ve got a student who’s stoked for science, and if they’re in grades Kindergarten through 2, there’s a great online science resource you should check out.

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Science4Us is a complete, web-based K-2 science curriculum that teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. It has digital games and online activities, online and offline experiments, and hands-on projects. Parents and teachers have access to detailed lesson plans, automated student reports and session guides to help them prepare and plan.

Science4Us meets students at their level but also gives them a strong foundation that they will build on year after year. It does this by teaching vocabulary and skills that they will in school and beyond. Science4Us is available for individuals and schools. It’s a great way to encourage kids to get stoked for science.

Beware the Ides of March!

Phew ! The Ides of March were on March 15, now safely past for another year. Do you know why Shakespeare wrote that famous phrase? On the Roman calendar the ides was at the middle of the month, either the 15th or the 13th, depending on the month. On four months of the year the ides was the date upon which debts were paid. The Ides of March was also the day on which Julius Caesar was assassinated. Shakespeare wrote “Beware the Ides of March.” as part of his play Julius Caesar.

Many Latin words and phrases remain in use in English even though Latin is no longer a spoken language. And even if you’re not studying Latin in School, it can be helpful to know these often-used sayings. Brush up on your Latin with these fun games at vocabulary.co.il .

Latin-English Phrase Match is a memory game in which you match the Latin phrase card with its English meaning.

 

In the Latin Abbreviation Game you match the familiar abbreviation (like Dr. or etc.) with the original Latin word or phrase.

Check out all the Latin games on vocabulary.co.il. Or, if Latin’s not your thing, head over to LearningGamesforKids.com for other foreign language learning games.

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Typing games can help you learn to touch-type in a way that is both challenging and fun. They start slowly, but as you progress and gain skill, you must type faster and faster to clear the level.

Vocabulary.co.il has a selection of typing games to fit every skill level and every interest. Homekey Kenneys focuses on one letter at a time. You type the letter that matches each Kenney as it pops up. Each level gets more challenging and strengthens your muscle memory for each of the home keys.

QWERTY Warriors is a typing game to appeal to the serious battle gamers out there. Destroy enemy warriors by typing the word that goes with them. You’re in luck when “fullhealth” appears on the screen, when you type it your health points return to one hundred. And “detonate”? It wipes the screen clean of enemy fighters.

No matter which typing game you pick, you’re a winner. Why? Because next time you have some typing to do for school, it will be faster and easier because you practiced with typing games on vocabulary.co.il.

 

Crack the Code: Decoding Unknown Words

Have you ever come across a word you’ve never seen before in a passage on a test? Or maybe you’re reading Shakespeare in English class, and you forgot to brush up on your 16th-century slang first. Figuring out the meaning of an unknown word in a sentence is like cracking a code.

You may not be a spy, but you can break that code with a few strategies and some practice. Context cues and meaningful word parts can help you decode unknown words. Once you’ve learned how to use them, these strategies will save you loads of time.

Practice your skills with these fun games on vocabulary.co.il and VocabularySpellingCity.com :

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With just a little practice, you’ll be first class at finding the meaning of unknown words in all your tests and assignments!

Unscramble the Words

Games can help make learning fun; they can make practice and memorization seem less like drudgery and more like a good time. For many people, both adults and kids, word games are a great way to relax and to stimulate your brain when you simply want to have fun.

Unscramble the Words, a classic unscramble game, is just one of the word games at vocabulary.co.il.  Challenge your brain to assemble the given letters to make a word. Customize your fun by choosing topics like astronomy, Harry Potter, or USA state capitals. Select a difficulty level and timer and you’re ready to play!

Looking for more unscrambling challenges? Try 8 Letters in Search of a Word or head to Learning Games for Kids and play Word ScrambleII. These games challenge players to find words of different lengths from the same set of letters.

Building Vocabulary for ESL/ELL

There are so many words to learn when learning a new language. Native speakers have time to learn to understand and speak the words before they have to read and write them. English Language Learners (ELL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) students don’t always have it that easy. They often need to learn to read and write the words as they are learning to understand and speak them.

Games can make practicing and memorizing new words fun. At vocabulary.co.il there are words to practice at many levels. Audio Word Match is a word game that lets you see the written word and hear it spoken. Match two cards to make them disappear. It’s a great way to increase your English vocabulary!

Vocabulary is particular important to help students frame new concepts in different academic subjects. Take for instance, Science4Us, an elementary science program. with s specific science program for first grade, second grade, and kindergarten science. It teaches the ideas and vocabulary using the 5E Instructional Model. It has been adopted in the Creative Science Adoption in Texas 2014 and supported by a Dept of Education SBIR Grant for Elementary Science Game Based Learning

Once you’ve mastered the words, or if you need a little variety, check out the other English Language Games on Vocabulary.co.il. There are games with teaching features, synonym matches, and even games that help you learn common idioms. It’s a fun and challenging way to increase your English language vocabulary!

 

Antonyms are Opposites

Happy/sad, interested/bored, serious/facetious – antonyms are opposites. Often, understanding the opposite of a word helps you understand the meaning of the original word better.

Vocabulary.co.il has games that let you practice matching antonyms. Play Memory Match and turn over cards until you find an antonym pair. Play Line Match to match adjective antonyms or practice college-prep level words. Practice at your level and have fun!

Need a reminder lesson about antonyms? VocabularySpellingCity.com has a video lesson ready for you. It covers both synonyms and antonyms.

Need practice when you’re away from a computer? Use Vocabulary Spelling City’s printable sheets to practice antonyms on the go.

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Do You Know Hig Pig?

Have you heard of Hig Pig? No, Hig Pig is not a character in a children’s book. Hig Pig is a game that poses questions to the player in which the answers result in two one-syllable rhyming words.

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An example of this great game is “What is a hig pig for an overweight feline?” The answer would be “a fat cat”. This fun game is a great way to learn English language skills including word recall and syllables.

Try playing Hig Pig at Vocabulary.co.il and also try it during family time or in the car. You’ll soon find that this exciting rhyming game can be fun for everyone to play.

Practice Parts of Speech

Do you know the eight parts of speech? Can you pick the parts of speech used in a sentence? If you could use a bit more practice with your parts of speech knowledge, try playing some parts of speech games.

Games for parts of speech on Vocbaulary.co.il are created to increase parts of speech knowledge. The old age game of Mad Libs used parts of speech to create a funny story. The Story Blanks game on Vocabulary.co.il uses the same technique to help players practice parts of speech.

Create A Story

Since you can choose different words each time, the game is brand new each time you play it. Try making a unique story of your own with this great game.