Kids love to explore, and these are great sites from all over the web on learning, teaching and researching sign language. There are tutorials for different grade levels to learn signing. These sites were checked for appropriate content before they where linked.
This American Sign Language Browser allows you to look up signs in the index and provides short video clips of that sign. Seeing the signs performed may prove more beneficial than what a visual dictionary can offer. The list is not exhaustive, but it is certainly a solid resource for beginners.
Webster’s mission “is to create the largest dictionary of modern language usage (the equivalent of 500 encyclopedias). The dictionary will soon consist of over 400 modern languages, and 10 ancestral languages, with some 30 million individual entries across languages (including expressions, technical terminologies, and words). The languages included are read or spoken by over 95 percent of the world’s population. The world’s largest dictionary should be free to consult by all persons of the world, via the Internet…This project seeks to allow public access to as much knowledge as possible without the reliance on subscription revenues.”
This site offers the content without the cute gimmicks or the brainy geekspeak. It’s a great resource for the student who needs to perfect his/her writing without going over the top. The grammarbook site offers simple navigation with a really convenient drop-down menu imbedded on each page.
Do you remember Mad Libs? Can you imagine how much fun it is to create online Mad Libs? By the way, it reinforces the parts of speech!
What rhymes with school…that’s right, “cool.”
This page is very user-friendly and students have a number of search options: find rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, and homophones. In addition, there is a search option that provides a kid friendly picture related to the word being searched.
The following site has great etymological information. For many students, the dictionaries that they have at home do not have the necessary information of word origin and the students often borrow a class dictionary and lug it home and back. This site could be of use to those working at home and it does not have graphics, adds or use flash, so that even students with dial-up could use this effectively.
The Internet Picture Dictionary offers labeled, colorful pictures in five languages, viewable by categories or by first letter. Five review activities are accessible for every dictionary page. From the website: “The Internet Picture Dictionary is a completely free, online multilmultilingual dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners of all ages.”