Idioms

Idioms

One fun way to get back into the learning mode is with idioms! Challenge your child to point out idioms and expressions they hear in conversations.
Spend time at the beginning of the year playing idiom games to determine the strength of students' current grasp of language arts.
What Is an Idiom?
Worksheet
What Is an Idiom?
Learn what an idiom is, and do some fun coloring with this informative worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idioms: A Figure of Speech
Worksheet
Idioms: A Figure of Speech
What does "when pigs fly" mean if pigs can't really fly? Kids use context clues to learn the meanings of common idioms on this third grade reading worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
It's Raining Idioms!
Lesson plan
It's Raining Idioms!
Idioms will be a piece of cake when students finish this fun lesson! Students practice illustrating and explaining common idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Make Clay Idioms a "Piece of Cake"!
Activity
Make Clay Idioms a "Piece of Cake"!
Refresh your third grader's understanding of idioms with this hands-on art activity that encourages him to manipulate clay to represent his favorite idiom.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Figure of Speech Bubble Cartoons
Lesson plan
Figure of Speech Bubble Cartoons
Make idioms easy as pie with this lesson that has your students create their very own comic! Students will write idioms in speech bubbles for cartoon captions in this fun figurative language activity.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Idioms 1
Exercise
Idioms 1
Introduce students to the world of idioms with this exercise that shares some of the most common expressions in the English language.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise

Back to School Review

Back to School Review

Spend the first few weeks of school reviewing math concepts from the previous year. This will set your child up for success when exploring new concepts in the fourth grade.
During the first week of school, assess your students' abilities to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This will give insight into how to differentiate lessons.
Extra Practice: Three-Digit Addition with Regrouping
Worksheet
Extra Practice: Three-Digit Addition with Regrouping
Practice three-digit addition with regrouping in this set of 36 problems.
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
Triple-Digit Subtraction
Worksheet
Triple-Digit Subtraction
Give your third grader some practice with triple-digit subtraction. He'll focus on regrouping and build his math skills in the process.
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
2 Digit Multiplication
Worksheet
2 Digit Multiplication
Test your third grader with 2-digit multiplication. This is also a great way to review his times tables!
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
1-Minute Math Drill: Division
Worksheet
1-Minute Math Drill: Division
See how many simple division problems your child can solve in one minute. Minute math drills are an easy way to make basic calculations a reflex.
3rd grade
Worksheet
Related Facts: Make Multiplication Sentences
Worksheet
Related Facts: Make Multiplication Sentences
Who knew that multiplication and addition were so closely related? Give your fourth grader practice with the concept, with this valuable worksheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
One-Digit Multiplication and Equal Groups
Exercise
One-Digit Multiplication and Equal Groups
Using equal groups, this exercise will help students just starting out with one digit multiplication.
3rd grade
Math
Exercise
Slap and Roll Timed Multiplication
Lesson plan
Slap and Roll Timed Multiplication
Students will "roll" to this quick game and "slap out" multiplication facts to reinforce multiplication skills and beat their own scores!
3rd grade
Math
Lesson plan

Finding a Reading Routine

Informal Reading Assessments

Get your child back into the habit of reading by selecting short texts for them to read, such as a reading worksheet or a fun chapter book.
During the first week of school, let your students choose books to read and inquire about their reading. Take note of what types of books they choose and their focus levels.
Olympic Sports
Worksheet
Olympic Sports
How well does your little athlete know Olympic sports? Test his sports savvy with this matching game! Read each clue and match it up with the sport described.
4th grade
Worksheet
The History of Chocolate
Worksheet
The History of Chocolate
This Hispanic Heritage Month, learn the history of chocolate and try your hand at a historical recipe.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Complete the Mystery
Worksheet
Complete the Mystery
Boost reading comprehension skills with this language arts worksheet. Kids read the story, then use clues from the story to write their own conclusion below.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Response
Worksheet
Reading Response
Keep your budding reader organized with a reading response journal! Print out several of these response pages to create a homemade reading log.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Elephant's Child: Reading Comprehension
Worksheet
The Elephant's Child: Reading Comprehension
Enjoy Rudyard Kipling's delightful story, "The Elephant's Child", complete with a word search and reading comprehension questions about the story!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
Lesson plan
Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
We often conduct reading fluency tests on our students without explicitly teaching this skill. Use this lesson, which incorporates student peer review, to help raise awareness of reading fluency while improving it.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Read with Expression!
Lesson plan
Read with Expression!
Knowing how to identify types of sentences and read each kind with expression is an important component of reading fluency. This EL support lesson can be taught on its own or used as precursor to the lesson Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Writing with Time Limits

Writing-on-Demand

Challenge your child to draft a fictional story within a set amount of time. When they're done, have them read the story to a friend or family member.
At the beginning of the year, it can be helpful to have students complete on-demand writing tasks. Ask them to write a quick, personal narrative in 45 minutes. You'll be able to gain a sense of each child's writing skills and determine which aspects of the writing process to focus on.
Finish the Story
Worksheet
Finish the Story
Read the introduction and conclusion of this story starter, and use his own creativity to finish the story about Fiona's fury.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What's in a Name?
Lesson plan
What's in a Name?
Every name has a story behind it. This lesson allows students to share the story of their name with their classmates. Not only is it fun, it's ideal for establishing a respectful classroom community.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
My Superpower
Worksheet
My Superpower
Flex your superhuman writing abilities with a fun prompt! If you could be a superhero, what power would you want to have?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ways to Start a Story
Worksheet
Ways to Start a Story
How many ways can you start a story? Have fun with writing, and practice telling the beginning of a story in six different ways.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Creative Writing for Kids: Millionaire
Worksheet
Creative Writing for Kids: Millionaire
Use your imagination to decide what you would do if you had a million dollars! Write about it in this creative writing exercise.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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