Apostrophes

Apostrophes

Learning about apostrophes can be fun! Consider reading the playful book The Girl's Like Spaghetti by Lynne Truss. You and your child will see how the meaning of a sentence can be completely altered by simply moving, adding, or deleting an apostrophe.
Learning grammar can be fun, especially with a catchy chant! After you say, "Apostrophes have two homes!" your students can respond, "Contractions and Possessives!" Select activities that incorporate strong visuals to help reinforce when it's appropriate to add an apostrophe.
Possessive Nouns Worksheet
Worksheet
Possessive Nouns Worksheet
Possessive nouns worksheets give kids lots of grammar practice. This possessive nouns worksheet will teach your child how to make a singular possessive noun.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Practice
Worksheet
Contraction Practice
Young writers can master contractions with this practice worksheet. Try breaking down contractions and then making contractions!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Possessive Apostrophes in Nouns
Worksheet
Possessive Apostrophes in Nouns
Women's hats or womens' hats. This apostrophe worksheet shows where to put those tricky possessive apostrophes in nouns.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #1
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #1
Give your fifth grader a spin on the contraction shrink ray to help him tackle identifying and spelling contractions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Its or It's?
Worksheet
Its or It's?
"Its" or "it's"? If your child is not sure, help her practice with the sentences on this third grade writing worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Apostrophes in Contractions 2
Exercise
Apostrophes in Contractions 2
Develop your student's reading and writing skills with these exercises that expand upon their knowledge of apostrophes in the written word by putting them in the context of contractions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise

Multiplication Strategies

Multiplication Strategies

Draw an area model with your child and work together to fill in the correct values. Use place value terms, such as the ones and tens place, when discussing how this visual helped you find the product.
Choose activities that will help your students conceptually understand how to find the product of two-digit numbers. In particular, consider integrating the partial products and area model strategies into your instruction. These visual-based models help students see the computations involved in a multiplication problem.
3-Digit by 1-Digit Multiplication
Worksheet
3-Digit by 1-Digit Multiplication
Give your students some practice multiplying 3-digit numbers with this straightforward multiplication worksheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Partial Products Method Part 1
Worksheet
Partial Products Method Part 1
Are your students ready to multiply larger numbers? The partial product method is a foundational part of math instruction in the upper grades.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Partial Products Method Part 2
Worksheet
Partial Products Method Part 2
Are your students ready to multiply larger numbers? The partial product method is a foundational part of math instruction in the upper grades.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
More Area Model Multiplication
Worksheet
More Area Model Multiplication
Let's get multiplying! Area model visuals allows children to see the layers of computation within a multi-digit multiplication problem.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Thanksgiving Math: Multiplication #4
Worksheet
Thanksgiving Math: Multiplication #4
Encourage your child to exercise his two-digit multiplication skills with this Thanksgiving-themed math worksheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Multi-Digit Multiplication and Doubling
Exercise
Multi-Digit Multiplication and Doubling
Aid your fourth grader in learning multi-digit multiplication with these exercises that show students how to visualize doubling.
4th grade
Math
Exercise
Multiplying Multiples
Lesson plan
Multiplying Multiples
Introduce your students to multiplying multi-digit numbers with this lesson that gives them plenty of practice and has them play a game with a partner that makes the lesson fun!
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Base Ten Arrays for Multi-Digit Multiplication
Lesson plan
Base Ten Arrays for Multi-Digit Multiplication
Teach your students to draw an array using base ten notation to solve multiplication problems with two two-digit factors.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan

Story Elements

Story Elements

Read a short story or an exceprt from one of your kid's favorite books. As you read together, pause to ask your child a question about the problem within the plot or a main character's personality. Teaching your child to actively reflect while reading will increase his reading comprehension.
Fourth graders are starting to grasp how to identify and describe the main elements of a story, such as the problem/solution, character traits, and setting. Select an activity that will reinforce these "nuts and bolts" of reading comprehension!
Develop Character and Setting
Worksheet
Develop Character and Setting
Develop your student's writing skills with this character and setting worksheet. Encourage your students to use interesting adverbs and adjectives in their descriptions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Asking Questions: Before, During, and After
Worksheet
Asking Questions: Before, During, and After
This is a comprehension resource for students to record their questions before, during, and after they have read nonfiction text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Elements of a Story: Circle Chart
Worksheet
Elements of a Story: Circle Chart
Use this graphic organizer to help your students identify the four elements of a fictional story: characters, setting, problem, and solution.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Elements of a Story: Sort It Out!
Worksheet
Elements of a Story: Sort It Out!
During this activity, students will match parts of a story to one of four elements.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Character Comparison Graphic Organizer
Worksheet
Character Comparison Graphic Organizer
This character comparison graphic organizer asks kids to imagine traits for eight heroes and villains never before heard of.
4th grade
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
Lesson plan
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
By fourth grade, most students are familiar with story elements such as setting, characters, and plot. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the elements in two stories with similar themes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Problems and Solutions in Fiction
Lesson plan
Problems and Solutions in Fiction
Every story has a problem and every problem has a solution! Use this lesson to help students identify the problem and solution in fiction texts. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Compare and Contrast Short Stories.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Lesson plan
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in three to four sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Metaphors and Similes

Metaphors and Similes

Choose a common metaphor to describe something, such as, "That boy is a walking dictionary," and ask your child if he understands what this phrase really says about the boy. If he's stuck, inform him that it's a comparison where one thing is said to be another. This should be a fun and entertaining conversation!
Show your students how to enrich their writing through the use of figurative language. Having kids practice identifying and creating similes and metaphors is a great place to start!
Metaphors and Similes
Worksheet
Metaphors and Similes
Tennyson the Turtle provides a jolly introduction to metaphors and similes! Help your child to identify the figures of speech in this story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Similes: Easy as Pie
Worksheet
Similes: Easy as Pie
If someone loses their glasses, are they as blind as a bee or a bat? This fill-in-the-blank worksheet introduces your child to popular similes.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
Lesson plan
The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
We've all heard not to judge a book or a person by its cover. This topic is poignantly covered in the Vietnamese myth of the Crystal Heart. In this lesson, students will read the myth and write similes in the style of the fisherman's song.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Review: Metaphors and Similes
Worksheet
Review: Metaphors and Similes
Review metaphors and similes by underlining each time Paulo uses them in his postcard to Katherine. Then, students will practice writing their own!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Figurative Language Practice
Worksheet
Figurative Language Practice
Help demystify figurative language for your third grader with this worksheet that challenges him to explain what the figurative descriptions in bold mean.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Similes and Metaphors: Comparisons Done Right
Lesson plan
Similes and Metaphors: Comparisons Done Right
Your little poets will love how their creative writing abilities will grow with this lesson about similes and metaphors. Students engage in fun activities to learn about similes and metaphors and write comparisons as directed.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
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