Comma Usage

Comma Usage

As you know, correct comma placement feels like a daunting task for most fourth graders. Make sure to remind your hard-working kids that adults share in these feelings, too! Have fun quizzing each other on comma usage rules. Then, read a book with your child and pause every time one of you notices a comma. Discuss why that punctuation mark was used in each of these sentences!
As you know, correct comma placement feels like a daunting task for most fourth graders. Make sure to remind your hard-working kids that adults share in these feelings, too! Correct comma usage requires remembering quite a few rules - from placing commas before coordinating conjunctions to using serial commas. These activities offer kids a variety of practice and exposure to this skill.
Comma Rules for Kids
Worksheet
Comma Rules for Kids
Breakdown basic comma rules for kids using this worksheet that lists five common rules for that tricky punctuation mark!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Using Commas in a List
Worksheet
Using Commas in a List
Help your child build his grammar skills with a punctuation worksheet, where he'll practice using commas in a list.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuate Me: Using Commas
Worksheet
Punctuate Me: Using Commas
Get your child's punctuation engines started with this worksheet that breaks down where and how to use commas.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuating Your Letter
Worksheet
Punctuating Your Letter
Challenge students to find and edit specific punctuation errors! This letter-editing exercise is good practice for students learning to write both formal letters — like persuasive or business correspondence — and friendly, informal letters.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice with Commas
Worksheet
Practice with Commas
In this summer story, your student will need to add a comma to sentences when necessary. This worksheet is a grammar review on the three uses for commas.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 2
Exercise
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 2
Jumpstart your students' love of introductory clauses with these exercises that not only teach them the correct format, but also show them how their writing can be enhanced!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise

Multi-digit Multiplication

Multi-digit Multiplication

Teaching students multiple multiplication strategies can help them grow in their conceptual understanding of this math operation. Many students don't understand why the standard algorithm works, so area models and partial products can help make that more clear. Ask your child to explain one of these strategies to you! Having them take on the role of a teacher is a great way to reinforce any concept.
Teaching students multiple multiplication strategies can help them grow in their conceptual understanding of this math operation. Many students don't understand why the standard algorithm works, so area models and partial products can help make that more clear.
Math-Go-Round: Hard
Worksheet
Math-Go-Round: Hard
Here's a fun board game that's sure to take the blahs out of multiplication practice.
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
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
Multiplication: Musical Chairs
Lesson plan
Multiplication: Musical Chairs
In this fun, fast-paced multiplication review lesson, students will play a musical game as they practice their facts while applying different techniques to their problem-solving skills.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Multiplication Bingo: Two-Digit Numbers
Lesson plan
Multiplication Bingo: Two-Digit Numbers
Your students will go bonkers for bingo as they play this baffling multiplication game! Who will get five in a row first?
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Partial Products & Area Models
Worksheet
Partial Products & Area Models
Students are able to see the computations involved in multi-digit multiplication through these visuals models.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Multi-Digit Multiplication and Partial Products 2
Exercise
Multi-Digit Multiplication and Partial Products 2
For students just learning how to deal with partial products, this exercise will make the job less complicated.
5th grade
Math
Exercise

Themes in Text

Themes in Text

Ask your child to explain how she figures out the theme of a text. Listen for terms, such as: big idea, lesson, moral, and supporting evidence. Why evidence? Your child is advancing in her reading abilities; she's expected to not just state her opinions, but cite evidence in a text to show why her thoughts are valid. Reading a picture book aloud can be a fun way to hunt for the theme together.
This selection of activities will get your students not only identifying the themes in a variety of texts, but also finding evidence that supports their thoughts. Get your fourth graders thinking about themes throughout the rest of the school year by recording notes in their reading notebooks; after students finish a book, have them jot down the theme on a post-it note. As students collect these post-it notes, they'll notice common themes among the books they've read.
Finding the Theme
Worksheet
Finding the Theme
Use this reading comprehension resource to help your students identify the theme of a story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Think About Theme
Worksheet
Think About Theme
What's the main idea? Help kids learn how to determine theme with this comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Theme Flowchart
Worksheet
Find the Theme Flowchart
With this easy-to-use flowchart, your students will learn how to find the theme of a fictional story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Thinking About Themes: Reflection Cards
Worksheet
Thinking About Themes: Reflection Cards
Use this resource to help your students familiarize themselves with the concept of literary themes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
There’s No I in Theme-work!
Lesson plan
There’s No I in Theme-work!
That’s right! The theme applies to everyone! Use this interactive lesson to teach your students how to find the theme of a fictional text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Problem and Solution Practice
Lesson plan
Problem and Solution Practice
Help your ELs learn how to identify the problem and solution in a fictional text by using transition words as a foundation for their understanding. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support to the lesson There’s No I in Theme-work!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Literary Essays: Focus on Thesis & Argument

Literary Essays: Focus on Thesis & Argument

Although your young writers are now familiar with the structure of an opinion essay, they will be flexing their writing skills, as they transfer this knowledge to their literary essay unit. This form of writing requires your children to integrate literary reflections and responses into their writing. This type of writing proves challening for most students! Help your child brainstorm about her literary essay by asking her about the theme and characters in the book she's chosen to write about.
Although your young writers are now familiar with the structure of an opinion essay, they will be flexing their writing skills, as they transfer this knowledge to their literary essay unit. This form of writing requires your children to integrate literary reflections and responses into their writing. This type of writing proves challening for most students! Select activities that give your kids practice choosing a focused topic, organizing their essays, and writing literary responses.
Literary Argument Writing: Defining Your Topic
Lesson plan
Literary Argument Writing: Defining Your Topic
This lesson will help your young writers develop a claim, or thesis, and construct an argument around it. You may have students complete the essay by continuing the process with the lesson Literary Argument Writing: Drafting Your Essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Opinion Essay: Mixed Up Essay
Worksheet
Opinion Essay: Mixed Up Essay
Students will organize and construct the skeleton of an persuasive essay with this engaging activity.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Connections Part 2: Literary Response
Worksheet
Making Connections Part 2: Literary Response
Practice strategic reading and allow children to monitor their own thinking and make connections between texts and life.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Literary Argument Writing: Selecting Your Topic
Worksheet
Literary Argument Writing: Selecting Your Topic
Students can use this template to generate a topic for a literary argument essay by considering a story they have read.
4th grade
Worksheet
What's Your Thesis? Activity
Worksheet
What's Your Thesis? Activity
This resource offers readers 10 different discussion focuses for critical reflection towards thesis writing development.
5th grade
Worksheet
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