Synonyms & Antonyms

Synonyms & Antonyms

Try integrating synonyms and antonyms into conversations with your child. For example, if you are having dinner, you might say, "this is delicious! Some other words for delicious are tasty or yummy." Then, ask your child if they can come up with any more synonyms or make a list of antonyms together. Turn it into a game and see who can come up with the most synonyms.
Work with your students to make a list of synonyms for commonly used words, like happy or good. Make an anchor chart for each base word and keep them displayed in your classroom. When students are writing, encourage them to refer to the anchor charts to replace the common, overused words with some of the synonyms on the list.
Wishing for Synonyms
Worksheet
Wishing for Synonyms
Reinforce your child's vocabulary skills with this fun worksheet, which challenges your child to find synonyms for Jill's three wishes.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Synonyms and Antonyms 3
Exercise
Synonyms and Antonyms 3
This exercise’s further practice identifying synonyms and antonyms will reinforce your students’ understanding of like and opposite words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Magnet Mania: Practicing Antonyms
Worksheet
Magnet Mania: Practicing Antonyms
Help your child practice antonyms with this fifth grade vocabulary worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Build Vocabulary 1
Worksheet
Build Vocabulary 1
Kids can build their vocabulary and spelling skills with this worksheet. Your child will learn the definitions for vocabulary words and use them in context.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Build Vocabulary 2
Worksheet
Build Vocabulary 2
Build your child's vocabulary and spelling skills with this focused series. Each worksheet gives definitions or synonyms for vocab terms your child will learn.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Area & Volume

Area & Volume

Try using a hands-on approach when helping your child understand volume! Connect their understanding of area to volume with this activity. Use masking tape to make a large rectangle on the floor so that an edge is along the wall. Give your child a yardstick and notebook to find the area. Then, use masking tape to create the height of a rectangular prism and your child to find the volume of the shape. Use whole number sides to make this task approachable for all students.
Try using a hands-on approach when teaching volume! Connect students' understanding of area to volume with this activity. Use masking tape to make a large rectangle on the floor so that an edge is along the wall. Give your students yardsticks and notebooks and tell them to find the area of the rectangle. Then, use masking tape to create the height of a rectangular prism and ask students to find the volume of the shape. Use whole number sides to make this task approachable for all students.
Geometry Basics: Perimeter
Worksheet
Geometry Basics: Perimeter
Practice perimeter with your third grader with this nifty worksheet.
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
The Case of the Missing Rectangle Side
Lesson plan
The Case of the Missing Rectangle Side
Your students will become junior math detectives as they hunt down the missing side of a rectangle by applying the area formula for rectangles. The only clues they have are the rectangle's area and the measure of one side.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Area Arrangements
Lesson plan
Area Arrangements
Students will use the inverse relationship between multiplication and division to complete an area formula in a real-world situation. Use this lesson on its own or as support for the lesson The Case of the Missing Rectangle Side.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Base and Volume
Worksheet
Base and Volume
Calculate the volume of each object using the base and height.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Create Shapes and Find the Volume
Worksheet
Create Shapes and Find the Volume
Cut out and assemble the unfolded shapes, then calculate their volumes!
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
What Does Volume Mean?
Worksheet
What Does Volume Mean?
In this activity, compare the volume of the container with the volume of its contents to calculate how much each can hold.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Volume Cubed #1
Worksheet
Volume Cubed #1
Ready for your fifth graders to take their learning of cubic units to the next level? With this worksheet, students will count the stacked centimeter blocks to determine the volume of the solid object.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Applying Volume to Real Life: Moving
Worksheet
Applying Volume to Real Life: Moving
You're moving! Calculate the maximum number of each item that will fit into the bigger box.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet

Comparing & Contrasting Texts on the Same Topic

Comparing & Contrasting Texts on the Same Topic

Reading books in a series can draw in reluctant readers. When your child finds a great series that is exciting and interesting, your reader will be more likely to continue reading the subsequent books. Encourage this excitement by asking questions that compare the books within the series, like: "How has the character changed through the series? What is the setting of each book?"
To draw in reluctant readers, choose the first book of a series to read aloud to the class. Then, make the subsequent books available to students to read independently. Once students have gotten to know the characters in a series, they are more likely to show interest in the books that follow. Encourage students' excitement by asking guiding questions that compare the books within the series, like: How has the character changed through the series? What is the setting of each book?
Comparing Book Series
Worksheet
Comparing Book Series
This worksheet is used with examples of the two kinds of book series, episodic and epic.
5th grade
Worksheet
Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
Lesson plan
Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
So many students love to read books in a series but they don't give much thought to what a series really is. In this lesson students discover the two kinds of book series and apply classifying criteria to examples in the library.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Sentence Structures for Summarizing
Lesson plan
Sentence Structures for Summarizing
In this support lesson, your ELs will use key vocabulary and sentence structures to summarize a story. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing and Contrasting Book Series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Exploring the Features of a Book Series
Lesson plan
Exploring the Features of a Book Series
Students will engage their analytical skills and literacy skills as they compare books within a series. The central activity in this lesson will have students identifying, comparing, and contrasting the shared features of books in a series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Kinds of Book Series
Worksheet
Kinds of Book Series
This worksheet guides students on an investigation throughout the library where they are challenged to classify five book series.
5th grade
Worksheet
Using a Chart to Compare Books in a Series
Worksheet
Using a Chart to Compare Books in a Series
This worksheet will enable your readers to examine several books in a series and compare and contrast the main features across the texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Argument Writing

Argument Writing

Ask your child 'why' questions: "Why do you think ...? Why should I agree...?" Thinking about the answers to these questions will build critical thinking skills and strengthen your child's ability to support their opinions and arguments.
Use graphic organizers and outlines to help your student organize the structure of their argument before they begin writing. Then, have students exchange their outlines and give feedback to their peers before they draft their essay.
Supporting Opinions
Worksheet
Supporting Opinions
Get ready to voice your opinion! This three-part series will strengthen kids' writing organization and their confidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Claim, Reasons, and Evidence
Lesson plan
Argument Writing: Claim, Reasons, and Evidence
This lesson will help students map out their argument essay after they have identified a topic. Students will learn the three basic components of constructing an argument: stating a claim, listing reasons, and providing evidence.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Mapping Your Claim, Reasons, and Evidence
Worksheet
Mapping Your Claim, Reasons, and Evidence
This template will help writers outline their argument essay.
5th grade
Worksheet
Time to Write Your Introductory Paragraph
Worksheet
Time to Write Your Introductory Paragraph
When your students have completed their prewriting and they have their argument mapped out, they will be ready to start their argument essay.
5th grade
Worksheet
The Introductory Paragraph
Worksheet
The Introductory Paragraph
This activity will help students understand how an introductory paragraph is structured.
5th grade
Worksheet
Opinion Essay: Idea Map
Worksheet
Opinion Essay: Idea Map
Students will craft their own essay using this graphic organizer as a helpful way to get started.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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