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# This Week in Fifth Grade

WEEK 20

## Word Morphology: Word Lists with Prefixes "dia" and "per"

Word morphology is the study of words, how they are formed, and their relationship to other words. As your child studies words and word parts, ask him to keep a journal of the interesting words he learns. Read through his word list together and look for words with common prefixes or suffixes.
Understanding root words and their meanings is a foundational piece of language. This is crucial as students read more complex texts and come across unfamiliar words. Support your students by having them create a Root Word Dictionary to keep track of a variety of root words and their meanings.
Word Part of the Week: per
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Word Part of the Week: per
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Word Smash! Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes
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Word Smash! Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes
This brightly colored worksheet acts like an arcade challenge, but it tests your fourth grader's word knowledge strength.
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Circle the Prefixes!
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Circle the Prefixes!
Learn all about root words and prefixes, then try your hand at defining them, in this quick and easy practice activity about words with prefixes.
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Circle the Suffixes
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Circle the Suffixes
In this worksheet, kids can learn the meaning of many words with suffixes, and get to see firsthand how adding a suffix changes its definition, just like that!
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Word Part of the Week: dia
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Word Part of the Week: dia
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Exercise
Teach students how to change the meaning of words by adding suffixes with this simple exercise.
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## Area, Perimeter, Volume, & the Coordinate Plane

Make math personal! Try using data that your child cares about to plot points on a coordinate plane. For example, you might help your child make a graph showing how much she has grown or plot points showing how much candy costs per pound at the candy store. Or, invite your child to draw a 'blueprint' of your family home on graph paper. Then ask them to find the area and perimeter of each room on their drawing, using the square units as measurements.
Inspire creativity through math! Invite your students to design their dream home. Hand out graph paper and have students draw a blueprint of their imagined house. Encourage them to include whatever rooms they want, like a video game room, a movie theater, or an indoor pool! Then, have them find the area and perimeter of each room. To add a STEM challenge, have students build their home as a 3-D model, and ask them to find the volume of each room in their model.
Geometry: Counting Volume
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Geometry: Counting Volume
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Calculating Volume
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Calculating Volume
his worksheet gives kids practice in calculating volume, a basic skill for geometry and upper-level math.
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Coordinate Challenge: Treasure Hunt!
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Coordinate Challenge: Treasure Hunt!
Kids gain a better understanding of identifying points and graphing on the coordinate plane with this treasure hunt coordinate worksheet.
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Calculating Area in the Kitchen
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Calculating Area in the Kitchen
In this 4th grade math worksheet, your child will find the area of the kitchen floor, then calculate which kind of flooring is within budget.
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Calculating Area in the Living Room
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Calculating Area in the Living Room
In this 4th grade math worksheet, kids find the area of a wall, then calculate which kind of wallpaper is within budget.
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Volume and a Building
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Volume and a Building
Students will apply the formula V = l Ã— w Ã— h to find the volume for rectangular prisms in the context of solving real world problems.
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## Perspective, Opinion, & Narrator's Point of View

Look for examples of author's purpose in the real world. For example, when you are driving, ask your child to identify the purpose of a billboard or a road sign. At the grocery store, compare the purpose behind the nutrition label on a box of cereal versus the fun description on the back of the box.
As students identify the author's purpose and narrator's point of view, make sure that they are able to justify their thinking with evidence from the text. Help them find cue words, loaded words, and direct quotes combined with their own inference skills.
Detecting the Author's Purpose
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
Students will set out to categorize different types of text using the author's purpose as a guide.
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Identify the Author's Purpose
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Identify the Author's Purpose
Authors persuade, inform, and entertain through various types of writing! Students set out to identify the authorâ€™s purpose.
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Use these task cards with your students to practice reading short passages and help them determine the author's purpose.
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The Story of the Amulet
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The Story of the Amulet
Students will identify the authorâ€™s purpose and strengthen their reading comprehension with the questions that follow the text.
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Author's Purpose: Sort It Out!
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Author's Purpose: Sort It Out!
Get your students moving with this interactive sorting game!
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Whose Point Is It Anyway?
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Whose Point Is It Anyway?
What if Cinderellaâ€™s stepsisters werenâ€™t really evil? In this engaging lesson, you will introduce your students to multiple points of view and discuss how these different perspectives can change a readerâ€™s experience.
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Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different charactersâ€™ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point is it Anyway? lesson.
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## Argument Writing in Formal Letters

Many written arguments come in the form of letters. Encourage your child to write a persuasive letter to someone about a cause they care about. For example, she might choose to write to the NFL asking for increased safety on the field, or she could write to a television network asking for more shows with strong female leads.
Many written arguments come in the form of letters. Present your students with a controversial letter and have them write a persuasive letter in response. For example, you might write a letter to your students saying that they will have twice as much homework for the rest of the school year. Review the format of a letter before asking them to write their response.
Argument Writing: Match the Evidence
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Argument Writing: Match the Evidence
While playing this fun memory game, students will find a piece of evidence that supports each claim.
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Argument Writing: Persuasive Letters
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Argument Writing: Persuasive Letters
In this exercise, your young writers will write a persuasive letter to a person of their choice.
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Argument Writing: Who Is Your Audience?
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Argument Writing: Who Is Your Audience?
In this brief questionnaire, students will think about who their audience is and what they believe.
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Argument Writing: Respond to a Formal Letter
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Argument Writing: Respond to a Formal Letter
Young writers will write a persuasive letter in response to a formal letter.
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Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument #2
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Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument #2
Young writers will practice identifying the five parts of an effective argument before writing their own argument.