Word Ladders

Word Ladders

A word ladder is a great way to actively analyze the structure and meaning of words. Use word ladders to encourage your child to think deeply about root words! To play, begin with one word, then make a series of other words by changing one letter or one word part (like a prefix or suffix) to make a new word. For example, bicycle might become tricycle, which then might become triangle. As you play, ask your child what patterns he notices.
Word ladders feel like a game, but students are practicing essential literacy skills by building an understanding of word structure. Offer a variety of word study activities to keep students motivated and engaged in learning. For example, after introducing root words with a word ladder, you might review the same root words with a word matrix or show your students the root words being used in the context of a story.
Root Words: PORT & STRUCT
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Root Words: PORT & STRUCT
Teaching root words is a great way to strengthen your students' vocabulary and comprehension. Use this lesson to introduce the root words PORT and STRUCT.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Root Word Ladder: Struct
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Root Word Ladder: Struct
Use this word ladder to help your students learn about the root word STRUCT.
5th grade
Worksheet
Root Words in Context: Port and Struct
Worksheet
Root Words in Context: Port and Struct
Use this short story to help your students practice identifying root words in context.
5th grade
Worksheet
Root Word Ladder: Port
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Root Word Ladder: Port
Use this word ladder to help your students learn about the root word PORT.
5th grade
Worksheet
Word Matrix: Port and Struct
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Word Matrix: Port and Struct
Use this matrix to help your students build words using prefixes, suffixes, and the root words PORT and STRUCT.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Compound Area with Fraction Multiplication

Compound Area with Fraction Multiplication

Concepts like area and multiplication are closely related. When kids make connections between mathematical concepts, they are more likely to find success by mapping new information onto the concepts they've already learned and mastered. Building or drawing models can help your child make those connections and understand difficult concepts on a concrete level. Practice using the area model with your child to support her understanding of multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.
Concepts like area and multiplication are closely related. When students make connections between mathematical concepts, they are more likely to find success by mapping new information onto the concepts they've already learned and mastered. Building or drawing models can help students make those connections and understand difficult concepts on a concrete level. Try introducing your students to the area model to support their understanding of multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.
Finding the Area: Victor the Vacuum
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Finding the Area: Victor the Vacuum
Boost your fourth grader's geometry know-how by encouraging her to help Victor the Vacuum find the area of each room in the house.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Practice Finding Area #7: Grandma's Quilt
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Practice Finding Area #7: Grandma's Quilt
Can your fourth grader help Grandma make a quilt? They'll get valuable practice working with basic geometry.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Area Model: Multiply Mixed Numbers
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Area Model: Multiply Mixed Numbers
Use this scaffolded math exercise to teach your students how to use the area model to multiply mixed numbers.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Shade It In! Multiply Fractions with Area Models
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Shade It In! Multiply Fractions with Area Models
In this scaffolded exercise, students will draw and shade area models to multiply fractions.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Find the Area: Compound Shapes
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Find the Area: Compound Shapes
It's not everyday that you see shapes like these! This worksheet helps your fourth grader practice finding the area of compound shapes.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Fractions and Area Models
Exercise
Fractions and Area Models
Fractions and Area Models will help students practice this key fourth grade skill. Try our free exercises to build knowledge and confidence.
4th grade
Math
Exercise
Area Models and Multiplying Fractions
Lesson plan
Area Models and Multiplying Fractions
Some understandings are revealed through repeated, clear and simple steps. Use this lesson plan to teach your students to illustrate area model for products when multiplying fractions. It’s a four-step adventure!
5th grade
Math
Lesson plan

Using Text Evidence to Identify Author's Perspective & Narrator's Point of View

Using Text Evidence to Identify Author's Perspective & Narrator's Point of View

Explain to your child that, as a reader, she is an important part of the stories she reads. A reader brings their own background knowledge and perspective to each story they encounter, which helps them comprehend, infer, and interpret the author's meaning. Likewise, the author, and even the characters themselves, have perpectives that make the text unique. Encourage your child to look for clues or evidence of different perpectives as she reads.
Remind your students that, as readers, they are an important part of the stories they read. A reader brings their own background knowledge and perspective to each story they encounter, which helps them comprehend, infer, and interpret the author's meaning. Likewise, the author, and even the characters themselves, have perpectives that make the text unique. Encourage your students to look for clues or evidence of different perpectives as they read.
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
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Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
Improve your child's reading comprehension, and introduce her to a classic children's story, with this worksheet on The Story of a Stuffed Elephant.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Analyzing Visual Elements
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Give students many opportunities to see how visuals can influence a story's meaning. Show off your acting skills and read a great book to help them learn!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Who Is Peter Pan?
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Who Is Peter Pan?
Have your child read these Peter Pan passages and decide what she knows about the Peter Pan character.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Inferences in a Fictional Text
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Making Inferences in a Fictional Text
This reading activity gives kids practice supporting inferences with evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Inferring Character Motivation
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Inferring Character Motivation
In this support lesson, students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character in order to understand their motivation. Use this as a support for the lesson What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Argument Writing & Commas

Argument Writing & Commas

Proper comma usage can be confusing! Make it fun by looking at examples of silly or awkward sentences. For example, you might write, "I love cooking my family and my pets." Talk about how commas could change the meaning of the sentence. Then, give your child a chance to add commas to his own sentences by gluing dry macaroni to his paper where the commas should be!
Proper comma usage can be confusing! Make it fun by looking at examples of silly or awkward sentences. For example, you might write, "I love cooking my family and my pets." Talk about how commas could change the meaning of the sentence. Then, give your students a chance to add commas to their own sentences by gluing dry macaroni to their papers where the commas should be!
Comma Rules for Kids
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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
Commas and Lists
Worksheet
Commas and Lists
Here's your child's chance to practice commas in lists and sentences. This colorful worksheet is part of a set that keeps punctuation practice fun!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in Dates and Addresses
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Perfect Punctuation: Commas in Dates and Addresses
Help your third grader hone her punctuation skills with this worksheet that explains how to use commas in dates and addresses.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Conjunctions and Commas
Worksheet
Conjunctions and Commas
This colorful worksheet reviews conjunctions and commas in a straightforward way, to make things stick!
3rd 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
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 3
Exercise
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 3
Your fifth graders will love these exercises that have them identify introductory phrases and pick the appropriate punctuation mark.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
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