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, the word bicycle might become tricycle, which then might become triangle. As you play, ask your child to notice any patterns that exhist.
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 Word Ladder: Struct
Worksheet
Root Word Ladder: Struct
Use this word ladder to help your students learn about the root word STRUCT.
5th grade
Worksheet
Root Words: PORT & STRUCT
Lesson plan
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 Words
Exercise
Root Words
Students will understand just where their vocabulary words come from with this root words exercise.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
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
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
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

Area Models & Multiplication

Area Models & Multiplication

Once your child has learned how to find the area of a rectangle, he can use the concept to visualize the multiplication of large numbers. Relating these two concepts will help him build a solid foundation that will support him in understanding more advanced math. Continue to make connections to other strategies he's learned like number decomposition, generic rectangle, and area of complex figures.
Once your students have learned how to find the area of a rectangle, they can use the concept to visualize the multiplication of large numbers. Relating these two concepts will help your students build a solid foundation that will support them in understanding more advanced math. Continue to make connections to previously taught strategies like number decomposition, generic rectangle, and area of complex figures.
Scaling Area
Worksheet
Scaling Area
Challenge your students to think about multiplication as scaling in these exercises that involve area.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Area Models and Multiplication
Lesson plan
Area Models and Multiplication
Area models are building blocks to more complicated multiplication and division. Use this lesson to refresh students on the relationship between multiplication and area to prepare them to use the area models strategy with larger numbers.
5th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Area with Multiplying and Adding
Lesson plan
Area with Multiplying and Adding
Start a dialogue around area models! In this lesson, encourage students to ask questions as they multiply using area models. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Area Models and Multiplication.
5th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Build a Pool: Area Models and Multiplication Word Problems
Game
Build a Pool: Area Models and Multiplication Word Problems
Make a splash! Kids take control and use their imaginations to design pools with specific areas in this multiplication game.
5th grade
Math
Game
Multiplying with Area Model
Worksheet
Multiplying with Area Model
Students will use what they know about area to multiply two-digit factors.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Relating Area to Addition and Multiplication
Exercise
Relating Area to Addition and Multiplication
Help students understand the relation between addition and multiplication, and the area of objects, with this easy to navigate exercise.
3rd grade
Math
Exercise
Area Models in Fractional Units
Worksheet
Area Models in Fractional Units
This worksheet teaches students to break down the area of a shape by using fractional units. Show your students how to represent area for rectangular shapes with fractional length sides.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet

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. Readers bring 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 while reading.
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.
Who Is Peter Pan?
Worksheet
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
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Lesson plan
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
Inferring Character Motivation
Lesson plan
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
Making Inferences in a Fictional Text
Worksheet
Making Inferences in a Fictional Text
This reading activity gives kids practice supporting inferences with evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Perspective in Text: Whose Voice is Missing?
Lesson plan
Perspective in Text: Whose Voice is Missing?
Critical thinking demands making inferences and having proof. Use this lesson plan with your students to teach how to infer author’s perspective and cite supporting quotes from text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Correct Comma Placement

Correct Comma Placement

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 sentences by gluing dry macaroni to paper where the commas should be in the sentences!
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!
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in Dates and Addresses
Worksheet
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
Prepositions vs. Conjunctions
Lesson plan
Prepositions vs. Conjunctions
Challenge students with a discussion about prepositions and conjunctions in this lesson. Your class will write a journal entry to explain the function of the prepositions and conjunctions in a specific sentence.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
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
Transition Bugs: Star Rumble
Game
Transition Bugs: Star Rumble
In this game, kids will interact with a story by moving the plot forward with carefully selected words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in Dates and Addresses
Worksheet
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
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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