Contractions

Contractions

Given that we use contractions so often in our speech, it’s important that our kids know how to use these words in writing. Knowing when to use contractions in our writing can improve the overall flow of certain sentences. When you introduce this skill, it’s helpful to begin by defining the word “contract”. Since “contract” means to get smaller or shorter, your child will soon understand that a contraction is “a shorter way to say two words.” These activities will give your child ample practice as he works towards understanding that an apostrophe fills the space of those missing letters.
Given that we use contractions so often in our speech, it’s important that we teach students how to use these words in writing. Knowing when to use contractions in our writing can improve the overall flow of certain sentences. When you introduce this skill, it’s helpful to begin by defining the word “contract”. Since “contract” means to get smaller or shorter, your students will soon understand that a contraction is “a shorter way to say two words.” These activities will give your students ample practice as they work to understand that an apostrophe fills the space of those missing letters.
Creating Contractions Part 1
Worksheet
Creating Contractions Part 1
Give your students practice shortening phrases into contractions and expanding contractions into phrases.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #2
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #2
Help your fifth grader practice spelling contractions and identifying the words they stand for by zapping them with the contraction shrink ray!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #3
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #3
Fifth graders build their contraction knowledge by helping the shrink ray identify words that can be combined and writing the corresponding contractions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #4
Worksheet
Shrink Ray Contractions #4
Boost your fifth grader's contraction knowledge with this worksheet that challenges him to transform words into contractions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Creating Contractions Part 2
Worksheet
Creating Contractions Part 2
Give students practice shortening phrases into contractions and correctly placing that apostrophe.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Apostrophes in Contractions 2
Exercise
Apostrophes in Contractions 2
Develop your student's reading and writing skills with these exercises that expand upon their knowledge of apostrophes in the written word by putting them in the context of contractions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise

Reintroduction to Fractions

Reintroduction to Fractions

It's helpful for kids to see fractions in lots of different forms. Introduce your child to fractions with tape diagrams, divided shapes, and number lines. Use a chocolate bar as a fun and yummy way to demonstrate equivalent fractions. Teaching your child to compare fractions by drawing area models can help them understand the topic conceptually.
It's helpful for students to see fractions in lots of different forms. You can introduce them to fractions with tape diagrams, divided shapes, and number lines. Use a chocolate bar as a fun and yummy way to demonstrate equivalent fractions. Teaching students to compare fractions by drawing area models can help them understand the topic conceptually.
Introduction to Fractions
Worksheet
Introduction to Fractions
Help your third grader tackle fractions with this worksheet that asks him to write the fraction that matches the shaded part of each shape.
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
Writing Fractions: Fraction Fundamentals
Worksheet
Writing Fractions: Fraction Fundamentals
Children write the fraction that corresponds with the shaded part of each shape.
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
Color by Fraction
Worksheet
Color by Fraction
Here's a challenging math worksheet for your 4th grader: your child must color the fractions according to their value, giving each value its own color.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Numerator and Denominator: Basic Fraction Terms
Worksheet
Numerator and Denominator: Basic Fraction Terms
Kids learn the meaning of numerator and denominator in this fraction terms worksheet.
3rd grade
Math
Worksheet
Practicing Fractions: Largest to Smallest
Worksheet
Practicing Fractions: Largest to Smallest
Here's a challenging math worksheet for your 4th grader: your child must put each set of fractions in order from greatest to least.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Converting Fractions with Gems
Game
Converting Fractions with Gems
Kids uncover gemstones from rock and write improper/mixed fractions.
4th grade
Math
Game

Making Predictions

Making Predictions

During reading, good readers make predictions about what is going to happen next, or what ideas or evidence the author will present to support an argument. They tend to evaluate these predictions continuously, and revise any prediction that is not confirmed by the reading. Encourage your child to explain their predictions by giving evidence. These resources will help your child interact with texts on a more meaningful level and improve her reading comprehension.
Good readers make predictions as a way to connect their existing knowledge to new information from a text in order to gather meaning from what they read. Before reading, they use what they know about an author to predict what a text will be about. The title of a text will trigger memories of texts with similar content, allowing them to predict the content of the new text. During reading, good readers may make meaningful predictions about what is going to happen next, or what ideas or evidence the author will present to support an argument. They tend to evaluate these predictions continuously, and revise any prediction that is not confirmed by the reading. Encourage students to explain their predictions by giving evidence.
Problem & Solution Organizer
Worksheet
Problem & Solution Organizer
Use an open-ended graphic organizer to help your students identify the problem and solution in three stories.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Head to Head Fiction: Problems and Solutions
Worksheet
Head to Head Fiction: Problems and Solutions
Use this organizer to draw comparisons between problems and solutions in fiction texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Predictions: Before, During, After!
Worksheet
Making Predictions: Before, During, After!
Students will practice making and adjusting predictions about their texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Reflections: Making & Evaluating Predictions
Worksheet
Reading Reflections: Making & Evaluating Predictions
Students will practice making and adjusting predictions about their texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Predictions Task Cards
Worksheet
Making Predictions Task Cards
Use these task cards to get your reflective readers making and adjusting predictions about their texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What’s Next?
Lesson plan
What’s Next?
Guess what comes next! Teach your students to make a prediction based on textual evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Sentence Parts and Making Predictions
Lesson plan
Sentence Parts and Making Predictions
In this lesson, students will practice identifying the subject and predicate of a sentence and making predictions with textual evidence as they read short fictional texts. Use it as a stand alone lesson or as a precursor to What's Next?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Writing a Strong Introduction & Conclusion

Writing a Strong Introduction & Conclusion

Writing a strong introduction and conclusion is a key skill for your fourth grader to master. Learning how to hook a reader with a powerful beginning sentence will make your child better writers. A conclusion that ties up loose ends, emphasizes the main points, while also leaving the reader with some sense of wonder makes a piece of writing strong. Use these resources to help teach specific strategies on how to write captivating introductions and conclusions.
Writing a strong introduction and conclusion is a key skill for your fourth graders to master. Learning how to hook a reader with a powerful beginning sentence will make your students better writers. A conclusion that ties up loose ends, emphasizes the main points, while also leaving the reader with some sense of wonder, makes a piece of writing strong. Use these resources to help teach specific strategies on how to write captivating introductions and conclusions.
Opening Sentences Writing Practice
Worksheet
Opening Sentences Writing Practice
Offering three strategies on how to write a good first sentence, this worksheet helps kids become stronger writers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hook Your Reader!
Worksheet
Hook Your Reader!
Students will study effective hooks and have the option to craft some hooks for their own writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice Writing a Strong Lead: Literary Essay
Worksheet
Practice Writing a Strong Lead: Literary Essay
Students will practice writing strong leads for their literary essays.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write On! Strong Lead Sentences
Worksheet
Write On! Strong Lead Sentences
In this exercise, students will practice writing attention-grabbing lead sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write On! Strong Concluding Paragraphs
Worksheet
Write On! Strong Concluding Paragraphs
Young writers will practice the challenging skill of writing a strong concluding paragraph.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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