# This Week in Fifth Grade

Week 28

## Reading Words in Context, Word Roots, and Affixes

Children constantly encounter new words as they read. A solid grasp of affixes will help your child decipher the meaning of unfamiliar words. Make flash cards with an affix and its meaning on one side. On the other side, have your child list as many words as they can that contain that affix. Make it into game by looking for new words to add to each card.
Students can better decipher the meaning of unfamiliar words when they have a solid grasp of affixes. Create flash cards that each contain a different affix and its meaning on one side. After distributing the cards, have students write a word that contains that affix on the other side, then pass the card to a classmate, adding a new word to each card they receive. Continue passing cards to allow students to review a variety of affixes.
Read & Find Root Words #1
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Read & Find Root Words #1
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Word Part of the Week: spir
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Word Part of the Week: spir
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Word Part of the Week: son
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Word Part of the Week: son
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Context Clues Table
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Context Clues Table
Context clues help readers discern the meaning of new vocabulary terms in their reading. Use this worksheet to help your students organize unfamiliar words and transfer their context clues and definitions to a table.
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Rockin' Root Words
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Rockin' Root Words
Expose your students to new vocabulary and root words with this rockin’ exercise!
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Read & Find Root Words #2
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Read & Find Root Words #2
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Root Words in Context: Port and Struct
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Root Words in Context: Port and Struct
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## Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators

The key to adding fractions with unlike denominators is finding equivalent fractions with like denominators. Practice making equivalent fractions using pictures or models so that your child is comfortable with the process. After learning how to create equivalent fractions, your child will be ready to add fractions with unlike denominators.
Provide opporunities for concrete problem-solving with fraction tiles and pictorial models. Once your students are familiar with visual examples of fractions, they'll be ready for abstract problem-solving using an algorithm.
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Make It Work! Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators
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Make It Work! Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators
Adding fractions with unlike denominators just doesn't work like it does when the denominators are the same. Let's make it work! Students will add fractions with unlike denominators with sums between one and two.
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Help your students show their understanding as they explain how to add fractions with unlike denominators. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Make It Work! Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators.
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Add improper fractions together with this colorful math worksheet. Your child will add alongside a cheerful jester.
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Do you find adding fractions frightening? You certainly won't after you finish this worksheet!
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Make It Work! Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators
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Make It Work! Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators
Help students add fractions easily with this step-by-step worksheet.
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Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators will help students practice this key fifth grade skill. Try our free exercises to build knowledge and confidence.
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## Poetry: Similes and Metaphors

Encourage your child to practice using literary devices or figurative language in their own writing before analyzing other texts for these devices. Begin with simple, kid-friendly examples like, "The sun is as bright as a diamond." Although the sun and a diamond are different, they are both bright and shiny. Next, offer your child a writing prompt, such as: "Compare a friend and ice cream using a simile," or "Write a metaphor comparing yourself to an animal."
Offer students an opportunity to write their own similes and metaphors before they search for these literary devices in other texts. Begin with a mini-lesson on each, providing kid-friendly examples. Next, offer students a writing prompt. Ask them to compare a friend and ice cream using a simile, or write a metaphor comparing themselves to an animal.
Onomatopoeia Comic Word Search
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Onomatopoeia Comic Word Search
An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it's describing. Search through this word search to find each comic book onomatopoeia!
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Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
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Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
Baby, you're a firework! In this musical lesson, your students will use context clues to determine the meaning of similes and metaphors in popular music. They will then use this knowledge to write their own metaphors and similes.
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Use this lesson to help your ELs understand the structure and meaning of similes. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors.
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Writing Metaphors
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Writing Metaphors
Make writing magical with metaphors! Beginning writers can practice creating their own metaphors with this sheet as a guide.
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This worksheet is a slam dunk for metaphors! Your young writer will learn what makes up a metaphor, and then practice making a few of her own.
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Similes and Metaphors: Can You Tell the Difference?
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Similes and Metaphors: Can You Tell the Difference?
Can you tell the difference between a simile and a metaphor? Help your star writer sort out her figurative language with a fun activity.
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Similes: Clear as Crystal
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Similes: Clear as Crystal
As quiet as a mouse or as quiet as a cucumber? Kids will learn the definition of a simile, then use pictures as clues to complete the similes.
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Similes 3
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Similes 3
Students will be as confident in writing as a Pulitzer Prize winner after completing this final exercise in the similes series.
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## Writing as Self Expression

A journal can encourage self-expression and instill a love of writing. Offer your child a short, daily prompt and allow them to write as little or as much as they like. By writing in a personal space, rather than for an audience, your child will be more willing to take risks. Moreover, the lessons they learn through this process will carry over to their academic compositions.
When students write for themselves instead of for an audience, they will be more willing to take risks. Have your students keep a daily journal. Give them a short prompt each day, then set a timer for fifteen minutes. After a few days, ask students to select a piece from their journal to edit and publish.
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Use these 24 cards for daily writing exercises, or hand them out to encourage variety in writing!
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On Demand Writing: Picture Prompt
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On Demand Writing: Picture Prompt
Use this picture prompt to provoke creativity in student writing.
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Dream Journal
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Dream Journal
Dream big with a homemade dream journal, a great writing exercise for elementary-age kids.
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Respond to Art: Opinion & Evidence #1
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Respond to Art: Opinion & Evidence #1
With this art-based activity, students will practice supporting their opinion with evidence.
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Use these 24 cards for daily writing exercises, or hand them out to encourage variety in writing!
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Respond to Art: Opinion & Evidence #2
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Respond to Art: Opinion & Evidence #2
With this art-based activity, students will practice supporting their opinion with evidence.
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Picture Writing Prompt: Sea Monster
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Picture Writing Prompt: Sea Monster
A day of fishing is interrupted by a giant sea monster! What happens next? This writing prompt will help your student stretch his imagination.
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