Figurative Language: Idioms

Figurative Language: Idioms

Students may find idioms confusing! Since idioms don't mean what they say and they don't rely on a certain set of rules, they must be learned individually. Idiomatic expressions can be especially challenging for English-language learners who haven't had as much exposure to common English phrases at home. Therefore, be sure to incorporate current idioms found in pop culture references and slang into your lesson.
Students may find idioms confusing! Since idioms don't mean what they say and they don't rely on a certain set of rules, they must be learned individually. When you catch yourself using an idiom in conversation, pause to explain its figurative meaning to your child. Try looking up idioms in other languages and compare them to the idioms you use in English.
Common Idioms
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Common Idioms
Idioms are a piece of cake! Learn some common idioms, or phrases that mean something different than they seem.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Identical Idioms
Worksheet
Identical Idioms
This resource makes matching idioms as easy as pie! ​Students will pair idioms based on their identical meaning.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idiom Card Swap
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Idiom Card Swap
Idioms are not always a piece of cake! Use this fun activity to teach your students the difference between the literal and figurative meanings of common idioms.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Idioms 2
Exercise
Idioms 2
Give a cultural lesson and expand your students’ vocabulary at the same time with this idioms exercise.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
What's an Idiom?
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What's an Idiom?
Does the confusion of learning idioms “add fuel to the fire” for your students? Your students will “go back to the drawing board” in this lesson, as they consider the literal and figurative meaning of common idioms.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Eggcellent Easter Idioms
Lesson plan
Eggcellent Easter Idioms
Take a short journey down this Easter Idiom-themed rabbit hole! Your students will use context clues to identify the meaning of the Easter idioms. They will then create their own sentence using an Easter idiom.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers

Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers

Subtracting fractions that are greater than one can be tricky —yet strategies like number lines and models can help. As your child develops confidence with multiple strategies, encourage them to explain their thinking by asking questions like, "Can you explain this strategy to me?" and "Why did you choose that strategy?" or, "How did you know your answer was right?" When your child begins to reflect on the process, they will develop a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts — and will apply those skills to future problems.
Many students think that the problem is done once they've found an answer. But when you promote "math talk" — giving students the opportunity to discuss strategies and analyze their thought process — you will create a rich environment for reflection that can build students' understanding and confidence. When students are subtracting fractions that are greater than one, for example, ask, "How else can you solve this?" or, "How is this like other problems you've solved?" Ask students to articulate their reasoning in pairs or small groups before writing a response. Celebrate their efforts — because talking about math can be just as challenging as finding a solution!
Mixed Number Subtraction Models
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Mixed Number Subtraction Models
Combine fractions and shapes to help your students visualize subtracting mixed numbers.
5th grade
Math
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Modeling Mixed Number Subtraction
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Modeling Mixed Number Subtraction
Students will learn to model mixed number subtraction with manipulatives using this hands-on lesson plan.
5th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Modeling Fraction Subtraction
Lesson plan
Modeling Fraction Subtraction
Encourage student explanations and visual representation of fraction subtraction in this interactive lesson. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Modeling Mixed Number Subtraction.
5th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Mixed Number Differences with Bar Diagrams
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Mixed Number Differences with Bar Diagrams
Add a bit of horticulture to your mixed number lessons with this flower-themed worksheet. Give your students practice subtracting mixed numbers with these illustrative organizers for subtraction word problems.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Addition and Subtraction of Mixed Numbers
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Addition and Subtraction of Mixed Numbers
Teach students how to add and subtract mixed numbers by assigning this straightforward Education.com exercise.
5th grade
Math
Exercise
Single Strategy for Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
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Single Strategy for Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
Teach your students to add and subtract fractions with like denominators using a strategy that works for both operations: converting mixed numbers into improper fractions and back again!
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Make Mixed Fractions 2!
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Make Mixed Fractions 2!
Is your fifth grader learning to convert improper fractions to mixed fractions? Colorful and straightforward this printable keeps math practice fun.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Subtraction of Mixed Numbers
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Subtraction of Mixed Numbers
Subtraction of Mixed Numbers will help students practice this key fifth grade skill. Try our free exercises to build knowledge and confidence.
5th grade
Math
Exercise

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

When your child is reading a nonfiction text, they will encounter lots of challenging vocabulary that can impede comprehension. Encourage your child to reread sections that are confusing and use reference materials, like glossaries, when necessary. Remind your child to think about big ideas as they read, connecting details to the main topic.
When students are reading nonfiction texts, they will encounter lots of domain-specific language that can impede comprehension. Encourage students to reread sections that are confusing and use reference materials, like glossaries, when necessary. Remind students to think about big ideas as they read, connecting details to the main topic.
History of Baseball
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History of Baseball
Batter up! It's time to get a hands-on history lesson in this fun printable activity that flexes your fourth-grader's memory and comprehension muscles
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
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Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
Use this lesson to help your ELs identify and write sentences with cause-and-effect relationships. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
Lesson plan
Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
Nonfiction texts offer a great lens into cause and effect relationships. Use this lesson plan to teach your class to compare cause-and-effect relationships across texts that share a topic.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Dust Storms
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Dust Storms
Get swept up in this comprehensive worksheet about the awesome power of dust storms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Gist: A Textbook Study Strategy
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Find the Gist: A Textbook Study Strategy
Here's an activity to help your child manage their nonfiction reading by focusing on the most important elements of what she's read.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Read and Think Bookmarks
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Read and Think Bookmarks
These bookmarks will provide thinking frames for your students as they read, encouraging deeper thinking and strengthening comprehension.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Weather Science: Heat Waves
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Weather Science: Heat Waves
When your child's earth science studies heat up, hand him this worksheet about heat waves and the forces behind them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Condensation and Evaporation
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Condensation and Evaporation
What is the difference between condensation and evaporation? Learn about natural cooling and heating processes that are caused by changing states of matter!
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Reference Materials for Word Meaning 3
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Reference Materials for Word Meaning 3
After your students complete this exercise, they will feel confident in consulting reference materials to find answers on their own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Comprehension Cards
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Comprehension Cards
These printable cards give students the chance to practice using supporting evidence to identify an author’s claims.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Great Depression
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The Great Depression
Read this text about the Great Depression with your students as they build comprehension skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Informational Writing: Research

Informational Writing: Research

Encourage your child to think like a historian! Have them select a specific historical event to research, then ask them to write an informational essay using the facts they've learned. Informational writing can be time consuming and require solid executive functioning — encourage effective time management and accountability by giving your child a deadline.
Integrate history into your writing block by researching historical topics! Ask students to read about an event from history, then write an informational essay about what they learned. Informational writing can be time-consuming — encourage effective time management and accountability by giving your class a deadline.
Informational Writing: Battles of the American Revolution
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Informational Writing: Battles of the American Revolution
Give your students some practice writing an informational essay about the American Revolution!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Focus on Founding Fathers
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Focus on Founding Fathers
This lesson will allow students to explore the backgrounds and contributions of the Founding Fathers by completing an online scavenger hunt and writing a basic biography.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
The Battle of Bunker Hill
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The Battle of Bunker Hill
The Battle of Bunker Hill was one of the early battles of the American Revolution. Discover the important features of the battle with this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Battles of Lexington and Concord
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The Battles of Lexington and Concord
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the "shot heard around the world" and began the American Revolution.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga
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The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga
Early in the American Revolution, the Patriots captured Fort Ticonderoga. Your young historian will learn the importance of this fort in this worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
How to Write Like a Historian
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How to Write Like a Historian
Use this writing tool to teach your students how to write like a historian.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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