Grammar, Mechanics, and Punctuation

Grammar, Mechanics, and Punctuation

Fifth graders still need support with grammar and writing mechanics. Run-on sentences and misplaced commas can plague even the best writers. Remind your child that their ideas are the most important aspect of their writing, but poor grammar and punctuation can interfere with reading comprehension. Take time to review comma placement, quotation marks, and sentence structure with your child.
Fifth graders still need support with grammar and writing mechanics. Run-on sentences and misplaced commas can plague even the best writers. Remind students that their ideas are the most important aspect of their writing, but poor grammar and punctuation can interfere with reading comprehension. When you review writing mechanics, your students' writing will improve across genres.
Practice Punctuation
Worksheet
Practice Punctuation
Written passages look pretty silly without punctuation, and sometimes they're difficult to read! Practice punctuating this excerpt from classic literature.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Mastering the Possessive Apostrophe
Lesson plan
Mastering the Possessive Apostrophe
Who would have thought possessive apostrophes could be this fun or easy? With one simple rule and some fun sentences, students will become masters at indicating possession.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Floyd Danger: Quest for the Complete Sentence
Game
Floyd Danger: Quest for the Complete Sentence
Help Floyd Danger capture the book of complete sentences by avoiding obstacles, sorting sentences, and creating complete sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Proofreading Practice: Punctuation and Spelling
Worksheet
Proofreading Practice: Punctuation and Spelling
Help your little writer flex his proofreading skills by challenging him to correct all the spelling and punctuation errors in two short passages.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation in Dialogue 3
Exercise
Punctuation in Dialogue 3
Have your fifth grader fill in the punctuation mark blanks in these exercises that are built specifically to teach and solidify key concepts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Using Quotation Marks
Worksheet
Using Quotation Marks
When writing dialogue, it's important to know where to place quotation marks and other punctuation. Get some practice with this passage from The Secret Garden.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Apostrophes in Possessives: Undersea Explorers
Game
Apostrophes in Possessives: Undersea Explorers
Kids select the correct possessive noun in this underwater-themed game.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Worksheet
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Take a crack at correcting run-on sentences (all based on classic Shakespeare quotes) in this page from one of our upcoming workbooks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Techy Etiquette
Worksheet
Techy Etiquette
Challenge your kids to translate LOL into an academic sentence! Give your students extra practice rewriting online comments so that they fit the academic setting.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Multiplying Fractions with Tape Diagrams and Other Models

Multiplying Fractions with Tape Diagrams and Other Models

Kids love to make their own discoveries! Instead of teaching your child the shortcut of multiplying fractions across (numerator times numerator and denominator times denominator), use tape diagrams to help your child discover the traditional multiplication algorithm on their own. Once they've made this connection, they are more likely to retain what they've learned.
When your students use tape diagrams to model fraction multiplication, they will discover that there is a shortcut they can use to find the product, one which happens to be the traditional multiplication algorithm. Students may be convinced they are the first to make this "magic" connection of multiplying across: numerator times numerator and denominator times denominator. When students make these types of discoveries on their own, they are more likely to retain what they have learned.
How to Multiply Fractions
Worksheet
How to Multiply Fractions
Use this helpful guide to learn and practice multiplying fractions.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Illustrating Fraction and Whole Number Products with Tape Models
Lesson plan
Illustrating Fraction and Whole Number Products with Tape Models
Teach your students to use tape diagrams to solve equations involving whole numbers and fractions.
4th grade
Lesson plan
Comparing Tape Diagrams
Lesson plan
Comparing Tape Diagrams
Compare two different ways to use tape diagrams! This lesson discusses fractions and multiplication within tape diagrams. Use this lesson as support for the lesson Illustrating Fractions and Whole Number Products with Tape Models.
5th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Fraction Multiplication Word Problems
Worksheet
Fraction Multiplication Word Problems
This worksheet is a great opportunity for your child to get practice with fraction word problems.
5th grade
Worksheet
Multiply Mixed Numbers with Whole Numbers
Worksheet
Multiply Mixed Numbers with Whole Numbers
Multiplying mixed numbers and whole numbers: it looks rather complicated, but it's actually a matter of learning just a few steps.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Multiplying Mixed Number Fractions and Arrays
Exercise
Multiplying Mixed Number Fractions and Arrays
Multiplying Mixed Number Fractions and Arrays will help students practice this key fifth grade skill. Try our free exercises to build knowledge and confidence.
5th grade
Math
Exercise
Recipe Fractions #2
Worksheet
Recipe Fractions #2
Use food and math together to learn fractions! Help your child multiply fractions to convert these recipes to smaller or larger portions.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Recipe Conversion
Worksheet
Recipe Conversion
Introduce your little math champ to fraction multiplication in the kitchen! He'll get a taste of measurements using a recipe to calculate the fractions.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet
Illustrating Mixed Number Products as Area Models
Worksheet
Illustrating Mixed Number Products as Area Models
Use this resource to teach your students to illustrate a whole number multiplied by a fraction with area models.
5th grade
Math
Worksheet

Comparing & Contrasting Reference Sources

Comparing & Contrasting Reference Sources

Encourage your child to research a topic of their choice. As they work, discuss the value and challenges in different types of resources. For example, what is valuable about using the internet to conduct research? What are the potential pitfalls?
Guide your students through a research project and discuss the value and challenges in different types of resources. For example, what is valuable about using the internet to conduct research? What are the potential pitfalls?
Digging In with Research
Worksheet
Digging In with Research
Your students will be digging into nonfiction texts in search of the purpose and main idea of a passage.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Research: Where to Find the Answers
Lesson plan
Research: Where to Find the Answers
This lesson introduces students to a variety of resources that they can use when doing research. It will also help them differentiate between print and digital sources and how to use each.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Fact & Opinion Statements with Adjectives
Lesson plan
Fact & Opinion Statements with Adjectives
In this lesson, your ELs will learn how to differentiate statements of fact and opinion in a nonfiction text using adjectives as a foundation for their understanding. This is a support lesson for Research: Where to Find the Answers.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
How to Write a Research Paper
Worksheet
How to Write a Research Paper
Writing a paper doesn't have to be boring! Introduce your student to research and writing with this thorough guide.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Lesson plan
Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Sharpen your students’ reading and research skills in this lesson that guides them in comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions. Students will collect information across several resources including Internet sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Compare and Contrast Template
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Template
This worksheet encourages kids to compare and contrast three different kind of resources, from books to magazines to websites.
5th grade
Worksheet

Informational Writing: Conclusions

Informational Writing: Conclusions

Before your child begins writing, share with them some examples of strong conclusions. Select a few articles with great concluding paragraphs; after reading them with your child, discuss the components of a strong conclusion. Remind your child that a concluding paragraph is a reader's final impression, so it is important to be as impactful as possible. Ways to do this include offering a personal connection or making a thought-provoking statement.
Instead of asking students to write conclusions for their own essays, offer them a chance to develop this skill with some isolated practice. Provide the class with a short informational text that is missing its concluding paragraph. Have students write a conclusion that restates the main idea. Remind them that a concluding paragraph is the last impression left on a reader, so it is important to make it impactful. Ways to do this include offering a personal connection or making a thought-provoking statement; a good conclusion is also supported by the introduction and the body. This exercise is helpful in removing any stumbling blocks students may experience with their own compositions.
Writing Conclusions for Informational Text
Worksheet
Writing Conclusions for Informational Text
Students will read a fascinating, informational text about fungus, then follow steps to write a conclusion.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Writing: Conclusions
Lesson plan
Informational Writing: Conclusions
In this lesson, students will learn how to write a conclusion for informational text using pre-written texts for practice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Writing an Introduction for Informational Text
Worksheet
Writing an Introduction for Informational Text
Students will practice writing hook questions and then write their own introduction to an informational text about animals that echo.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Conclusion Cards
Worksheet
Conclusion Cards
These cut-and-paste cards provide students with steps for writing the introduction, body, and conclusion parts of an informational text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice Writing a Conclusion
Worksheet
Practice Writing a Conclusion
With this worksheet, your students will practice writing a conclusion for an informational text about photosynthesis.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Conclusions for Informational Writing
Worksheet
Conclusions for Informational Writing
Train your students to write a strong conclusion essay with this worksheet. Your students will read an example, review the steps, and write their own conclusion paragraph.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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