Unique Vowel Sounds

Unique Vowel Sounds

Go over diphthongs, which are two vowel sounds that are squashed into one syllable. There are many variations of two-vowel combinations and understanding how they sound takes practice. For example, the diphthongs ow and ou make the same sound in the words "cow" and "house."
It's important for students to understand that each diphthong has its own, unique vowel sound. Choose activities that include a variety of words with different diphthongs so that students begin to internalize these unique spelling patterns.
Diphthongs: "ou"
Worksheet
Diphthongs: "ou"
Help your child learn about diphthongs with a colorful worksheet! He'll get to know gliding vowel combinations, like "OU", with a fun word search.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practicing Diphthongs: "Oo"
Worksheet
Practicing Diphthongs: "Oo"
Practice phonics with this activity about vowel diphthongs. This one features words with the "oo" sound!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Oi"
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Oi"
Help your child learn all about diphthongs, the sliding sound made by vowel combinations. This worksheet concentrates on the "Oi" sound.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Ew"
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Ew"
What do jewels, stew and dew all have in common? The diphthong "EW" of course! Introduce diphthongs, or letter combinations that produce complex vowel sounds.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Ou"
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Ou"
Help your child learn all about diphthongs, the sliding sound made by vowel combinations. This worksheet concentrates on the "OU" sound.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Addition with Regrouping

Addition with Regrouping

Quick refresher: When adding two numbers, "regrouping" or "carrying" is the process behind being able to bring a set of 10 over from the ones column and adding it to the tens column.
Remind students and parents about math terms that might appear on worksheets. For example, in terms of addition, "regrouping" is the same as "carrying."
3-Minute Math Drill: Addition
Worksheet
3-Minute Math Drill: Addition
Add like mad with our thrilling addition worksheet! This three-minute math drill gets your child racing to complete all the addition equations on the page.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Bumble Bee Addition
Worksheet
Bumble Bee Addition
This worksheet is buzzing with long addition problems, how fast can you add them? Have your fourth grader brush up on his addition with this math sheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Math Riddles: Addition #4
Worksheet
Math Riddles: Addition #4
What do sea monsters eat? Solve the math problems in this worksheet to reveal the answer! This math worksheets gets kids to build math and spelling skills.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Math Riddles: Addition #2
Worksheet
Math Riddles: Addition #2
Why did the number 6 hate the number 7? 7 8 9 (seven ate nine)! Find more funny riddles to solve with this awesome addition worksheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Add Up the Shells!
Worksheet
Add Up the Shells!
How many shells did Sally sell by the seashore? Get your student in gear for math with this addition worksheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Multi-Digit Addition
Exercise
Multi-Digit Addition
When students are first learning multi digit addition, they will appreciate the helpful pointers in this exercise.
4th grade
Math
Exercise

Character Traits

Character Traits

Ask a child to describe one of the characters in a book their reading. Show them a list of character traits to help them expand upon the way they describe people. Ask them to think about how the character's behavior may or may not change throughout the book.
As students immerse themselves in fiction books, help them dig a little deeper when evaluating character traits. For example, if a student notices that a character is quiet, ask them a question: "Is this character quiet throughout the entire text?" This will help them notice how character traits evolve and change over time.
Characters in Books
Worksheet
Characters in Books
Learn all about characters and their motives with this worksheet that deconstructs the children's classic, Peter Rabbit.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Evaluating Character Traits
Worksheet
The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Evaluating Character Traits
Kids find character traits in this classic fable.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identifying Character Traits
Lesson plan
Identifying Character Traits
What's your "it"? This lesson incorporates Tony Dungy's You Can Do It! into some hands-on activities that help students learn about different character traits.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Worksheet
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Kids revise run-on sentences with this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 2
Exercise
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 2
Jumpstart your students' love of introductory clauses with these exercises that not only teach them the correct format, but also show them how their writing can be enhanced!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
Lesson plan
Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
Have you ever read a story and immediately began to compare the characters to those of your favorite story? In this lesson, students will learn to read context clues and descriptions in order to understand characters and compare them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Character Comparisons
Lesson plan
Character Comparisons
Use this lesson to help your ELs compare and contrast supporting characters from excerpted texts. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support the lesson Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Revising Realistic Fiction

Revising Realistic Fiction

Encourage young storytellers to write a first draft of something they want to work on, and then ask them to read it aloud. This simple exercise helps writers see where they need to make revisions and edits to their writing.
Students are usually comfortable adding more to their stories, but they often have trouble removing what they've already written. Let students proofread their classmates' writing to get them thinking about how to improve their own writing.
What are Commas?
Worksheet
What are Commas?
Come on, let's see that comma! Practice correct placement of commas and semicolons in sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ice Cream Treat: Correct Punctuation
Activity
Ice Cream Treat: Correct Punctuation
Talk about ice cream while helping your 4th grader work on crucial punctuation skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Worksheet
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Kids revise run-on sentences with this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write a Descriptive Paragraph
Worksheet
Write a Descriptive Paragraph
Help your budding writer learn to "show, not tell" with this creative writing exercise.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Supporting Statements
Worksheet
Supporting Statements
All writing needs support! Give your young writer some structure with this supporting statements activity.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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