Past Tense Endings

Past Tense Endings

A young reader might know that words ending with the suffix -ed are usually a past tense verb, but they might not know how to properly pronounce these past tense verbs. Have them read a list of past tense verbs (with the -ed ending) aloud to help them practice pronouncing the d, id, and t sounds aloud.
Reading a fun picture book can help readers hear, use, and read suffixes. Some students still struggle with hearing the differences in sound that the suffix -ed makes when added to different words. Have students practice saying words aloud with the goal of listening for the d, id, or t sounds.
Word Sort: Sounds of -ed
Word Sort: Sounds of -ed
Worksheet
Word Sort: Sounds of -ed
Get your students thinking about the different sounds that the -ed ending makes when it's used to indicate the regular past tense.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Past Tense Words
Past Tense Words
Worksheet
Past Tense Words
Give your child a fun practice exercise to show he knows his past tense words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Past Tense Quicksand
Past Tense Quicksand
Worksheet
Past Tense Quicksand
This worksheet puts an island adventure twist on basic past tense practice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make a Splash! Verb Tense
Make a Splash! Verb Tense
Worksheet
Make a Splash! Verb Tense
In this hands-on worksheet, children will cut and paste each sentence into the correct verb tense column. 
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Past Tense Verbs 2
Past Tense Verbs 2
Exercise
Past Tense Verbs 2
Students will be able to clarify a statement with the ability to use past tense verbs.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Suffixes to Change Verb Tenses 1
Suffixes to Change Verb Tenses 1
Exercise
Suffixes to Change Verb Tenses 1
This exercise will teach students how to use common suffixes to change a verb’s tense.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise

Finding Area of Rectangles

Finding Area of Rectangles

Choose a room or spot at home where your child can find the area of a rectangle. For example, ask them to find the surface area of a table. Showing them that this math skill can be applied to the real world might get them interested in this fun area of math!
Learning to find the area of rectangles can be fun! For example, have students find the area of a location at school that's in the shape of a rectangle. Showing students that this valuable math skill can be applied to their world can ignite their curiosity and creativity.
Find the Area of a Rectangle: Easy
Find the Area of a Rectangle: Easy
Worksheet
Find the Area of a Rectangle: Easy
Piggy needs to find a big room to house his teddy bear collection. Can your child help him figure out which room is the largest?
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Rectangle Mania: Finding Area
Rectangle Mania: Finding Area
Worksheet
Rectangle Mania: Finding Area
Children learn to identify the length and width of a rectangle, then use these to calculate the rectangle's area, in this geometry worksheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Practice Finding Area: Get Painting!
Practice Finding Area: Get Painting!
Worksheet
Practice Finding Area: Get Painting!
Learners calculate the total area of a building by determining the area of its parts in this geometry worksheet.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Practice Finding Area: Victor the Vacuum
Practice Finding Area: Victor the Vacuum
Worksheet
Practice Finding Area: Victor the Vacuum
Learners calculate the total area of a floor plan by determining the area of each of its rooms in this geometry worksheet. 
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
The Case of the Missing Rectangle Side
The Case of the Missing Rectangle Side
Lesson plan
The Case of the Missing Rectangle Side
Your students will become junior math detectives as they hunt down the missing side of a rectangle by applying the area formula for rectangles. The only clues they have are the rectangle's area and the measure of one side.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
What Is the Area of Your Classroom?
What Is the Area of Your Classroom?
Lesson plan
What Is the Area of Your Classroom?
Finding the area of a rectangle is a key measurement skill to know. In this lesson, your students will enjoy practicing this skill by determining the area of their classroom.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Designing Situations with Area
Designing Situations with Area
Lesson plan
Designing Situations with Area
In this lesson, your students will think about situations that require them to calculate area. Use it as a standalone lesson or as support to the What Is the Area of Your Classroom? lesson.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Area Arrangements
Area Arrangements
Lesson plan
Area Arrangements
Students will use the inverse relationship between multiplication and division to complete an area formula in a real-world situation. Use this lesson on its own or as support for the lesson The Case of the Missing Rectangle Side.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan

Themes, Topics, and Comparisons

Themes, Topics, and Comparisons

Does your child gravitate towards reading a certain type of book? Ask them what books they enjoyed reading this past month. Did any of these books share a common theme or central message?
Now is a great time for students to choose a culminating project that ties into the books that they may have read during their character study. Creating bookmarks that represent each book's central message or theme is one way to reinforce this core skill.
Compare the Fairy Tales
Compare the Fairy Tales
Worksheet
Compare the Fairy Tales
Many folk tales share similarities, but are also very different. Can you find the similarities and differences between these two stories?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Fairy Tales
Compare and Contrast Fairy Tales
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Fairy Tales
Kids compare and contrast two famous fairy tales with a Venn diagram in this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare & Contrast Themes
Compare & Contrast Themes
Worksheet
Compare & Contrast Themes
Get your students thinking about themes as they compare and contrast two different picture books of their choice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Think About Theme: The Golden Nugget
Think About Theme: The Golden Nugget
Worksheet
Think About Theme: The Golden Nugget
Young readers practice identifying the theme of a story in this thoughtful fable about two friends who find gold in the forest.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
Lesson plan
Venn Diagram Collage
Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Comparing Literature Themes
Comparing Literature Themes
Lesson plan
Comparing Literature Themes
Your ELs will compare and contrast two similar stories while strengthening their grammar skills related to noun and pronoun agreement in this lesson. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as a precursor to the lesson Venn Diagram Collage.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Writing Styles

Writing Styles

Switch things up by encouraging your child to write within a genre that they would not normally choose. They might discover they enjoy making comics, writing plays, or penning poetry.
As students finish crafting their realistic fiction pieces, it can be fun and empowering to add their work to the classroom library bins. This way students' stories can have an authentic audience: their classmates!
Haiku for Kids
Haiku for Kids
Worksheet
Haiku for Kids
Mix fun with zen in this haiku activity! Students will practice writing about everyday objects in the style of haiku.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing Prompt: Superstitions
Writing Prompt: Superstitions
Worksheet
Writing Prompt: Superstitions
In this nonfiction writing exercise, students will consider whether they are superstitious, what superstitions they might hold, and how they feel about superstitions in general.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Starting a Story
Starting a Story
Worksheet
Starting a Story
Starting a story can be the toughest part of writing. Help your child flex their creativity by starting the same story in six different ways!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Descriptive Writing: Video Game
Descriptive Writing: Video Game
Worksheet
Descriptive Writing: Video Game
Got a video game enthusiast on your hands? Give them a fun alternative with this creative writing sheet, where they'll get to make up their own video game!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Cat Comics: Campfire
Cat Comics: Campfire
Worksheet
Cat Comics: Campfire
A.J. and C.K.'s camping adventure is up to your fourth grade author in this comic strip-writing adventure!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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