Homophones and Homographs

Homophones and Homographs

Homographs (words that are spelled the same but have different meanings) are another complex part of English word study. Continue helping your child distinguish between homophones and homographs by creating a list of each type of word.
When acquiring new vocabulary words, students benefit from activities that reinforce word meaning. Knowledge of what a word means will increase spelling accuracy as well as the child's ability to integrate new words into their writing. Have your students write funny poems or songs that use homophone pairs or homographs.
Homophones: I See the Sea!
Worksheet
Homophones: I See the Sea!
Use this resource with your students to help them learn about homophones and practice identifying correct homophones.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Homophones Exercise
Worksheet
Homophones Exercise
This article is full of homophones! Exercise your vocab and dictionary skills by finding and replacing the homophones.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Multiple Meaning Words Worksheet
Worksheet
Multiple Meaning Words Worksheet
This multiple meaning words worksheet uses context clues to help kids make sense of homonyms, or words with multiple meanings.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Homograph Riddles
Lesson plan
Homograph Riddles
In this lesson, students will solve homograph riddles and create their own riddles for peers to solve. These engaging activities will increase their repertoire of homographs.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Homophone Sentence Building
Game
Homophone Sentence Building
Too or to? Help kids get a grasp on homophones with this sentence-building game, in which they complete sentences with homophones that make the most sense.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Homophones 2
Exercise
Homophones 2
Some words are remarkably similar, and this exercise will build students’ confidence in finding the difference between them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Irregularly Spelled Words 2
Exercise
Irregularly Spelled Words 2
English is a language full of exceptions to rules, and this exercise will enhance students’ understanding of irregularly spelled words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise

Multiplication Strategies

Multiplication Strategies

Ask your child to name one method they use to solve multiplication problems. Do they like to use an area model or the standard algorithm? Have them write their own multiplication word problem and show how they'd solve it.
Teaching students a variety of multiplication strategies reinforces essential understandings, such as how place value knowledge plays a key role in multiplication concepts. Area models and partial products are strategies that help students see the computations within the standard algorithm.
Area Model Multiplication
Worksheet
Area Model Multiplication
The area model visual allows children to see the layers of computation within a multi-digit multiplication problem.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Bicycle Multiplication Area Models
Worksheet
Bicycle Multiplication Area Models
Give your child this multiplication area model worksheet to follow along the 2016 Summer Olympics cycling events.
4th grade
Worksheet
Multiplication Regrouping
Worksheet
Multiplication Regrouping
This worksheet is jam-packed with 2 pages of multiplication regrouping problems to help kids tackle two-digit multiplication.
4th grade
Math
Worksheet
Multiplication: Musical Chairs
Lesson plan
Multiplication: Musical Chairs
In this fun, fast-paced multiplication review lesson, students will play a musical game as they practice their facts while applying different techniques to their problem-solving skills.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Multi-Digit Multiplication Strategies
Lesson plan
Multi-Digit Multiplication Strategies
Facilitate an exploration and comparison of multiplication strategies for your students to see the variety of ways to solve the same problem. Use this lesson on its own or teach it prior to the lesson Multiplication: Musical Chairs.
4th grade
Math
Lesson plan
Multi-Digit Multiplication and Partial Products 1
Exercise
Multi-Digit Multiplication and Partial Products 1
Break down multi-digit multiplication with these exercises that lead students step-by-step through the partial product method.
5th grade
Math
Exercise
Place Value and Multiplicative Comparisons
Exercise
Place Value and Multiplicative Comparisons
Translate word problems into their numeric equivalent with this exercise that teaches both place value and multiplicative comparisons.
4th grade
Math
Exercise

Nonfiction: Main Ideas & Details

Nonfiction: Main Ideas & Details

Make sure your young reader understands how to find the main idea. Ask them what the text is mostly about. Probing with this type of question will usually get readers to talk about the central message and some important details.
Help students recognize the main idea of a text by asking, "What is this mostly about?" Be sure to choose activities that scaffold how to pinpoint a text's "big idea," as well as the supporting details.
Find & Support the Main Idea: Dia de Los Muertos
Worksheet
Find & Support the Main Idea: Dia de Los Muertos
Children learn about Día de los Muertos as they practice finding and supporting the main idea in this nonfiction comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Kids put their reading comprehension skills to work as they write out the main idea and come up with their own concluding sentence for this paragraph.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find & Support the Main Idea: The Transcontinental Railroad
Worksheet
Find & Support the Main Idea: The Transcontinental Railroad
As your students complete this close reading exercise, they will learn about the Transcontinental Railroad while practicing their active reading skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Cuyahoga River
Worksheet
The Cuyahoga River
The Cuyahoga River in Ohio isn't the biggest or the most scenic river in the United States, but it played an important part in American society.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
As your students complete this reading comprehension exercise, they will learn about Native American Foods and practice finding the main idea.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Lesson plan
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Your students will practice searching for clues to uncover the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction texts about John Muir and Day of the Dead traditions around the world.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Discovering Nonfiction Details
Lesson plan
Discovering Nonfiction Details
Give your ELs concrete experience with adverbs and adverbial phrases as a tool to discover details in nonfiction texts. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the Hey! What's the Big Idea? lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Essay Structure

Essay Structure

Young writers might be delving into the five-paragraph essay structure in school. The first paragraph should be an introduction that presents a thesis, or argument, and each of the three body paragraphs should support the argument with a different point. The final paragraph should include the conclusion.
This is a great time to start teaching fourth graders about the five-paragraph essay structure. Have young writers practice coming up with a clear thesis and three reasons that support that thesis. They'll start to see how the reasons can be teased out into paragraphs.
Let's Practice! How to Write a Paragraph
Worksheet
Let's Practice! How to Write a Paragraph
After reviewing the different parts of a paragraph, your fourth graders will choose a topic and outline their own paragraph!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Map Your Essay
Worksheet
Map Your Essay
This graphic organizer will help your students map out their essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write Your Essay
Worksheet
Write Your Essay
This worksheet will help your writers begin to craft their essay by walking them, step-by-step, through paragraph writing and structuring their ideas.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Studying Paragraphs
Worksheet
Studying Paragraphs
Students will use an excerpt from the book The Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages by Elizabeth Singer Hunt to study paragraph structure.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Persuasive Writing Guide
Worksheet
Persuasive Writing Guide
Ask your students to outline a persuasive paragraph based on the prompt!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About the Informative Essay
Lesson plan
All About the Informative Essay
Informative essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
How to Write a Scary Story
Activity
How to Write a Scary Story
Want to build your child's literary repertoire with tools like foreshadowing and description? Try a spooky Halloween story!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
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