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By K5 Team
posted Jan 11 2017 - 11:13am

An equation has two expressions, separated by an equal sign:

(expression)  =  (expression)

In any operation, the two expressions will remain equal.

linear equationsTo solve an equation we can:

-    Add the same quantity to both sides
-    Subtract the same quantity from both sides

-    Multiply both sides by the same number
-    Divide both sides by the same number

By K5 Team
posted Jan 5 2017 - 3:55pm

conjunctionsConjunctions help us maintain a strong flow in written and verbal communication.

Used correctly, conjunctions help create better sentences; they create a natural flow and rhythm to your speech or writing.  Using them incorrectly, results in disjointed or incoherent communication. So it’s important your kids learn how to use conjunctions and which conjunction to use.

By K5 Team
posted Dec 30 2016 - 3:33pm

We are proud supporters of Kiva, the micro-finance lending company that lets individuals lend money to entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. These entrepreneurs are often women whose children’s education depends on the success of their tiny businesses.  82% of the loans are to women, and over 98% of the loans are fully repaid by the borrower.  The loans take place through a worldwide network of micro-finance institutions, helping people that don’t have access to the traditional banking system.


We believe so strongly in this organization and its power to change people’s lives that we have created a Kiva Group that you can join from this page.  On this page we also tell you about our first loan to Narcisa in the Philippines.

By K5 Team
posted Dec 21 2016 - 10:58am

Here’s a tiny sampling of the many wonderful books published during 2016 that are in the running for major awards in January.

All saw a catWolf Hollow

Told from the point of view of Annabelle, almost twelve, WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren Wolk gives readers a chilling glimpse into that unsettled time when the threat of Hitler hung over the whole world. Although she’s aware of the strength and character of each member of her multi-generational, Pennsylvania farm family, Annabelle senses that it’s up to her to deal with the new girl who says she might “use a rock” on Annabelle’s younger brother.  Betty seems as wild and dangerous as the poisonous snake killed by Annabelle’s grandfather. It doesn’t take long for Betty to target Toby, a damaged veteran who wanders the wooded hills and hollows as if seeking peace. This powerful novel can be shared and discussed with mature fourth through eighth graders.

By K5 Team
posted Dec 18 2016 - 3:12pm

We have added a new feature to our online lessons that will improve learning outcomes for students.  Students completing an online lesson will now be presented with a set of correlated worksheets.  These printable worksheets provide extra practice and greater depth in the subject matter of the lesson the student just completed.

At the bottom of the student home page your child will now see a set of recommended worksheets: 


custom worksheets

By K5 Team
posted Dec 12 2016 - 11:10am

sound chartWhile phonics is the skill of knowing the sounds made by letters in the alphabet, phonemic awareness is the skill of identifying sounds and where they are located - at the beginning, middle or end of a word.

Listeners should be able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Separating the spoken word "cat" into three distinct phonemes, /k/, /æ/, and /t/, requires phonemic awareness.

Phonemic awareness activities in pre-school and kindergarten focus on simple tasks such as rhyming, matching words with beginning sounds, and blending sounds into words. Later, students move onto the addition, subtraction and substitution of phonemes to learn how words change.

By K5 Team
posted Nov 29 2016 - 10:14am

percentage changeWorking out the percentage change of two values can be confusing, but there is a method to the madness. In fact there are three methods to choose from, so you can pick the one you find easiest.

Let’s use an example to show you how.

The cost of a jacket went from $5 to $6. What is the percentage change in the price of the jacket?

By K5 Team
posted Nov 21 2016 - 12:41pm

i before e ruleThe written form of English includes the spelling patterns of five languages: Old English, Old Norse, Norman, Classical Latin and Greek – all superimposed upon one another.


Words in English are not always spelled the way they are pronounced. The result is that English spelling is highly irregular.


However, there are some general rules students learning to spell can follow (although some of these rules have exceptions):

Rule 1: i before e except after c

For example: receive and believe
The exception is: i before e except after a long c (with the ‘sh” sound) – as in ancient
and not when sounded like ‘a’ – as in weigh.

By K5 Team
posted Nov 14 2016 - 1:28pm

Angles are an important part of mathematics and they play an essential part in geometry.

What is an angle?

An angle measures the amount of turn between two lines (or arms) that are joined at one common endpoint.
The trick is to learn the name of each angle. As the angle increases, the name changes.

Acute Angles

Acute angles are the smallest - between (but not including) zero and 90°.

acute angle






posted Nov 8 2016 - 11:19am

Adjective or adverbUnderstanding the difference between an adjective and an adverb can be confusing. The difference lies in what they describe – a noun or pronoun,  or a verb, adjective or other adverbs.

What is an adjective?

An adjective is a word or set of words that describes a noun or pronoun.

Adjectives can come before the word they describe.