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By K5 Team
posted Mar 23 2017 - 10:04am

inequalities worksheetMathematics isn’t always about things being equal. Sometimes we only know that something is greater than or lesser than something else.

We call these things inequalities.


For example, Sue and Jane ran a race.Sue ran farther than Jane.

We don’t know how far they ran, but we know that Sue ran a longer distance than Jane.

We can express that in math terms as follows:


Where x is how far Sue ran, and y is how far Jane ran, and “>” means greater than:

x > y


By K5 Team
posted Mar 16 2017 - 11:25am

syllable typesLearning to read can be tough. Words that we read naturally may not come to our kids quite so easily.

At school, teachers help kids with decoding strategies to help students learn to read. 

We thought we’d share the six syllable types with you, so that when you are reading with your kids at home, you can help them with decoding words as well.



The six syllable types


There are six hard and fast rules for syllable types – basically how vowel sounds are pronounced. Is there a short a or a long a in ‘water’ – for example.

However, as with any rules in English, there are exceptions to the rules.

Below we’ll go through the six syllable types and highlight the exceptions as part of each category. Let’s dive in.

As a point of reference, V = Vowel and C = Consonant.

By K5 Team
posted Mar 8 2017 - 12:00pm

Non-fiction readingWe often associate learning to read with fictional stories. However, even for young students, most of what they read in and out of school is not in the form of a story. 

It might be directions for completing a science lab, a chapter on the Civil War in a history textbook, or a recipe for making chocolate chip cookies. Many teachers and parents often assume that skills children have for reading fiction also work well with the many kinds of nonfiction.

These two types of reading, however, are quite different, so the ways students read them should be different as well.

By K5 Team
posted Feb 27 2017 - 11:38am

By Sheila Welch

Criss crossWhile raising our seven children, we read many library books, but here are five –some old, some almost new — that I own. Four have won major awards.

The girl who drank the moon

The winner of this year’s prestigious Newbery Award, THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, is written by Kelly Barnhill. In a fantasy world with paper birds that come alive and a perfectly tiny dragon, each year, the youngest baby must be left in the forest to keep the wicked witch at bay. But wait! How do the people know a witch exists if they never see her? Fourth through eighth graders who’re fans of magic will be attracted by this book’s interesting premise and variety of characters, including Luna -- who was one of those abandoned babies.

Criss cross

CRISS CROSS, written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins, won the Newbery Award in 2006, and it was a controversial choice. Since it’s on my bookshelf, you can guess that I love this book! It concerns a small group of kids around 14 years old and their summer, during which not a whole lot happens. The humor is subtle and the writing is quiet. If you’re searching for a book for an introspective reader between ten and fourteen, this might be just the one to suggest.

By K5 Team
posted Feb 24 2017 - 12:26pm

A proportion is a name we give to a statement where two ratios are equal.

It can be written in two ways:as two equal fractions,  








or,using a colon 






By K5 Team
posted Feb 15 2017 - 2:58pm

FactorizingIn an earlier blog post, we talked about what prime factorization is and how to use a factor tree to factor numbers to their prime factors.

What if the number you are finding the prime factorization of is a larger number? The factor tree can become quite cumbersome.

Using upside-down division

Another easy way of keeping track of the factorization is to do upside-down division.

Here’s how it works. Let’s start with a smaller number first – say 36.

By K5 Team
posted Feb 1 2017 - 3:29pm

Point of ViewWriting in first, second and third person means you can present different perspectives or different points of view. But what is the difference between these three forms? It can be a bit confusing, so let us straighten them out.

First Person

The singular form of the first person is ‘I’ and the plural form is ‘we’.  You use these two pronouns when you refer to yourself or yourself with others. Often the first person point of view is used in autobiographies or memoirs. This is when the author talks primarily about herself or himself.

By K5 Team
posted Jan 25 2017 - 1:24pm

Conjugating verbsVerb conjugation refers to how a verb changes. Conjugated verbs are verbs which have been changed to communicate one or more of the following: person, number, gender, tense, aspect, mood, or voice.

Different person

In English, we have 6 different persons : first person singular (I), second person singular (you), third person singular (he/she/it/one), first person plural (we), second person plural (you) and third person plural (they). We must conjugate a verb for each person.


By K5 Team
posted Jan 18 2017 - 12:47pm

fragmented sentencesWhen is a sentence not a complete sentence? What makes a sentence whole? To understand that, we need to look at what makes a sentence fragmented.



A fragmented sentence is a group of words that look like a sentence, but isn’t. For a group of words to be a sentence it needs to have at least one independent clause. An independent clause is any group of words that contain a subject and a verb and can stand on its own.

By K5 Team
posted Jan 11 2017 - 12:13pm

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