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By K5 Team
posted Aug 10 2017 - 9:38am


By Sheila Welsh

Many children discover the joys of reading when they find a series that they love.

The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall is a relative newcomer to the family-centered stories that call to mind the age-old classics such as LITTLE WOMEN and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Although the setting is in the present, the four books in the series have a timeless quality. Birdsall’s voice has a slight British tone that will appeal to kids who’ve heard or read and enjoyed the original Winnie-the-Pooh tales. There are four girls in this family, and the adventures and relationships between and among them range from slapstick to poignant. The series is best suited for advanced fourth graders and older. The fifth book is scheduled for release this year.



The eight Ramona books begin when this creative and often misunderstood little girl character is starting school, but over the course of more than 40 years, she becomes a fourth grader. How Beverly Cleary manages to do this is a lesson in the consistency of human nature. While the books all have an over-arching concern, most chapters can stand alone, making this a fantastic series for reading aloud to an audience of almost any age.

By K5 Team
posted Jul 26 2017 - 1:22pm

Summer is in full swing and school is still a long way off. What better time than to read. Summer routines run at a slower pace and kids have plenty of time to spend with a good book. We’ve scoured the internet for the best summer reading lists for 2017 to help you find the books that might pique your kids’ interests.

Reading Rocket Summer Reading Guide 2017

For 2017, Reading Rocket has compiled several lists for different age groups, as well as an audio book lists for those of you going on long drives.

summer reading

By K5 Team
posted Jul 20 2017 - 9:10am

comma before andThe short answer to that question is: it depends how you’re using and.

The difficulty is that there is no single rule that applies to all situations. However, there are a couple of general rules we follow.

1.    We usually put a comma before and when it’s connecting two independent clauses. (An independent clause is one that can stand by itself as a simple sentence.)

2.    We can put a comma before and in a list where we list three or more items.

By K5 Team
posted Jun 28 2017 - 9:04am

writing datesWe have added a whole bunch of new worksheets on learning to tell time to our grade1, grade 2 and grade 3 math worksheet sections.

Here’s where you’ll find them:

Grade 1 Telling Time Worksheets

Units of Time

Elapsed Time – what time will it be in one hour?

Elapsed Time – what time will it be in x hours?

By K5 Team
posted Jun 15 2017 - 2:29pm

Just like whole numbers, fractions can also be added. The difference is that when counting improper fractions and mixed numbers, we are now counting the number wholes and parts.

Let’s work through an example to demonstrate how we add mixed numbers and improper fractions.

The example is: add the fractions

adding mixed numbers and improper fractions






Step 1: Convert all mixed numbers into improper fraction.

adding mixed numbers and improper fractions




By K5 Team
posted Jun 5 2017 - 10:22am

tall, taller, tallestIs it correct to say “more pretty” or “prettier”.  Are there some concrete rules to help students modify a noun?

There are, but as is the case with English, there are some exceptions to the rule.

Adjectives and adverbs describe nouns. So when we make comparisons we make a change to the adjective or adverb. For example:

That cat is prettier than my dog.
The bird sings louder than my sister.
You have to be more careful when crossing a busy road.

Let’s start with the rules for comparisons involving adjectives.

By K5 Team
posted May 30 2017 - 10:20am

run-on-sentencesWhat exactly are run-on sentences? Why do we care about them?

Run-on sentences

Basically, run-on sentences are sentences that lack proper punctuation.

A run-on sentence is made up of at least two parts. Either one of these two parts (or clauses) can stand as a sentence by itself. Somehow, though, they have been connected and that can lead to some confusion by its reader.

Here’s an example of a run-on sentence:

We went to the beach it was fun to play in the sand.

Here’s the correction:   

We went to the beach. It was fun to play in the sand.

By K5 Team
posted May 23 2017 - 9:52am

grade 2 fractionsWe’re continuing to fill gaps in our math worksheet center. This time we have completed the grade 2 fractions section

Topics included in this new fraction section include:

Simple fractions – part of a whole, including halves, thirds, quarters, sixths and eighths.

Reading and writing fractions, including writing and matching numerators and denominators of a fraction.

Identifying common fractions, including matching and coloring shapes.

Parts of a set, including matching and writing fractions to represent parts of a set.

Comparing fractions using pictures.

Fraction word problems.

By K5 Team
posted May 15 2017 - 9:29am

By Sheila Welch

For elementary students who are writing essays and fiction, these books might prove helpful as well as interesting for both children and parents.

officer buckle and gloriaOfficer Buckle and Gloria


OFFICER BUCKLE AND GLORIA by Peggy Rathmann is the irresistible tale of a sweet-natured cop who writes safety tips that he reads to the indifferent students at Napville School. When he gets a police dog, he’s thrilled to have his assemblies and his tips suddenly become popular. This classic picture book will introduce children in first through third grades to the concept of writing notes as reminders. But it will be best remembered for its wonderful characters, humor, and clever plot.

By K5 Team
posted May 10 2017 - 10:33am

Grade 3 geometry worksheetWe’ve had a gap in our grade 3 worksheets that we’ve now filled. We’ve just added grade 3 geometry worksheets to our grade 3 math worksheet section.

Topics included in this new geometry section include:

Basic properties of 2-D shapes: quadrilaterals, triangles, circles and polygons.

Lines and angles: reviewing the difference between lines, segments and rays, and learning to measure and classify angles.

Area and perimeter of 2D shapes. We wrote an blog piece on learning to calculate the area and perimeter of rectangles and squares a while back, in case you need a refresher.
Learning to identify congruent shapes.

Finding lines of symmetry and learning to draw symmetrical shapes.