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By K5 Team
posted Apr 18 2018 - 9:45am

In our last blog post we discussed why persuasive writing is important for our kids to learn.  Now, we’re going to turn our attention to some tools that we believe will help your kids with their persuasive writing. Below are four instruction pages that you can print out as PDF files.

Framework

First, your child needs to formulate his or her ideas. This framework page will help them do that. Having filled it out, they can then start writing the speech, article, letter or other piece of persuasive writing.

persuasive writing framework

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           
By K5 Team
posted Apr 10 2018 - 3:45pm

persuasive writingWhat is persuasive writing?


Persuasive writing intends to convince readers to believe in an idea or opinion. It’s a form of non-fiction writing the writer uses to develop logical arguments, making use of carefully chosen words and phrases. Reviews, editorials, proposals, advertisements and brochures are some examples of pieces of writing that use persuasion to influence readers.

           
By K5 Team
posted Mar 27 2018 - 11:20am

multiple meaning wordsThis article is part of a series. It starts with a summary of the 100 most important multiple meaning words elementary school students should learn. Following will be a grade by grade set of Flashcards for those multiple meaning words.

Multiple Meanings Words Flashcards for Grades 3 - 5

Here comes our next set of multiple meaning words for grade 3 to 5 students. The words covered in this set are:


pool – pound – pupil – racket – range – rent – right – rose – saw - scale


Once you have opened the page and printed the pages, you’ll want to fold each page down the vertical line. Cut out the words and definitions as one folded card. That way you can show the word to your child and check the descriptions on the back.

           
By K5 Team
posted Mar 19 2018 - 9:15am

Our book reviewer, Sheila Welch, highlights the must-read award-reading children's books for 2018.

By Sheila Welch

hello universe bookHello Universe

This year, the Newbery Award, the highest honor for children’s literature, went to HELLO, UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly. It’s an excellent choice for readers in third grade through fifth, making it a solidly “middle-grade” novel. The story unfolds at a leisurely pace, chapter by chapter, as readers learn important information about each of the five major characters.  The suburban setting will feel like familiar territory to many readers while their attention will be captured by the various backgrounds and traits of the characters –  one is deaf, two have Japanese-American parents, one has a story-telling, live-in grandmother from the Philippines, and one is an unrepentant bully. As the plot unfolds, it offers many thought provoking  elements that will lead to questions such as: What is fate?  What role do stories play in our everyday lives? Why do people say, “There are no coincidences?”

           
By K5 Team
posted Mar 7 2018 - 2:41pm

When we were at school, we really only learned the one traditional way to subtract numbers. This is where you subtract from left to right. We called it carrying or borrowing, and it’s now called re-grouping. You may remember this?

Traditional Method to Subtract


Let’s say we are subtracting 156 from 360.

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We start from the right, and immediately have to borrow.

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By K5 Team
posted Feb 28 2018 - 10:40am

multiple meaning wordsThis article is part of a series. It starts with a summary of the 100 most important multiple meaning words elementary school students should learn. Following will be a grade by grade set of Flashcards for those multiple meaning words.

Multiple meaning words flashcards for grade 3-5

Here comes our next set of multiple meaning words for grade 3 to 5 students. The words covered in this set are:


leaves – light – log – mine – mold – note – paste – pitcher – plain - organ


The intention is to print the pages, then fold each page in half down the vertical line. Then cut out the words and definitions as one card, so that you show the word to your child and hide the definition from your child.

           
By K5 Team
posted Feb 20 2018 - 11:38am

reading comprehension worksheet

Now that we’ve added reading comprehension worksheets to our grade 1, 2 and 3 sections, we’ve focused our energies on grades 4 and 5. We’ve added five news reading comprehension stories to our grade 4 section and five new stories to our grade 5 section.

 


Specifically, they are:

 

Grade 4 Reading Comprehension Worksheets

First Day   Fiction, 490 words
How to Find the Theme of a Text   Non-fiction, 360 words
Open for Business   Fiction, 540 words
Oranges Everywhere   Fiction, 440 words
Pool fit for a Hedgehog   Fiction, 380 words

           
By K5 Team
posted Feb 14 2018 - 11:15am

Grade 3 math word problemsWe have created a wide selection of grade 3 math word problem worksheets in our free worksheet center. Our word problem worksheets cover addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, mixed word problems, measurement and word problems with variables.

We understand that this is an area that many students struggle with and we’ve put quite a bit of thought into this section.

Third Grade Math Word Problems that Make Students Think

We intentionally include superfluous data or information in many of our word problems. That means, students will need to read and think about the questions carefully, rather than simply mechanically recognizing and applying a computation pattern to solve the problems.


We suggest students attempt these worksheets once they have studied the underlying skills. For example, students should not try the mixed addition and subtraction word problems before they have understood, and are comfortable with, mixed addition and subtraction.

           
By K5 Team
posted Feb 6 2018 - 11:21am

vocabulary worksheets

We believe vocabulary development is fundamental to improving reading comprehension; in order to comprehend the meaning of texts, students must understand the underlying vocabulary.


With that in mind, we have bolstered our grade 3 vocabulary worksheets page with two new sections.  These two sections include worksheets on practicing words and their meanings, context clues, and filling in missing words in sentences and paragraphs.


We’ve also published a vocabulary workbook for grade 3 students in our bookstore.


The workbook contains 40 lessons practising 10 words per lesson. Each lesson contains a word list, 3 worksheets with exercises and an answer sheet.


Here’s an example: lesson 10.

           
By K5 Team
posted Feb 2 2018 - 1:08pm

multiple meaning wordsThis article is part of a series. It starts with a summary of the 100 most important multiple meaning words elementary school students should learn. Following will be a grade by grade set of Flashcards for those multiple meaning words.


Here comes our next set of multiple meaning words for grade 3 to 5 students. The words covered in this set are:

 

ear – fan – fence – fork – game – handle – head – jerk – kid – kind


If you missed our previous grade 3 – 5 set, they are:


bear – before – bill – blue – bore – brush – change – chest – clear – count

We have three more sets of flashcards coming your way, so watch this space.