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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><a href="/free-math-worksheets/second-grade-2/fractions" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/all/files/grade-2-fractions-worksheet.gif" alt="grade 2 fractions" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" width="250" height="323" /></a>We’re continuing to fill gaps in our <a href="/free-math-worksheets" target="_blank">math worksheet center</a>. This time we have completed the <a href="/free-math-worksheets/second-grade-2/fractions" target="_blank">grade 2 fractions section</a>. <br /><br />Topics included in this new fraction section include:</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Simple fractions – part of a whole</span>, including halves, thirds, quarters, sixths and eighths.</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Reading and writing fractions</span>, including writing and matching numerators and denominators of a fraction.</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Identifying common fractions</span>, including matching and coloring shapes.</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Parts of a set</span>, including matching and writing fractions to represent parts of a set.</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Comparing fractions using pictures</span>.</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Fraction word problems</span>.</p>
<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/grade-2-fractions-worksheets" target="_blank">read more</a></p>K5 UpdatesTue, 23 May 2017 16:52:57 +0000K5 Team2683 at http://www.k5learning.comFive Books That Inspire Kids to Write
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><strong>By Sheila Welch</strong></p>
<p>For elementary students who are writing essays and fiction, these books might prove helpful as well as interesting for both children and parents.</p>
<h2><span class="blue-subtitle"><img src="/sites/all/files/officer-buckle-and-gloria.gif" alt="officer buckle and gloria" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" width="170" height="219" />Officer Buckle and Gloria</span></h2>
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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Officer-Buckle-Caldecott-Rathmann-1995-09-28/dp/B01FIYL7MC/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494609327&sr=1-2&keywords=Officer+Buckle+and+Gloria" target="_blank">OFFICER BUCKLE AND GLORIA by Peggy Rathmann</a> is the irresistible tale of a sweet-natured cop <span class="green-text">who writes safety tips that he reads to the indifferent students</span> 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.</p>
<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/five-books-inspire-kids-write" target="_blank">read more</a></p>Kid's booksMon, 15 May 2017 16:29:05 +0000K5 Team2681 at http://www.k5learning.comGrade 3 Geometry Worksheets
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img src="/sites/all/files/grade-3-geometry-worksheet.gif" alt="Grade 3 geometry worksheet" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" width="300" height="387" />We’ve had a gap in our grade 3 worksheets that we’ve now filled. We’ve just added <a href="/free-math-worksheets/third-grade-3/geometry">grade 3 geometry worksheets</a> to our <a href="/free-math-worksheets/third-grade-3">grade 3 math worksheet</a> section.</p>
<p><br />Topics included in this new geometry section include:</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Basic properties of 2-D shapes</span>: quadrilaterals, triangles, circles and polygons.</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Lines and angles</span>: reviewing the difference between lines, segments and rays, and learning to measure and classify angles.</p>
<p><span class="green-text">Area and perimeter of 2D shapes</span>. We wrote an b<a href="/blog/area-and-perimeter-rectangles-and-squares">log piece on learning to calculate the area and perimeter of rectangles and squares</a> a while back, in case you need a refresher.<br />Learning to identify <span class="green-text">congruent shapes</span>.</p>
<p>Finding lines of symmetry and learning to draw <span class="green-text">symmetrical shapes</span>.</p>
<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/grade-3-geometry-worksheets" target="_blank">read more</a></p>K5 UpdatesWed, 10 May 2017 17:33:26 +0000K5 Team2680 at http://www.k5learning.comRounding Numbers
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img src="/sites/all/files/rounding-numbers-image.png" alt="rounding numbers" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="188" width="250" />Why is it important to learn to round numbers? This is a practical skill that your kids will take with them into their everyday lives, because rounding numbers help us calculate sums easier in our heads.</p>
<p><br />For example, you and your friends are buying pizza and you want to make sure you have enough money to buy four large pizzas with various toppings. Rounding the cost of each pizza to the nearest dollar and adding the amounts is a quick and easy way to make sure you have enough money to pay for them.</p>
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<p><br />So, we round numbers because:</p>
<p><br /><span class="green-text">It makes it easier to describe and understand numbers.</span><br /><span class="green-text">It makes it easier to estimate answers to numeracy questions.</span></p>
<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/rounding-numbers" target="_blank">read more</a></p>Education worldMon, 01 May 2017 18:27:11 +0000K5 Team2677 at http://www.k5learning.comLearning About Punctuation
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><span class="green-text"><img src="/sites/all/files/punctuation.gif" alt="punctuation" style="float: left; margin: 10px 20px;" height="147" width="300" />Punctuation</span> is to writing what vocal delivery is to speech. Every full stop, comma, apostrophe, colon, parenthesis, quotation mark and hyphen <span class="green-text">serves its purpose in guiding the reader through the text</span>. It’s useful to know what each mark can and cannot do, as well as the message it delivers to your reader.</p>
<p>Here are some simple rules and examples.</p>
<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/learning-about-punctuation" target="_blank">read more</a></p>Education worldThu, 20 Apr 2017 17:17:54 +0000K5 Team2673 at http://www.k5learning.comFaces, Edges and Vertices of Shapes
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>We have just added some <a href="/free-math-worksheets/second-grade-2/geometry" target="_blank">more geometry pages to our grade math 2 section</a> of our free worksheet center. <br /><br />Let’s take a look at one of the topics we cover in the grade 2 geometry worksheets: faces, edges and vertices of shapes. Exactly what are these and how do you count them for different shapes?</p>
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<p>A vertex is a corner. In 2-D shapes, that’s pretty easy to work out – a triangle has 3 vertices, a square 4 vertices and a pentagon 5 vertices.</p>
<p><br />In 3-D shapes it gets a little more complicated. Let’s look at a cube, for example. A cube looks like this:</p>
<p><img src="/sites/all/files/cube.gif" alt="cube" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="287" width="300" /><br /> <br /></p>
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<p></p><!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/faces-edges-and-vertices-shapes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>K5 UpdatesTue, 11 Apr 2017 17:49:44 +0000K5 Team2669 at http://www.k5learning.comRecognizing Common Number Patterns
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Is it important that our kids learn to recognize patterns and sequences in math? The answer is a resounding yes.</p>
<p>Exploring patterns and learning about math sequences help young students build important foundations for later number work. Simply put, with the early work on recognizing patterns, students gain an understanding of mathematical relationships, which is the basis for understanding algebra, analyzing data and solving complex mathematical problems.</p>
<p>Here are the most common patterns:</p>
<h2><span class="blue-subtitle">Arithmetic sequences</span></h2>
<p>An arithmetic sequence adds or subtracts the same value each time.</p>
<p><br />For example:<br /><span class="green-text">1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21…</span><br /><img src="/sites/all/files/arithmetic-sequence.gif" alt="arithmetic sequence" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="92" width="441" /> </p>
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<p></p><!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/recognizing-common-number-patterns" target="_blank">read more</a></p>Education worldThu, 06 Apr 2017 18:23:50 +0000K5 Team2663 at http://www.k5learning.comFun Ways to Help your Kids Learn to Write
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img src="/sites/all/files/n-lego-blocks.jpg" alt="N Lego blocks" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="235" width="200" />As well-meaning parents we buy workbooks for our kids and have our kids sit quietly and trace letters over and over. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this and, in fact, we provide these <a href="/free-preschool-kindergarten-worksheets/letters-alphabet">worksheets for free in our kindergarten section</a>.</p>
<p><br />Sometimes, though, you’ll want to make this activity more fun. Here are some new ways in which you can help your kids learning to write the letters of the alphabet more fun.</p>
<h2><span class="blue-subtitle">Shaving foam and finger paints</span></h2>
<p>Spray shaving cream on a tray or table and help your kids write their name or a letter in the foam. Or use finger paints to dip a finger in and learn to write letters on a sheet of paper.</p>
<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/fun-ways-help-your-kids-learn-write" target="_blank">read more</a></p>Education worldFri, 31 Mar 2017 20:57:45 +0000K5 Team2658 at http://www.k5learning.comEqual, Greater Than or Less Than
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img src="/sites/all/files/worksheet.gif" alt="inequalities worksheet" width="259" height="330" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" />Mathematics isn’t always about things being equal. Sometimes we only know that something is greater than or lesser than something else.</p>
<p>We call these things <span class="green-text">inequalities</span>.</p>
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<p>For example, Sue and Jane ran a race.Sue ran farther than Jane.</p>
<p>We don’t know how far they ran, but we know that Sue ran a longer distance than Jane.</p>
<p>We can express that in math terms as follows:</p>
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<p>Where <span class="green-text">x</span> is how far Sue ran, and <span class="green-text">y</span> is how far Jane ran, and “<span class="green-text">></span>” means greater than:</p>
<p class="green-text"><span style="font-size: medium;">x > y</span></p>
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<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/equal-greater-or-less" target="_blank">read more</a></p>Education worldThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:04:02 +0000K5 Team2655 at http://www.k5learning.comSix Syllable Types for Learning to Read
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<!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img src="/sites/all/files/syllable%20types.gif" alt="syllable types" width="250" height="158" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" />Learning to read can be tough. Words that we read naturally may not come to our kids quite so easily.</p>
<p>At school, teachers help kids with decoding strategies to help students learn to read. </p>
<p>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.</p>
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<p>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.</p>
<p>However, as with any rules in English, there are exceptions to the rules.</p>
<p>Below we’ll go through the six syllable types and highlight the exceptions as part of each category. Let’s dive in.</p>
<p>As a point of reference, V = Vowel and C = Consonant.</p>
<!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.k5learning.com/blog/six-syllable-types-learning-read" target="_blank">read more</a></p>Education worldThu, 16 Mar 2017 18:25:39 +0000K5 Team2654 at http://www.k5learning.com