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Our annual bookstore sale is taking place over the next two days: January 13 and 14, 2020.

Check our our store-wide 25% discount.

January bookstore sale

           

What exactly are homophones? How do they differ from homonyms and homographs? Do our kids really need to learn these terms and make a distinction between them? The short answer is: yes. They are part of your child’s elementary school curriculum.

We have created sets of worksheets for all three categories in our vocabulary section to help your child practice these tricky words.

For today, let’s take a look at homophones.

Homophones

Some people call homophones sound-alike words. It’s an easier way to understand what a homophone is. Homophones are words that sound the same when you pronounce them, but the words have different spelling and different meaning.

For example: flour and flower.

Homophones Worksheets

On the vocabulary pages for each of our grades, you’ll now find the homophones under a new sub-title called: Homonyms, homophones and word usage.
Let’s take a look at our grade 3 vocabulary page. Here’s the section you are looking for:

Homophones section

           

Our book reviewer, Sheila, has a new family member: Cinder, a puppy. That has inspired her to look for books about dogs. We hope her recommendations will make for some great reading over the Christmas break.

I hope our new dog, Cinder, will follow in the paw prints of our other canines and go to our local library where children can pet her and read to her.

 

ShilohShiloh

The highly respected, well known author, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, wrote this novel, SHILOH, for middle-grade readers about a boy and a dog. Told from Marty’s point of view, it will capture readers attention immediately. In first person, present tense, Marty describes Sunday dinner at his house and how he’s having a hard time eating the meat on his plate. Not because it’s rabbit. No, he tells us, it’s because he’s afraid he’ll bite down on buckshot. Few readers in fourth through seventh grade will be able to resist reading on to find out how Marty deals with a dog – a dog who has run away from a mean owner. The author followed this book, winner of the Newbery Award, with two more about these realistic and memorable characters.

           

In grade 6 students learn about ratios and proportions. We’ve created a series of proportions word problems worksheets and ratio word problems worksheets for students to practice.

Let’s take a more detailed look at how to solve proportions word problems.

Proportions

 

First, what are proportions? Proportion means that two ratios (or fractions) are equal.

For example: 

Proportions

           

In our spelling worksheets section we have links to printable spelling lists based on grade-level word families. We’ve improved these printable pages, as well as reorganized the pages based on progressing learning of spelling for each grade.


Here’s where you can find these pages:


Grade 1 spelling lists

Grade 2 spelling lists

Grade 3 spelling lists

Grade 4 spelling lists

Grade 5 spelling lists

Let’s take a look at one of the pages.

           

In grade 2, students learn to distinguish between adjectives and adverbs. Adverbs are words that describe verbs and adjectives are words that describe nouns. To help support students in learning to make this distinction, we have created a series of grammar worksheets.

Let’s take a closer look.

Adverbs and adjectives

This set of worksheets asks students to circle the adverbs and underline the adjectives in a grid of words.

adverbs or adjectives

           

An angle is a fraction of a circle measured in degrees. A whole circle is 360 degrees. There are four types of basic angles students in elementary school study in geometry. They are as follows.


Acute: an angle whose measure is less than 90 degrees.

acute angle

           

The English language is chock full of words that are distinguished from one another by subtle differences.

Take the words ‘fast’ and ‘quick’, for example.  Both words have to do with moving, but one is distinguished by moving at high speed, whereas the other by moving or doing something in a short time. 

To learn the rich vocabulary of English, students in elementary school study the shades of meaning of groups of words. This helps them to better express themselves in both their oral presentations and writing.

We’ve created shades of meaning worksheets for grade 2 and grade 3 students.

Grade 2 shades of meaning worksheets

In grade 2, we introduce students to the understanding that words of similar meaning can be grouped together.
grade 2 shades of meaning worksheets

           

In grade 5 students continue to work on their writing skills, creating longer narratives, and sharing their thoughts and experience in more complex ways. One of the areas they work on is making their writing more exciting to read. Interjections help with exactly this. They are words that help express surprise or strong feelings. Examples of interjections are: wow, super or oh.


We’ve created a number of worksheets in our grade 5 grammar section for students to practice interjections.

Identify interjections

In this first set of worksheets, students have to find and underline the interjection in sentences. Then they are asked to read a sentence and write a new interjection for that sentence.
grade 5 find interjections

           

Quite a few of you are using our cursive writing worksheets, so we thought we’d add some more worksheets to this section for you to use.

If you haven’t visited our cursive writing worksheets section in a while, let us give you a quick tour.

Cursive alphabet worksheets

We start with each letter of the alphabet. This is usually where students start when learning to write in cursive.

cursive writing letter