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Our kids struggle with math from time to time. The subject gets increasingly more complex the older our kids get. Graphic organizers can help math students slow down to think through a problem in its component parts and, therefore, enhance their problem-solving skills.

How to use math graphic organizers

Graphic organizers help students to logically process the information. Often, by following a step by step process, students find they don’t get lost in the math. A graphic organizer helps students organize the thought process as well as provide a framework to collect, visualize and organize the math information to work through the problem.


Depending on the type of math problem your child is tackling, there are many different graphic organizers to use. A search on the internet for math graphic organizers is a truly overwhelming experience for parents. Let us try to make your job a little easier. We’ve created five graphic organizers we believe your elementary school children would rely on the most.

Word problem graphic organizer

Word problems are inherently difficult for most students as these problems involve working out what exactly is being asked of them and to apply the correct math equations. This word problem graphic organizer helps students slow down the process and think through the problem carefully.

 

Word problem graphic organizer

           

Many students mix up ‘fewer’ or ‘less’, ‘good’ or ‘better’, and ‘more’ or ‘many’. These are adjectives that are commonly confused when comparing items.

Fewer or less

When talking about the amount of something, students need to decide if the item compared is one thing or a group of many things.


If it’s a group of smaller things, students should use ‘fewer’.


For example:
Paul has fewer cards than Joel.
Cards is a group of items.


If it’s one thing, students should use ‘less’.


For example:
The crowd was less excited than last year.
Crowd is one thing.

           

We have published 3 new leveled reading comprehension workbooks for grade 4 students in our bookstore. Each new workbook contains 10 stories and corresponding exercises. Answer sheets are also provided.


The reading comprehension workbooks in our bookstore are leveled from A to Z, based on the following text criteria:

  • Vocabulary words
  • High-frequency words
  • Average word size
  • Number of words per sentence, on average
  • Amount of repetition of words and phrases
  • Story length
  • Subject matter complexity

Grade 4 reading comprehension story

The level Q – S stories are written to meet grade 4 reading comprehension requirements. The story below is a mid-grade reader for grade 4 students:

 

Grade 4 reading comprehension story

           

Learning about our solar system is a recurring theme for every grade in elementary school. In grade 1, the science curriculum starts with learning about the Earth, sun and moon.


We’ve created a series of worksheets to help students practice what they learn about the patterns of Earth, the sun and the moon.

Day and night

In these worksheets, students are asked to identify day from night.


Day or night worksheet grade 1

           

In the first year of school, kindergarten students learn simple numbers and operations concepts, starting with numbers and counting and ending the year with simple addition and subtraction. To that end, we have created hundreds of simple math worksheets for your 5-year-olds to practice.

Numbers and counting

The worksheets in this section are categorized by learning numbers, counting, odd/even numbers, ordinal numbers, more than/less than worksheets. All worksheets are colorful and focused on one concept at a time. Here’s one of our learn to print numbers worksheets:

Kindergarten tracing number 1 worksheet

           

Is it who, whom or whose? That’s the question. Students often have trouble with choosing which of these pronouns to use in sentences. Here’s how to avoid this common grammar mistake.

Who

Who is the subject – the person completing the action.


Example:

 

who definition

           

Word problems are challenging for students to solve. The difficulty lies in that word problems relate to many math concepts and mathematical relationships. The main hurdle is to translate the word problem into its mathematical equations.


Often students make mistakes because they apply the wrong calculation rules or incorrectly interpret the problem and, therefore, perform the wrong calculation.
Below we have outlined 10 common mistakes students make, and how to solve the word problems correctly.

           

For young students learning to read, it can be hard to tell if the piece they are reading is fact or fiction. In grade 1 and 2, students learn to tell the difference.
We’ve created a series of worksheets for both grades to help students practice fact vs. fiction.
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Grade 1 fact vs. fiction worksheets

In grade 1, we provide a series of fact or fiction sentences and ask students if they are real (facts) or make believe (fiction).



Grade 1 fact or fiction worksheet

           

In grade 1 students explore the different properties of materials, such as ones that sink and ones that float, or those that have a rough surface and those that have a smooth surface. To help students practice the properties of materials, we have created a section of worksheets on this topic in our grade 1 science area.

Solids and liquids

Students classify objects as liquids or solids in these worksheets.

Solids or liquids

           

One common mistake that students make is using the wrong pronoun in sentences. The error occurs when the pronoun does not agree with a singular or plural noun.


If the noun is singular, the pronoun must be singular too. If the noun is plural, the pronoun must be plural as well.


For example:

 

Pronoun agreement