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Hot on the heels of our picture crosswords book, we have created a crosswords book for students in grades 3 – 5. Crosswords help students to practice vocabulary and spelling.

Crosswords

The book contains 20 crosswords on topics relevant to older elementary school kids. We’ve taken great care in choosing words that fit within the vocabulary curriculum for kids in grade 3 to 5.


Each puzzle is accompanied by clues. Here’s what one of the crosswords looks like:


Space crossword for grade 3 to 5

 

Crossword clues for grade 3 to 5

           

By popular demand, we are branching out into science. Our plan is to add free science worksheets for kindergarten to grade 5 to our website. Today, we added the first section of science worksheets for pre-school and kindergarten students.

Science worksheets for kindergarten

Our science worksheets for these younger students cover the following topics:

Plants and animals worksheets

This section covers living things, plants, animals and animal homes. Here’s one of those worksheets, covering plant parts:

 

plant parts worksheet for kindergarten
 
All our worksheets come with answers on a second page:

 

plant parts worksheet for kindergarten answer sheet

           

We keep adding new workbooks to our bookstore. Today, we've added a picture crosswords workbook for kindergarten to grade 2 students. Crosswords are a great way to practice vocabulary and spelling. They’re fun to do as well.

Picture crosswords


The book contains 20 crosswords on topics relevant to younger elementary school kids. We’ve taken great care in choosing words that fit within the vocabulary curriculum for kids in kindergarten to grade 2. The crosswords look like this. We've added word hints for the youngest students. The intent is that if you don't need the word hints, you can just cut off that section.

 

picture crossword

           

e have published 80 new leveled reading comprehension stories in our bookstore. Spread across eight workbooks with120 stories in each, the stories are level J to M. Answer sheets are provided for each story.


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


Let’s show you one of our new stories. This one’s from our level L2 reading comprehension workbook.

Sample grade 2 reading comprehension story


We provide the vocabulary words for each story in the right corner. The vocabulary words are listed at the beginning of each workbook.  The stories are written to meet grade-level requirements. The story below is an mid-grade reader for grade 2 students:

grade 2 reading comprehension story

           

For parents and teachers looking for worksheets to help kids learn about the coronavirus and how to prevent the spread of the virus, we have created a set of coronavirus worksheets aimed at doing just that.

What is coronavirus?

We start off with an information sheet that simply explains what the Coronavirus is, why it’s making us sick and how our immune system fights illness.

 

coronavirus information

           

In grade 3 students move onto more complex word problems using multiplication and division. Below we’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how to solve a simple division word problem.

Turn the English into Algebra

The first rule of any word problem is to think in math terms. To do that, you’ll need to:

  • Read the whole word problem.
  • Write down what is asked for. (As students work through the word problem, they can get lost and start to work in a different direction. Having the actual request written down, will help to keep them focus on the goal.)
  • Sketch out the word problem, if possible.
  • Write down the signs where you see key words. For example, write + where you see add, increase, combine, or – where you see less, difference, reduce.
  • Find or work out any formulas.
           

We have a section on cursive writing worksheets, starting with letters, then letter joins, words, sentences and short stories. We’ve made improvements to our handwriting worksheets (they’ve been given a facelift with a fresher design) as well as the pages from which you access those worksheets.

Cursive alphabet worksheets

We’ve created individual pages for each of our alphabet worksheets to make it easier to see what they look like. When you go to the cursive alphabet page, you’ll still see links to each worksheet page:

 

cursive alphabet pages

           

Some of you may have come across our section of math and reading flashcards. We are in the process of making improvements to the look of the flashcards, as well as make navigating the pages a little easier.

Math facts flashcards


You’ll see our math facts flashcards have been given a facelift. The numbers are now more legible and easier for young readers to discern. Gone is the arty-looking font.

 

addition flashcards
 

           

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