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What is sequencing?


The definition of ‘sequence’ is to arrange in a particular order. With that in mind, sequencing used in reading comprehension means putting different events in a story in order.

Why is sequencing important to learn?


Students need to learn sequencing to:

  • Learn to comprehend the entire text – the beginning, the middle and the end.
  • Be able to retell a fiction or non-fiction piece in a logical manner so that others can follow the story.
  • Understand how to perform certain tasks in a specific order – such as instructions or a recipe.


This skill is so important that it is revisited in every grade from kindergarten to grade 5, building on the skills learned in the previous grade. Kindergarten students start by reading simple stories and putting simple phrases in order. Grade 5 students read much longer stories and are asked to draw out the main elements of the story to put them in sequence.

Kindergarten sequencing worksheets

In kindergarten, students read a short story. Making use of short phrases, the students are asked to number the events in the correct order.


Kindergarten sequencing worksheet

           

We’ve had a ‘spook-tastic’ time putting together a bundle of 35 math and reading Halloween-themed worksheets. We’d like to share this bundle with you for free.

The bundle includes:

Tracing words

Tracing Halloween words for kindergarten students.


Trace words

           

We’ve added a second math workbook for kindergarten students to our bookstore. This workbook covers numbers and counting to 100. This workbook will be part of a series of workbooks to cover the entire kindergarten math curriculum.

Kindergarten numbers and counting to 100


kindergarten math workbook counting up to 100


The second kindergarten math workbook covers:


Review of numbers 1 – 10: counting objects, matching objects to numbers and number words, coloring and circling objects, writing one more or one less, matching shapes, same and different objects up to 10.


Same and different: comparing numbers and different size objects.


The numbers 11 – 20: tracing and writing the individual numbers and number words, and matching numbers to words.


Counting numbers to 20

           

Today, we have published the first of 5 planned workbooks covering kindergarten math in our bookstore.

The five workbooks will cover the entire kindergarten math curriculum of numbers and operations, geometry and measurement.

Kindergarten numbers and counting to 10


kindergarten numbers to 10 math workbook


This first kindergarten math workbook covers:


Patterns: completing patterns in rows, and drawing the missing objects to complete patterns.


kindergarten math workbook patterns

           

When students learn to multiply large numbers, such as 3-digit by 2-digit numbers, they learn to multiply them in columns. They usually start learning this method in grade 4 and repeat it in grade 5 and 6.

Multiplying 3-digit by 2-digit numbers in columns


Let’s say you want to multiply 372 by 43.

 

multiplying 3-digit by 3-digit numbers


 
The first thing you do is place the large number (the 3-digit number) above the smaller number (the 2-digit number).


multiplying 3-digit by 3-digit numbers

 

           

In grade 5, students learn to correct run-on sentences and comma splices. We previously wrote about run-on sentences, so today we’ll tackle comma splices.

What are comma splices?

When you join two sentences (or independent clauses) with a comma and no conjunction (such as and, but, if), it’s called a comma splice.

 

how to correct the comma splice

           

In a recent post we discussed the differences between a common noun and a proper noun.


In short:

-    A common noun is a non-specific person, place or thing.
For example: dog, house, oven

-    A proper noun is a specific person, place or thing.
For example: Fido, Burger King, Statue of Liberty


Are there cases, though, where a noun can be both a proper noun and a common noun? Yes, there are.

Is it Mom or mom?

When to use a capital letter is tricky, especially when it comes to family nouns, such as mom, dad, aunt, cousin, grandma.

 

mom

           

Previously we showed you how to find the mean of a bar graph and the mode of a bar chart. Now, we’ll tackle how to find the median of a bar graph.

We'll use the same example. Students were were surveyed on what pets their families had. Here are the results:

Survey results

What is the median of a bar chart?

Median means in the middle. So, the median is the middle number in the data set. However, we need to pay attention to one more thing before we point to the middle column in the below bar chart.

Bar graph

           

In grade 2, kids move onto learn that nouns are classified as common or proper.

What’s a common noun?

A common noun is a non-specific person, place or thing.


For example:
dog
castle
restaurant

Common nouns

           

In a previous post we showed you how to work out the mode of a bar chart, also called a bar graph. This time, we’ll look at how to work out the mean of a bar chart.


Let’s use the same example. A group of students were surveyed on what pets their families had. Here are the results:

Statistics for a bar graph
 Survey results show in bar graph


Show in a bar graph, the results look like this:

Bar graph