5th Grade Language Arts

5th Grade Language Arts Skills  
 
 
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Reading
Oral Language/Decoding
 
(based on  Curriculum Standards)
Internet Resources
Recognize root words, prefixes, suffixes and syllabication as aids in determining meaning within context.
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  1. Fish Tanks - Fill a tank with tropical fish using prefixes, roots, and suffixes.
  2. This is a PowerPoint showPowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  3. Prefix Mix - working with "Pre" and "Post," prefixes with opposite meanings.
  4. Prefixes Make New Words - Drag and drop the prefixes to complete the words correctly.
  5. Prefixes Say Plenty - choose the word that best completes the sentence
  6. Putting Down Roots - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words.
  7. Putting Down Roots (2) - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words.
  8. Putting Your Roots into Action - Now that you know five new roots, start looking for them in unfamiliar words.
  9. Putting Your Roots into Action (2) - Now that you know five more new roots, start looking for them in unfamiliar words.
  10. This is a PowerPoint showRoot Words - Underline the root words in the slides. Circle the prefix or suffix. (a PowerPoint show created by Connie Campbell)
  11. Rooting Out Words - Help Remainder the Dog gather enough mushrooms to sell at the market by uncovering the roots of words. (three categories, several difficulty levels - from FunBrain)
  12. Space Station - Build a space station by using word study skills - Divide the word in blue into syllables and enter it into the box with a '-' between the syllables. Example: fi-nal
  13. Suffixes Make New Words - Drag and drop the suffix to the correct root word to make a new word.
  14. Suffixes Say a Lot - pick the best definition of the capitalized word
  15. Suffix-ly - use simple strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary for reading, including the use of suffixes. (Author - Lois Davis)
  16. Success with Suffixes - fill in the blanks with words ending in "er."
  17. What's a Root? - In this lesson, you'll work with five roots. Once you know a few roots, you'll see them everywhere.
  18. What's a Root? (2) - In this lesson, you'll work with five more roots.
  19. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
Select and use common text features to make meaning from text (e.g., headings, key words, graphics, captions, and sidebars).
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  1. Reading Strategies - Scaffolding students' interaction with text.
  2. Reading Strategy Checklist - online checklist to help students focus on using text features.
  3. Reading Strategy Checklist - Let students check those statements that reflect the strategies they use.
Recognize and use grade appropriate vocabulary within context.
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  1. Adjectives/Adverbs - Change adjectives into adverbs in this online quiz
  2. Antonym Matching - Find pairs with opposite meaning
  3. Homographs - Online quiz
  4. Homophone Challenge - find correct word to complete sentence
  5. Multiple Meanings - Online quiz that requires thinking about word meanings
  6. Synonym Matching - Find pairs or words with same meaning
  7. What's My Meaning - (four Quia games) match words with meanings Matching | Concentration | Flash Cards | Word Search
  8. Word Jungle - Choose correct meaning of given word to swing in jungle
  9. Word Meaning - Select correct meaning of the word from context clues. Context Clues 2. - Select correct meaning of the word from context clues.
Locate information using available text features (e.g., maps, charts, graphics, indexes, glossaries, and tables of content).
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Identify the effect of sound within context (e.g., onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyme and repetition).
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  1. A concept map to use when you work with your students on these topics. This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  2. Alliteration Worksheet with Flashcards This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  3. Onomatopoeia Worksheet with Flashcards This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  4. Poetic Devices - a classroom sign about the forms of poetic devices This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  5. Practicing onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyme, simile and metaphor
    1. Word Play 1 | Word Play 2 | Word Play 3 | Word Play 4 | Word Play 5 | Word Play 6
  6. Shakespearean alliteration insults - have fun while reinforcing the concept of alliteration
Comprehension
 
Read a passage and answer questions to show comprehension.
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  1. Brainchild Test - 12 questions - Students should use the summary page after finishing this test to practice their areas of weakness.
  2. Classroom Reading Key Vocabulary Building Program - a reading vocabulary improvement program that has identified the specific reading words students need to master for each grade This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  3. Cows context clue - Build corrals for cows by reading and answering questions.
  4. Drawing Conclusions - Read the story and choose the correct word to complete the sentence.
  5. Fifth Grade Reading - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer.
  6. News Quiz Archive - over 50 news stories from the BBC. Each story has a ten question quiz associated with it. They also have a section of stories which include math in the news and the quiz
  7. Practicing reading comprehension skills - Bees | The Happy Monkey
Select appropriate synonyms, antonyms and homonyms within context.
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  1. Adjectives/Adverbs - Change adjectives into adverbs in this online quiz
  2. Antonym Matching - Find pairs with opposite meaning
  3. Antonyms - When you see the word that is a antonym of the given word, click on the button at the bottom right of the screen. Be quick! The choices for each antonym will only cycle through twice.
  4. This is a PowerPoint showPowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  5. Synonymical: The Synonym Game - (Advanced) click to select the letters (one at a time) that spell the proper synonym. (Author - David Fisco)
  6. Synonym.com - type as word in the box and find a synonym, or antonym, of the word.
  7. Synonym Matching - Find pairs or words with same meaning
Identify compound words, contractions, and common abbreviations within text.
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  1. A Bed Full of Cats - look at the underlined word then choose the words that mean the same
  2. Breaking Down Compound Words - In the following sentences, find the compound word and type it in as two separate words.
  3. Compound Word Characters - read a passage then select the appropriate compound words
  4. Compound Words, Game 1 - Match up the first half of the compound word to the second half.
  5. Compound Words worksheet - Draw a line from the word in the first column to a word in the second column to make a compound word.
  6. Contractions - Practicing Contractions With Trinh and Tai - Matching | Concentration
  7. Contractions - type the contraction for each word in the blank provided.
  8. Contractions and Negatives - read the lesson then take the quiz
  9. Contractions Crossword Puzzle - (Interactive) Write the two words that make the contraction for each clue.
  10. Contractions Crossword Puzzle - (printable) Write the two words that make the contraction for each clue.
  11. Contractions Page - Several online practice activities can be found at this page
  12. Contractions Practice 1 - to BE Verb - Type the correct contraction (short form)for each sentence.
  13. Contractions Practice 2 - Type the correct contraction (short form)for each sentence.
  14. Contractions quiz - match ten word pairs and their contractions
  15. Contractions Quizzes from Quia - Matching | Flashcards | Concentration
  16. Contractions: Redeeming the Time - Table of Contents of five weeks of activities
  17. Exercise in Compound Nouns and Modifiers - Each space in the paragraph below is preceded by an "opportunity for error" (in blue bold font) in the formation of compounds.
  18. Forming Compound Words - Match the words in the center with the words in the corners to form compound words that are found in a kitchen.
  19. Type the contraction - type contraction form of words
Identify setting, characters, and plot in a passage.
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  1. Characters, plot and setting - create your own story using story elements.
  2. Describe and identify literary elements - online lessons and activities
  3. Story Stew - Lesson plan to introduce story elements.
  4. Understanding setting, plot and theme - Read the short story below. Then read each sentence and decide if it is part of the setting, plot or theme
Select questions used to focus and clarify thinking before, during, and after reading the text.
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Determine the correct meaning/usage of multiple-meaning words within context.
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  1. Context is the Key - students use context clues to determine the meaning of a word
  2. Using Multiple Meanings - students decide which sentences use a word correctly
  3. Words with multiple meanings - students fill in the blanks from a word list
Determine word meanings within context.
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  1. Context Clues - online quiz
  2. Context Clues - online quiz
  3. Context Clues Teaching Materials and Practice Sheets - practice sheets to print
  4. Direct Definition Context Clues - lesson on how to use context clues
  5. Easy way of understanding context clues - for beginners having difficulty with the concept.
  6. Guessing Vocabulary in Context - online quiz
  7. Using Context Clues - three online quizzes
  8. What are Context Clues - online lesson
Identify the sequence of events in fiction and nonfiction selections.
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  1. Order of Events Worksheets - (scroll past their membership information) fiction and non-fiction selections.
  2. Sequencing for fun - many online activities from which to choose
  3. Sequence of Events - arrange events in chronological order. (Author - Lois Davis) (for remediation - lower level)
Select stated or implied main idea and supporting details from text.
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  1. Context Clues - Online interactive tutorial and quiz
  2. Get The Idea - read text to determine the main idea or essential message and identify relevant supporting details and facts (Author - Lois Davis)
  3. Identify the Main Idea
  4. Main Idea practice - Online interactive quizzes
  5. Reading Exercises- Multiple passages with questions.
  6. Supporting Details - Online interactive tutorial and quiz
Identify stated or implied cause and effect relationships.
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  1. Cause and Effect - Combine two sentences using connecting words to show cause and effect.
  2. Cause and Effect - Fill in the missing statement to create a cause and effect.
  3. Cause and Effect Actions - Online quiz using connector words
  4. Cause and Effect Book list - These books are great for studying cause and effect.
  5. Cause and Effect Relationship Lesson and Practice - Online lesson with practice.
  6. What Caused It? - identify cause and effect patterns in text (science content is used to teach this reading skill) (Author - Sandi King)
Distinguish between elements of fact/opinion and reality/fiction.
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  1. Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  2. Fact or Opinion Quiz - Decide which of these statements are fact or opinion from the drop-down list, then click on the "Finished" button to obtain your score out of ten.
  3. Fact and Opinion Self-Test
  4. Fact or Opinion? (quiz 1) - a Quia quiz
  5. Fact or Opinion? (quiz 2) - a Quia quiz
  6. Fact or Opinion? - In the following three sentences, two are facts and one is an opinion. Can you tell which is which?
  7. Fact, Habit, Opinion or Schedule? - an English-Zone quiz
  8. Fact or Opinion? - When a sentence is a fact, click the circle next to fact.
  9. Martin Luther King Jr.: Fact or Opinion? (a worksheet to print, not interactive)
  10. A mix of factual information and the opinions of the author. Often the opinions are disguised as fact, to make the author's argument seem more believable.
Determine inferences from selected passages.
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  1. Drawing Inferences in Text: Some Key Ideas
  2. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions - descriptions of the various ways to aid you in reaching a conclusion
  3. Practice Making Inferences
  4. Teaching Students to Make Inferences
  5. What is an Inference
Select the appropriate summary statement for a given passage.
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Recognize reasonable predictions of future events within a given context.
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  1. Prediction Form - use information they had from previous reading and from their own experiences to write a short prediction
Distinguish among various literary genres (e.g., poetry, drama, letters, ads, historical fiction, biographies and autobiographies).
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  1. Genre Characteristics -
  2. Poetry General Knowledge Quiz - ten multiple-choice questions
  3. Select List of Literary Genres - A guide for students.
Identify and interpret the main incidents of a plot, their causes, how they influence future actions, and how they are resolved.
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Recognize that a story is told from the first person point of view.
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  1. Point of View Quiz - Read each group of sentences. Decide if it is written in first person or third person point of view.
     
Identify the author’s purposes (i.e., to inform or to entertain).
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  1. Author's Point of View - on-line version of a Powerpoint Presentation - Grades 3-5
  2. Author's Purpose - Interactive lesson, along with worksheets for reinforcement.
  3. Author's Purpose - Online Lesson and practice
  4. Author's Purpose - Lesson and practice
  5. Different Text Types - Online game helping learn about the different text types such as persuasion, informative, descriptive, or instructive.
  6. Different Types of Text - Do you understand the purpose of different text types and the main differences between them? Online quizzes.
  7. Evaluate Author's Purpose - Read story and print out answer sheet for completion.
  8. Game - Author's Purpose - Matching game
  9. Online quizzes on Author's Purpose- Quiz One ; Quiz Two
  10. Identifying the Author's Purpose - Online lesson
  11. Reading for a Purpose - 9 activities to check understanding about the purposes of different sorts of text.
  12. Worksheets for Author's Intent - (scroll past the membership information) Four activities you might want to do as a class to practice Author's Purpose.
Determine whether the theme is stated or implied within a passage.
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Identify similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperbole in context.
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  1. Alliteration or Simile? - Choose whether each statement is an alliterative phrase, simile or neither.
  2. Do you know your similes? - drag the nouns to complete a Simile (Refresh the page to get a new set.)
  3. Metaphor Quiz - drag words to complete the metaphor (you have one minute to finish)
  4. Simile lesson with a printable quiz
  5. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own.
  6. Simile Riddle - Read a simile riddle, then write one of your own.
  7. What is a Simile - explanation and a short quiz
Identify information to support opinions, predictions, and conclusions.
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Select a logical word to complete an analogy using synonyms, antonyms, categories, and subcategories.
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  1. Analogy Challenge - Try to complete the analogies in a race against time.
  2. Analogy Lesson from Diana Dell
  3. This is a PowerPoint showAnalogy PowerPoint Show template - you make modifications to use with your students
  4. Analogy Quiz which requires students to type the word to complete the analogy
  5. Analogy quiz 1 at Quia posted by Diana Dell
  6. Analogy quiz 2 at Quia posted by Diana Dell
  7. Analogy Quiz from Paul Shoebottom at Frankfurt International School
  8. Awesome Analogies for one or two players - posted at Quia
  9. Discovery School Analogy Quizzes
    1. AnalogyQuiz8
    2. AnalogyQuiz9
    3. AnalogyQuiz10
  10. Fact Monster Analogy of the Day
  11. Field Trip - Take a school field trip by unscrambling the synonyms.
  12. This is a PowerPoint showPowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  13. Puzz.com has a quiz with 152 analogies - pick one or two a day and practice this valuable skill
  14. Say it Another Way - Fill in the blank with a synonym for the missing word.
  15. Synonym Challenge - Try to identify the correct synonyms in a race against time.
  16. The Thesaurus - a reference book that lists words and their synonyms - Drag and drop the words to the right thesaurus entry.
Identify, using a graphic organizer, placement of events.
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  1. Kinds of Concept Maps - examples of four major categories of concept maps
  2. Graphic Organizers - from Enchanted Learning
  3. Graphic Organizers from Education Place These are Adobe Acrobat documents
  4. Index of Graphic Organizers - from Inspiration
  5. Instructions on how to use Excel to create a graphic organizer
  6. Tips on Making Your Own Concept Maps
 Writing  
Process
 
Complete a graphic organizer (i.e., clustering, listing, mapping, and webbing) to group ideas for writing.
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  1. Graphic Organizers - As your students read a selected novel, they may organize their information on one of these forms.
  2. WriteDesign - many graphic organizers to select.
Express thoughts and feelings using colorful, fully elaborated descriptions using vivid and active words.
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Rearrange sentences to form a sequential, coherent paragraph.
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Identify the purpose for writing (i.e., to entertain, to inform, and to report).
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  1. Audience and Purpose - numerous lessons and activities.
  2. Author's Purpose - from the New York State Elementary Test Prep Center
  3. Introduction to the purpose of writing - online lesson
Identify the audience for which a piece of text is written.
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Select details that support a topic sentence.
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  1. Supporting Details - Online lesson and practice
  2. Supporting sentences - Online lesson
  3. Graphic Organizer Template - Download this for class use in practicing supporting details
Choose vivid and active words when writing.
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Develop and write a paragraph topic sentence with supporting details.
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Rearrange paragraphs in a narrative writing selection in sequential or chronological order.
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Select appropriate time order or transitional words/phrases to enhance the flow of a writing sample.
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Identify the most reliable sources of information for preparing a report or project.
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  1. The ABC's of Web Site Evaluation (presented by Kathy Schrock) - Evaluation of Web sites is an important skill to learn in this age of digital and information literacy. Students and teachers need practice in critically examining sites to determine authority, authenticity, and applicability to purpose. This site provides that practice.
  2. Critical Evaluation of Resources - In the research process you will encounter many types of resources including books, articles and web sites. But not everything you find on your topic will be suitable. How do you make sense of what is out there and evaluate its authority and appropriateness for your research?
  3. Critically Analyzing Information Sources - the emphasis here is on print sources
  4. Evaluating Information Found on the Internet - a thoughtful guide to evaluating web and other Internet resources
  5. Evaluation of information sources - This page contains pointers to criteria for evaluating information resources, particularly those on the Internet.
  6. Evaluating Web Pages - Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
  7. Evaluating Web Pages - Duke University
  8. Evaluating Web Pages - Southern Illinois University
  9. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources
  10. Quality Information Check List -a resource to help young people evaluate the information they find on the Internet.
  11. Teaching Zack to think (from Alan November) - it is essential that students learn how to validate information.
Select the best way to combine sentences to provide syntactic variety within context.
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Select the best title for a written selection.
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Choose the supporting sentence that best fits the context and flow of ideas in a paragraph.
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Supply a missing piece of information in an outline.
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Select, limit, and refine a writing topic.
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Revise to clarify thought, to refine ideas, and to distinguish between important and unimportant information.
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Edit writing for the elements of language.
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  1. Power Proofreading - Choose your level of skill and your areas of concepts to practice with an interactive activity (choose grade 5) There are over two dozen different passages to choose from.
  2. Proofreading Makes Perfect - correct these sentences by entering correct grammar
Explain and/or illustrate key ideas when writing.
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Demonstrate syntactic variety when writing.
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Arrange multi-paragraphed work of exposition (e.g., persuasion, compare/contrast) in a logical and coherent order.
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  1. Compare/Contrast - Online Tutorial and quiz. Pencil and Paper activities can be found at this link.
  2. Compare and Contrast - Students select two works of art from a list of 26, and then write their own short essay comparing the works of art.
  3. Stated Information - Online story about elephants and quiz
  4. Stated Information - Online story about dolphins and quiz
Identify the sentence irrelevant to a paragraph’s theme or flow.
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Select an appropriate concluding sentence for a well-developed paragraph.
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Use appropriate transitional words and devices when writing.
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  1. Sentence Variety - list of words to use for transition
Incorporate figurative language, vivid description, active voice verbs, sensory details, and personal observations to display facility in the use of language.
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  1. Idioms - online activity
  2. Idiom - FunBrain activity
  3. Idioms - online quiz (comparisons)
  4. Idioms - online quiz - do not guess, wrong answers are penalized
  5. Idioms - online quiz (fixed noun + adjective combinations)
  6. Metaphors - worksheet
  7. Simile- online quiz
  8. Simile Satellite - online lesson with activities.
Product
 
Compose narratives (e.g., to entertain, inform, and report).
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Write well-developed, organized, and coherent essays in response to narrative prompts.
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Write an effective concluding paragraph for a well-developed essay.
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 Elements of Language  
Identify the correct use of the following:
 
... nouns (singular/plural; possessives; predicate nouns, nouns as objects)
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  1. Abstract or Concrete - Identify the types of nouns in this quiz
  2. Fish Tanks - Fill a tank with tropical fish using your knowledge of plurals.
  3. Gorilla Grammar - Identify Parts of Speech- Beginner (nouns and verbs)
    Advanced ( all parts of speech)
  4. Noun Explorer - Move through the cave by selecting the correct spelling, or correct abbreviation.
  5. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; Holiday Plans, Pick-and-Pet Farm, Memo to Staff Members, Movie Hits and Misses, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
... verbs (action/linking, regular/irregular, agreement, tenses)
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  1. Be - Verb usage online quiz
  2. Gorilla Grammar - Identify Parts of Speech- Beginner (nouns and verbs)
    Advanced ( all parts of speech)
  3. Grammar Blast - Various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills
  4. Irregular Verbs - Jeopardy type game for two players
  5. Linking Verbs - Identify types of verbs in this online quiz
  6. Parts of Speech - identify the part of speech that will complete the sentence
  7. Parts of Speech - Identify word's part of speech.Part 2; Part 3
  8. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; Luke's Music Talk, Hillary's Hilarious Comedy Hour, Memo to Stump Humphrey Staff, Evening Weather Report, Olivia and Tutu, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
  9. Practicing past, present & future tenses - Tense Activity 1 | Tense Activity 2 | Tense Activity 3
  10. To Be - Present and past tense online quiz
  11. Verb Phrases - Find the complete verb phrase
  12. Verb Practice - Many student tasks and online tests practicing verb usage
  13. Verb Tenses - Identify correct usage of verbs
... pronouns (agreement, subject, object)
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  1. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; The Morning News, Oh Brother, Movie Hits and Misses, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
... adjectives (common/proper, comparative forms, predicate adjectives)
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  1. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 1
  2. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 2
  3. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; Snail Race Sportscast, Ad for G. O. Travel Olympic Replay, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
... adverbs (comparative forms, negatives)
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  1. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 1
  2. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 2
  3. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; The Late, Late Show, Olympic Replay, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
Identify sentences with correct subject-verb agreement (person/number).
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  1. ESL Subject Verb Agreement Quiz 1 - In the quiz questions , choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree.
  2. ESL Subject Verb Agreement Quiz 2 - Do this quiz after mastering the quiz questions and their rules in the first
  3. Let's see whether you understand subject-verb agreement. - Read each sentence, enter your response in the space provided, and then press "Submit" to check your answer.
  4. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree: Exercises - a worksheet to print, not interactive
  5. Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement - Select one answer from the choices provided after each sentence. The word you choose should fit the blank in the sentence.
  6. Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement (2) - After each sentence select the verb form that will best fit in the blank. The explanation will describe the process of arriving at the correct choice for that sentence.
  7. Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement (3) - Select the appropriate verbs from the drop-down menus to complete each sentence correctly. There are thirty-three "opportunities for error" in these paragraphs.
  8. Subject-Verb Agreement: The Sore Thumb of Grammar
  9. Subject/Verb Agreement - Click the answer button to see the answer.
  10. Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz - Select the correct verb form to agree with the subject.
Identify the correct use of commas (i.e., series, dates, addresses, friendly letters, compound sentences, coordinating conjunctions, and introductory words) within context.
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  1. Conjunctions - Click on the buttons to find the correct answer
  2. Conjunctions - Click on the buttons to find the correct answer
  3. Conjunctions Quiz I - Click the answer buttons to see the answers.
  4. Conjunctions Quiz II - Combine the sentences using the conjunction given in parentheses.
  5. Conjunction-itis Popup - Find the correct conjunction form to combine two short sentences together into one! (a Quia quiz)
  6. Dear Mr. Henshaw - Parts of a Friendly Letter (a Quia quiz)
  7. Interactive exercises on using commas - Exercise 1 - Exercise 2 - Exercise 3 - Exercise 4 - Exercise 5
  8. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; The Tanaka Twins, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
  9. Quiz on Comma Usage - Click on "The paragraph, please!" and a paragraph will appear in the top text-area.
  10. Using Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence will appear in the top text-area. Insert the necessary comma or commas (being careful not to insert commas where they aren't necessary).
  11. Using Commas with Introductory Phrases - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence will appear in the top text-area. Insert any necessary comma or commas (being careful not to insert commas where they aren't necessary).
  12. Welcome to Commas: Fill in the Blanks! - in each blank space in the paragraphs below, provide a comma where it is appropriate or write a small-case "x" (without the quotation marks) where a comma is not necessary.
Choose the correct use of quotation marks and commas in direct quotations.
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  1. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; Mindy's Minute Mysteries!, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
Choose the most appropriate interjections to complete a sentence.
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Identify the correct use of colons (i.e., in business letters and preceding a list of items).
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Recognize usage errors occurring within context.
 
... double negatives
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  1. Double Negatives - a quiz
... troublesome words: to, too, two; their, there, they’re; lie, lay; sit, set
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  1. Confusing Verbs - Lay / Lie - Read the sentence, and then choose the answer, and get your score instantly!
  2. Its/It's and There/Their/They're - Select one answer from the choices provided after each sentence. The word you choose should fit the blank in the sentence.
  3. Sit or Set Quiz - Complete the sentences using the proper form of "sit" or "set."
  4. There there - Click on the buttons to select the correct answer
  5. They're/their/there - Click on the buttons to select the correct answer (a different quiz)
  6. To Lie / To Lay and To Sit / To Set - Select one answer from the choices provided after each sentence. The word you choose should fit the blank in the sentence.
  7. To / Two / Too - Learn the difference between the homophones to, two, and too. (a Quia quiz)
  8. To / Two / Too - (2) Learn the difference between the homophones to, two, and too. (a different Quia quiz)
  9. To, too and two - After clicking "Score and Show Answer(s)", click the "Try another set" button at the bottom to get a new set of questions.
  10. Too, two, and too - a story to help students work on too, two, and too (print this and make corrections)
  11. To/too/two quiz - by James Rainville
Select the best way to correct incomplete sentences within context.
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  1. Is this sentence correct? - Online Quia Quiz. Select if a sentence is correct or not by clicking on the yes or no button.
Identify correctly and incorrectly spelled words in context.
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  1. Online Spelling Quizzes - numerous quizzes in TCAP format
  2. Spellaroo- click on the misspelled word in the sentences
  3. Spell It! This site selects a limited number of words from the list of available words and randomly removes letters from them for you to replace (5th grade list available)
Identify the correct spelling of plurals and possessives.
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  1. Power Proofreading - Choose 5th grade then select; Memo to Staff Members, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
Identify within context a variety of appropriate sentence-combining techniques (i.e., comma + coordinating conjunction, use of semicolon, and introductory phrases and/or clauses).
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  1. Sentence Sort - Help the fox get across the park by selecting what type of sentence is shown.
  2. Sentence Speedway - Students identify sentence parts as phrase, dependent clause or independent clause.
  3. Subject Verb Mix-Up - Build a sentence by selecting a subject, verb, and a sentence ending that makes sense.
Select the most appropriate method to correct a run-on sentence (i.e., conjunctions, semicolons, and periods to join or separate elements) within context.
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  1. A sample of a good 239-word sentence - It's not the kind of thing you'd want to read very often, but it does work. Remember, this is not a run-on sentence.
  2. Avoiding Comma Splices - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence containing a comma splice will appear in the top text-area. Repair the sentence.
  3. Avoiding Comma Splices II - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence containing a comma splice will appear in the top text-area. Repair the sentence.
  4. Conjunctions - Click on the buttons to find the correct answer
  5. Conjunctions Quiz I - Click the answer buttons to see the answers.
  6. Conjunctions Quiz II - Combine the sentences using the conjunction given in parentheses.
  7. Conjunction-itis Popup - Find the correct conjunction form to combine two short sentences together into one! (a Quia quiz)
  8. Fragments and Run-On's - After each sentence, select the option which best describes that sentence.
  9. Repairing Run-On Sentences - After each run-on sentence below select the remedy that would best repair that sentence.
  10. Run-on/Comma Splice/Fragment Quiz
  11. Run on's and Comma Splices - Look at the passage and decide whether the sentence is correct or whether it is a run-on.
Review Help
General Resources
  1. Online Literature-Based Resources for Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers - Make A Difference With Technology
Practice Tests
  1. Brainchild - Select a state, your grade and then reading
ISAT
  1. Interactive Sample Tests - released sample items from the Illinois State Board of Education
Released Tests
  1. 5th Grade Reading Test 2003- Released by Texas
  2. 5th Grade Reading Sample Test
  3. Texas end-of-year reading test from 2004

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