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Reading Comprehension Worksheet: One Ocean and Four — or Five — Basins

The ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms by producing 70 percent of our planet's oxygen...

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Spelling Rule: -tch or -ch?

When you hear the /ch/ sound at the end of a syllable AND it is immediately preceded by a short vowel (e.g. catch), it is spelled -tch.

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Long E Sound: ee or ea?

The long e is spelled either with ee, like in see, meet, and seed, or ea, like in seam, team, and bead.

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Spelling Rule: Bossy R

When the letter r follows a vowel, the vowel is usually forced to change its sound. That’s why we call it the “Bossy R”.

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Reading Comprehension Worksheet: Five of the World’s Deserts

When we think of deserts, we think of a huge, hot, lonely space. We even use the word “deserted” to describe a hopeless feeling. It might surprise you to learn that not all deserts are hot, and some of them are very small! We are going to learn about five of the world’s deserts in this article.

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Free Teaching Resources and Worksheets, K-12

Free teaching resources for classroom teachers and homeschool families: worksheets, videos and articles.

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Spelling Rule: -k or -ck?

This spelling rule applies to the END of words, and is only reliable with single syllable words.

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Spelling Rule: Is It ai or ay?

We use “ai” in the beginning or middle of the word (aim, rain, pail, train) or syllable (airplane) and “ay” at the end of the word (play, stay, day, May) or syllable (playmate).

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When Two Vowels Go Walking…

Children have long recited the spelling rule, "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking,” -- meaning it says its name. For example, in brain you hear the A, but not the I. In soap you hear the O, but not the A.

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Five Fascinating Forests

Forests are beautiful. They have inspired countless legends and myths. They are also full of life, and they are vital to our planet’s health. Here we will learn about five fascinating forests from around the world.

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The Letter “y” at the End of a Word

The consonant sound of “y” is /y/ as in the words “yum” and “yak”. Typically, at the beginning of the word the “y” makes the consonant /y/ sound.

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What Are VCCV Words?

A VCCV word is a two-syllable words with the pattern vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel in the middle of the word. The word breaks into two syllables after the first consonant.

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