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Doubles (& Near Doubles) Addition Facts

Resources to practice the doubles & near doubles (doubles + 1 facts)

Similes & Metaphors

Similes & Metaphors

Simile: A figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
Metaphor: A figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

Worksheets & Exercises


Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources

Make a simile sandwich. For an entertaining way to practice similes, have your child plan a picnic, using similes. What to pack? How about apples green as a grasshopper, rhubarb pie with whipped cream like clouds, or a sub sandwich big as a baseball bat? This exercise will let your child flex her creativity, while giving her practice in simile skills!

Learning Aids

Similes & Metaphor Graphic Organizer

Literature: Types of Conflict

Types of Conflict

In literature, there is always some type of conflict (a struggle, challenge, or opposition) that drives the story.  There are several types of conflict:
  • Character vs. character
  • Character vs. self
  • Character vs. nature
  • Character vs. society
  • Character vs. technology
  • Character vs. supernatural
  • Character vs. fate
A great deal of the time, there may be more than one type of conflict present. 

Here are a few resources on types of conflict that I found helpful:


Conflict Graphic Organizers
Cute graphic organizers and other helpful resources to teach the different types of conflict (including the use of movie trailers). She has links to her posts that have resources for each type of conflict.

6 story conflicts possible in your book 
This is really written more so for writers, but the author does a good job of summarizing the types of conflict as well as provides examples. There's also a nice info graphic here.

Conflict: What's the Problem? Powerpoint

This is a simple, but handy, chart that gives 7 categories of conflict, a description of each, as well as an example. To get this document, don't choose the yellow "download" button, but rather scroll down to the end of the imbedded window and choose the print icon. (The download button prompted me to upload a document).

Types of Conflict Graphic Organizer (TJ)
This was based upon the graphic organizer above, which we did, but my daughter wanted to use her own examples.
Types of Conflict Graphic Organizer

This was the original G.O. I made for my daughter so that she could illustrate the types of conflict. It contains 6 of them. I liked the categorization of 7 types of conflict above, so I went with that instead, but I am posting this one in case it's helpful.


This page provides a brief overview of the different types of conflict and then has several worksheets. Also includes 2 powerpoint lessons. I like the powerpoint lessons as they are brief and provide a few practice activities at the end (students are given a scenario and have to identify the type of conflict present.) No bells and whistles but concise and to the point. 

Conflict Practice Sheets - 3 Handouts on Internal & External Conflict
Free from TpT. This is a great set of worksheets to practice identifying the different types of conflicts. Includes an answer key.  The author of the worksheets also has a section on her site about activities for teaching conflict (The Literary Maven) ( a lot of ideas here).

Sums to 5

Resources to help teach the sums to 5.

Helping Verbs

Adding 9 to a Number

Resources to help teach adding 9 to a number.
Adding 9 to a number

Adding 1 to a Number

Just a few quick resources that might be helpful if you are working on the +1s math facts:


Division Terms

In division, a dividend is divided by a divisor to find a quotient. If there is an amount left over, it is called the remainder. The remainder cannot be evenly divided by the divisor. (Fact Monster)

Cute Division Terms Poster - Teachers Take Out Blog
A cute color poster that shows the terms in horizonal division, fraction bar division and long division configurations.

Tip: When I have my daughter do missing number division (or multiplication) problems, I have her tell me the name of the term that was missing to give her practice identifying the terms.

Divisiblity Rules

How Can You Tell if a Number is Divisible by Another Number? Use Divisibility Rules!

Teaching Long Division

Long Division - tips and videos I've used to help teach long division

Shortcut Long Division - If you want to tear your hair out or cry teaching long division, check out this quick method that requires less writing (great for kids who have mastered the math facts or can compute quickly-----may be still frustrating for those who memorized the facts or can't computer quickly in their head)

Division Facts Practice

I like to have my kids do targeted math facts practice (working on one table at a time) Here are some helpful resources to work on just one fact table at a time.













Mixed Facts

Common Core Worksheets Mixed Facts 1s to 10s drills - 100 per page

Division Aids

Division Chart - I found this handy chart online to help my kids quickly look up division facts.

Check out my Division pinterest board for more ideas to teach and practice division:

Originally posted 11/20/18


My daughter and I started working on decimals recently and I'm kind of winging it without a textbook,  but I wanted to approach it in as structured of a manner as I could. So I found a learning objectives list to use as our base and then using worksheets and other activities to provide the meat. Below are some of the resources I've found online.

Introduction to Decimals

Very comprehensive and engaging video. A great introduction to decimals!

Model decimals through tenths and hundredths

Modeling Tenths
Using place value blocks, have student build and record values from 1/10  and up (.1, .2, .3... up to .9), show what happens when 1 more is added to .9, and then continue with values after 1 (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc)

Modeling Hundredths
Using place value blocks, have student build and record values with hundredths.

Tenths and Hundredths

Identify place values of digits

Compare and order decimals

Identify equivalent fractions and decimals

Express mixed numbers and improper fractions as decimals. 

Round decimals to nearest tenths.

Add decimals

Subtracting Decimals

Solve problems with addition and subtraction of decimals

Multiply decimals

Solve problems with multiplication and division of decimals

Divide decimals

Mixed Operations

The Three Branches of Federal Government

We learned about the branches of the US government (at the 5th grade level) this week  (last year) and so I gathered (and made) some resources.


Fifth Grade Branches of Government
The content of this video is great. I didn't like the audio though so I ended up muting it and reading the "slides" to my daughter.

Graphic Organizers

Three Branches of Government Graphic Organizer/Notes (TJ Homeschooling)

Three Branches of Government Doodles/Coloring Pages -


    Rags to Riches Game -

    Branches of Government Jeopardy

    Sheppard Software Functions of the Three Branches Government Sorting Game


      Given terms, sort them according to which branch they would go into. Includes cards, answer key, and sorting "board."

      My daughter really enjoyed the sorting activity, she wanted to do it a few more times. We initially sorted on our whiteboard (below) and then I made a printable sorting board for future times, insha Allah.

      This is similar to the printable above except that the cards are of various functions/jobs of each branch.  Includes cards, answer key, and sorting "board."


      We started off our study with the book "The US Constitution and You" by Syl Sobel. I happened to have a copy of it from one of my older kids charter school days (and never used it) but I was trying to reignite our social studies again and found it handy this time around. I read it to my daughter over the course of a few days and didn't try to get real "schooly" and we both enjoyed it. (I sometimes go overboard trying to replicate school and then get burnt out)

      You can grab a copy of it yourself over at Amazon: