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Grammar

Puzzles & Games


Kids Cant Resist!
40 Super-Cool Crosswords, Codes, Mazes & More
That Teach the Essential Rules of Grammar

Grammar
Puzzles &
Games Kids
Can't Resist!
Karen Kellaher,
Scholastic
Teaching
Resources

by Karen Kellaher

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Grammar
Puzzles &
Games Kids
Can't Resist!
Karen Kellaher,
Scholastic
Teaching
Resources

And special thanks to Mr. Ed Miller,


who made grammar fun for me

Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the activity sheets from this book for classroom use. No other part
of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by
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Cover design by Jaime Lucero
Cover illustration by Mike Moran
Interior design by Grafica, Inc.
Interior illustration by Mike Moran

ISBN: 0-439-07756-7

Copyright 2000 by Karen Kellaher.


All rights reserved.
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Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Word Search Puzzles

Noun Hunt (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Find the Verb (predicate of sentence). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Verbs Help Out (helping verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Good, Better, Best (comparing adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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Noun Substitutes (pronouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13


Contraction Action (contractions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
For Short (abbreviations) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Snail (Wraparound) Puzzles

Single Minded (singular and plural nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


In the Past (past tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Pick a Preposition (prepositions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Create a Word (compound words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Which One (Won) Is It? (homonyms) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Do They Agree? (subject/verb agreement) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Crossword Puzzles

Make It Two! (plural nouns). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22


Invisible Nouns (abstract nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Wheres the Action? (action verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Pronoun Magic (pronouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Awesome Adverbs (adverbs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Its Only Proper (proper adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Subject Search (subject of sentence) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Contents
Partner Stories

Food Fight! (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29


The Strangest Field Trip Ever (proper nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Alien Adventure (present and past tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
I See the Future! (future tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Say It With Adjectives (adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
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A Parts-of-Speech Circus (parts of speech review) . . . . . . . . . . . . 34


Crack-the-Code Stories

A Pet Adventure (adverbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35


Prepositions Show Position (prepositions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
A Conjunctions Function (conjunctions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Hew, Wow! (interjections). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
To Be or Not To Be (the verb to be) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Riddle Bubble Tests

A Capital Idea (using capital letters) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40


Whose Is It? (possessive nouns). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
The Genuine Articles (a, an, and the) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Using Contractions (contractions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Be Agreeable (subject/verb agreement) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Is It a Sentence? (sentences and fragments) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Be a Comma Cop! (comma placement). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Sentence Enders (punctuation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Quotation Location (quotation marks) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Answer Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Introduction

Grammar
Puzzles &
Games Kids
Can't Resist!
Karen Kellaher,
Scholastic
Teaching
Resources

here is something about games and puzzles that


motivates even the most reluctant learner. We see
this clearly when we look at our own habits: As
adults, few of us would jump at the chance to take a test
on world history, literature, science, or geography.
However, we rush to answer questions in these subject
areas when theyre part of a trivia board game, TV quiz
show, or Sunday newspaper crossword puzzle. Why? I
believe its because the idea of a game or puzzle lends an
exciting context to learning, and we achieve a real sense of
accomplishment when we get the answers right.
Children are no exception. When subject matter is
part of a game or puzzle, students are more motivated to learn, to remember, and to apply the
material. Thats the thinking behind Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist!

Why Use Grammar Games?


At Scholastic we recognize that grammar is not the easiest topic to teach. Too often, grammar
seems like a collection of rules that must be memorized. Students have a hard time seeing its
relevance to real life. And teachers sometimes have a difficult time changing students from the
comfortablebut incorrectgrammar habits which the kids are used to using. It is our hope
that Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist! will make the teaching of grammar a little bit
easier and a lot more fun. Youll find crossword puzzles, word searches, code games, partner
stories, and more. These are entertaining activities that children already love to do, so consider
your battle half won!

Some of the special features of this book include:

Grammar fast facts with every activity. These reminders review the specific grammar
concept the children need for each activityright there on the reproducible. For example,
when students are working with helping verbs, theyll find a list of helping verbs right there
on the page. When they are working with proper nouns, theyll find a helpful reminder to
always use a capital letter. That means your students will not have to look elsewhere for
pertinent information.

Opportunities for both independent and collaborative lear ning. Some of the activities
such as crosswords and word searchesare designed for students to complete individually.
Otherssuch as the partner storiesare meant to be tackled in pairs or teams.

Special attention to typical pr oblem areas. As veteran teachers know, some grammar
rules are more troublesome than others. For example, many children have a hard time
forming contractions, forming the past tense of irregular verbs, and choosing the
homonym that makes sense in a sentence. This book addresses these tough topics clearly
and decisively.

How to Use the Book


Grammar
Puzzles &
Games Kids
Can't Resist!
Karen Kellaher,
Scholastic
Teaching
Resources

You may use the reproducible activities in any order.


Here are some suggestions for making the most of
them:
1.

Use each reproducible as an immediate follow-up


to a grammar lesson to assess what students
have learned. Because the activities include very
simple instructions and grammar rule
reminders, you can easily assign the activities as
homework. I can assure you that your students
wont mind digging into these assignments!

2.

Use the reproducibles as part of a Grammar Learning Center where the focus changes
each week. For example, while you are teaching about nouns, you may want to copy all
of the activities that focus on nouns and store the activities in a designated spot in the
classroom. Send students to the Grammar Learning Center when they finish work early,
when you are working with small groups, or any other time individual students are looking for something to do. Invite students to make colorful posters of important grammar
rules and use them to decorate your Learning Center.

3.

Consider having students check their own work. (Use the answer key on page 58 to post
the answers on the board.) Then work with each student to highlight and focus on any
problem areas.

4.

After students have completed the puzzles for a given grammar topic, invite them to create their own puzzles for classmates to work on. Younger students will enjoy making
word search puzzles and simple crosswords on graph paper. Older students may want to
try crafting their own riddle bubble tests and partner stories. (In either case, take a peek
at the student-made activities before students exchange them. This will help avoid frustration in the event that a student-created puzzle is incorrect or incomplete.)

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Students hunt for their answers in a letter grid. Answers may go


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These crosswords are designed simply with elementary students in


mind. All of the clues and answers relate to grammar. There are no
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Pairs of students work together to complete a story using specific


parts of speech. When theyre done, they have a hilariously funny
story to share with the class. These activities can be used over and
over with new, exciting results each time.

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Crack-the-Code Cloze Games


Students complete a short story by filling in the missing part of
speech. Then they use their answers to decode a secret message!

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The verbto beis themost frequentlyusedverb inthe English language.Eight differentwordsare partof theverb tobe.

Riddle Bubble Tests


Students fill in the bubble next to the sentence that uses correct
grammar. Then students use their lettered answers to unravel the
punch line to an amusing riddle. These riddle tests are not only
fun; theyre also great practice for state and national standardized
tests (students get into the habit of filling in the circle next to the
correct answer).

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SKILL: Common Nouns

Noun Hunt

FAST FACT

Read the clues to name the nouns in each list. Then find the nouns in
the word search puzzle.

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3. A person between the ages of 13 and 19

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4. A person who sings

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5. Your mothers sister is your

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PLACES
6. A place where you buy things

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7. A place where you go to learn

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8. A place where you go to eat

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9. The place where you live

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10. A place where planes take off and land

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THINGS
11. A vehicle with two wheels

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12. Something you use to carry groceries

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13. A fruit thats often red and is used to make pies and juice

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14. Something you use at dinner time that comes with chairs

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15. Something fluffy that floats in the sky

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SKILL: Simple Predicate of a Sentence

Find the Verb


Read each sentence and underline the verb. Then find
each verb in the word search puzzle.

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Resources

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Some verbs, like runs
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action. Other verbs, like
is and was, describe a
state of being.

1. The play begins at six oclock.


2. Lucas visits his grandmother at least once a week.
3. The snake caught its prey under a boulder.
4. I read an exciting novel last week.
5. Rebecca painted a picture of a beautiful sunset.
6. My cat is three years old.
7. Our school basketball team just won the state championship.
8. Megan loves pizza with pepperoni.
9. The two brothers shared a seat on the school bus.
10. We sang the national anthem at school today.
11. A rabbit made its nest in our front yard.
12. During the storm, winds blew at speeds of 50 miles per hour.
13. Jared listens to many kinds of music.
14. Anne broke her arm last winter.
15. That film has terrific special effects.

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SKILL: Helping Verbs

Verbs Help Out


Read each sentence and locate the helping verb. When you are
finished, find your answers in the word search puzzle.

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are
be
been
being
can

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does
had
has

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might
must
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HELPING VERB
1. Our neighbors were playing loud music last night.

__________________

2. You should say thank you to Uncle Roy for the gift.

__________________

3. I can see the park from my bedroom window.

__________________

4. My train is leaving in ten minutes.

__________________

5. I am planning to join the swim team.

__________________

6. I knew that you owned a dog, but I did not know that you owned a fish. __________________
7. Yes, I do like to work with clay.

__________________

8. I have started my homework.

__________________

9. My cousins are visiting for the weekend.

__________________

10. Julia has written a poem for class.

__________________

11. I was walking to school when I saw an injured bird.

__________________

12. I might win the contest.

__________________

13. Tina had just fallen asleep when the telephone rang.

__________________

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SKILL: Comparing Adjectives

Good, Better, Best


Read each sentence. On the line, write the positive, comparative, or superlative form of the missing adjective. Then find
each of your answers in the word search puzzle.

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1. Nora was fast, but Caitlyn was ____________________.
(comparative of fast )

2. Snowball is ____________________ than the other kittens


(comparative of cute )

in the litter.
3. Kevin is _____________________.
(positive of smart )

4. January is the _____________________ month of the year.


(superlative of cold )

5. I filled the _____________________ glass I could find with water.


(superlative of tall )

6. Someone must have turned up the volume, because the


music suddenly got _____________________.
(comparative of loud )

7. The _____________________ clouds were a sign that the storm


(positive of dark)

was on its way.


8. Todays math assignment is _____________________ than
(comparative of hard )

yesterdays.
9. David has an _____________________ bedtime than I do.
(comparative of early)

10. Tina is my _____________________ friend.


(superlative of close)

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you describe one or
more things: A puppy is
nice; puppies are nice.
A comparative adjective
lets you compare two or
more things: Barbara is
nicer than Gerard;
Gerard is nicer than all
the other boys in our
class.
A superlative adjective
lets you describe only
one thing: Mount
Everest is the tallest
mountain in the world;
Remo is the friendliest
person in school.

SKILL: Personal and Possessive Pronouns

Noun Substitutes
Read each sentence and fill in each blank with a pronoun from the lists.
When you are finished, find your answers in the word search puzzle.

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she

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me
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her
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them

Pronouns can be possessive, just like nouns:


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his
its

mine
my
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1. _________________ am happy to meet you, I said.


2. Ryan has a doctors appointment after school, so _________________ will miss practice.
3. She baked the cake for so long, _________________ was as hard as a rock!
4. Frank and Erin said _________________ would be back in one hour.
5. I just saw a man run down the street. Did you see _______________?
6. The fourth graders invited _________________ to their holiday party, so we will invite them to
_________________.
7. Mary, do _________________ walk to school or ride the bus?
8. Elizabeth hopes _________________ will get the lead in the school play.
9. Our family is very busy, but _________________ always try to eat dinner together.
10. I reminded Derek that _________________ owes me a dollar.
11. When I saw Aunt Sue get off the train, I hugged _________________ and offered to carry her bags.
12. The children were misbehaving, so Mrs. Nelson asked _________________ to quiet down.
13. I know thats _________________ lunch because it has my name on it.
14. A kitten must stay with _________________ mother for several weeks.
15. The twins invited all of _________________ friends to the birthday party.

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SKILL: Contractions

Contraction Action
Read each sentence, paying special attention to the contraction.
On the line, write the word that completes each contraction.
Then find each of your answers in the word search puzzle.

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A contraction is formed
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of the missing letters.

1. I couldnt make it to the dance recital on Wednesday.


couldnt = could + _____________________
2. Peter shouldve called if he were going to be late.
shouldve = should + _____________________
3. Im the oldest child in my family.
Im = I + _____________________
4. Maura was tired because shed been working in the garden all day.
shed = she + _____________________
5. Edward says hell be over in ten minutes.
hell = he + _____________________
6. Youre my best friend.
Youre = You + _____________________
7. Hes afraid of spiders.
Hes = He + _____________________
8. Twas the night before Christmas.
Twas = _____________________ + was
9. Lets go out to dinner tonight.
Lets = Let + _____________________

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SKILL: Common Abbreviations

For Short
Match each abbreviation to the full word it stands for. Then
hunt for each full word in the word search puzzle.

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An abbreviation is a
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word or phrase. Some
abbreviations use periods, but others do not.

FULL WORD

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Dr.

_____

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October

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Avenue

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Doctor

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TV

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Saturday

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California

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Sat.

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United States

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January

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SKILL: Singular and Plural Nouns

Single Minded

FAST FACT

Look at the plural noun underlined in each sentence, and


write the singular form of the noun on the line. Then
write the singular noun in the puzzle grid. The last letter
of one answer will be the first letter of the next answer.
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plural. Others add -es. Other
nouns change completely when
they become plural, and still others
do not change at all!

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1. There are nine planets in our solar system.

____________________

2. Cars and trucks lined the street.

____________________

3. I cant find my house keys anywhere!

____________________

4. Many homes have back yards.

____________________

5. There are ditches on both sides of the road.

____________________

6. Its fun to ride a bike over the hills in this neighborhood.

____________________

7. Plants have chemicals in their leaves to help them make food.

____________________

8. Graciela is just under five feet tall.

____________________

9. Our class has gone on three field trips this school year.

____________________

10. I save pennies in a jar in my bedroom.

____________________

11. Does your family eat yams at Thanksgiving?

____________________

12. Fifty men, women, and children were left homeless by the storm.

____________________

13. I have a pocket full of nickels.

____________________

14. Bright lights filled the sky.

____________________

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SKILL: Verbs/Past Tense

In the Past
Rewrite each sentence in the past tense. Then write each past-tense
verb in the snail puzzle. The last letter of one answer will be the first
letter of the next answer. Some answers will go around corners.
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The past tense is used to describe something that happened before now. Many verbs form the past tense by
adding -ed or -d. But other verbs form the past tense
in unusual ways and should be memorized.

1. I sleep in a bed.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
2. She turns the key.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
3. We decide what to eat for lunch.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
4. Stephan draws a picture.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
5. I win the spelling bee!
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
6. Rachel nods her head in agreement.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
7. They drive to school every day.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
8. The nurse examines the patient.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
9. Everyone dances to that song.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
10. I dare you to watch the scary movie.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
11. We do the dishes.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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SKILL: Prepositions

Pick a Preposition
Read each sentence below, and choose a preposition
from the box to fill in the blank. Then write the prepositions in the snail puzzle. In the puzzle, the last letter
of one answer is the first letter of the next answer.
Some answers will go around corners.

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FAST FACT

Prepositions usually tell where something is, where


something is going, or when something is
happening. Some common prepositions are:

about
near
below
without
in
except

after
throughout
because
beside
over
toward

1. South America is located _________________________ the Equator.


2. You cannot bake a cake _________________________ flour.
3. The sprinter ran _________________________ the finish line.
4. We played outside for a while _________________________ the cold weather.
5. I like all vegetables _________________________ for lima beans.
6. Basketball is popular _________________________ the entire United States.
7. Hannah sent a thank-you note _________________________ her grandmother.
8. Will you help me load the heavy box _________________________ the truck?
9. Anthony lives _________________________ North Birchfield Avenue.
10. The twins live _________________________ the school, so they do not ride the schoolbus.

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SKILL: Compound Words

Create-a-Word
Read each clue below and figure out the compound word that is
being described. Then write the compound words in the snail puzzle.
The last letter of one answer will be the first letter of the next
answer. Some answers go around corners.

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A compound word is a
word that is made up of
two or more smaller
words. For example:
notebook, newspaper,
thunderstorm.

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1. A mark your foot leaves in snow or mud.

________________________

2. These fall from your eyes when you are sad.

________________________

3. At night we have moonlight; in the day we have

________________________

4. A natural disaster that makes the ground shake.

________________________

5. The skin that closes over your eye.

________________________

6. You turn this to open a door.

________________________

7. A sport played with a bat and ball.

________________________

8. All the years that a person lives.

________________________

9. The hard covering around an egg.

________________________

10. A house that warns ships of danger.

________________________

11. A piece of jewelry you wear on your ear.

________________________

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SKILL: Homonyms

Which One
(Won) Is It?
Read each of the sentences below, and underline the
homonym that makes sense in each one. Then write the
correct homonyms in the snail puzzle. The last letter of
one answer will be the first letter of the next answer.
Some answers will go around corners.

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Homonyms are words


that sound alike but
have different spellings
and meanings. For
example: peace/piece
and bare/bear.

1. My (aunt, ant) is coming to visit for a few weeks.


2. Jack likes to play soccer (to, too, two).
3. We will eat lunch in about (one, won) hour.
4. Rosas brother is (ate, eight) years old.
5. Nigel (threw, through) the ball to first base.
6. Room 16 is having a spelling test next (weak, week).
7. I dont (know, no) where I left my backpack.
8. How much does your puppy (way, weigh)?
9. The frightened campers (herd, heard) a noise in the forest.
10. The (dear, deer) drank from the cool stream.
11. The principals office is the third door on the (right, write).
12. (There, Theyre, Their) favorite movie is showing tonight at 8 p.m.
13. The audience filled 100 (rose, rows) of seats.
14. Loris arm was (sore, soar) after her softball game.

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SKILL: Subject/Verb Agreement

Do They Agree?
Read each of the sentences below, and underline the
verb that agrees with the subject. Then write the correct
verbs in the snail puzzle. The last letter of one answer
will be the first letter of the next answer. Some answers
will go around corners.

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1. Bears (has, have) a powerful sense of smell.

If the subject of a sentence is singular, the


verb must also be singular. If the subject is
plural, the verb must be
plural. Heres a secret,
though: While a noun
that ends in -s is usually plural, a verb that

2. We (eat, eats) out about twice a month.


3. He always (try, tries) to do his homework before dinner.
4. On the island, the sun (shine, shines) almost every day.
5. The recipe (says, say) to cook the muffins for 25 minutes.
6. They (swim, swims) in the lake every afternoon.
7. I (make, makes) the best lemonade in town!
8. Ralph (earn, earns) money by mowing his neighbors lawn.
9. The kids often (swing, swings) at the playground.
10. My house plants (grows, grow) an inch every month.
11. Henry (were, was) in charge of the class party.

ends in -s is usually
singular!

12. At lunch time, Rita always (sit, sits) near the windows.
13. They (switch, switches) seats every week.
14. Christopher (has, have) on a striped sweater today.

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SKILL: Plural Nouns

Make It Two!
Write the plural
of each singular
noun on the line
provided. Then
write the plurals
in the crossword
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Some nouns add -s to


become plural. Others
add -es. Other nouns
change completely
when they become plural, and still others do
not change at all!

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one banana; many

__________________

1.

one plant; many

__________________

5.

one president; many

__________________

2.

one waitress; many

__________________

8.

one subject; many

__________________

4.

one foot; many

__________________

9.

one itch; many

__________________

6.

one deer; many

__________________

11. one disk; many

__________________

7.

one note; many

__________________

14. one tomato; many

__________________

10. one child; many

__________________

17. one television; many

__________________

12. one cookie; many

__________________

13. one person; many

__________________

15. one key; many

__________________

16. one mouse; many

__________________

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SKILL: Abstract Nouns

Invisible Nouns

FAST FACT
Some nouns name ideas or feelings
that you cannot see, hear, smell, or
touch. Some examples are happiness, wonder, and justice. These
nouns are called abstract nouns.

Use a noun from the box to fill in the blank in each sentence.
Then write your answers in the crossword puzzle.
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sadness
beauty
democracy
sharing
hope
confidence

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anger
fairness
concern
courage
intelligence
kindness

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4.

Madison has ____________________ that

the future will be bright.


6.

Jack has ____________________ in his

ability to play soccer.


8.

The students had great

____________________ for their teacher.


9.

For the sake of ____________________,

Marianne gave each child the same number of


cookies.
11. Carolines main ____________________
after the hurricane was the safety of her

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Felicia was filled with

____________________ when her dog died.


2.

My parents fell in ____________________

when they were in college.


3.

The United States government is a

____________________ .
5.

In the spring, flowers fill the world with

____________________ .
6.

It takes ____________________ to give a

speech in front of the whole class.


7.

Albert Einstein had ____________________,

neighbors.

but he did not do well in school.

12. Josh treats everyone with

10. The kids know that ____________________

____________________, so he has many friends.

is important. They always take turns with

13. When Grandpa saw what the burglars

their toys.

had done to the house, he was filled with


_______________ .

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SKILL: Action Verbs

Wheres the Action?


1

Read each sentence and


fill in the blank with an
action verb from the
box. Write the verb in
the crossword puzzle.

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baked
roared
eat

10
11

12
13

FAST FACT

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An action verb
describes activity that
happened in the past, is
happening now, or will
happen in the future.

15
16
17

18

ACROSS
2.

DOWN

Jeanette __________________________ as she

1.

thought of the exciting day ahead of her.


6.

team to victory.

Jack __________________________ the home-

3.

work assignment in his notebook.


7.

I am pleased to ______________________ you,


Jacob said.

During the earthquake, the whole house

4.

__________________________ .
9.

Samantha __________________________ her

The teacher __________________________ the


writing on the chalk board.

Alexis __________________________ at

5.

Courtneys joke.

Dont __________________________ the boat; it


may tip over!

10. Our basketball team ________________________

6.

the state championship!

Gregory __________________________ the dog


around the block.

11. I am so hungry, I could

8.

__________________________ ten pizzas!

I __________________________ the envelope as


soon as I saw it.

13. Chris __________________________ all the way

12. Lets __________________________ a kite today.

to the top of the tree.

14. In honor of your birthday, Aunt Rose

17. The lion __________________________ loudly,

__________________________ a cake.

surprising the zoo visitors.

15. My book bag weighs at least 15 pounds. It is

18. Victor __________________________ Fire! as

too heavy to __________________________!


16. Lucas __________________________ his favorite

soon as he saw the flames.

tie on school picture day.

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SKILL: Personal and Possessive Pronouns

Pronoun Magic

Mine!

My ball!

Use a pronoun from the box to fill in the blank in each sentence. You
may use some pronouns more than once. Then write the pronouns in
the crossword puzzle.
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Pronouns take the place of nouns:

11

12

16

FAST FACT

7
10

17

I
you
he
she

13

it
we
me
they

him
her
us
them

18
22

Pronouns can be possessive,


just like nouns:

23

24

my
his
our/ours
mine
her/hers

25

ACROSS
2.
4.
6.

7.

9.
10.
12.
16.
19.

Look at that flower! ___________________ is


beautiful.
This letter is addressed to my neighbors. It
must be ___________________ .
Joanna cant wait for the class trip. It will
be ___________________ first visit to a museum.
George helped me with the science homework. I helped ___________________ with the
math problems.
Will you join ___________________ for a
walk? I would enjoy your company.
If you dont hurry, ___________________ are
going to be late for school.
Can you find ___________________ way home
from here?
Our school has two playgrounds. Everyone
works to keep ___________________ clean.
Brian forgot ___________________ lunch
today.
Is this backpack ___________________? It has
your initials on it.
The Smiths took ___________________ new
puppy for a walk.
___________________ jacket is this?

their/theirs
your/yours
its
whose

DOWN
1.
3.
5.
8.
11.
13.
17.
18.
20.
21.

22.

23.

24.

25.

25.

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Mike and Rob went to the park because


___________________ wanted to play ball.
The students have recess after
___________________ eat lunch.
Amanda loves space, so ___________________
wants to become an astronaut.
That pen belongs to me. It is _____________ .
A cat followed Bob and me home. It stayed
behind ______________ the whole way!
The blue car belongs to our family. The van
is ___________________, too.
Mrs. Miller remembers every solo
___________________ daughter sang.
I was in a rush, so I asked the waiter to
bring ___________________ food quickly.
Many nutrients of an apple are in
___________________ peel.
My mom knows me well.
___________________ can tell when Ive had a
bad day.
My friends and I love to ride bikes. It is
___________________ favorite activity.
My brother and I hope ___________________
both make the soccer team.

SKILL: Adverbs

Awesome Adverbs
Read each
sentence and
fill in the
blank with an
adverb from
the box. Then
write your
answers in
the crossword
puzzle.

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4

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10

An adverb can describe


a verb, adjective, or
another adverb. Adverbs
often answer the questions how, when, where,
and to what extent.
Manybut not all
adverbs end in -ly.

11

loudly
hard
angrily

happily
well
hopefully

slowly
lightly
never

hungrily
there
finally

ACROSS
1.

DOWN

Hillary ate her soup

1.

__________________________.
4.

Natasha hit the ball

2.

David brushed the canvas

3.

The tired children walked home from

school ____________________ .

All of the students did very

5.

__________________________ on the reading test.


9.

The crickets chirped

________________________ outside the window.

______________________ with yellow paint.


8.

Bryan __________________________ agreed

to join the game.

_________________________ and ran to first base.


6.

fast

The cat hissed __________________________

when the dog walked by.

The twins couldnt believe their birthday

7.

When I heard the announcer begin to

had ___________________ arrived.

name the winners, I looked up

11. I will sit here; you can sit

_______________________________ .

_______________________.

9.

Tricia runs __________________________

enough to make the track and field team.


10. Kyle has _____________________________
experienced a snowfall before.

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SKILL: Proper Adjectives

Its Only Proper

FAST FACT
A proper adjective is an
adjective that forms
from a proper noun. For
example, a king from
England is an English
king. A proper adjective
uses a capital letter.

Use a proper adjective from the box to fill in the blank in each sentence. Then write the answers in the puzzle.
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9

10

11
12

Hawaiian
Christmas

Asian
Arctic

Amtrak
Disney

Atlantic
South

ACROSS
1.

We took an _________________________ train

__________________________ Ocean.

Polar bears and snowshoe rabbits are both

3. The ________________________ flag has stars


and stripes.

The ______________________ Lakes are locat-

4.

ed between the United States and Canada.


8.

Chinese

They went swimming in the

2.

_____________________ animals.
7.

Irish
American

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across the country.


3.

Nike
Great

The ________________________ New Year is

celebrated with parades and fireworks.

Anthony bought a pair of blue

Mike received many

5.

________________________ sneakers.

__________________________ presents from his

10. No one lives at the

friends.

__________________________ Pole all year long.

6.

11. Japan is an ____________________________

The _________________________ Islands are

part of the United States.

country.

9.

12. Sara enjoys watching

An ___________________________ person is

someone from Ireland.

__________________________ movies.

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SKILL: Subject of Sentence

Subject Search

FAST FACT

Read each sentence and underline the word that is the simple subject.
Write the word in the crossword puzzle.
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The simple subject is


the noun or pronoun
that tells what or whom
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9

10
11
12
13

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ACROSS
1.

They knew that they were going to be

DOWN
1.

late for the meeting.

Travis rode the roller coaster four


times.

2.

Teachers have exciting jobs.

2.

The telephone rang loudly.

4.

She owns several rare books.

3.

A single star shone in the night sky.

5.

The local newspaper ran an article

6.

Everyone shouted Surprise! when

about helping the environment.


7.

My new shoes gave me painful blisters.

8.

The tall brown mare guarded her newborn foal.

9.

The hot sun scorched the farmers

Nathan walked in the front door.


8.

Beautiful music played while we


worked on our projects.

9.

Shelly is one of my closest friends.

10. Litter makes the park ugly.

crops.
11. Mrs. Edwards store closes at 7:30
p.m. on weeknights.
12. It is almost summer time.
13. Cheese is a popular pizza topping.
14. The letter arrived in yesterdays mail.

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SKILL: Common Nouns

Food Fight!

FAST FACT
Common nouns are
general names for people, places, and things.
They do not use capital
letters. For example:
student, home, and
apple.

Work with a partner on this


activity. One partner will be
the Clue Giver. The other
partner will be the Word
Giver.

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1. The Clue Giver asks the


Word Giver for a word to fill
in each blank. Fill in all the
blanks before reading the
story.
2. The Clue Giver reads the
story out loud.

One day the students in our class were having a quiet lunch in the ____________________.
common noun/place

At first everything was going smoothly. The kids were enjoying fried ___________________________,
common noun/thing

baked ____________________________, and a variety of other tasty treats.


common noun/thing

Trouble started when one of the students was carrying her tray to her seat. Her stomach
grumbled as she gazed at the ____________________________, ____________________________, and
common noun/thing

common noun/thing

__________________________ on her tray. A _________________________ and _________________________


common noun/thing

common noun/person

common noun/person

sitting nearby both looked hungrily at the piping hot lunch. Suddenly, the student tripped on a
_________________________ on the floor, and her tray went flying. A large ________________________
common noun/thing

common noun/thing

landed on a _________________________ who was walking by. You know what that means! anothcommon noun/person

er student shouted. Food fight!


Before long, the kids lunches were sailing through the air. A burned ___________________
common noun/thing

plopped down on a ___________________________. A greasy ____________________________ flew out


common noun/person

common noun/thing

the window and headed for the _________________________. The food fight continued until a
common noun/place

mushy _________________________ sailed right into the teacher.


common noun/thing

Stop this nonsense, the teacher cried. Each one of you is behaving like a
_________________________. Clean up this mess right now or I will send you to the
common noun/person

_________________________! Needless to say, that was the end of the food fight!
common noun/place

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SKILL: Proper Nouns

The Strangest
Field Trip Ever

FAST FACT
Proper nouns are the
names of specific people, places, and things.
They always begin with
a capital letter. For
example: George, Texas,
and the Statue of
Liberty.

Work with a partner on


this activity. One partner
will be the Clue Giver.
The other partner will be
the Word Giver.

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1. The Clue Giver asks


the Word Giver for a
word to fill in each
blank. Fill in all the
blanks before reading
the story.
2. The Clue Giver reads
the story out loud.

Last night I had a very unusual dream. In my dream, ___________________________ was the

proper noun/person

principal of our school! One day, the principal announced that we were going on a field trip to
______________________. Now, I had been to ______________________ and to ______________________,
proper noun/place

proper noun/place

proper noun/place

but never there!


Believe it or not, my dream got even crazier after that. We rode a ______________________
proper noun/form of transportation

all the way to our destination. Once we arrived, we met all kinds of people. I personally saw
______________________ and ______________________ and even got ______________________ to give
proper noun/person

proper noun/person

proper noun/person

me an autograph. I will always treasure it!


On the way home, we talked the principal into stopping in ______________________ and

proper noun/place

______________________. We tried to stop in ______________________, too, but we ran out of time.


proper noun/place

proper noun/place

Even so, it was the most awesome field trip I had ever been on. Was I ever disappointed when it
was time to wake up!

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SKILL: Verbs/Present and Past Tense

Alien Adventure

FAST FACT

Work with a partner on this activity.


One partner will be the Clue Giver. The
other partner will be the Word Giver.

The present tense


describes an action that
is happening now. The
past tense describes an
action that already happened. Many verbs form
the past tense by
adding -ed or -d.

1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver


for a word to fill in each blank. Fill in
all the blanks before reading the story.
2. The Clue Giver reads the story out
loud.
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When I saw the flashing lights, I knew right away it was a


UFO. It________________ right next to me. The doors opened, and out came ____________________
verb/past tense

number over 2

____________________. The creatures marched toward me and began to speak. We are from the
plural noun

planet _________________, they said. We travel around the Milky Way, stopping only to
noun

________________. Tell us about yourself, Earthling.


verb/present tense

I ____________________ and I ____________________. I did not know what to say, My name


verb/past tense

verb/past tense

is _______________________, I began. I like to ___________________________ and


verb/present tense

word givers name

__________________________. My favorite thing to do is __________________________ and hang out


verb/present tense

verb/present tense

with my good friend, __________________________.


noun/persons name

The creatures looked at each other and __________________________. Aha, they said.
verb/past tense

Earth is very different from our planet. Come, and we will show you.
I hopped aboard the UFO and we took off. The creatures and I ____________________ and
verb/past tense

_______________________. They also gave me a delicious ________________________ to eat.


verb/past tense

noun/thing

Finally, we arrived. I could tell we were there when the UFO _______________________. I
verb/past tense

stepped outside. I watched as alien creatures ____________________ and ____________________.


verb/past tense

verb/past tense

I was homesick already, without my family and my favorite _________________. Take me


noun

home! I told the aliens. They shrugged and put me back on the UFOby myself! Wait I cried.
I dont know how to fly this thing!
The doors closed, and I spied a control panel. I did not know which button to press, so I
just ____________________. Amazingly, the UFO ____________________ and started its journey back
verb/past tense

verb/past tense

to Earth. It took me ____________________ days, but I finally made it home.


number

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SKILL: Verbs/Future Tense

I See the Future

FAST FACT
To form the future
tense, verbs add the
word will. For example:
He will run tomorrow.

Work with a partner on this activity. One partner will be the Clue Giver.
The other partner will be the Word Giver.
1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver for a word to fill in each blank. Fill
in all the blanks before reading the story.
2. The Clue Giver reads the story out loud.

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What will life on Earth be like 100 years from now? Heres what I think:
People __________________________ much less often than they do today, but they
verb/future tense

__________________________ at least ten times a day. Children __________________________ in


verb/future tense

verb/future tense

schools and they __________________________ in their neighborhoods.


verb/future tense

In the United States, most people __________________________ , but in other parts of the
verb/future tense

world, people __________________________ . People everywhere __________________________ .


verb/future tense

verb/future tense

In the future, all cars __________________________ and bikes __________________________ . It


verb/future tense

verb/future tense

will be so much fun! Computers _______________________ , and machines _____________________ .


verb/future tense

verb/future tense

What will I be doing 100 years from now? Thanks to medical advances, I will still be
around. I probably _______________________ , and I definitely ________________________ . But most
verb/future tense

verb/future tense

of all I _______________________ ! I can hardly wait!


verb/future tense

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SKILL: Adjectives

Say It With
Adjectives!

FAST FACT
Adjectives are words
that describe nouns or
pronouns. For example:
beautiful, sloppy, blue,
broken.

Work with a partner on this


activity. One partner will be the
Clue Giver. The other partner
will be the Word Giver.
1. The Clue Giver asks the Word
Giver for a word to fill in each
blank. Fill in all the blanks
before reading the story.
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2. The Clue Giver reads the


story out loud.

One _________________________ spring afternoon, a _________________________ student


adjective

adjective

named _________________________ was playing basketball. The student was wearing the latest
noun/first name

fashion: _________________________ pants and a very _________________________ shirt.


adjective

adjective

The student threw the ball toward the basket, but it bounced into the woods. I guess Ill
have to chase it. The student ran to get the basketball but it was nowhere in sight. Instead,
there was a _________________________ , _________________________ bottle with a
adjective

adjective

_________________________ lid propped beneath a tree.


adjective

The student opened the bottle cautiously. Out popped a _________________________ genie
adjective

wearing a strange _________________________ outfit!


adjective

Finally! said the genie as he glanced at the _________________________ watch on his


adjective

wrist. Its about time someone let me out of this bottle. I only have time for one wish. So make
it snappy.
The student thought. What would be the best wish? To be a ___________________________
adjective

superstar? To have some really ____________________________ toys? Finally, the student thought
adjective

of the perfect wish and told the genie.


Whatever, said the genie as he snapped his fingers. And just like that, the wish came
true. The student became a ___________________________, ____________________________
adjective

adjective

_____________________, and never forgot that _______________________ day in the forest.


adjective

noun

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SKILL: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs (Review)

A Parts-of-Speech
Circus

FAST FACT
A noun is a person,
place or thing
(Mr. Simpson, Ohio,
banana ). A verb tells
the action in the
sentence (lifts, dances,
sees). An adjective
describes a noun (blue,
nice, smart). An adverb
usually describes a
verb (quickly, happily,
wildly).

Work with a partner on this


activity. One partner will be
the Clue Giver. The other partner will be the Word Giver.

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1. The Clue Giver asks the


Word Giver for a word to fill
in each blank. Fill in all the
blanks before reading the
story.
2. The Clue Giver reads the
story out loud.
Last week, the circus came to our town. It was set up near the
old ______________________. I wasnt planning to go, but
common noun/place

_______________________ and _____________________ talked me into it. They were dying to see the
proper noun/person

proper noun/person

_______________________ ______________________ and the __________________________


adjective

adjective

common noun/thing

________________________ .
common noun/person

When we arrived, we were starving, so we got in line to buy some snacks.


I ate the ________________________

__________________________, and my friends ate the


common noun/thing

adjective

_____________________ ________________________.
adjective

common noun/thing

Then the show began. The ringmaster _____________________ announced the first act.
adverb

Then __________________ __________________ came out and started to _______________________


adjective/number

verb/present tense

plural noun

_______________________! When the act was over, everyone began to __________________________


verb/present tense

adverb

_______________________ and ___________________________ ____________________________ .


verb/present tense

adverb

adverb

Later in the show, we saw a _______________________ _________________________ and a


adjective

common noun/thing

________________________ ________________________ who could _______________________ and


adjective

verb/present tense

common noun/person

_____________________. The best part of the show was the last act, when a _____________________
adjective

verb/present tense

___________________ ___________________ ___________________ on top of a ______________________!


common noun/person

verb/past tense

any common noun

adverb

We ran into _______________________ and ______________________. They were carrying a


common noun/person

common noun/person

______________________ that they had bought as a souvenir. They said they loved the show, too!
common noun/thing

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SKILL: Adverbs

A Pet Adventure

FAST FACT
Adverbs can describe
verbs, adjectives, or
even other adverbs.
They usually answer the
questions how, when,
or where. They often
end in the letters -ly.

This adventure story is missing its adverbs! Fill in the


blanks in the story with
adverbs from the box below.
When you are finished, put
the numbered letters in the
correct order and get the
secret message.

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suddenly
quickly

loudly
breathlessly

high
desperately

sadly
hungrily

fearlessly
innocently

wildly

My neighbors asked me to watch their dog, Sophie. I __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __


1

needed the money, so I took the job. Sophie barked __ __ __ __ __ __ and gave me a
2

big kiss. I took her by the leash and waved good-bye.


Trouble began when she chewed off her leash and ran __ __ __ __ __ __
down the street. When I caught her, she was licking someones ice cream cone! Then she
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ran across the street. I followed
3

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ behind her.
5

Sophie stopped at the park. There, she __ __ __ __ __ __ __ made some new


6

friends, leaped __ __ __ __ into the air to grab their Frisbee, and greeted a man who was
7

feeding the squirrels.


We were invited to a picnic and ate __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __. Then I
9

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ realized it was time to go. We __ __ __ __ __ said


10

11

12

good-bye, and got home minutes before Sophies owners. They saw her sitting
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ by the door and exclaimed. Sophies so good for
13

you. Are you available next week?

Now use the circled letters to decode the message:


__ __ __ __

__ __
5

__ __

12

13

__ __ __ __ __
2

__ __ __ __ __ __ __!
3

12

10

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SKILL: Prepositions

Prepositions
Show Position

FAST FACT
Prepositions usually tell
where something is,
where something is
going, or when something is happening.

This story is missing its prepositions!


Fill in the blanks in the story with
prepositions from the box below.
When you are finished, put the numbered letters in the correct order and
get the secret message.

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about
above

before
by

except
from

in
inside

near
on

with
without

to

Last summer, I went ____ ____ Space Camp! I went for three days, ____ ____ ____ ____ a
1

Monday to a Wednesday. On the first day, I got to try on a space suit just like the ones worn by
real astronauts. It had an American flag ____ ____ the front and all kinds of special equipment
built into it. It even had a device to control the temperature inside the suit.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ this equipment, astronauts could not survive ____ ____ space.
5

The next day, I got to taste astronaut food. I especially liked the freeze-dried ice cream. In
fact, all of the kids at Space Camp (____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ for one or two) thought the
7

ice cream was the best.


Finally, I got to go ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ a special anti-gravity chamber. It was
8

invented ____ ____ scientists to give astronauts an idea of what its like to be weightless in
10

outer space. While I was floating inside the chamber, I imagined that I was traveling far
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ the Earth. Wow!
11

Before I knew it, it was time to head home. But before I left, I got to meet a real-life astronaut. She sat down ____ ____ ____ ____ all the campers and told us ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
12

13

her job. She sat ____ ____ ____ ____ me, so I even got an autograph! Now I dont just think I
14

want to be an astronaut. I know for sure!

Now use the numbered letters to decode the message:


__ __ __ __ __
3

__ __ __
11

12

__ __ __ __
1

10

__ __ __ __ __ __!
9

13

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SKILL: Conjunctions

A Conjunctions
Function

FAST FACT
Conjunctions are linking
words. They join words,
phrases, clauses, and
sentences together.

This story is missing its conjunctions! Fill in the blanks in the story
with conjunctions from the box
below. When you are finished, put
the numbered letters in the correct
order and get the secret message.

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and
but

or
nor

yet
so

if
until

since
because

before
once

The day we moved into our new house, the weather was rainy __ __ __ cold.
1

__ __ __ __ __ I could not play outside, I decided to explore the attic. It was mostly
3

empty, __ __ __ a few dusty boxes sat in the corner, belonging to the previous owners
4

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ my family had not come up here yet.


5

I began to look through one of the boxes filled with papers that looked old and fragile, __ __
I was careful. I uncovered an old map and recognized our neighborhood. It showed a large X
near the lake, at the end of our road. Hmmmm, I thought to myself. X marks the spot. For a
chest full of gold __ __ a priceless piece of jewelry? I could hardly wait to find out!
6

Luckily the next day was sunny. __ __ __ __ I finished breakfast, I set out to search
7

for the spot marked on my map. __ __ __ __ __ __ I had gotten very far, I heard a
8

voice say, Im Kate. You must be the new kid. I said hello. I didnt want Kate to think I was
silly, __ __ __ I knew she might be a big help so I showed her my map. Soon both of us
9

were having a great time.


We found plenty of garbage, and may never know __ __ there is treasure by the lake, but
10

I have a new pal!

Now use the circled letters to decode the message:


__ __ __ __ __ __ __
8

10

__ __ __
7

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __!
9

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SKILL: Interjections

Hey, Wow!

FAST FACT

This letter is missing its interjections! Fill in the blanks in


the story with interjections
from the box below. When you
are finished, put the numbered
letters in the correct order and
get the secret message.

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All right

Hello

An interjection is a word
or phrase that expresses strong feelings. It is
usually punctuated with
an exclamation point.

Thanks

Wow

Hey

Yuck

Dear Aunt Linda,


__ __ __ __ __ there! I just got the train set you sent for my birthday.
__ __ __ __ __ __! I really love it. It has eight cars and a long, curving track.
1

__ __ __! It has to be the nicest train set Ive ever seen.


It took me about three hours to put the set together (with moms help). __ __ __ __!
It sure was hard work! But when I was finally finished, I was very excited. I invited my best
friend, Tim, over to take a look. Tim loves trains as much as I do. When he saw it, he shouted,
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __! Tim and I played with the trains for a while. Then
4

Tims brother, Lou, came over, and we had to put the set away. Thats because Lou tried to play
with the track and almost broke it. I said, __ __ __! Please be careful with that!
6

I hear my mom calling me for dinner, so I will wrap up this letter. We are having liver and
lima beans. __ __ __ __! I hope you are having something tastier!
7

I will talk to you soon!


Love,
Daniel

P.S.: __ __ __ __! I almost forgot to tell you that my first soccer game of the season will
9

be this Saturday morning!

Now use the numbered letters to decode the message:


__ __ __ __
3

__ __ __ __ __!

__ __
1

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Oops

Phew

SKILL: The Verb To Be

To Be or
Not to Be?

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FAST FACT
The verb to be is the
most frequently used
verb in the English language. Eight different
words are part of the
verb to be.

This story is missing


some of its verbs! Fill in
the blanks in the story
with verbs from the box
below. All of the verbs
are forms of the verb
to be. When you are
finished, put the numbered letters in the correct order and get the
secret message.

is

am

are

was

were

be

being

been

Ladies and Gentlemen,


It __ __ quite an honor to stand before you this evening and accept this award. I am
1

thrilled to __ __ named the Inventor of the Year. Believe it or not, just a few years ago I
2

__ __ __ a poor, unknown inventor with plenty of ideas but no money to make them happen.
Today, I __ __ a big success, all thanks to my famous Two-In-One Dental Floss and Fishing
3

Line. If it __ __ __ __ not for this amazing device, I might still be dreaming away in my
4

basement workshop.
As I accept my award, Id like to thank some special people in my life. They __ __ __
5

my parents and my fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. C. A. Labrat. To all three of them, I say,
Thanks for __ __ __ __ __ there for me! And to all of you in the audience, I say
7

that I have never __ __ __ __ happier or more proud than I am tonight.


8

Now use the numbered letters to decode the message:


__ __
2

__
6

__ __ __ __ __ __!
4

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SKILL: Capitalization

A Capital Idea
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to
the sentence that uses capital letters properly. When
you are finished, use the letters of your answers to solve
the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. The Statue of Liberty is in new york, New York.


B. The Statue of Liberty is in New York, New York.
C. The statue of liberty is in new york, new york.
D. the Statue of Liberty is in New York, New York.

2.

E. George Washington was americas first president.


F. George Washington was Americas first president.
G. George Washington Was Americas First President.
H. George washington was americas first president.

3.

I. Many creatures live in the Pacific Ocean.


J. Many creatures live in the pacific ocean.
K. Many creatures live in the Pacific ocean.
L. Many Creatures live in the Pacific Ocean.

4.

M. My cats Name is Lady.


N. My cats name is Lady.
O. My Cats name is Lady.
P. My cats name is lady.

5.

Q. Where are you celebrating thanksgiving this year?


R. where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?
S. Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?
T. Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this Year?

6.

U. he and I both go to school with karen.


V. He and I both go to School with Karen.
W. He and I both go to school with Karen.
X. He and i both go to school with Karen.

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FAST FACT
Capital or upper case
letters are used to begin
proper nouns, to begin
sentences, for the personal pronoun I, and in
many abbreviations.

Y. Mr. bloomberg teaches fourth grade.

7.

Z. Mr. Bloomberg Teaches fourth grade.


A. Mr. Bloomberg teaches fourth grade.
B. MR. Bloomberg teaches Fourth Grade.
C. We made a birthday cake for uncle phil.

8.

D. We made a Birthday cake for Uncle Phil.


E. We made a birthday cake for Uncle Phil.
F. We made a birthday Cake for Uncle Phil.

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G. The Mississippi river sometimes floods.

9.

H. The Mississippi River Sometimes floods.


I. The Mississippi River sometimes floods.
J. the Mississippi River sometimes floods.
K. Jennifer has a Girl Scout meeting after school on Monday.

10.

L. Jennifer has a girl scout meeting after school on monday.


M. jennifer has a Girl Scout meeting after school on Monday.
N. Jennifer has a girl Scout meeting after School on Monday.
O. They are having a family reunion in March.

11.

P. They are having a Family Reunion in march.


Q. they are having a family reunion in March.
R. They Are having a family reunion in March.
S. Playland is Rogers favorite amusement park.

12.

T. Playland is rogers favorite amusement park.


U. playland is Rogers favorite amusement park.
V. Playland is Rogers favorite Amusement park.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
Where does a polar bear keep its money?

__ __
3

__
4

__
12

__
4

__
11

__

__
6

__
1

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__!

__
4

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SKILL: Possessive Nouns

Whose Is It?
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to
the sentence that uses possessive nouns properly.
When you are finished, use the letters of your answers
to solve the riddle at the end.

1.

A. The catss fur was matted from the rain.


B. The cats fur was matted from the rain.
C. The cats fur was matted from the rain.

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D. The cats fur was matted from the rain.


2.

E. The churchs door is made of thick wood.


F. The churches door is made of thick wood.
G. The churchs door is made of thick wood.

FAST FACT

H. The churchess door is made of thick wood.


3.

A possessive noun
shows ownership. Most
singular nouns become
possessive by adding -s.
Most plural nouns ending in -s become possessive by adding an
apostrophe after the -s.

I. Were going over to Juans house.


J. Were going over to Juans house.
K. Were going over to Juan house.
L. Were going over to Juanss house.

4.

M. The childrens toys were all over the floor.


N. The childrens toys were all over the floor.
O. The childrenss toys were all over the floor.
P. The children toys were all over the floor.

5.

Q. Our classes field trip will be next Thursday.


R. Our classs field trip will be next Thursday.
S. Our classs field trip will be next Thursday.
T. Our class field trip will be next Thursday.

6.

U. The Smithss driveway is very long.


V. The Smiths driveway is very long.
W. The Smithses driveway is very long.
X. The Smiths driveway is very long.

7.

Y. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit.


Z. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit.
A. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit.
B. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit.

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C. Baileys phone number is easy to remember.

8.

D. Baileys phone number is easy to remember.


E. Baileys phone number is easy to remember.
F. Baileyss phone number is easy to remember.
G. Our stores motto is, The customers needs come first.

9.

H. Our stores motto is, The customerss needs come first.


I. Our stores motto is, The customers needs come first.
J. Our stores motto is, The customers needs come first.

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K. My brothers jacket is too big for me.

10.

L. My brother jacket is too big for me.


M. My brotherss jacket is too big for me.
N. My brothers jacket is too big for me.
O. Id like to have a pen like Michelles.

11.

P. Id like to have a pen like Michelles.


Q. Id like to have a pen like Michelles.
R. Id like to have a pen like Michelless.
S. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent.

12.

T. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent.


U. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent.
V. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent.
W. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning.

13.

X. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning.


Y. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning.
Z. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
Where does afternoon come before morning?
__ __
9

__
10

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
1

12

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11

10

13

SKILL: Articles

The Genuine Articles:


A, An, and The
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next
to the sentence that uses the words a, an, and the
properly. When you are finished, use the letters of
your answers to solve the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. I always carry umbrella in my backpack.


B. I always carry a umbrella in my backpack.
C. I always carry an umbrella in my backpack.
D. I always carry an a umbrella in my backpack.

2.

FAST FACT

E. My birthday is an last day of May.


F. My birthday is a last day of May.
G. My birthday is last day of May.
H. My birthday is the last day of May.

3.

I.

France is a country in Europe.

J. France is an country in Europe.


K. France is country in Europe.
L. France is the country in Europe.
4.

M. Marcus packed sandwich and an apple for lunch.


N. Marcus packed a sandwich and a apple for lunch.
O. Marcus packed a sandwich and an apple for lunch.
P. Marcus packed an sandwich and a apple for lunch.

5.

Q. My balloon rose into an sky.


R. My balloon rose into a the sky.
S. My balloon rose into sky.
T. My balloon rose into the sky.

6.

U. Our car got the flat tire on highway.


V. Our car got a flat tire on the highway.
W. Our car got an flat tire on the highway.
X. Our car got flat tire on a highway.

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The words a, an, and


the often come before
nouns. Use the in front
of a specific noun. For
example: This is the
bike I want. Use a and
an in front of non-specific nouns. Use a in
front of nouns that
start with consonants
and an in front of
nouns that start with
vowels. For example:
Id rather have a bike
than an automobile.

Y. Tobys coat has an hood and a zipper.

7.

Z. Tobys coat has a hood and an zipper.


A. Tobys coat has a hood and a zipper.
B. Tobys coat has hood and a zipper.
C. I always try to sit in an front of the bus.

8.

D. I always try to sit in the front of an bus.


E. I always try to sit in the front of the bus.
F. I always try to sit in a front of the bus.

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G. A sun is supposed to come out later.

9.

H. The sun is supposed to come out later.


I.

An sun is supposed to come out later.

J. A the sun is supposed to come out later.


K. I must read a story and study for a exam.

10.

L. I must read story and study for an exam.


M. I must read a story and study for an exam.
N. I must read an story and study for an exam.
O. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

11.

P. They say a apple a day keeps the doctor away.


Q. They say an apple a day keeps an doctor away.
R. They say a apple an day keeps the doctor away.
S. The Smiths went hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

12.

T. The Smiths went hiking in a Rocky Mountains.


U. A Smiths went hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
V. The Smiths went hiking in an Rocky Mountains.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
Where does a cow go in its free time?
__ __
5

__ __ __ __ __ __ __!

__ __ __
4

10

11

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12

SKILL: Contractions

Using
Contractions
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to
the sentence that uses contractions properly. When
you are finished, use the letters of your answers to
solve the riddle at the end.

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FAST FACT

A. Well see you tomorrow.


B. Well see you tomorrow.

A contraction is formed
by putting two words
together and leaving out
some letters. An apostrophe takes the place
of the missing letters.

C. Well see you tomorrow.


D. Well see you tomorrow.
2.

E. Id like to see a movie this weekend.


F. Iwd like to see a movie this weekend.
G. Id like to see a movie this weekend.
H. Id like to see a movie this weekend.

3.

I.

Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board.

J. Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board.
K. Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board.
L. Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board.
4.

M. Dad said hed pick me up after school.


N. Dad said hed pick me up after school.
O. Dad said hed pick me up after school.
P. Dad said hed pick me up after school.

5.

Q. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur.


R. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur.
S. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur.
T. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur.

6.

U. Sandy is my sister, but shes also my best friend.


V. Sandy is my sister, but shes also my best friend.
W. Sandy is my sister, but shes also my best friend.
X. Sandy is my sister, but shs also my best friend.

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Y. Ill play basketball after dinner.

7.

Z. Ill play basketball after dinner.


A. Ill play basketball after dinner.
B. Ill play basketball after dinner.
C. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge.

8.

D. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge.


E. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge.
F. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge.

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G. My grandparents said theyd visit, but they didnt say when.

9.

H. My grandparents said theyd visit, but they didnt say when.


I.

My grandparents said theyd visit, but they didnt say when.

J. My grandparents said theyd visit, but they didnt say when.


K. Ive always wanted to travel around the world.

10.

L. Ive always wanted to travel around the world.


M. Ive always wanted to travel around the world.
N. Ive always wanted to travel around the world.
O. Dont forget to bring a jacket!

11.

P. Dont forget to bring a jacket!


Q. Dont forget to bring a jacket!
R. Dont forget to bring a jacket!
S. Lets ask the librarian for help finding the book.

12.

T. Lets ask the librarian for help finding the book.


U. Lets ask the librarian for help finding the book.
V. Lets ask the librarian for help finding the book.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
When is an astronauts favorite time to eat?
__ __ __ __!

__ __ __ __ __ __
3

10

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SKILL: Agreement of Subject and Predicate

Be Agreeable!
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next
to the sentence in which the subject and verb agree.
When you are finished, use the letters of your
answers to solve the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. Janine plays in the school band.


B. Janine play in the school band.
C. Janine were playing in the school band.
D. Janine are playing in the school band.

2.

E. I lives about six blocks from Sams apartment building.


F. I live about six blocks from Sams apartment building.
G. I are living about six blocks from Sams apartment building.
H. I is living about six blocks from Sams apartment building.

3.

I.

That book is one of my sisters favorites.

J. That book are one of my sisters favorites.


K. That book am one of my sisters favorites.
L. That book were one of my sisters favorites.
4.

FAST FACT

M. Mirthas favorite topics is birds and plants.

If the subject of a sentence is singular, the


verb must also be singular. If the subject is
plural, the verb must be
plural.

N. Mirthas favorite topics was birds and plants.


O. Mirthas favorite topics are birds and plants.
P. Mirthas favorite topics am birds and plants.
5.

Q. Dogs love water, but cats hates it.


R. Dogs love water, but cats hate it.
S. Dogs loves water, but cats hates it.
T. Dogs loves water, but cats hate it.

6.

U. A tornado strike our area once every few years.


V. A tornado strikes our area once every few years.
W. Tornadoes strikes our area once every few years.
X. Tornadoes is striking our area once every few years.

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Y. Owen am bringing chips and salsa to the party.

7.

Z. Owen are bringing chips and salsa to the party.


A. Owen is bringing chips and salsa to the party.
B. Owen bringing chips and salsa to the party.
C. The Philadelphia Eagles has a talented coach.

8.

D. The Philadelphia Eagle have a talented coach.


E. The Philadelphia Eagles have a talented coach.
F. The Philadelphia Eagles has had a talented coach.

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G. Benjamin and Matthew goes to the same swim club.

9.

H. Benjamin and Matthew is going to the same swim club.


I.

Benjamin and Matthew go to the same swim club.

J. Benjamin and Matthew am going to the same swim club.


10.

K. Traffic on the highway have been backed up for five miles.


L. Traffic on the highway is backed up for five miles.
M. Traffic on the highway are backed up for five miles.
N. Traffic on the highway am backed up for five miles.

11.

O. My aunt knows a lot about current events because she am a reporter.


P. My aunt knows a lot about current events because she are a reporter.
Q. My aunt know a lot about current events because she is a reporter.
R. My aunt knows a lot about current events because she is a reporter.

12.

S. The cafeteria often run out of ice cream, and the students get disappointed.
T. The cafeteria often runs out of ice cream, and the students gets disappointed.
U. The cafeteria often run out of ice cream, and the students gets disappointed.
V. The cafeteria often runs out of ice cream, and the students get disappointed.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
What has a mouth but cannot smile?
__
7

__ __ __ __ __!
11

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SKILL: Sentences and Fragments

Is It a Sentence?
Look at each set of answers. Fill in the circle next to the
answer that is a complete sentence. When you are finished, use the letters of your answers to solve the riddle
at the end.

1.

A. Chicken for dinner.


B. We are having chicken for dinner.

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C. Having chicken for dinner.


D. We chicken for dinner.
2.

E. Did the mail arrive yet?


F. The mail?
G. Mail yet?
H. Did arrive yet?

3.

I.

The park opens at seven oclock in the morning.

J. At seven oclock in the morning.


K. The park at seven oclock in the morning.
L. At seven oclock in the morning, the park.
4.

M. Enough apples to make an apple pie.


N. We picked enough apples to make an apple pie.
O. Picked enough apples to make an apple pie.
P. We apples to make an apple pie.

5.

Q. A new CD.
R. Got a new CD for her birthday.
S. Lori a new CD for her birthday.
T. Lori got a new CD for her birthday.

6.

U. Please close the door behind you.


V. The door behind you.
W. The door behind you, please.
X. Behind you.

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FAST FACT
A sentence must have a
subject and a verb. In a
command, the subject
is understood to be
you. For example:
(You) Answer the
phone, please!

Y. Since the weather is so nice.

7.

Z. The window.
A. Lets open the window, since the weather is so nice.
B. The window, since the weather is so nice.
C. How to play softball at summer camp.

8.

D. Kelly learned how to play softball at summer camp.


E. Kelly how to play softball at summer camp.
F. To play softball.

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G. Which movie would you like to see?

9.

H. Which movie?
I.

Like to see?

J. Which movie would like to see?


K. Mr. Finley a math teacher for fourteen years.

10.

L. A math teacher for fourteen years.


M. For fourteen years, Mr. Finley.
N. Mr. Finley has been a math teacher for fourteen years.
O. Filled the sky just before noon.

11.

P. Just before noon, dark clouds.


Q. Just before noon.
R. Just before noon, dark clouds filled the sky.
S. Natalie, who already knows French.

12.

T. Natalie, who already knows French, plans to study Spanish next year.
U. Natalie to study Spanish next year.
V. To study Spanish next year.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
What do grizzlies do when they are having a bad day?
__ __ __ __
9

11

__ __ __
3

__ __!

__ __ __ __
10

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11

12

SKILL: Using Commas

Be a Comma Cop!
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the
circle next to the sentence that uses commas
properly. When you are finished, use the letters
of your answers to solve the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. Id like a hamburger, salad, and milk for supper.


B. Id like a hamburger salad and milk for supper.
C. Id like a hamburger salad and, milk for supper.
D. Id like, a hamburger, salad, and milk for supper.

2.

E. Louisa has a pair of red white and blue shorts.


F. Louisa has a pair, of red, white and blue shorts.
G. Louisa has a pair of red, white, and blue shorts.
H. Louisa has a pair of red white, and blue, shorts.

3.

I.

The shopkeeper said Everything is on sale,

J. The, shopkeeper said, Everything is on sale.


K. The shopkeeper said Everything, is, on sale.
L. The shopkeeper said, Everything is on sale.
4.

M. I was born on May 23 1991.


N. I was, born on May 23, 1991.
O. I was born on May, 23, 1991.
P. I was born on May 23, 1991.

5.

Q. My favorite cousins live in, Los Angeles California.


R. My favorite cousins, live, in Los Angeles, California.
S. My favorite cousins live in Los Angeles California.
T. My favorite cousins live in Los Angeles, California.

6.

U. The cake smelled delicious, which made the children hungry.


V. The cake smelled delicious which made the children hungry.
W. The cake smelled delicious which made the children, hungry.
X. The cake smelled delicious which, made the children hungry.

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FAST FACT
Commas are used to
separate items in a list,
to separate a quotation
from the rest of the
sentence, to separate a
city from a state or
country, to separate the
month and day from the
year, and to separate
clauses in a sentence.

Y. Grown-ups, kids, and animals all enjoyed the good weather.

7.

Z. Grown-ups, kids, and animals, all enjoyed the good weather.


A. Grown-ups kids and animals all enjoyed the good weather.
B. Grown-ups kids, and animals all enjoyed the good weather.
C. The next century will begin on January 1 2100.

8.

D. The next century will begin on January 1, 2100.


E. The next century will, begin on January 1 2100.
F. The next century will begin on January, 1, 2100.

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G. My chores are to make my bed clean my room and set the table for dinner.

9.

H. My chores are to make my bed, clean my room and set the table for dinner.
I.

My chores are to make my bed, clean my room, and set the table for dinner.

J. My chores are to, make my bed clean my room and, set the table for dinner.
K. Mr. Linnett, the principal of our school, is very funny.

10.

L. Mr. Linnett the principal of our school is very funny.


M. Mr. Linnett the principal of, our school, is very funny.
N. Mr. Linnett, the principal of our school is, very funny.
O. Brett wanted to be here, today but he, has the flu.

11.

P. Brett wanted to be here today, but he has the flu.


Q. Brett wanted to be here today, but, he, has the flu.
R. Brett wanted, to be here today but he has the flu.
S. Grandma grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota.

12.

T. Grandma grew up in Bismarck North Dakota.


U. Grandma grew up in Bismarck North, Dakota.
V. Grandma grew up in, Bismarck North Dakota.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
What flowers have big mouths?
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SKILL: Periods, Question Marks, Exclamation Points

Sentence Enders
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to
the sentence that is punctuated properly. When you
are finished, use the letters of your answers to solve
the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. We stayed at the park for one hour,


B. We stayed at the park for one hour.
C. We stayed at the park for one hour?
D. We stayed at the park for one hour

2.

FAST FACT

E. Help! Theres a fire!

A statement ends in a
period. (.) A question
ends in a question
mark. (?) A strong command or an exclamation
ends in an exclamation
point. (!)

F. Help. Theres a fire.


G. Help. Theres a fire?
H. Help! Theres a fire
3.

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Do you know the capital of California.

J. Do you know the capital of California!


K. Do you know the capital of California?
L. Do you know the capital of California
4.

M. Is Francine home sick today.


N. Is Francine home sick today!
O. Is Francine home sick today
P. Is Francine home sick today?

5.

Q. My name is Colin?
R. My name is Colin.
S. My name is. Colin
T. My name is Colin!?

6.

U. Marigolds need a lot? of sun.


V. Marigolds need a lot of sun
W. Marigolds need a lot of sun.
X. Marigolds need a lot of sun,

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Y. Stop, thief?

7.

Z. Stop, thief
A. Stop, thief!
B. Stop, thief.
C. Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from dangerous rays

8.

D. Wearing sunscreen protects your. skin from dangerous rays


E. Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from dangerous rays.
F. Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from dangerous rays?

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G. What time will the next train depart?

9.

H. What time will the next train depart


I.

What time will the next train depart!

J. What time will the next train depart.


10.

K. Zachary rides a green mountain bike


L. Zachary rides a green mountain bike.
M. Zachary rides a green mountain bike,?
N. Zachary rides a green mountain bike:

11.

O. I just won a million dollars


P. I just won a million dollars,
Q. I just won a million dollars.?
R. I just won a million dollars!

12.

S. Would you like to share a snack


T. Would you like to share a snack?
U. Would you like to share a snack!
V. Would you like to share a snack.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
Who gets paid for loafing around?
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11

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SKILL: Quotation Marks

Quotation
Location
Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to the sentence that uses quotation
marks properly. When you are finished, use
the letters of your answers to solve the riddle
at the end.

1.

A. Please open the letter, said Jeffrey.


B. Please open the letter, said Jeffrey.

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FAST FACT

C. Please open the letter, said Jeffrey.


D. Please open the letter, said Jeffrey.

2.

E. Our national anthem is The Star-Spangled Banner.


F. Our national anthem is The Star-Spangled Banner.
G. Our national anthem is The Star-Spangled Banner.
H. Our national anthem is The Star-Spangled Banner.

3.

I.

I was on TV! Lucy exclaimed.

J. I was on TV! Lucy exclaimed.


K. I was on TV! Lucy exclaimed.
L. I was on TV! Lucy exclaimed.

4.

M. The umpire shouted, Youre out!


N. The umpire shouted, Youre out!
O. The umpire shouted, Youre out!
P. The umpire shouted, Youre out!

5.

Q. Chapter 4 is called A New Beginning.


R. Chapter 4 is called A New Beginning.
S. Chapter 4 is called A New Beginning.
T. Chapter 4 is called A New Beginning.

6.

U. Will you join me for lunch? Gil asked.


V. Will you join me for lunch? Gil asked.
W. Will you join me for lunch? Gil asked.
X. Will you join me for lunch? Gil asked.

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Quotation marks go
around a persons exact
words. They also set
apart the titles of songs
and poems and the
titles of chapters in
books. Quotation marks
always come in pairs.

Y. Check the card catalog, the librarian suggested.

7.

Z. Check the card catalog the librarian suggested.


A. Check the card catalog, the librarian suggested.
B. Check the card catalog, the librarian suggested.

C. Jodys favorite saying is, Live and let live.

8.

D. Jodys favorite saying is, Live and let live.


E. Jodys favorite saying is, Live and let live.
F. Jodys favorite saying is, Live and let live.

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G. The poem is called, The Hilltop.

9.

H. The poem is called The Hilltop.


I.

The poem is called, The Hilltop.

J. The poem is called, The Hilltop.

K. The clerk asked may I help you find something?

10 .

L. The clerk asked, May I help you find something?


M. The clerk asked, May I help you find something?
N. The clerk asked, May I help you find something?

O. I pledge allegiance to the flag, the class recited.

11.

P. I pledge allegiance to the flag, the class recited.


Q. I pledge allegiance to the flag, the class recited.
R. I pledge allegiance to the flag, the class recited.

S. Donald asked, What time is it? and Lora answered, Ten thirty.

12.

T. Donald asked, What time is it? and Lora answered, Ten thirty.
U. Donald asked, What time is it? and Lora answered, Ten thirty.
V. Donald asked, What time is it? and Lora answered, Ten thirty.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle:
What animal always wins at a game of cards?

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7

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1

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Answer Key
WORD SEARCH PUZZLES
Noun Hunt (page 9) People: 1. teacher; 2. mother

Verbs Help Out (page 11): 1. were; 2. should;

and father; 3. teenager; 4. singer; 5. aunt. Places: 6.

3,. can; 4. is; 5. am; 6. did; 7. do; 8. have; 9. are; 10.

store; 7. school; 8. restaurant; 9. home; 10. airport.

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Good, Better, Best (page 12): 1. faster; 2.

caught; 4. read; 5. painted; 6. is; 7. won; 8. loves; 9.

cuter; 3. smart; 4. coldest; 5. tallest; 6. louder; 7.

shared; 10. sang; 11. made; 12. blew; 13. listens; 14.
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SNAIL (WRAPAROUND) PUZZLES


Contraction Action (page 14): 1. not; 2. have;

Single Minded (page 16): 1. planet; 2. truck; 3.

3. am; 4. had; 5. will; 6. are; 7. is; 8. It; 9. us.

key; 4. yard; 5. ditch; 6. hill; 7. leaf; 8. foot; 9. trip;

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teardrops; 3. sunshine; 4. earthquake; 5. eyelid; 6.

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doorknob; 7. baseball; 8. lifetime; 9. eggshell; 10.

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Notes

RIDDLE BUBBLE TESTS

Food Fight!

A Capital Idea (page 40): 1. B; 2. F; 3. I; 4. N; 5.

(page 29): Answers will vary.

S; 6. W; 7. A; 8. E; 9. I; 10. K; 11. O; 12. S.


Riddle: In a snowbank.

The Strangest Field T rip Ever


(page 30): Answers will vary.

Alien Adventure

Whose Is It? (page 42): 1. D; 2. G; 3. I; 4. N; 5.


R; 6. V; 7. A; 8. C; 9. I; 10. N; 11. O; 12. T; 13. Y.
Riddle: In a dictionary.

(page 31): Answers will vary.

The Genuine Articles (page 44): 1. C; 2. H; 3.


I See the Futur e!
Grammar
(page 32): Answers will vary.
Puzzles &
Games Kids
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Say It With Adjectives
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(page 33): Answers will vary.
Teaching
Resources

A Parts-of-Speech Circus
(page 34): Answers will vary.

I; 4. O; 5. T; 6. V; 7. A; 8. E; 9. H; 10. M; 11. O; 12.


S. Riddle: To the moo-vies.

Using Contractions (page 46): 1. C; 2. H; 3. L;


4. N; 5. T; 6. U; 7. A; 8. E; 9. I; 10. M; 11. O; 12. U.
Riddle: launch time.

Be Agreeable (page 48): 1. A; 2. F; 3. I; 4. O; 5.


R; 6. V; 7. A; 8. E; 9. I; 10. L; 11. R; 12. V.
Riddle: A river.

CRACK-THE-CODE STORIES
Answers are listed in the order they appear in
the stories.

Is It a Sentence? (page 50): 1. B; 2. E; 3. I; 4.


N; 5. T; 6. U; 7. A; 8. D; 9. G; 10. N; 11. R; 12. T.
Riddle: Grin and bear it.

Be a Comma Cop! (page 52): 1. A; 2. G; 3. L;


A Pet Adventure (page 35): desperately, loudly,
wildly, fearlessly, breathlessly, quickly, high, hungrily,
suddenly, sadly, innocently.
Message: Be kind to furry friends.

Pr epositions Show Position (page 36): to,


from, on, without, in, except, inside, by, above, with,
about, near. Message: Reach for your dreams.

A Conjunctions Function

4. P; 5. T; 6. U; 7. Y; 8. D; 9. I; 10. K; 11. P; 12. S.


Riddle: tulips.

Sentence Enders (page 54): 1. B; 2. E; 3. K; 4.


P; 5. R; 6. W; 7. A; 8. E; 9. G; 10. L; 11. R; 12. T.
Riddle: A baker.

Quotation Location (page 56): 1. C; 2. H; 3. I;


4. N; 5. T; 6. W; 7. A; 8. E; 9. G; 10. M; 11. P; 12. V.
Riddle: A cheetah.

(page 37): and, since, but, because, so, or, once, before,
yet, if. Message: Friends are treasures.

Hew, Wow! (page 38): hello, thanks, wow, phew, all


right, hey, yuck, oops. Message: Stay on track.

To Be or Not To Be (page 39): is, be, was, am,


were, are, being, been. Message: Be a winner.

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