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IXL's adaptive features make it especially suited for independent practice and differentiation (although skills and concepts are limited to a fourth-grade level). Exercises could be completed either during class or as homework. If used in school, consider having students work as partners, so they'll have opportunities to discuss the exercises and concepts. This could be especially helpful for any ELL or special-needs students, as they could be paired with a more capable peer.
To make the most of these fourth-grade grammar lessons, consider pairing specific exercises from IXL with an authentic writing assignment of your own. As grammar is best learned in context, students will be able to practice and reinforce new skills but also transfer and apply them to their own writing.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why).
Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.
Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag).
Form and use prepositional phrases.
Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.*
Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).*
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use correct capitalization.
Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).