Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

IXL: Language arts -- Fourth-grade skills

Great adaptive grammar study could use extensions for actual writing
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Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 3
  • As of now, IXL offers ELA skills for grades 2-6.
  • Teachers can start by entering a class roster.
  • Students can practice over 100 of the 4th grade skills.
  • The student reports are thorough, and available for parents.
Amy Lauren Botula
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

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.

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