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Resources for Grades 5 - 6


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Lesson Plans

 

Guided Comprehension: Summarizing Using the QuIP Strategy

Students learn to use the QuIP (questions into paragraphs) comprehension strategy to organize information and then synthesize it in writing.

 

Student Interactives

 

Word Family Sort

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.

 

 

Get the GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Any Content Area

GIST is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area. Students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories.

 

 

Eye on Idioms

Eye on Idioms

The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.

 
 

 

Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections

Students create poetry collections with the theme of "getting to know each other." They study and then write a variety of forms of poetry to include in their collections.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Compiling Poetry Collections and a Working Definition of Poetry

This unit introduces students to a variety of poetic forms and elements, as they compile their own collections of poetry.

 

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Response to Intervention Webinar Series: Assessment

RTI demands assessment that can inform language and literacy instruction meaningfully. Classroom teachers and reading/literacy specialists play a central role in conducting assessments and using assessment results to plan/monitor student performance.

 

Making Room for the Personal: A New Vision for Reading Assessment

Making Room for the Personal: A New Vision for Reading Assessment

In this interactive Web seminar, Jennifer Buehler will introduce participants to a new framework for assessment—one that is simultaneously personal, social, analytical, and flexible.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kathy Wickline

Empowering Students and Teachers with RWT

Kathy Wickline | Media Specialist/Librarian | Tolono, IL

After nineteen years of teaching high school English and German, I switched to position of media specialist at a middle school