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Resources for Grades 5 - 6


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Let It Grow: An Inquiry-Based Organic Gardening Research Project

Students learn about organic gardening by developing their own research questions, conducting research, gardening at their school, creating signs about their plants, and presenting their research to the class.

 

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.

 

 

The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

After listening to haiku poetry, students use seasonal descriptive words to write their own haiku, following the traditional format. They then publish their poems by mounting them on illustrated backgrounds.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Teacher Read-Aloud That Models Reading for Deep Understanding

Teacher Read-Aloud That Models Reading for Deep Understanding

This guide describes the basic elements for reading aloud to students in ways that demonstrate thoughtful and deep interactions with the text.

 

Disciplinary Literacies in Content Area Classrooms: Instructional Design for Responsive Instruction

This webinar will discuss key elements of disciplinary literacies instruction that include considerations for instructional design and assessment.

 

 

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