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Resources for Grades 5 - 6


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Critical Literacy in Action: Multimodal Texts on Global Warming

Students will really warm up to this lesson about global warming as they study multimedia materials and use a variety of comprehension strategies.

 

Student Interactives

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

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

 

 

No Teachers Allowed: Student-Led Book Clubs Using QAR

Students are introduced to the Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) strategy through a read-aloud and question sort. Students then use the strategy to develop questions for a peer-led book discussion.

 

 

Essay Map

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Using Glogster to Support Multimodal Literacy

Using Glogster to Support Multimodal Literacy

Glogster, a Web 2.0 tool, supports development of students' multimodal literacy skills. This guide outlines techniques for critical evaluation and creation of multimodal texts.

 

Using the Arts and Technology to Support Critical Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

Using the Arts and Technology to Support Critical Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

In this web seminar, the presenters share their work in visual and critical literacy and how they have supported teacher in rethinking literacy and in exploring new possibilities for the English language arts classroom.

 

 

Community Stories  

Melissa Comer

Thinking for Themselves: Using the Hints about Print Interactive to Evaluate Sources

Melissa Comer | Associate Professor | LaFollette, TN

As a university professor, I want students to get excited about making new discoveries, to think critically and creatively, and to apply their learning in a classroom setting