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Resources for Grades 5 - 6

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Lesson Plans

 

Delicious, Tasty, Yummy: Enriching Writing with Adjectives and Synonyms

Students thoroughly explore identifying synonyms and adjectives before using them to add variety and interest to their own writing.

 

Student Interactives

 

Animal Inquiry

Animal Inquiry

Supporting inquiry-based research projects, the Animal Inquiry interactive invites elementary students to explore animal facts and habitats using writing prompts to guide and record their findings.

 

 

A Schema-Building Study With Patricia Polacco

Students use the Semantic Impressions and Possible Sentences strategies to write about Patricia Polacco's books Chicken Sunday and Rechenka's Egg, complete a character study, and write using a WebQuest.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Persuasion Map

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Flip-a-Chip

Flip-a-Chip

The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Semiotic Representations: Building Complex Literacy Practices Through the Arts

Semiotic Representations: Building Complex Literacy Practices Through the Arts

Include visual arts, drama, and movement in English language arts instruction to increase students' understanding and motivation.

 

360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

Through Eileen Murphy Buckley’s 360-degree approach to teaching critical literacy, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.

 

 

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Racheal Tighe

Creative ideas for engaging students in real learning

Racheal Tighe | Teacher | Mindarie, Perth, AL

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