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Resources for Grades 5 - 6


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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.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 

 

Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

Students apply think-aloud strategies to reading and to composition of artwork and poetry. They research symbols of peace as they prewrite, compose, and publish their poetry.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Alliteration in Headline Poems

Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.

 

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 
 

 

Poetry from Prose

Working in small groups, students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

IRA's position on recognizing an expanded conception of literacy and supporting learners as they use and interact with information and communication technologies.

 

Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5

Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5

This practical, supportive book begins with an overview of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), addressing some frequently asked questions and concerns about them. Then, the heart of the book features vignettes of six grade 35 classroom teachers from a diverse range of schools, sharing their innovative lesson ideas and showing how they address the CCSS in concert with the deliberate, student-centered teaching and learning choices they already make.

 

 

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