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Resources for Grades 5 - 6

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Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.

 

Student Interactives

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 

 

Dynamite Diamante Poetry

Introduce gerunds and review nouns, adjectives, and verbs through engaging read-alouds; then apply these concepts through collaborative word-sorting and poetry-writing activities.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry

Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

BOOKMATCH: How to Scaffold Student Book Selection for Independent Reading

BOOKMATCH: How to Scaffold Student Book Selection for Independent Reading

Empower students through choice and independence using the BOOKMATCH strategy, showing them how to select "just right" books.

 

Differentiating the Reading Experience for Students

Differentiating the Reading Experience for Students

In this Strategy Guide, you’ll learn approaches that can help you differentiate the reading experience for students depending on their age, interests, and ability.

 

 

Community Stories  

Jacquelynn Pleis

ReadWriteThink Inspires Cultural Exploration

Jacquelynn Pleis | Teacher | Centennial, CO

Our fifth graders study their culture as a culminating experience to their elementary years