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Resources for Grades 5 - 6

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Lesson Plans

 

Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

How can we convince others to agree with us on important issues? In this lesson, students explore relevant environmental issues and gather information to write persuasive essays.

 

Student Interactives

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

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

 

 

Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects

Students select a familiar object online, build a bank of words related to the object, and write theme poems that are printed and displayed in class.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

What Makes Poetry? Exploring Line Breaks

Students read various poems and explore why lines are broken where they are and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance in poetry.

 

 

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  

International Reading Association 59th Annual Conference

International Reading Association 59th Annual Conference

The International Reading Association’s 59th Annual Conference is the premier event for literacy professionals worldwide. This year’s program offers hundreds of sessions, many of which focus on the Common Core; assessment; beginning, elementary, and adolescent learners; and research.

 

Online Safety

Online Safety

This Strategy Guide describes the strategies involved in ensuring that students understand how to be safe when they participate in online discussion and join social networks.

 

 

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