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Resources for Grades 5 - 6


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Lesson Plans

 

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

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 

 

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.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

After listening to haiku poetry, students use seasonal descriptive words to write their own haiku, following the traditional format. They then publish their poems by mounting them on illustrated backgrounds.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

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

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Be Fabulous: The Reading Teacher's Guide to Reclaiming Your Happiness in the Classroom

Be Fabulous: The Reading Teacher's Guide to Reclaiming Your Happiness in the Classroom

Scoggin merges her straight-talking blogger persona, Mrs. Mimi, with her years of research to help you rediscover who you are and redefine the type of literacy teacher you want to become. At the heart of this book is teacher happiness and empowerment—reconnect with your inner fabulous to give the best possible literacy instruction to your students.

 

Using Popular Culture & The Media to Teach 21st Century Media Literacy Skills

Using Popular Culture & The Media to Teach 21st Century Media Literacy Skills

The media remains a dominant force in the lives of today's students, yet the 21st century classroom still gives media a backseat to print. NCTE consultant Frank W. Baker examines standards that include media and offers recommendations for engaging students with popular culture and the media.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kathy Wickline

Empowering Students and Teachers with RWT

Kathy Wickline | Media Specialist/Librarian | Tolono, IL

After nineteen years of teaching high school English and German, I switched to position of media specialist at a middle school