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Resources for Grades 5 - 6


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Lesson Plans

 

Get the GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Any Content Area

GIST is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area. Students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories.

 

Student Interactives

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

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

 

 

Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia

This lesson is sure to sizzle, not fizzle, as students use comic strips to find onomatopoetic words, develop a vocabulary list from the words, and discuss why writers use onomatopoeia.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

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  

Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies

Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies

Researchers in this study found that students had developed some visual literacy skills using Radical Change texts and wikis.

 

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Laminack and Wood describe, in accessible and lively prose, both the theoretical foundations and the practical details of whole language classrooms.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kathy Wickline

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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