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5th Grade Historical Literacy Units
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5th Grade Historical Literacy Curriculum outlines the content of social-studies integrated units ...

5th Grade Historical Literacy Curriculum outlines the content of social-studies integrated units taught within the readers' and writers' workshop framework and taught daily for 90 minutes. Each six week unit contains standards, teaching points, vocabulary, and assessments. Readers' and writers' workshop naturally differentiates for all learners. By June of 2020, each unit will have a slide deck associated with it that contains the teaching points, integrated grammar work, vocabulary, and strategies for partner practice. Our district places careful emphasis on vocabulary, as we have a high percentage of English Language Learners.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Curriculum Map
Formative Assessment
Author:
Jennifer Mortensen
Date Added:
08/02/2019
Computational Thinking - Unplugged
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In this lesson, students will learn the steps involved in computational thinking. ...

In this lesson, students will learn the steps involved in computational thinking.  Decomposition, pattern matching, abstraction, and algorithms are all steps that make up the computational thinking process. This process is used in many learning subjects and in real-life learning.  Learners discover how understanding each step can help them as a learner and also nurture a growth mindset.

Subject:
Computer Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
code.org
Date Added:
03/20/2018
Favorite Things Poetry
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This lesson uses the lyrics from The Sound of Music song, "My ...

This lesson uses the lyrics from The Sound of Music song, "My Favorite Things" as a basis for having students explore idea development and word choice in creating poems using the model of My Favorite Things.  Students also do a close read of When I Was Five to begin thinking about how our preferences for things change throughout our lives.  Included with the lessons are models of student work from grades four to twelve. Lessons also include types of rhyme and specific word choices.  Teachers can choose to use all or some of the lessons.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
WritingFix
Date Added:
06/16/2015
A Genre Study of Letters With The Jolly Postman
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In this lesson, The Jolly Postman is used as an authentic example ...

In this lesson, The Jolly Postman is used as an authentic example to discuss letter writing as a genre. Students explore the letters to the storybook characters delivered by The Jolly Postman. They then learn how to categorize their own examples of mail. The Jolly Postman uses well-known storybook characters, from fairy tales and nursery rhymes, as recipients of letters. This children's storybook is therefore ideal for using as a review of these genres of literature and as a means of helping children begin to explore rhyme and a variety of writing styles. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NCTE
Date Added:
11/12/2015
Grade 5 ELA Module 1
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What are human rights, and how do real people and fictional characters ...

What are human rights, and how do real people and fictional characters respond when those rights are challenged? Students will develop their ability to read and understand complex text as they consider this question. Students will begin to build knowledge about human rights through a close read of the introduction and selected articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), paired with short firsthand accounts of people around the world who currently face human rights challenges. In Unit 2, students will do an extended study of Esperanza Rising (740L) by Pam Muñoz Ryan, applying their new learning about human rights as one lens through which to interpret the character and theme in this rich novel—a complex coming-of-age story set in Mexico and rural California during the early 1930s. Through close reading, interpretation, and analysis of fiction and nonfiction texts, students will synthesize their understanding of human rights. The specific literacy focus is on supporting understanding through quoting directly from text, inferring theme, and comparing and contrasting how different texts address the topics and themes of human rights. Students will write an analytical essay in which they describe how a character in the novel responds to challenges. In Unit 3, students will continue to revisit the text and themes of the UDHR and Esperanza Rising as they read, write, and ultimately perform Readers Theater. Students will compare novels and Readers Theater as two forms of narrative writing. They will then select specific articles of the UDHR that relate thematically to the novel and reread key passages of the novel with that theme in mind. They will write individual and small group scripts based on these key passages and on phrases from the UDHR. Students will revise, rehearse, and ultimately perform their group Readers Theater scripts for their class and/or school or community members.

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Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
11/13/2012
Grade 5 ELA Module 2A
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This module—intended to be used in conjunction with a Social Studies unit ...

This module—intended to be used in conjunction with a Social Studies unit about Latin America—features a close read of The Most Beautiful Roof in the World (1160L)* by Kathryn Lasky. This beautifully illustrated informational text describes the work of scientists documenting the biodiversity of rainforests. The specific literacy focus is on reading scientific and technical text as well as writing to inform and explain. In the first unit, students build basic background knowledge about the rainforest (particularly those of the Western Hemisphere), and begin to examine how scientists closely observe the natural world to then help them communicate their research through carefully organized and worded scientific text. Unit 2 focuses on a case study of Meg Lowman, the researcher featured in The Most Beautiful Roof in the World. Students then analyze the structure and function of scientific field guides and filed journals determining what quality field guides and journals look and sound like. Students research about a living thing that scientist Meg Lowman may encounter in the rainforest in her research and write with clear and effective word choice about their chosen insect of the rainforest. As the final performance task, students produce an informational report and then field journal–style pages intended for younger readers.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
11/14/2012
Grade 5 ELA Module 3A
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This module begins with a brief study of the importance of sports ...

This module begins with a brief study of the importance of sports in American culture over time. The heart of this module is a whole class study of the short but challenging biography Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America (1030L) by his daughter, Sharon Robinson. (Students will read selected segments; some of these will be read aloud.) Students will analyze Jackie Robinson as a specific example of an athlete who served as a leader who broke barriers in society. They will also begin to study argumentative writing, analyzing how the author Sharon Robinson provides evidence to support her opinions. In Unit 3, students then choose to learn about one of three other respected sports figures (Roberto Clemente, Babe Didrikson, or Jim Thorpe). Students will develop their understanding of the cultural context in which these athletes competed and the barriers these athletes broke during the times in which they lived. Students will build their research skills by reading biographical articles and other informational texts and by participating in Webquests. They also will continue to build their skills to write arguments based on multiple sources, focusing on crafting clear opinions and providing sufficient reasons and evidence. For the final performance task, each student will write a letter to a publishing company explaining the need for a biography about their selected athlete, in which they discuss the athlete, evaluate the barriers that he/she broke during the era in which he/she lived, and give an opinion about the importance of that athlete’s impact on American society. They must support their opinions with evidence from their research.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
02/02/2013
Grade 5 ELA Module 3B
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In this module, students explore how native Inuit and other people of ...

In this module, students explore how native Inuit and other people of Canada have used the natural resources available to meet their needs. In Unit 1, students read The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations, by Alootook Ipellie with David MacDonald, to learn about how the native Inuit people of Canada used natural resources in the Arctic to adapt and meet the needs of their community hundreds of years ago. In Unit 2, students read and view a variety of informational texts and media, including graphs, charts, and maps, to examine how the resources available in Canada today are used to develop products that meet the needs and wants of people in Canada and throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
06/03/2014
Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright
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This resource, produced by the Library of Congress is intended to help ...

This resource, produced by the Library of Congress is intended to help elementary students understand the purposes and functions of copyright. With the help of an animated character, Cop E. Wright, students can view and interact in four different areas:
Copyright Exposed: Features a short cartoon that explains how copyright protects owners.Files on Record: Shows a historical review of copyright law.Reading the Fine Print: Answers common questions about copyright law.Steps to Copyright: Shows the steps to register works for copyright protection.

Subject:
Business and Information Technology
English Language Arts
Information and Technology Literacy
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Library of Congress
Date Added:
04/20/2016
Teaching Science Through Picture Books: A Rainforest Lesson
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This is a lesson for tropical rainforests that fits best for third- ...

This is a lesson for tropical rainforests that fits best for third- through fifth-grade students. There are multiple reading and writing strategies implemented within the lesson. Throughout the lessons, there will be opportunities to build upon prior knowledge, write, draw, and listen to sound effects of the rainforest. Students will use graphic organizers and websites to aid in the understanding and learning of rainforests. There are also extension lessons for students to create a list of questions in small groups to research. Throughout these lessons the students will be exposed to multiple media sources. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Read Write Think
Date Added:
02/01/2017
Thundering Tall Tales: Using Read-Aloud as a Springboard to Writing
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This lesson uses the book Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen to reinforce ...

This lesson uses the book Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen to reinforce the common elements, or text structure, of tall tales. As the text is read aloud, students examine the elements of the book that are characteristic of tall tales. Then using what they've learned over the course of the unit and lesson, they write tall tales of their own.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Read Write Think
Date Added:
03/20/2018
Using Picture Books to Teach Setting Development in Writing Workshop
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After reading Water Hole Waiting by Jane Kurtz and Christopher Kurtz, or ...

After reading Water Hole Waiting by Jane Kurtz and Christopher Kurtz, or another book that has a well-developed setting, students work as a class to chart the use of the three elements of setting in the story, using specific words and examples from the text. Students then discuss the techniques that the book’s author used to develop the setting, making observations and drawing conclusions about how authors make the setting they write about vivid and believable. Next, students work in small groups to analyze the setting in another picture book, using an online graphic organizer. Finally, students apply what they have learned about how authors develop good settings to a piece of their own writing.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
International Literacy Association/ National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
01/01/2015