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Resources for Grades 5 - 6

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Lesson Plans

 

Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups

This lesson employs direct instruction and small-group discussion to help students learn new vocabulary skills while reading Patricia Polacco's Pink and Say.

 

Student Interactives

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

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

 

 

Teaching Science Through Picture Books: A Rainforest Lesson

Students read Welcome to the Green House, use note-taking strategies, find patterns in text structure, learn vocabulary in context, and write efferent and affective responses to the text.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

 

 

Essay Map

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Words Are Wonderful: Interactive, Time-Efficient Strategies to Teach Meaning Vocabulary

Words Are Wonderful: Interactive, Time-Efficient Strategies to Teach Meaning Vocabulary

Help students enjoy success and enjoyment in learning vocabulary.

 

Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements: How to Teach What Really Matters about Character, Setting, Point of View, and Theme

Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements: How to Teach What Really Matters about Character, Setting, Point of View, and Theme

Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhelm illuminate the intricacies of character, setting, point of view, and theme, helping students apply their understanding of literary elements to their reading as well as their writing.

 

 

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Racheal Tighe

Creative ideas for engaging students in real learning

Racheal Tighe | Teacher | Mindarie, Perth, AL

In order to be able to do this I am constantly on the hunt for great teaching ideas and ReadWriteThink is one of my favorite places to search for inspiration