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Resources for Grades 5 - 6


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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

 

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.

 

 

Dancing Minds and Shouting Smiles: Teaching Personification Through Poetry

Students learn about personification by reading and discussing poems and then brainstorm nouns and verbs to create personification in their own poems.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing

Students explore letter poems and experiment with writing letters as poems, using the placement of line breaks to enhance rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Interactive Read-Alouds: Is There a Common Set of Implementation Practices?

Interactive Read-Alouds: Is There a Common Set of Implementation Practices?

While research is quite clear on the importance of read-alouds, this article addresses the question of how to conduct an effective read-aloud.

 

Community Mapping

Community Mapping

This Web seminar will examine Community Mapping as a practice designed to uncover a rich array of resources in households and communities that hold the potential to enhance literacy learning for children while developing reciprocal relationship with families.

 

 

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