(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles. As a result of literature circles being integrated into my fourth-grade class' weekly routines, students independently read books of their choosing on a regular basis, and any collaboration they had regarding these books was mostly facilitated by them.
Here's a glimpse into my fourth-grade classroom, and one way to run (almost) paperless literature circles. Background I divided my 29 students into six groups, and the students were allowed to decide with whom they worked. Throughout the year, each group read chapter books of their choosing, one after the other.
All of the paperless work was completed in Schoology, our learning management system (LMS). The students met for literature circles twice a week -- Mondays and Fridays -- for about 40 minutes per session. Mondays All six groups met, with four in the classroom and two in the hallway. Connector: Go into detail regarding a specific text-to-self or text-to-text connection. SS Videos - Ms. Shropshire and Ms. Stubbs' 5th Grade Class. Four Interactive Maps Depicting the History of the United States.
American Panorama is a great new resource from the University of Richmond that I learned about from Maps Mania.
American Panorama aims to be an atlas of United States History. Currently, American Panorama features four interactive maps representing four elements of American history. Those four maps are Overland Trails, Forced Migration of Enslaved People, Canals, and Foreign-Born Population. All four maps are centered on the 19th Century. The Overland Trails map depicts the routes of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails.
The Canals map shows the working canals in the northeastern United States in the 19th Century. The Forced Migration of Enslaved People map is another map that includes first person accounts of life in the 19th Century. The Foreign-Born Population map shows depicts the origins of immigrants to the United States from 1850 through 2010. American Revolution Videos - Teacher Tube. Mr. Mejia's 5th Grade Classroom / Social Studies Videos. Sixth Grade Social Studies « Launching Your Readers Workshop. The key to a successful readers’ workshop is teaching your students the right procedures so that the workshop runs smoothly and effectively.
Use these launching lessons to create a more organized and meaningful experience for you and your students. Since many of these lessons build the foundation of your workshop and are more managerial in their intent, many don’t address a common core standard. WARM UP – Most true reading workshops begin with a 10 to 15 minute mini-lesson. However, in intermediate grades some teachers may choose to start with a 5 to 10 minute “warm up” during the transition between subjects (or as students enter the room, if your school has students switching teachers for subjects or if you are departmentalized).
5 Reasons to Use Mentor Texts With Big Kids - The Teacher Next Door - Creative Ideas From My Classroom To Yours. When I changed grade levels from second grade to 4th/5th, one of the things I really thought I would miss was all of my wonderful picture books.
I used to love to read and re-read them to the kids, to gaze at their delightful pictures, and to use them to get kids excited about the magic of reading. The 8 Minutes That Matter Most. I am an English teacher, so my ears perk up when writers talk about their process.
I've found the advice handy for lesson planning, too. That's because both writing and planning deal with craft. In writing, you want your audience to be absorbed. You want them to care about your characters. A meeting place for a world of reflective writers. FUN Critical Thinking Activities. For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment.
In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels The following are ideas for activities that you can use in conjunction with our curriculum in order to help meet some of these criteria, as it is necessary to adjust our mindset from TAKS driven packets to STAAR rich conversations and activities.
Talking Chips 1. Independent Reading: 101. What is Independent Reading, Really?
Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages. The main components of independent reading are outlined below. When do I find the Time? Independent Reading is an indispensable part of the day in a literacy rich classroom. All About Balanced Literacy. Shared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers.
It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a nonthreatening situation. It focuses on the meaning, fun, enjoyment, characters and sequence of a story and allows them to relate it back to their own experiences.
It promotes discussion, problem solving and critical thinking by students. Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience. In the shared reading model there are multiple readings of the books over several days. During the initial reading, the teacher:
Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks. It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts.
My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. I just LOVE anchor charts. 25 Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing. Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process.
Here are 25 of our favorite charts for teaching your students all about writing. The Why Behind Writers Workshops Source: The First Grade Parade First and second graders will draw inspiration from this fun-filled anchor chart about why we write. Writer's Workshop Resources and Ideas. The majority of time of Writing Workshop is devoted to independent writing.
During this time, students are prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their pieces. Depending on the age and abilities of your students, independent writing can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 45-60 minutes. It helps to build stamina with your class, beginning with a short amount of time and building that time until they can work for up 30 minutes or more. Wild about fifth grade: Reading & Writing Workshop. Looking for great 4th-6th grade read alouds? Check out the following blog posts........ Need ideas for teaching inferring skills during Reader's Workshop? 200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing. 500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing. Launching Your Readers Workshop. ELA READING GRADE 5 CURRICULUM 2012 _Draft as of 3-1-13_ CalkCurricPlan Gr5 ReadWshp. Woodburn School District - Fifth Grade Reading Units of Study.
Word Study Routine and Tips~Words their Way. Recently, I have received lots of interest in my Words Their Way Word Searches and questions about my word study routine. If you are unfamiliar with Words Their Way, check out the foundational text by the same name. To see an example of the developmental spelling inventory, check out this tutorial from Pearsontraining. In the past few years, I have tried different things, but worked to simplify the process of having too many groups, word lists, and activities for students to complete. Fifth Grade Vocabulary Games. Them new words in Language Arts but also develop their interest in learning. Practicing vocabulary concepts in a fun way ensures that students acquire new Language Arts skills all the while setting the stage for a lifetime of learning appreciation.
5th Grade Games - HOODA MATH - over 500 Math Games. Free printable fifth grade math worksheets. Recommended Workbooks Browse our bookstore where we sell downloadable workbooks. The workbooks contain both instruction and exercises, with answer keys, and are organized into short topical sections. Mrs. Lockett's 5th grade math pinterest page. Repurposing March Madness. Every March, millions of people come down with a very strange illness…Bracket Fever. I know people who haven’t seen a college basketball game in 10 years who still religiously fill out a bracket and sweat out the scores and results. It has become larger than just a basketball tournament; it has become a cultural phenomenon. Elementary Computer Activities & Games - Grade Level fifth. ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids.
The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games. Free Social Studies worksheets, Games and Projects. 2 Smart Wenches.
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