Category Archives: Language Arts

Generalizations Mini-Lesson

 

 

 

This week in Language Arts, our 5th graders added a new reading strategy to their “tool belt.” What’s the strategy you ask? …GENERALIZING!

 

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To help students understand the steps to formulating generalizations, the students made generalizations using information from magazine articles.

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The pictures below show students analyzing their magazine advertisement, which then helped them make generalizations on the product being advertised.

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To conclude the lesson, students used the document camera to share-out their magazine advertisements and generalizations!

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Theme Mini-Lesson

This week in reading, our “readers” were introduced to the story element known as theme.

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To build understanding, the students listened to the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and the story, Chrysanthemum, read aloud. They then discussed each story’s theme.

                      Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Once students understood how to identify and explain the theme of a story, students worked with a partner to complete the template below using a picture book they were assigned.  

 

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The following pictures illustrate partners reading their assigned picture book and sharing their “theme” chart paper with their peers.

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Below are some of the “theme” chart papers completed by the students.

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“Sailing Home”

This month, our fifth graders read the historical fictional short story titled, “Sailing Home.”

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Using “Sailing Home” as a mentor text, our students learned how to self-correct while reading. They also learned the skill of comparing and contrasting.

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The pictures below depict the graphic organizers students filled out, comparing and contrasting two characters from novels they have read.

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Guided Reading Projects

As a way to wrap up Guided Reading, our fifth graders were assigned a Think-Tac-Toe board specific to their novel. There assignment was to choose three tasks from the board and complete them to the best of their ability. Check out the pictures below of some of the tasks completed by our fifth graders!

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

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Maniac Magee

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Everything on a Waffle

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Linking Verbs

This week in grammar, students were introduced to the concept of linking verbs. To learn the most common linking verbs, our students memorized a song! Then, to help distinguish between linking verbs and action verbs, our students partipated in the “Wheel of Verbs” activity.

Most Common Linking Verbs Anchor Chart

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“Wheel of Verbs” Activity

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