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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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Read Ahead Strategy

This week in Reading, our fifth graders added another reading tool to their figurative tool belt…the Read Ahead Strategy! Students learned that if they do not understand a word, phrase, or idea as they are reading, they can read ahead to clear up their confusion.

Using non-fiction texts, our readers worked in partnerships to actively use this strategy. Check out the pictures below, which illustrate the utilization of this strategy.

 

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“Klondike Kate” — Summarizing & Paraphrasing

This week, our “little readers” read another non-fiction text. This time, they read a biography titled, “Klondike Kate.”

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Not only did our reader’s learn about the characteristics that define a biography, but they also practiced, once again, the skills of summarizing and paraphrasing. Through the use of “Klondike Kate” and an anchor chart on “How to Find the Main Idea,” our fifth graders were able to summarize and paraphrase various texts.

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“Lewis & Clark” — Summarizing & Paraphrasing

This past week, our readers delved into the non-fiction story titled, “Lewis and Clark.”

As a way to prepare for our upcoming Research Writing Unit, our readers were introduced to the skills of summarizing and paraphrasing. With the use of the “Lewis and Clark” text, our readers were able to practice these skills!

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Below you will find pictures of your students engaged in an online assessment that allowed them to further practice the skills of summarizing and paraphrasing.

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