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Allow the use of an idiom website like Idiom Connection or Teacher Idioms
Read Alouds for the Summer - as always, parents should supervise when kiddos are using YouTube.
Online Read Aloud Books Kinder
Online Read Aloud Books - 1st Grade
Online Read Aloud Books - 2nd Grade
Online Read Aloud Books - 3rd Grade
Online Read Aloud Books - 4th Grade
Online Read Aloud Books - 5th Grade
Online Read Aloud Books - 6th Grade
Strategies for Emergent Bilinguals
Tips for Emergent Bilingual Strategies
Go to Strategies for Scaffolding for Emergent Bilinguals
Intervention Guide for Emergent Bilinguals
Reading 101 - Emergent Bilinguals
* Strategies to Increase Your Emergent Bilinguals Comprehension
Vocabulary/Writing/Speaking/Listening Activities for EB's
ALPHATALES TO LEARN THE ALPHABET SOUNDS
Strategies That Lead to Improved READING COMPREHENSION
Literary Genres Defined in both Spanish and English
Plot Elements with Story Mountain Guide
Practice Comprehension Skills with Videos
Figurative Language Videos and Activities
Nonfiction Text Characteristics
STAAR Reading Vocabulary
TIPS TO TALK ABOUT WITH YOUR KIDS WHEN READING TOGETHER
Libribox.com - Stories read in multiple languages
OverDrive is a free service offered by our school that lets you borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere. Your kiddos know how to access it from their school account.
Indianapolis Library Free Read Alouds
International Children's Library
National Geographic Young Explorer
North Bergen Free Public Library
World Book Online Username: web support Password: distance learn
Epic --> Class Code zuy3750
Make Connections -- ASK Questions/Have Wonderings
Making connections is like building a bridge from the known to the new. When you read together, help your fifth grader make connections between his or her own experiences and what characters are experiencing in a book. This will help your child understand a character's motives and feelings and will lead to a better understanding of the story.
The three basic types of connections that can be made are: Text-to-self connection compares what happens in a book to a child's own real-life experience. ("Little Bill really wants that video game just like when I wanted one for my birthday.")
Text-to-text connection compares the story that you are currently reading to another story that the child has already read ("Junie B. Jones is like Ramona Quimby. They both get into a lot of trouble.")
Text-to-world connection links a story to larger issues, events, or concerns of society. ("Cam Janson and her friends helped to clean up their school's playground. We should all work together to keep our neighborhoods clean.")
Reading with your child is a perfect time to talk about things that happened to you as a child or experiences that you have had as an adult that relates to the story. Some of the books you read with your fifth grader may have been favorites of yours as a child. Talk to your child about what that story meant to you. This can be a launching point for family stories, family lessons, and lots of family discussions.
Use the five senses to help your fifth grader visualize the story you're reading and "make a movie" in his or her mind. Talk to your child about how an author is able to "paint a picture" with their words.
This increases your child's understanding of the story, stimulates imaginative thinking, and brings joy to reading.
As you read a story with your child, point out words and phrases the author uses to paint that picture in their mind.
"It was marvelous rich, sweet, smooth chocolate, chocolatey chocolate!" From The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling
"The snow kept coming till it was drifted and banked against the house. In the mornings the window panes were covered with frost in beautiful pictures of trees and flowers and fairies." From Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
"The air was filled with the terrible gases and smells from the rotten egg. Templeton, who had been resting in his home, scuttled away from the barn. "Good night!" screamed Avery. "Good night! What a stink!" From Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Books can take you away to distant lands and offer up sights, sounds, tastes, and smells from this and other worlds. Take the journey with your second grader.
Can you make an educated guess as to what might happen next? A great reader tries to make predictions as they read by gathering clues in the text.
Inferring is sometimes called "reading between the lines." Explain to your child that authors don't always come right out and tell you what is going to happen or how something happened. Sometimes the reader has to make a guess based on the information the author has given. This can lead to different conclusions, based on the experience and background knowledge that a reader brings to a story. Different readers might come up with different lessons to be learned from the same story. Inferring allows readers to make predictions, evaluate, reflect and make their own discoveries within a book.
Drawing conclusions is putting together a bunch of facts to find the truth. For example: North America used to be covered with forests. Settlers came and cleared forests to build farms, cities, and communities. Now, there are very few forested areas in North America. The conclusion is that people are responsible for North America being largely cleared of forests.
Ask your child:
- What lesson did you learn from this story?
- What happened in the story that made you think that?
- What would you have done if you were the main character in the story?
Remember there is no one right answer to these questions, but discussing the questions will lead to a deeper understanding of the story and a better understanding of how your second grader thinks.
"To infer as we read is to go beyond literal interpretation and to open a world of meaning deeply connected to our lives." From Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann
Synthesize and Evaluate
Your fifth-grader is synthesizing information when he combines something he learned from reading a story with his existing knowledge to produce an original idea, observation, or opinion. A story is full of information, just like pieces of a puzzle. A good reader is able to take all the information, put it together, sift out the unimportant details and understand the "big idea." Synthesizing helps your child think critically and creatively about what she reads and leads to a deeper understanding of a story.
Ask your child:
- Can you tell me the most important things that happened in the story?
- How could you take what you learned from this story and make it help you in your life?
- Did this story give you any ideas that you didn't have before we read it together?
- I wonder why the author wrote this story?"
- What did you think of the reading? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
Books OnLine Text Organization
- Stories OnlineAudio Books Online Signal Words for Nonfiction Text Organizations
- Just Book Read Alouds Signal Words/Description/Organization Charts
- Free Online Books
- Electronic Books & Online Reading Author's Purpose
- Storyline Online Author's Purpose Study Guide
- Traditional Literature Quick Reads
- Mystery Quick Reads
- Finish the Short Story Fictional Story Elements
- Scholastic for Kids Interactive Story Elements with Cinderella
- Highlights for Kids Common Fictional Literary Techniques Handout**
- Read Kiddo Read
- News ELA PROJECT IDEAS
- Ideas for Books - Goodreads WORD CLOUDS
- Guys Read CREATE A BROCHURE
- Story Online
- Edu games
- MAKE A POLL/SURVEY
- Kids National Geographic
- Book Adventure
- Story Nory
- Epic Books
- International Children's Library
- Free Kids Books
- I Storybooks
- Read Works
- Moby Max Passages
Literary Genre Games Academic Vocabulary
- FlashCards Reading Academic Vocabulary 1
- Matching Reading Academic Vocabulary 2
- Concentration Drama Vocabulary Quiz
- Word Search Poetry Vocabulary Matching/Flashcards/Definitions
- Literary Genre Practice Quiz Poetry Vocabulary Jeopardy
- Genre Millionaire Game
- Genre Study Guide
- Genres At a Glance Handout**
- Story Elements Handout**
- Literary Elements of Fiction Handout**
- Traditional Literature Handout**
- Traditional Literature Characteristics Handout**
Fact and Opinion Games Multiple Meaning Words
- Fact and Opinion Quiz 1 Multiple Meaning Words Practice 10
- Fact and Opinion Quiz 2 Multiple Meaning Words Practice 11
- Fact and Opinion Quiz 3 Funbrain's Word Confusion
- Fact and Opinion Quiz 4
- Fact and Opinion Quiz 5
- Fact and Opinion Quiz 6 Media Literacy
- Fact and Opinion ***MEDIA LITERACY
The sequence of Events Context Clues
- A sequence of Events Context Clue Quai Game
- Put the Story Sequence in Order Context Clue Worksheets
- Technology Sequence of Events Stories Context Clue Practice
- Quia Sequencing Games Quia Context Clue
- Room Recess Sequencing Context Clue Quiz
- Context Clue Synonyms
- Summarizing Context Clue Antonyms
- Summarizing Fiction and NonFiction Context Clue Definitions
- Summarizing Fiction Context Clue Mixed Clues
- Paraphrasing vs. Summarizing Context Clue Comparisons
Main Idea Games and Review Nonfiction Text Features
- Main Idea Quia Nonfiction Text Feature Game
- Main Idea Battleship Nonfiction Quiz
- Finding the Main Idea Using NF Text Feature Quiz
- Main Idea Millionaire Nonfiction Text Feature Matching
- Main Idea and Supporting Game Nonfiction Text Feature Jeopardy
- Main Idea and Supporting Details
- The Comprehension Crane
- Main Idea Brain Pop
- Main Idea & Supporting Details
- Hamburger Game
Inferencing Figurative Language
- Inferencing Quia Rags to Riches
- Inferencing & Drawing Conclusion Game Quia Rags to Riches 2
- Splash the Sub Quia Rags to Riches 3
- Quia What Can You Infer Quia Rags to Riches 4
- Inference Riddles Figurative Language
- Inference Song (YouTube) Figurative Language Quiz
- Inference Explained (YouTube) Figurative Language Quiz
- Inference Explained (YouTube) 2 Figurative Language Quiz
- Inference Explained Comics (YouTube) 3 Figurative Language Quiz
- Inference Games FigurativeLanguage Hangman
- Generalizations/Conclusions/Inferences Matching Idioms
- What are Generalizations? (YouTube) Idioms Jeopardy
- Generalizations (YouTube) Paint by Idioms
- Making Generalizations in Reading (YouTube) Cannonball Cats
- Inference/Concl./Generalizations (YouTube) Figurative Lang. Study Guide
- Conclusions/Infer/Generalizations (YouTube) Figurative Language Handout**
- Conclusions Songs (YouTube) More Idioms
- Making Generalizations Jeopardy What is Hyperbole YouTube
Author's Purpose Cause and Effect
- Author’s Purpose Cause and Effect
- Author's Purpose/Point of View Quiz Cause and Effect Song
- Author's Purpose/Point of View Quiz 2 Cause and Effect Video
- Author's Purpose/Point of View Quiz 3 Cause and Effect YouTube
- Author's Purpose/Point of View Quiz 4 Cause and Effect Scholastic Cause and Effect Beacon Learning Cause and Effect Signal Words
General Comprehension Practice Word Work
The Effective Detective Rooting Words Out
Reading Comp Games It's Greek To Me
Comprehension Most Common Prefixes and Suffixes
Radly the ReadBot Prefix and Suffix Game
Comprehension Game Site Useful Latin Roots - Quia Useful Greek Roots - Quia Ghosts and Graveyards-Syn/Ant.
- Poem Selections Awesome Analogies
- POETRY LESSONS Analogies
- Fifth Grade Poetry SelectionsPoetry Types Handout**
A quest in the fantasy genre is a journey towards something—a goal, a place, a person, or something else, but it is specific. On the way to the goal, the hero (antagonist) will travel, which means the reader will experience all sorts of fantastical locations and cultures. Big Thinking Question (TEK 5.7B): A quest can be internal as well as external, so analyze how the characters' internal and external responses develop the plot. Additionally, make connections (TEK 5.6E) to personal experiences, ideas in other texts, and society as you read the text.
Choice Read Alouds (Some book choices are not available on FREE Audio) :(
A Wrinkle in Time Audio by Madeleine L'Engle by Chapter Text Version
Wonder by R.J. Palacio by Chapter (scroll down once you enter the website to get to audio)
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (scroll down to get audio)
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (scroll down to get audio)
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
Dragonmaster by Chris Bunch
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
TEK 5.8A/5.6E: Mini-lesson on comparing themes in fantasy and history.
TEK 5.3B: Context Clue Review Context Clue Song
TEK 5.8A - Review of Inferred Theme (pages 1-20)- Google Slide
When inferring the theme, think about...
1. What topics or issues does the text deal with?
Ex: How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Selfishness
2. What questions does the author raise about the topics/issues?
Ex: Why are people selfish? What are the consequences of selfishness?
How can people overcome selfishness?
3. What messages does the author convey about the topic/issue?
Ex: People can overcome selfishness with the love and support of people
TEK 5.6E - I can make connections to personal experiences, ideas in other texts, and society
Can you make a connection to the character's problem/conflict?
Can you make a connection between the text you are reading to others texts you've read?
Can you make a connection between the problem/conflict and society today?
TEK 5.7B - I can analyze how the character's responses develop the plot.
Consider how the main character's thoughts and actions drive the plot forward.
Fantasy Books and Novel Studies
Questions Audio or Download of Books
Creatures of the Pines Creatures of the Pines Audio
Upside Down Magic Upside Down Magic Audio
The Witch Boy The Witch Boy Download
The Storm Keeper's Island The Storm Keeper's Island Audio
Dragon Watch Dragon Watch Audio
Wizard for Hire Wizard for Hire - Apprentice Needed Audio
Tristan Horn Tristan Horn Punches Hole in Sky Audio
Little Grey Girl The Little Grey Girl Audio
Aru Shah Aru Shah and The Song of Death Audio
Serafina Serafina and the Seven Stars Audio
Last Kids on Earth Last Kids on Earth-Midnight Blade Audio
Novel Studies and Questions
Questions Audio/Read Aloud
The Summer of Swans The Summer of Swans Audio
Maniac Magee Maniac Magee Audio
Bridge to Terabithia Bridge to Terabithia Audio
Three Cups of Tea Three Cups of Tea Audio
The Castle in the Attic The Castle in the Attic Read Aloud
Phantom Tollbooth Phantom Tollbooth Audio
Mr. Poppers Penguins Mr. Popper's Penguins Audio
Island of the Blue Dolphins Island of the Blue Dolphins Audio
Out of My Mind Audio - class read aloud Novel Study Questions -
I believe we left off around Chapter 10 :) As you listen to the text,
think about the possible themes (the author's message to the reader)
associated with the book.
The Indian in the Cupboard Read Aloud:
Text of the book: https://charlton6.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/2/10621939/the_indian_in_the_cupboard.pdf
Audio of the book: https://archive.org/details/TheIndianInTheCupboard
The thing to do to Supplement
List of Education Companies offering free subscriptions
Brain Pop - Go to BrainPop.com Username: AllenEaglesSoar
Password: eagles2020 Click on English
Make a Movie Trailer for Your Favorite Book
Create a Book - type bookcreator.com into your search browser -
use code 6PSZYK5 to sign in as a student! Happy creating!
- STAAR QUESTION VOCABULARY
- STAAR VOCABULARY QUIZLET
- STAAR'S QUESTION STEMS TO REVIEW
- More STAAR Stem Question to Review
- STAAR Quizlet Game to Practice Vocab.
- STAAR PRACTICE TEST
- TEA STAAR PRACTICE TESTS
Author Websites: Researching Authors Sites:
AUTHOR STUDY UNIT
Graphic Organizers Reading Lessons Reading
RocketsSummer Reading Books
Amazon Summer Reading RecommendationsBlue Bonnet List RecommendationsSummer Reading WebsitesGood Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/5th-gradeEducation World: http://www.educationworld.com/summer_reading/5th_grade.shtmlGreat Schools: http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/showarticle/678