Category Archives: 5st Grade

Start Writing your Animal Stories by Thinking Like your Pet

Pets make great subjects for stories. Especially your pet, who is the best pet in the world. But…where and how do we start a story? First, you need an idea…and maybe you should take a moment and follow your pet around the house or take him for a walk. What is he thinking about? Does…
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Focus your thoughts; focus your words.

Ashley loves animals, and wanted to write about so many of them. When she said down to write a story, she could not decide which one to write about. Would it be a dog? Would it be a bird? Maybe a raccoon? But if it’s a dog, then what breed ? Big or small? Long…
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Talk for Thought

Talking propels reading and writing development. “It is through talk that children learn to follow and tell stories, understand logical sequences, recognize causes, anticipate consequences, explore options and consider motives… It is through talk that our children learn that their observations, hunches, and insights are interesting and worth developing. It is through talk that our…
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Teaching Media Literacy – Studying Junk Mail

By investigating junk mail, students learn to think about and question texts in ways that develop their analytical capacities and critical reading practices. Students work in small groups to investigate and sort junk mail into categories of their choice using a Venn diagram. They discuss the purpose of junk mail and compose a class definition.…
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