Category Archive: Anchor Charts

May 26

Teaching The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane If you haven’t read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, you are in for a real treat. This heartwarming story follows Edward, a porcelain rabbit. In the 1930’s, Grandmother gave Edward  to Abilene. Abilene adored Edward and treated him as a member of the family. While on …

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May 19

Teaching Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts One important skill for fourth and fifth graders is to know the differences in firsthand and secondhand accounts. This skill is not difficult for students to understand with a little practice. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and …

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May 12

Teaching Comma Rules

Teaching Comma Rules This anchor chart covers the 5th grade Common Core comma rules: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.A Use punctuation to separate items in a series.* CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.B Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.C Use …

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May 09

Writing Titles of Works

Students need to know how to write titles correctly when they begin writing research papers. This skill is also in the 5th grade Common Core State Standards. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.D Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works. The skill is not difficult to learn. Students need to remember just a few rules. Rule 1 …

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May 05

Mnemonic Spelling Devices

Mnemonic Spelling Devices Do you find yourself saying the old rhyme. . . a M-I crooked letter b Crooked letter I c Crooked letter d Crooked letter I e Humpback humpback I f Mississippi! when you spell Mississippi or singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T as you write the word? How many times have you reminded yourself i before …

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May 02

Tone vs. Mood Lesson Activity

  Describing the tone of visual and multimedia elements begins with the following fifth grade Common Core Student Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem). While mood and tone are similar, there are differences. Many students …

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Apr 27

Negative Prefixes

  Teaching students to use correct prefixes can be both fun and challenging. This post contains three resources to help teach negative prefixes: A mnemonic device anchor chart helps students remember when to use il-, im-, in-, ir-, and ig-. A teaching video ~~ I found this video extremely helpful. It’s length is a little under 15 minutes …

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Apr 18

Teaching Activities to use with Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Activities to use with Fantastic Mr. Fox Your students will love reading Fantastic Mr. Fox. The story is about a clever fox who lives with his family in the woods next to three farms. His crazy neighbors are determined to catch the fox who has been stealing food from their stores. The story …

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Apr 11

Call It Courage Teaching Activities

Call It Courage Call It Courage tells the story Mafatu, the son of the chief of Hikueru Island. As a young boy, Mafatu witnesses his mother dying in a storm. Due to this, he is terrified of the sea. This causes his father shame. Mafatu leaves Hikueru to prove he is not a coward. First he lives through …

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Mar 24

Creating Anchor Charts

Using anchor charts is a fantastic way to quickly cover key points. This colorful to-the-point method of teaching keeps students focused. Students look at the charts not only as reference guides, but after viewing the charts; frequently ask questions that show a deep understanding of the topic. This is why I try to create a …

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