Category: Lesson Plan

Teaching Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

Teaching Students to use Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

One important skill for fourth and fifth graders is to know the differences between 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 the information provided.
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Teaching Comma Rules

Ideas for Teaching Students Comma Rules

The Common Core State Standard requires fifth grade students to learn five comma rules. Students will find this anchor chart a quick easy reference.

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Writing Titles of Works

Lesson Ideas for Teaching Students How to Write Titles of Text

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.
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Mnemonic Spelling Devices

Mnemonic Devices to Help Students with Spelling

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!
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Tone vs. Mood Lesson Activity

Ideas for Teaching Students the Difference between Mood and Tone

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).
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Teaching Students to Write a Narrative ~ Proofreading

Activities for Teaching Students How to Write a Story Hook
 This lesson will go over one editing approach that will teach students to check their narratives for the following errors:
  • Capitalizing Sentence Beginnings and Adding Ending Punctuating
  • Keeping to the Same Point of View
  • Varying Sentence Styles/Beginning Sentences in Different Ways

IMPORTANT ~~ Have students write their rough drafts on only the front sides of the pages. This makes editing much easier as the pages can be cut into two or more pieces. Then additional details can then be easily inserted. 

At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to all materials needed to complete this lesson. The Lesson 

  Activity #1

Have students highlight the first word in each sentence. This makes it much easier for students to spot the following errors or places in the story where improvements can me made. Once the first words are highlighted, have students look for the following: Continue Reading

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Teaching Students to Write a Narrative ~ Varying Sentences

Activities for Teaching Students How to Write a Story Hook
  At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to all materials needed to complete this varying sentences lesson.

The Lesson 

  Activity #1 ~ Types of Sentence Problems

These three sentence problems are ones I see repeatedly in student writing. Recognizing different types of sentence problems is essential if you don’t wish for your students to make errors. This foldable style graphic organizer makes students aware of common mistakes that are frequently made:

  • Choppy sentences are sentences that are too short. When several short sentences come together, they force the reader to go slowly. This makes the writing seem more “elementary” than it
    truly is.
  • A run-on sentence is when two or more sentences are combined without connecting words or punctuation.]
  • A stringy sentence is when too many clauses usually connected with and, but, so, and because, connect sentences forming one very long sentence. Stringy sentences are so long the reader forgets the beginning of the sentence before reaching the end.]

Activity #2 ~ Types of Sentences

Once students realize they have short choppy sentences (or long stringy sentences), they will need to correct them by turning the some of the sentences into different types. This organizer goes over four sentence types: Continue Reading

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