Category: Lesson Plan

Reference Materials Mini Lesson

Reference Materials Anchor Chart

This free ‘Reference Materials Mini Lesson’ contains three activities. The lesson is designed to help students determine which reference materials are needed to locate specific types of information. The lesson goes over six types of reference materials. These include dictionaries, thesauri, manuals, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.

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Teaching Humor Devices

Humor Devices Anchor Chart

Understanding humor devices will not only improve students’ writing skills and comprehension, but will help students understand how to respond in social situations. Continue Reading

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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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