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            Can you choose the just right book?    27335/p862641601_23541.gif

Easy, Just Right, Challenging (E, JR, C) - books are one of these categories based on the students reading level. Books should be just right where they can understand most of the words, they understand what they are reading, and enjoy the text.

Bubble gum - books that are too easy (aka Goosebumps, Judy Blume, etc.) and do not "push" the readers thinking and comprehension.

Steak - books that require the reader to "chew." These books take a little longer to finish, may require them to think a little more in depth but do not push the reader away, and are not too challenging.  They are just right! :)

Make Connections - Reading is THINKING!!!
Text-to-Self Connections (T-S) are connections that readers make between the text and their own life experiences. Example: This story reminds me of a visit to my cousin's house.

Text-to-Text Connections (T-T) are connections that readers make to other things they have read, such as other books by the same author, or other stories related by genre or topic. Example: This character has a similar problem to one that I read about in a library book I read last week.

Text-to-world Connections (T-W) are broader connections that readers make while reading. A text might remind students of something they learned through movies, television, newspapers, or magazines. Example: I watched an Alaskan Whale Show that shares some of the key concepts in the nonfiction book about whales I just read.

WHAT GREAT READERS DO BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER READING

Using prior knowledge: Readers use what they already know before, during, and after reading to clarify their understanding  of the text.

Making connections: Readers relate the text to personal experiences, to information from other texts, and to information about the world to enhance understanding of self, text, and life.

Questioning: Readers ask questions about the text and about the author and/or illustrator’s intentions to seek information which clarifies and extends their thinking before, during and after reading.

Visualizing: Readers create images in their mind that reflect or represent the ideas in the text to enhance understanding.

Inferring: Readers think about and search the text to construct meaning beyond what is literally stated.

Summarizing: Readers identify key elements and condense important information into their own words during and after reading to solidify meaning.

Evaluating: Readers explain their responses to or understandings of a text based on stated criteria (e.g, Would you want a friend to read this? Why or why not?)

Synthesizing: Readers create original insights, perspectives, and understandings by reflecting on the text.  They merge elements from the text with their own way of understanding information and the world around them.

WHY READ 20 MINUTES A DAY? (<--click to find out)

BOOK SUGGESTIONS FROM BOOK WIZARD (<--click on me and type in a genre)

 
         
 

STAAR TESTING

STAAR TEST PREP LESSONS                                     STAAR Online Assessment

STAAR Sample Questions              

Practice Reading Passages

READ WORKS Passages   

Parent Tips for Successful STAAR Testing  

 STAAR MUST KNOW VOCABULARY - QUIZLET GAME                         

 

  Interactive STORY MOUNTAIN                                              

Story Mountain Video Example                                  

PP Story Mount Cinderella on file 

MENTORTEXTS                                                                      

More Mentor Texts                                                                  

EvenMoreMentorTexts                                                                    

MENTOR TEXTS

 
         
  Roots and Affixes

Understanding Words in Context
  Contractions & Compound Words  
         
 
GENRE Text Features
Fiction Non-Fiction
Title
Chapter Index (for Chapter Books)
Illustrations
Bold/Italic Print
Continuous Text
Paragraphing
Dialogue
Title
Table of Contents
Headings
Subtitles
Index*
Photos
Captions
Labels
Diagrams
Bold/Italix/Font Print
Glossary
Index


All Genre on one Page for Journal

Fiction
Folktale (myths, legends, fairy tale, fable)

Non-Fiction
Nonfiction Poster
     
         
  Using Context Clues

Context Clues

Conetext Clues Lesson
  Reading Across the Genres

Identify TEXT STRUCTURES 
  cause and effect
  chronological
  compare and contrast
  descriptive
  problem/solution
  sequential
NonfictionText Structure Posters/Book
TEXT STRUCTURES
 
         
  What are advertisements?   What is Fluency?  
         
  Previewing a Book   Comparing and Contrasting Texts

Compare and Contrast Info.
 
         
  Forming Questions/Wonderings When Reading   What's Important Information?

Determining Important Details
 
         
  Determining What's Extra Information When I Read   Making Predictions  
         
  Determining the Setting of a story   Nonfiction Headings are Important  
         
Making Connections When You Read
Text to Text
Text to Self
Text to World
Character Feelings
         
  Inferening

Making Inferences

Inference Game
  What is a fact or an opinion?  
         
  Summarizing   Summarizing Fiction  
         
 

Cause and Effect
  Characters and Plot  
         
  Story Elements

Story Cube Creator

Story Cube Instruction/Brainstorm Sheet/Rubric
  Author's Point of View

Point of View

Point of View

Point of View
 
         
  Don't Believe Everything You Read   Author's Purpose

Author's Purpose

Author's Purpose

Author's Purpose 2

Author's Purpose Game

Author's Purpose PP

Author's Purpose Online Quiz

Author's Purpose Team Game

Author's Purpose Multiple Team Game
 
         
  Synonyms

Synonyms/Antonyms/Homonyms

Synonyms/Antonyms/Homonyms 2
  Myths and Legends Story Creator  
         
  Using Electronic Media   NONFICTION

MAIN IDEA

Locating Topic Sentence
Locating Topic Sentence 2
Manatees Main Idea

Supporting Sentences

TEXT FEATURES

Identify mTEXT STRUCTURES
  cause and effect
  chronological
  compare and contrast
  descriptive
  problem/solution
  sequential
 
         
  NonFiction Text Structures

Cause and Effect

Chronological Order

Compare and Contrast

Sequence of Events

 
VOCABULARY GAMES
  
 
         
  POETRY FORMS and Examples

Unfolding Bud poem

What is a poem?
Features of a poem
Meaning of a poem


Elements of Poetry

Fifth and Sixth Grade Poetry Selections

Types of Poetry

Forms of Poetry

Poetry Forms

 
 

   GIGGLE POETRY


HARRIET TUBMAN POEM

A stanza is a group of lines in poetry that are bunched together.

Poets decide how they want to break apart the sentences in their poems, sometimes to create meaning or for appearance.

Rhyme Scheme: Rhyme scheme is when each line is labeled with letters. The letters are in alphabetical order and lines that have words that rhyme are labeled with the same letter.
 Oppossums at times take a notion to drop     A
Whatever they’re doing and come to a stop.  A
It’s called “playing possum,” and clearly it’s why   B
They’re mostly ignored by the folks passing by
.  B

Free verse is all about expressing yourself creatively without necessarily following a specific format for a poem.

I am a Butterfly.
I am one of the most beautiful insects of the world.
I eat nectar, but
I don't harm the flowers.
I have many enemies.
I wander through the forests playing with all my butterfly friends.


Adoption page 162 in 5.2 – internal rhyme and alliteration

                            Page 312 – alliteration and onamotopea

                             Page 468

Adoption 5.1 Page 170 and page 141

History:  Titanic 204    Ghost Towns of the American West page 290

                   Gold Dreams 306

Adoption 5.1 Hold the flag high page 208

 
         
  Create Word Clouds (Main Idea and Details) or Character Trait - Fiction/Nonfiction - Poetry   Analogies and Idioms

Analogy of the Day

Idioms

 
         
  MYTHS AROUND THE WORLD

MYTHS AND LEGENDS

Myths and Legends
  RESEARCH RESOURCES

Reference Resource Sheet

Reference Resource Posters
 
         
 

Venn Creator

Interactive COMIC Strip Maker

Compare and Contrast Map

Character Online Book

Story Cube Creator

Story Cube Creator-Biography/Story, etc.

Fiction Response Sheet

Listening Station Responses

Time for Kids Response Forms

Buddy Reading Responses

Independent Reading Responses

Book Recommendation Form

Book Report Form

Biography Form

 


  Various State Reading PASSAGE PRACTICE


Passage 1
Passage 2
Passage 3
Passage 4
Poetry Passage
Read Works Passages
 
         
  Good Reading Strategies

Reading Rockets Reading Strategies
  
  Reading Comprehension GAMES  
         
  Finding the Right Book to Read

Scholastic

ALA Reading
  Reading Books Online

Highlights for Kids - audio


READER's Theaters


Elements of Drama
Structure of Drama
Reader's Theaters
 
         
  Books Read by Celebrities Online  

Why is Reading Important

 
         
  Reading and Writing Go Hand-in-Hand   Why Should I Read 20 Minutes a Day  
         
  Newberry Award Winning Books   Caldecott Award Winning Books  
         
 

Texas Blue Bonnet Award Winning Books

  Comprehension Strategies

Mr. Nussbaum Passages and Comprehension Questions
 
     

              Resources for Each Unit
Unit 1
Grade 5 Unit 1 Open Response Questions.pdf
Unit 2
Grade 5 Unit 2 Open Response Questions.pdf
Unit 3
Grade 5 Unit 3 wks 1 2 3.pdf
Grade 5 Unit 3 week 4-5.pdf
Unit 4
Unit 4 Grade 5 Open Response Questions.pdf
Grade 5 Unit 4 Target Posters.pdf
Unit 5
Grade 5 Unit 5 Open Response Questions.pdf
Unit 6
Grade 5 Unit 6 Open Response.doc
                                                            

Reading Street Teacher Resources                    

 Better Lessons    Eval Lessons

 Ereading Worksheets 

                          

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