As we begin our 9th week of the 2016-2017 school year 5th grade finds themselves busy as usual. We just finished our first novel study, The Sign of the Beaver. One of the really neat
things we do in 5th grade is teach the CORE using literature books, hitting the major genres. This particular books falls under the genre realistic fiction. One fun and exciting way we celebrate the success of completing a novel is to watch the movie if possible. This allows the students to compare and contrast and come to the conclusion that the book is almost ALWAYS better than the movie. Our hope is to develop a love of literacy.
Before we begin our second novel we are taking a quick break to cover the writing standards that fall under narrative writing. This will be a quick unit where we will use our Mac books to practice word processing, while guiding students through the writing process. One of the traits we will strongly focus on is word choice. This writing trait calls for students to expand their vocabulary and get away from those boring overused every day words. The students will tell a personal story that they would like to share with their peers.
After we are done with narrative writing the next genre we will move onto is science fiction. During this genre study we have four different novels going at the same time, all students will be covering the same standards. One reason for multiple novels is so we can make sure each and every child is being challenged, but also still reading at a level at which they can understand, make connections, and increase fluency. The reading standard is:Range of Reading and Level of Text ComplexityRL.5.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
It is always exciting when you get to that point in the book when the students don’t want to stop reading and ask, “Can we take the book home and finish it?” Then as we near the end and are finishing up one novel and they are asking what are we reading next, you hope you have in some way lit that fire and literature appreciation is developing.