February 26-March 2

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1:2.8: Recognize features of various genres and use different reading strategies for understanding.

In small groups, students focus on the characteristics on a particular genre in order to “sell” to class. Students begin presentations.


February 12-16

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 5.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

In following classroom lessons around Black Lives Matter, we read The Case for Loving. Students identify evidence to support points.


February 5-9

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1:2.8: Recognize features of various genres and use different reading strategies for understanding.

In small groups, students focus on the characteristics on a particular genre in order to “sell” to class.


January 29-February 2

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 5.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

We read Preaching to the Chickens, a biography about Congressman John Lewis. Students find evidence for how young Lewis forged his identity.


January 22-26

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 5.9: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Students share favorite titles, genres, and series when we play “Rolling Recommendations.”


January 15-19

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 3.3.5: Contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the learning community.

Students share favorite titles, genres, and series when we play “Rolling Recommendations.”


January 8-12

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 5.4b: Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

We explore civil rights through the lens of Indian boarding schools. Students perform a reader’s theatre.


January 2-5

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1.1: Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.

We read selections from Mac Barnett in preparation for his author visit on January 11.


December 4-8

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

We revisit Novelist K-8. Partners practice finding “read-alikes” for favorite titles.


November  28–December 2

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.1.1: Set reading goals.

Students record reading goals in their reading passports and determine what constitutes goal achievement: what does succeeding look like?


November  13-17

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.1.1: Set reading goals.

Students share ideas for reading goals and submit one for approval.


November 6-10

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.1.1: Set reading goals.

Students review reading interest inventory from previous week to begin formulating a reading goal for library.


October 30-November 3

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.4.1: Identify own areas of interest.

Students consider areas of reading interest in order to prepare a reading goal.


October 23-27

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

Partners continue familiarizing themselves with Britannica School in order to use independently.


October 16-20

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

We introduce students to Britannica School. Partners will take turns “driving” the program to find and record information.


October 9-12

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 5.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

So students may glimpse what it’s like to participate in the Global Reading Challenge, we play a Jeopardy game today, based upon last week’s reading of Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day.”


October 2-6

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 5.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

We read Ray Bradbury’s short story, “All Summer in a Day,” in preparation for a reading quiz, so students may glimpse what it’s like to participate in the Global Reading Challenge.


September 25-29

5th Graders at Islandwood in search of banana slugs!


September 18-22

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 3.3.5: Contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the learning community.

Students engage in scavenger hunt to share great reads and discover each other’s interests.

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