June 11-15

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 2.1.2: Practice ethical and respectful behavior.

We read Patricia Polacco’s Bully. Students discuss the implications as they relate to digital citizenship.

June 4-8

Learning Target:  Common Core Reading Information Standard 5.7: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

Partners practice interpreting infographics to answer questions.


May 29-June 1

Learning Target:  Common Core Reading Information Standard 5.7: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

Partners practice interpreting infographics to answer questions.


May 21-25

Learning Target:  Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 5.1c: Common Core Reading Information Standard

We debrief last week’s website exploration. Students consider and determine top rules for researching online.


May 14-18

Learning Target:  Washington Educational Technology 1.1.5: Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.

Partners compare websites in order to determine accuracy of information.


May 7-11

Learning Target:  Washington Educational Technology 1.3.3: Develop and refine a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding.

Partners consider what matters in Google search queries, such as word order, punctuation, etc.


April 30-May 4

Learning Target:  Washington Educational Technology 1.3.3: Develop and refine a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding.

We start a mini unit on search strategies.

April 23-27

Learning Target:  Common Core Reading Information Standard 5.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

In celebration of National Poetry month, partners read and interpret Shel Silverstein’s poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”


April 16-20

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2:  Locate and organize information from a variety of sources and media.

Students learn how to create a Collections page for different resources on our library catalog.


April 2-6

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

Students report and make final reflections on their reading goal. They may make determinations about next steps.


March 26-30

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 5.4:  Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Groups complete genre presentations. Audience members track genre aspects on a handout.


March 19-23

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 5.4:  Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Groups continue genre presentations. Audience members track genre aspects on a handout.


March 12-16

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 5.4:  Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Groups begin genre presentations. Audience members track genre aspects on a handout.


February 26-March 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. 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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