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 Fifth Grade
Unit 3
 Using Your Wits

Inquiry and Research Project / Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5

Enduring Understanding:
You can use your intelligence and creativity to solve problems.


Essential Question:
How can you use your intelligence to outwit others?

Week 1:  The Catch of the Day: A Trickster Play

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers can recognize and explain the message or moral lesson of a work of fiction as its theme.

Essential Question:
Why is the theme of a work of fiction important?


Thinking Map: Double Bubble
Compare/contrast schools in Africa to your school on the SMARTboard using the "Schools in Africa" activity and the double bubble.

PowerPointThe Catch of the Day Vocabulary

Introduce new vocabulary words through PowerPoint.  Each slide has a word, definition, and teacher notes.

 

Discovery Streaming Icon African Schools

This two minute clip provides video of an African school. (Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded according to AACPS guidelines.)

PowerPointVocabulary Quiz

An interactive vocabulary quiz and review.

Week 2: The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers know that sequencing the events of a story can help them explain how each incident gives rise to future events.

Essential Question:
How can placing the events of the plot in sequential order help you identify incidents that advance the story?

Thinking Map: Flow Map
Use this blank flow map on your SMARTboard to sequence events.

Story Map

Use the plot map to order the events in order.  Show where the climax peaks and how the conclusion winds the story down. 

PowerPointThe Golden Mare Vocabulary

Introduce new vocabulary words through PowerPoint.  Each slide has a word, definition, and teacher notes.

SmartboardFractured Fairy Tales

Select one fractured fairy tale from the list, sequence the key events, and identify how it is different from the original.

Comic Generator

Generate a comic with a problem and solution.  Print the comic and cut into sections.  Find a partner and have them sequence the comic in the correct order, then have them explain why it makes sense to go in that order.  Explain why they are right or wrong!

Thinking MapInspiration Flow Map

Sequence the story using the thinking map.

 

PowerPointVocabulary Quiz-

An interactive vocabulary quiz and review.

Week 3: Tricky Tales

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers can make connections between ideas in a text by comparing and contrasting information.

Essential Question:
How did comparing and contrasting information help you connect ideas in this text?

Read and Listen to "Rabbit Wish for Snow" trickster tale

This tale is mentioned in the reading as a classic Tchin tale.  Identify the trickster and moral of this story. This site also includes other Tchin tales and pictures.

Discovery Streaming IconHow Anansi Obtained the Sky God's Stories

This five minute video is an example of a traditional African trickster tale. (Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded according to AACPS guidelines.)


Thinking Map: Double Bubble
Use this blank Double Bubble map on your SMARTboard to compare and contrast information while reading the story.

PowerPointTricky Tales Vocabulary

Introduce new vocabulary words through PowerPoint.  Each slide has a word, definition, and teacher notes.

Pixie 3 Comparing Tricksters

Use this Double Bubble map to compare Native American tricksters and the tricksters from other cultures found on page 314 of your Treasures book.

(Can also use this thinking map for comparing/contrasting the two trickster tales to the right.)

Week 4: Blancaflor

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers can recognize and explain the message or moral lesson of a work of fiction as its theme.

Essential Question:
Why is the theme of a work of fiction important?

Smartboard Moral of the Story Template
Use this Tree map to explain how character's dialogue can contribute to the moral of the story. Before reading, use the "He Said, She Said" dialogue lesson plan to introduce/review dialogue. During reading, have students find examples of dialogue in the story that reveal the story's theme and record on the Tree Map. Afterwards, have students explain how the dialogue contributed to the theme.


PowerPointBlancaflor Vocabulary
Introduce new vocabulary words through PowerPoint.  Each slide has a word, definition, and teacher notes.

 

Discovery Streaming IconRescue Dogs

This five minute video provides information about rescue dogs (Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded according to AACPS guidelines.)

 Visualizing Practice

Listen to three different stories and draw what you are visualizing using either SMART Notebook or Pixie.

 

Smartboard SMART Notebook Version

Pixie Version

Week 5:  The Unbreakable Code

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers pay attention to the author's perspective in order to understand how he or she feels about a topic.

Essential Question:
What is the author's perspective toward the events in the story?

Charting Characters Lesson

Identify character's perspectives in order to explain how the author feels.  Use the
Character Perspective Chart while reading the story.


Discovery Streaming IconAuthor's Viewpoint/POV Video

This segment presents facts about circus master P.T. Barnum and compares two author's points of view about the entertainer. A follow-up activity asks students to analyze point of view in a magazine article. (Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded according to AACPS guidelines.)

Thinking Map: Multi-Flow Map
Use this Multi-Flow Thinking Map on your SMARTboard to identify how the author's feelings affected the events in the story.

PowerPointThe Unbreakable Code Vocabulary

Introduce new vocabulary words through PowerPoint.  Each slide has a word, definition, and teacher notes.


Extension:
Read Navajo Code Talkers as an extension of the lesson  (small group or whole class).  Use Navajo Code Talkers Discussion Guide and Extension Guide.

Enrichment: Navajo Language

Reading Guide

This guide features vocabulary and comprehension activities that accompany the selection.(Word document)

Drawing Conclusions Quiz

Cold read and questions on drawing conclusions.

Point of View Lesson Review and Point of View Quiz

Read about first and third person point of view and take a quiz to test your skills!

 

Internet Codes and Ciphers

Learn how codes and ciphers are created, as well as how to decipher them.  Utilizing dual screens, make your own code using Pixie 3 and following the directions onthe site. Be sure to create a key on a separate page.  Work with a partner to see if you can decipher their secret message and identify which type of cipher they used.

 

Internet logo Break the Code

If you are up to the challenge, try to decode the message.  Be careful; the codes become more challenging as you go.

PowerPointVocabulary Quiz

An interactive vocabulary quiz and review.

Inquiry and Research Project

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
You can use your intelligence and creativity to solve problems.

Essential Question:
How can you use your intelligence to outwit others?

Discovery Streaming IconEnvironmental Restoration Projects - This video provides examples of different ways students around the country are working to help the environment.  This would be a great way to generate discussion. (Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded according to AACPS guidelines.)

SmartBoard Environmental Restoration Project Proposal - Research an environmental restoration project that would improve your school grounds as well as the environment in general.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme Connections

Writing Resources

Unit Project Resources

 


DEVELOPING NARRATIVES

 



Theme Statement:

You can use your intelligence and creativity to solve problems.  If you could choose to do research about a person or group of people who solve a problem creatively, who would you choose?


(page xvi)

VOICE:
Books that Demonstrate the Power of Voice - The following books demonstrate the power of voice in writing, as they represent a variety of voices — from bossy and obnoxious, to kind and gentle.

Voice Rubric - Have students check their own writing for voice using this voice rubric.

WORD CHOICE:
Conversation Cards - Use these cards to practice conversations using only uncommonly used words.  Hand students a thesaurus, make a synonym bridge map as a class - it's all about word choice!

Crossword Puzzle Interactive - Have students practice their vocabulary and word choice with this engaging interactive.

RESEARCH RESOURCES:
AACPS Approved Online Databases

MINILESSON:  Paraphrasing vs. Plagiarizing
How to Use Your Own Words Lesson Plan
- In effective strategy instruction, the teacher explains the purpose of the strategy, how to use it, and when and where to use it.

Discovery Streaming IconAvoiding Plagiarism Video -
This segment explains how to avoid plagiarism by giving credit to the work of others. Also covered are techniques for being information literate by asking yourself five questions. (Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded according to AACPS guidelines.)

Bibliography Maker
- Online citation machine that assists students in making their bibliographies.

MINILESSON:  Developing a Topic Sentence
Identify the Topic Sentence -
Take an interactive quiz to determine the topic sentence in a paragraph.

Choose the Topic Sentence Quiz -
More online practice with identifying the topic sentence.

Paragraph + Sentence Writing: Page of Resources
- Develop a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence.

RESEARCH RESOURCES:

AACPS Approved Online Databases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Notes

Standards

Resources

Common Core Standard: L.5.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships

Technology Standard:
3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

The Catch of the Day Vocabulary (Teacher)

Vocabulary Quiz(The Catch of the Day)

The Golden Mare Vocabulary (Teacher)

Vocabulary Quiz(The Golden Mare)

 Tricky Tales Vocabulary (Teacher)

Tricky Tales Vocabulary (Teacher) 

Blancaflor Vocabulary (Teacher)

 The Unbreakable Code Vocabulary (Teacher) 

Common Core Standard: RL.5.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Technology Standard: Standard 5.0 – Technology for Information Use and Management: Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information.

Thinking Map: Double Bubble

Thinking Map: Flow Map

Thinking Map: Cause and Effect

Story Map

SMART Sequence Thinking Map

Inspiration Sequence Chain (Thinking Map)

Common Core Standard: SL.5.5. Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

How Anansi Obtained the Sky God's Stories

 

Author's Viewpoint/POV Video

 

Common Core Standard: RI.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.

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Codes and Ciphers

Break the Code

Crack Digit's Code

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

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Fractured Fairy Tales

Comparing Tricksters

Common Core Standard: W.5.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Comic Generator

 Common Core Standard: L.5.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Helping verbs and main verbs

 

Common Core Standard: RL.5.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

 

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

 

Read and Listen to "Rabbit Wish for Snow" trickster tale

"The Ungrateful Tiger" - Korean Trickster Story

Visualizing Practice

Reading Guide

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

 

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

 

Drawing Conclusions Quiz

·         Common Core Standard: RL.5.6. Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

 

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Point of View Lesson Review and Point of View Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2013