I started with both groups by reading Journey by Aaron Becker, a gorgeous wordless book that was published recently.
"Journey(s)" is the theme topic for fifth grade in September. We made a concept map about it, brainstorming everything we could about journeys. Both groups wrote a Quick Write about what they want their journey this year to be like.
"Crusader" is the theme topic for sixth grade. We also made a concept map for that word. We will be reading about crusaders throughout the month, and plans are starting to be made to BECOME crusaders in an important world cause, inspired by our upcoming read aloud.
Short nonfiction articles will be read to enhance each theme topic. We will be adding to these concept maps throughout the month. Fifth grade is starting to read an article on the Underground Railroad, a journey to freedom.
Sixth grade read an article on Malala Yousafzai, a strong and brave crusader for the right to go to school in Pakistan.
Fifth grade will start a unit on traditional literature. A literacy contract will be coming home this this week, outlining upcoming requirements. I'm waiting for all the small group books to come in to the Cincinnati Library. Their read aloud is Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff.
The sixth grade's read aloud is A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. A literacy contract will also be coming home soon for sixth grade. They will be reading mythology this month. We will read about crusaders in both fiction and nonfiction.
I also assigned and went over requirements/rubric for weekly summary response letters. Look for these handouts in your student's ELA binder. The first weekly summary response letter is due by September 6th. We are practicing a summary response letter over the nonfiction articles we read. I will go over requirements/rubrics for book talks and book reviews this week or next. One book talk and one book review are due each quarter.
Word study will begin shortly. We will be studying prefixes, suffixes, and root words.
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I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend!