5th Grade

LITERACY:

Poetry

A Child’s Garden of Poetry-http://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/video?show=A%20Child’s%20Garden%20of%20Poetry

HBO has collaborated with The Poetry Foundation to bring you interviews with kids intermixed with animated versions of great poems.  Check out “‘Hope’ is the Thing with Feathers,” told in poetry and sign language!

Children’s Poetry Archive-http://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/home.do

Created by the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and a recording producer, the Children’s Poetry Archive contains a plethora of poems, radical readings, and interesting information all about poetry.  Search for poems by title, author, genre, or theme.

Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky-http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/jack_home.htm

This web page from Scholastic lets you listen to Jack Prelutsky read one of his poems and then learn how to have fun with writing poetry “Prelutsky style.”  You can submit your original poems for online publishing.  Don’t forget to read what other kids are writing, too!

SOCIAL STUDIES:

American Revolution

The American Revolutionhttp://www.goushistorygo.com/#!american-revolution-/c1gdt

This web site uses primary and secondary sources to explore the themes of the American Revolution.  It is created by Go Social Studies Go, a “free site dedicated to making the study of history fun and painless.”  This will be helpful for fifth grade students building schema about the American Revolution.

Liberty: The American Revolutionhttp://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/

From PBS, this site tries to create a first-hand experience of the Revolution through newspaper articles, timelines, games and activities.  The Road to Revolution game allows students to test their knowledge of their readings.  This resource could be used for building schema, for research, and more.

American Revolution Maps & Chartshttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/armhtml/armhome.html

The Library of Congress has published primary documents from the American Revolution that include maps and charts of the period.  This would be useful for helping students to understand geography of the United States during the Revolution.

Website Evaluation

All About Explorershttp://allaboutexplorers.com/

This is a resource intended for website evaluation.  It was developed by teachers for the purpose of teaching students about thinking critically about internet research.  Its best application is as part of informational literacy instruction.

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