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LearnZillion's 5th Grade ELA module provides high-quality video lessons to support students' mastery of the Common Core ELA standards. Furthermore, teachers can also use the website's resources to support their own teaching development. Every lesson has potential to inform and inspire teachers to engage with students in new ways -- between the videos, lesson slides, graphic organizers, and copies of the accompanying text, the site provides a lot of supporting resources.
For students' in-class use, the read-aloud videos can support struggling students, and graphic organizers provide helpful scaffolding for reading and writing tasks. Help your students recognize the think-alouds in the guided-practice videos -- these can help them better understand the concepts being covered. For more individualized learning, create playlists for each of your students, or even just for groups of students. Lessons could also provide a strong introductory assignment for each ELA standard.
Grade 5 ELA Standouts:
- Reading: Life for Slave Children in 1861
- Writing -- Opinion: Why Are Zoos Important for Science?
- Writing -- Informational: Responding to a Constructed Response Question
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Key Standards Supported
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Reading Informational Text
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
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.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.
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