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Grade 5 Language Arts




1. CONTEXT CLUES - Students will use information that they obtain from a text to determine the best meaning for a given word. This will include multiple meaning words, homophones, and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs).
     
2. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE - Students will define, identify, and infer the meaning of figurative language such as similes, metaphors, and personification.



3. WORD STRUCTURE - Students will use knowledge of root words, suffixes, and prefixes to identify the meaning of a given word.

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Unit 1 Meeting The Challenges

Story One - "FRINDLE" by Andrew Clements
READING SKILLS- Character and Plot, Prior Knowledge, Cause and Effect, Word Structure
SPELLING-Short Vowel VCCV, VCV
GRAMMAR-Four Kinds of Sentences
WRITING-Character,Voice

Story Two - "THUNDER ROSE" by Jerdine Nolen
READING SKILLS- Cause and Effect, Monitor and Fix Up, Character and Plot, Context Clues
SPELLING- Long Vowel VCV
GRAMMAR- Subject and Predicate
Writing-Tall Tale, Word Choice

Story Three - "ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS" by Scott O'Dell
READING SKILLS- Theme and Setting, Visualize, Character and Plot, Dictionary and Glossary
SPELLING-Long Vowel Digraphs
GRAMMAR- Independent and Dependent Clauses
WRITING-Friendly or Thank You Letter,Organization/Paragraphs

Story Four - "SATCHEL PAIGE", by Lesa Cline-Ransome
READING SKILLS- Sequence, Ask Questions, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues
SPELLING- Adding -ed, -ing
GRAMMAR- Compound and Complex Sentences
WRITING-Feature Article, Word Choice

Story Five - "SHUTTING OUT THE SKY" by Deborah Hopkinson
READING SKILLS- Cause and Effect, Summarize, Sequence,Context Clues
SPELLING- Contractions
GRAMMAR- Common and Proper Nouns
WRITING-Narrrative Writing, Word Choice
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Unit 2 - Doing The Right Thing

Story One - "Inside Out" by Francisco Jimenez
READING-Compare and Contrast, Answer Questions, Author's Purpose, Word Structure
SPELLING- Digraphs th, sh, ch, ph
GRAMMAR- Regular and Irregular Plural Nouns
WRITING- Summary, Focus/Ideas

Story Two - "Passage to Freedom" by Ken Machizuki
READING-Author's Purpose, Monitor and Fix Up, Sequence,Dictionary/Glossary
SPELLING- Irregular Plurals
GRAMMAR-Possessive Nouns
WRITING-Story Review, Focus/Ideas

Story Three - "The Ch'i Lin Purse" by Linda Fang
READING- Compare and Contrast, Predict, Sequence, Word Structure
SPELLING- Vowel Sounds with r
GRAMMAR- Action and Linking Verbs
WRITING- News Story, Organization/Paragraphs

Story Four - "Jane Goodall's 10 Ways to Help Save Wildlife" by Jane Goodall
READING- Fact and Opinion, Ask Questions,Compare and Contrast,Context Clues
SPELLING-Final Syllables -en, -an, el, -le, il
GRAMMAR-Main and Helping Verbs
WRITING-Rules, Word Choice

Story Five - "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
READING- Sequence, Graphic Organizers, Setting and Theme, Word Structure
SPELLING-Final Syllables er, ar, or
GRAMMAR- Subject-Verb Agreement
WRITING- Interview,Organization/Paragraphs
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Unit 3 Inventors and Artists

Story One: "Wings for the King", by Anne Sroda
READING-Author's Purpose, Story Structure, Cause and Effect, Context Clues
SPELLING- Schwa
GRAMMAR-Past,Present, and Future Tenses
WRITING-Skit,Convention

Story Two: "Leonardo's Horse", by Jean Fritz
READING-Main Idea, Summarize, Fact and Opinion, Word Structure
SPELLING-Compound Words
GRAMMAR- Principal Parts of Regular Verbs
WRITING- Question/Answer Essay, Focus/Ideas

Story Three: "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins", by Barbara Kerley
READING-Fact and Opinion, Predict, Main Idea, Context Clues
SPELLING-Consonant Sounds j, ks, sk, and s
GRAMMAR-Principal Parts of Irregular Verbs
WRITING- Feature Story, Organization/Paragraphs

Story Four: "Mahalia Jackson", by Julius Lester
READING- Main Idea,Graphic Organizers, Fact and Opinion, Context Clues
SPELLING- One Consonant or Two
GRAMMAR- Troublesome Verbs
WRITING- Description,Word Choice

Story Five: "Special Effects in Film and Television" by Jake Hamilton
READING- Graphic Sources, Prior Knowledge,Author's Purpose, Word Structure
SPELLING-Prefixes un- ,de- ,dis
WRITING-Expository Writing, Sentences
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Unit 4 Adapting

Story One: "Weslandia" byPaul Fleischman
READING-Draw Conclusions, Answer Questions, Main Idea, Word Structure
SPELLING- Words From Many Cultures
GRAMMAR- Subject and Object Pronouns
WRITING-E-Mail,Conventions

Story Two: "Stretching Ourselves" by
Alden Carter
READING-Generalize, Predict,Graphic Sources, Context Clues
SPELLING-Prefixes over-, under-, sub-, super-, out-
GRAMMAR-Pronouns and Antecedents
WRITING- Journal Entry, Focus/Ideas

Story Three: "Exploding Ants" by Joanne Settel
READING-Graphic Sources, Monitor and Fix Up, Author's Purpose, Context Clues
SPELLING- Homophones
GRAMMAR- Possessive Pronouns
WRITING-Tell a Story About an Animal, Word Choice

Story Four: "The Stormi Giovanni Club", by Lydia R, Diamond
READING-Generalize, Story Structure, Draw Conclusions, Context Clues
SPELLING-Suffixes -ible, -able
GRAMMAR- Indefinite and Reflexive Pronouns
WRITING- Advice, Voice

Story Five: "The Gymnast" by Gary Soto
READING-Draw Conclusions,Visualize, Generalize, Word Structure
SPELLING-Negative Prefixes
GRAMMAR- Using Who and Whom
WRITING- Tell How You Achieved a Goal, Word Choice
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Unit 5 Adventurers

Story One: "The Three-Century Woman" by Richard Peck
READING-Character and Plot, Prior Knowledge, Author's Purpose, Word Structure
SPELLING-Multisyllabic Words,
GRAMMAR-Contractions and Negatives
WRITING-Editorial, Focus/Ideas

Story Two: "The Unsinkable Wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic" by Robert D. Ballard and Rick Archbold
READING- Graphic Sources, Ask Questions, Main Idea, Dictionary/Glossary
SPELLING- Unusual Spellings
GRAMMAR- Adjectives and Articles
WRITING- Problem/Solution Essay, Word Choice

Story Three: "Talk with an Astronaut", Interview
READING- Author's Purpose, Monitor and Fix Up, Graphic Sources
SPELLING- Greek Word Parts
GRAMMAR- This, That, These, and Those
WRITING- Biographical Sketch, Sentences

Story Four: "Journey to the Center of the Earth", by Jules Verne
READING- Cause and Effect, Summarize, Author's Purpose Context Clues
SPELLING- Latin Roots
GRAMMAR- Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
WRITING- Persuasive Letter, Voice

Story Five: "Ghost Towns of the American West", by Raymond Bial
READING- Generalize, Graphic Organizers, Graphic Sources, Word Structure
SPELLING- Related Words
GRAMMAR- Adverbs
WRITING- Advertisement, Sentences




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Unit 6 The Unexpected

Story One - "At the Beach"
by Lulu Delacre
READING- Draw Conclusions, Visualize, Sequence, Dictionary/Glossary
SPELLING-Suffixes -ous, -sion, -ion, -ation
GRAMMAR-Modifiers
WRITING- Expository Writing,Conventions

Story Two - "The Mystery of St. Matthew Island" by Susan E. Quinton
READING- Main Idea, Text Structure, Sequence, Word Structure
SPELLING- Final Syllable -ant, -ent, -ance, -ence
GRAMMAR- Conjunctions
WRITING- Taking Notes, Focus/Ideas

Story Three - "King Midas and the Golden Touch" by Charlotte Craft
READING- Compare and Contrast, Answer Questions, Draw Conclusions, Word Structure
SPELLING-Words with ei and ie
GRAMMAR- Commas
WRITING- Humorous Poem, Voice

Story Four - "The Hindenburg" by Patrick O'Brien
READING- Fact and Opinion, Ask Questions, Main Idea, Context Clues
SPELLING- Compound Words
GRAMMAR-Quotations and Quotation Marks
WRITING- Outlining, Organization/Paragraphs

Story Five - "Sweet Music in Harlem" by Debbie Taylor
READING- Sequence, Prior Knowledge, Draw Conclusions, Context Clues
SPELLING- Easily Confused Words
GRAMMAR- Punctuation
WRITING- Informational Article, Sentences
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