This is my final post about my year long plan for the position I've taken for next year. I'm teaching a supplemental literacy program for grades 3, 4 and 5 and I get to design it myself! Because it is a supplement, I didn't worry about covering all of the standards, just creating units to engage my readers.
Today I'll share my plan for my favorite grade - FIFTH!
Just like in grades 3 and 4, we will begin with typical reader's workshop mini lessons. We will share Because of Winn Dixie.
In November and December, we will work on a character study. Students will conduct their own in their independent reading books and I will model using Wonder. I'm so excited to share this book with so many readers this year!
In January and February, we will repeat a unit that was a favorite from last year - celebrating black history through literature circles. I offered books that focused on African American characters and even some nonfiction that dealt with African American history. My students loved this unit because it coincided with our reading of Heart and Soul and my students learned SO MUCH. It was such a positive unit that my students asked me to repeat the book offerings so they could keep the unit going! The books I offered were: One Crazy Summer, Sounder, I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, Who was Harriet Tubman, What Was the Underground Railroad.
In March and April, we will examine nonfiction. I plan to use text sets about space. We will begin with a basic text about space to fill in any gaps in their prior knowledge and then move on to more detailed text. We will also read a first hand account from Buzz Aldrin to differentiate between expository and narrative nonfiction.
Our final unit is to read like a fan. This is another of Lucy Calkin's units that I am going to adapt. We will read books by our favorite authors. I plan to share more of Kate DiCamillo's texts during this time. Students will choose their favorite authors to study.
Only a few more days until school begins! I hope you all are off to a great start!