6 Traits Writing
Word Generation and Words Their Way
Did you know that the best way to become a better reader is to read every day?! In Room 204, we use the Daily 5 model as an adapted Daily 3. During reading, students are engaging in read to self, read to someone, and work on writing. They also meet with Ms. G. for guided reading, and work on the weekly skill/strategy aligned with the Common Core Standards. Mini-lessons occur between "rounds," where students engage in direct instruction, as well as guided and independent practice. Students have access to a wide variety of books from the school and classroom library. Read aloud is a fun part of our day, and students have input on which novels Ms. G reads aloud. A genre wheel is used to help students remember to wide read across genres. MobyMax is a free website where students can practice their reading skills.
Weekly Readers' Response
Each week, students respond to their reading using a variety of prompts.
The Six Traits of writing are Voice, Ideas, Presentation, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice, and Sentence Fluency. Students learn about these traits and how to apply them to their writing expository, narrative, and persuasive writing. Throughout the year, students use the writing process to create many different writing pieces.
Word Generation emphasizes 21st century learning goals such as academic language, developing an argument, reasoning analytically, reading to find evidence, reviewing data, discussing various perspectives, engaging in debate, and expressing well-reasoned positions in writing.
5th Grade Units:
5.01-Where Do I Belong?
5.02- Should Everyone Be Included?
5.03- Why Should I Care?
5.04- What Divides Us and How Can We Resolve Our Differences?
5.05- Why Do We Fight?
Words Their Way
Words Their Way is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program. Students are given an assessment that determines where they are at developmentally as a speller. They then work with various sorts individually and in small group to improve their spelling and vocabulary.