Gnomes Read, Write, and Think

"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron, bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods…” -JK Rowling

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Reading more, writing more



The first few days

We’ve been busy learning all the new routines and tricks of fifth grade!


What were the causes of the American Revolution?


Contrasts and Contradictions

Christian clearly and thoroughly explains his inference, even including two accurate quotes from the text as evidence!


Contrasts and Contradictions

Nathan notes a complicated contradiction in the text.


Contrasts and Contradictions in _Wonder_

We’ve been working to notice when authors make characters do unexpected things. These are called contrasts and contradictions. In this text, August and his dad have a surprising conversation about a treasured item.


Contrast and Contradiction

Tiana made a unique observation of a contrast in Wonder. She quoted the text accurately and clearly explained her thinking.


Reading Fiction: Focus on Theme



Thinking About Theme

We are starting a new reading unit.  The unit will focus on the following common core state standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.5 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

In this unit, we will review these topics that we have studied earlier this year or in fourth grade:

Readers use the author’s words to back up their claims about a text.

Readers use their prior knowledge and experience along with information from the text to draw inferences from the text.

Readers understand that stories are often written using a predictable structure called a story arc.

Readers summarize fiction by telling who, what, when, where, how, and why.

We will be covering new ground as well:

Readers can identify two or more themes in stories, drama, and poems.

Readers understand that characters respond to challenges in ways that help the reader understand the theme.

Readers can explain how setting shapes the theme of a story.

Readers use thinking maps to construct written responses to questions they are asked.

Small Reading Groups

We work in small reading groups. Students are divided into groups based on their reading level. In groups, students read leveled texts and write and talk about their reading. The focus is on deepening comprehension and applying new ways of thinking learned in the small groups to our own independent reading.





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