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Language Arts


Reading Log
Summary Sheet
Summary Sheet (short version)

Reading Crate Materials

1. Acrostic 2. Story Reflection
3. Venn Diagram 4. Book Review
5. Quotables 6. 10 Questions for Main Character
7. 10 Questions for Author 8. Story Map
9. Letter to Main Character 10. Mini Film Strip
11. New Ending 12. 10 Chapter Questions
13. Letter to Author 14. Front Page
15. 5 Questions for Main Character 16. Bookmark

17. Collage

18. Book Cover
19. Character Umbrella 20. Character for a Day
21. 5 Questions for the Author 22. Poem
23. Design a Mobile 24. Problem Path
25. Setting the Scene 26. Character Contrast
27. Character Perspective 28. Character Sketch
29. Open Mind 30. Character Spotlight
31. Dear Diary 32. Character Traits
33. Detail Detective 34. Context Clues
35. Activating Prior Knowledge 36. What do I WANT to Know - Nonfiction
37. Zoom in on Details - Nonfiction 38. Understanding Relationships - Nonfiction
39. Think Links - Nonfiction 40. Making a Difference - Nonfiction Biography
41. Life's Building Blicks - Nonfiction Biography 42. How am I Like You? - Nonfiction Biography
43. How They Helped the World - Nonfiction Biography 44. Step Back in Time - Historical Fiction

Spelling Sorts

Instructional Video: How to sort with Words Their Way

Alphabetic Sorts

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Within Word Patterns Sorts

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Syllables and Affixes Sorts

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Derivational Sorts

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Word Study Sheet
At home ideas for Words Their Way


"Words Their Way" defines the groups this way: Emergent spllers are not yet reading conventionally and in most cases have not been exposed to formal reading instruction. Emergent spellers typically range in age from 0 to 5 years, although anyone not yet reading conventionally is in this stage of development. Most of the emergent stage is prephonetic. Alphabetic spelling stage is the second stage in the developmental model and encompasses that period of time during which students are formally taught to read, typically during the kindergarten and first-grade years and extending into the middle of second grade. Most letter-name alphabetic spellers are between the ages of 5 and 8 years old, although the beginning reader at age 55 also can be a letter-name alphabetic speller. The name of this stage reflects students' dominant approach to spelling, that is, they use the names of the letters as cues to the sound they want to represent. Throughout this stage, students learn to segment the sounds or phonemes within words and to match the appropriate letters or letter pairs to those sequences. Within Word Pattern spellers are typically transitional readers who can identify most one-syllable words in context but still struggle to spell those same words correctly when they write. During this stage of development, students learn to spell long-vowel patterns as well as dipthongs and r- influenced vowels. These students are usually in the late first to mid-fourth grades and should already know how to hear and spell two-letter consonant blends and digraphs, as well as short vowels. Syllable and Affixes students are usually in the upper elementary and middle school. Students who are able to spell most one-syllable words correctly have the foundational knowledge needed to spell the base words to which affixes will be added (both suffixes and prefixes). They will also be ready to look for familiar vowel patterns in the two-syllable words they will study. Derivational: Word study for advanced readers and writers focuses on the way spelling and vocabulary knowledge at this stage grow primarily through the processes of derivation - from a single base word or word root, a number of related words that are derived through the addition of prefixes and suffixes. Advanced readers, for example, are able to explore Latin and Greek word elements that are the important morphemes out of which thousands of words are constructed. This leads naturally to an exploration of spelling-meaning relationships. These students are typically advanced readers and writers in upper elementary, middle school, and high school.


ELACC5RL1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

ELACC5RI1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

ELACC5RL2: 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.

ELACC5RI2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

ELACC5RL3: 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).

ELACC5RI3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

ELACC5RL4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

ELACC5RI4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

ELACC5RL5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

ELACC5RI5: Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

ELACC5RL6: Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

ELACC5RI6: Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

ELACC5RL7: Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

ELACC5RI7: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

ELACC5RL8: (Not applicable to literature)

ELACC5RI8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence supports which point(s).

ELACC5RL9: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

ELACC5RI9: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

ELACC5RL10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

ELACC5RI10: 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.

ELACC5RF3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
a. Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multi-syllabic words in context and out of context.

ELACC5RF4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
b. Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

ELACC5W1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
a. 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.
b. Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
c. Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

ELACC5W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
a. 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.
b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
c. Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

ELACC5W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences:
a. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
c. Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.
d. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
e. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

ELACC5W4: 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.)

ELACC5W5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grade 5.)

ELACC5W6: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

ELACC5W7: Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

ELACC5W8: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

ELACC5W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
a. Apply grade 5 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or a drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., how characters interact]”).
b. Apply grade 5 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence supports which point[s]).

ELACC5W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

ELACC5SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
c. Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
d. Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

ELACC5SL2: Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

ELACC5SL3: Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

ELACC5SL4: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

ELACC5SL5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

ELACC5SL6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 5 Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)

ELACC5L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
a. Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.
b. Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb aspects.
c. Use verb tense and aspect to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions.
d. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense and aspect.*
e. Use correlative conjunctions (e.g., either/or, neither/nor).

ELACC5L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
a. Use punctuation to separate items in a series.*
b. Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
c. Use a comma to set off the words yes and no (e.g., Yes, thank you), to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It’s true, isn’t it?), and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Steve?).
d. Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.
e. Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.

ELACC5L3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.*
b. Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.

ELACC5L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
a. Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).
c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

ELACC5L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
a. Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
b. Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
c. Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.

ELACC5L6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific vocabulary, including words and phrases that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).

*Skills marked with an asterisk (*) are included on the Language Progressive Skills chart for CCGPS and are likely to require continued attention in higher grades as they are applied to increasingly sophisticated writing and speaking.

Standards Link: http://www.GeorgiaStandards.org

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