Leap Into Literacy 5th Grade


Poetry Resources

Poetry is a great place to practice close reading. It can make higher level texts accessible for students because of its shorter length. Here are some helpful tips for planning a poetry unit in 5th grade reading.

  • Set up groups of about 4 students in similar reading levels

  • Create packets for each group of 8-12 poems

    • Various lengths, tones, structures (keep reading level in mind)

    • Authors can include Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kenn Nesbit, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky (poetry packet here)

  • Choose demonstration poems (included in packet)

    • Robert Frost’s “Dust of Snow”

    • Ogden Nash “The Hippopotamus”

    • Naomi Shihab Nye “The Traveling Onion”

  • Possible read aloud: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

  • Students also read novels during this time

  • A list of essential questions is on p. 75 of the If/Then book

  • Teaching points are listed on pp. 91-93

  • See the poetry packet for an overview of all three bends in this unit

Indexes for Reading Strategies and Writing Strategies Books

Ever wish for a quick way to access specific strategies or skills in Jennifer Serravallo's Reading Strategies and/or Writing Strategies books? Now you can. Listed below are links to the just-developed indexes for both books. These indexes will not be published in future editions of the books to keep the costs down. Download them now to have access to this valuable resource.





Visit A Reading or Writing Lab Site

Please remember that we continue to support your visitation to your colleagues' classrooms through our reading and writing lab sites. If you would like to visit a colleague, just reach out to your building's RDT. Think about an area of focus for your visit in order to make your time in your colleague's classroom meaningful and purposeful.

Happy Visiting!

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96th Saturday Reunion at Teachers College

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's 96th Saturday Reunion will be on March 16, 2019 from 9-3. During this free professional development opportunity, over 125 workshops will be led by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Amanda Hartman, Laurie Pessah, and all TCRWP staff developers. Some of the topics include managing workshop instruction, developing state-of-the-art classroom libraries, raising the level of book clubs, teaching K-2 kids to write persuasive speeches and reviews, and writing about reading. Consider spending a Saturday at this very valuable - and fun - learning event!