Grades 5 and 6: Theme: Heroes

5th Grade Theme Book: Shepherd Warrior


5th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • Desmond Doss, Conscientious Objector: The Story of an Unlikely Hero by Frances M. Doss. Pacific Press, 2005.
  • First Aid for Wildlife: Basic Care for Birds and Mammals by Irene Ruth. Bick Publishing House, 1997.
  • Session 5: Psalm 23—The Lord is My Shepherd: 23rd Psalm Children’s Book by Helen Haidle. Seed Faith Books, 2006.

5th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Shepherd Warrior? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Have students map out their story in a brainstorming tool such as Inspiration, Webspiration or CmapTools.
  • In addition to writing a story, have students make it into a digital story. Read about digital storytelling here.
  • Have students create a slideshow of examples of heroes who have had struggles yet trusted God and good came about eventually.
  • Use Skype to connect to a modern day faith hero who has overcome struggles. Brainstorm as a class who you could talk to. Use these tips from Digitally Speaking to prepare questions.
  • Use Skype to connect to a missionary or one who has returned. Brainstorm questions before the interview.
  • Create a VoiceThread about heroes overcoming struggles. Have students invite family and friends across the country or around the world to respond and share their stories. Tips for using Voicethread here.
  • As students are learning the Dewey Decimal System, have them try searching using the KidsClick Dewey Decimal search page.
  • Take an online quiz from Quia on simple subjects and predicates
  • September is Hispanic Heritage month! Visit Scholastic to read about Hispanic heroes, Hispanic history in the Americas, famous Latinos, and participate in several interactive activities.
  • Read an online student-created My Hero write up about Desmond Doss. Now have students add their own hero article to the site!
  • Have students write their own modern day adaptation of the 23rd Psalm and illustrate it in a slideshow or multimedia presentation.
  • Have students write an original psalm to the tune of a public domain hymn or praise song. Illustrate and record the class singing it. Compile into a multimedia presentation or movie.
  • Have students interview a grandparent who served in a war. Create a digital story with what they learn. Read about digital storytelling here.
  • February is Black History month. Have students select a well known black person in history, research that person on the internet and write short essay of why this person in their mind.
  • Have students create Comic Strip with http://www.bitstrips.com/ about their favorite hero. Have them create a write up about the strip explaining why they look up to that hero. Click here for an example http://bitstrips.com/r/RPPV0

Websites

  • Here's a video about a woman hero from Iowa - Kate Shelley
  • write here

"In Real Life" Ideas

Field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.



6th Grade Theme Book: Amos Fortune: Free Man


6th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • NONE.

6th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Amos Fortune: Free Man? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
  • The Journey of Hannah by Wanda Luttrell
  • The American Revolution for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • If You Lived in Colonial Times
  • American Kids in History-Colonial Days
  • Freedom Train-The Story of Harriet Tubman

Technology Idea

  • Have students write an essay about a hero. Teacher lesson plan here: How should we choose our heroes?
  • Read an online student-created My Hero write up about Desmond Doss. Now have students add their biographical essay about someone who worked for the rights of others.
  • In addition to writing an essay about their person, have students select a multimedia presentation tool (Animoto, Microsoft PhotoStory, iMovie, PowerPoint, Prezi or Glogster EDU, etc.) and create a presentation. Share at a back-to-school parent night.
  • Create a class multimedia presentation about the beatitudes. Include student comments & reflections. Assemble into a multimedia presentation and show in church this Sabbath!
  • Assemble student-selected rewrites of the 10 commandments along with digital pictures of students illustrating the positive obedience of each commandment. Assemble into a multimedia presentation and show in church!
  • Use Skype to connect to a hero: AFM missionary, student missionary, returned student missionary at your nearby Adventist college, academy student. Who else can you & your students think of? Use Digital Conversations resources to help prepare.
  • Adapt Pathways for students who are reading challenged by creating either tapes or dvd's for them to read along with.

Websites

"In Real Life" Ideas

Field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Visit the monument or plaque of a town/city hero, if possible. Learn about what made them a hero and how it affected the town.

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.


Credit: This page was developed for the AVLN online class, Integrating Technology with Pathways. Class participants contribute to the wiki. Please join the next session of the class if you would like to contribute and receive notifications when this wiki is updated. Requests to join the wiki will only be accepted by class participants. Or, if you would like to contribute without taking the class, you can send updates or ideas to janine@avln.org.