Grades 5 and 6: Theme: Living Things

5th Grade Theme Book: First Flight


5th Grade Official Supplemental Books


5th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
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Technology Ideas

  • Set up a bird feeder outside your classroom window. Keep a digital camera close by. Collect pictures and compile: presentation on creation for church; a classroom guide for bird watching, etc.
  • Create a classroom wiki about birds that you add to each year. Be sure students do not copy and repost anything on the Internet without permission. Teach students to cite any Internet resources (text and multimedia) they use in their animal research report. Here's a simple explanation for students. Also be sure to only use students initials or first names.
  • Have students take notes online with NoteStar, and organize their research notes into an outline with Inspiration.
  • Collect students' best poetry and bird photos into a class slide show to share at a parent night.
  • Connect with a class in a very different area of the country (with Skype or a similar tool). Have students share about the birds in their area and any potential human-created danger to their survival. What can be done?
  • Create an illustrated class slide show of Bible stories with birds. Share in church!
  • Create some bird trivia questions. Connect with another class (with Skype or a similar tool) and quiz them. See which class can answer the most questions!Have students memorize and practice reciting a poem. Connect with another class via Skype and have them take turns reciting poetry. Teach students to give each other thoughtful feedback.
  • Connect with another class to share 4 different types of poetry (via Skype or a similar tool). Teach the types of poetry to the other class members. Then read/recite different types of poems and have the other class tell which type of poetry it is. Have them teach you 4 new types of poetry.
  • Create a class slideshow of interesting words and word plays. Illustrate with student drawings. Use a drawing tool like KidPix, Pixie, or even GoogleDraw (part of GoogleDocs).

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Many independent pet stores offer free visits to your classroom. See if your local pet store will bring some birds in for a classroom visit.
  • Go to a park or a safe local area to look for signs of wildlife. Have students write down the clues and share them with the class.

Lesson Plans


Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.



6th Grade Theme Book: Too Much Salt and Pepper


6th Grade Official Supplemental Books


6th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Too Much Salt and Pepper? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
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Technology Ideas

  • Create a classroom wiki about forest animals that you add to each year. Be sure students do not copy and repost anything on the Internet without permission. Teach students to cite any Internet resources (text and multimedia) they use in their animal research report. Here's a simple explanation for students. Also be sure to only use students initials or first names.
  • Use a multimedia tool such as Animoto or PowerPoint to create a presentation on forest animals.
  • Create a class creation / forest animals slideshow with inspirational thoughts and share in church.
  • Collect digital pictures of students' pets along with their writing about the pets. Compile into a multimedia presentation.
  • Have students use a concept mapping tool such as kidspiration to plan out a research report on a forest animal. This helps organize their information into topics. Each topic represents one paragraph of their report.
  • Use Kidspiration to create a porcupine concept map - Here is an example: Porcupine Concept Map

Websites

  • Did you know the whole book is online here?
  • Read this online biography of Sam Campbell; then contact Shandelle Henson, the author. She works at Andrews University. Interview her via Skype or another tool!
  • This is a web site for a music group that specializes in science/nature/environmental education music for children. They are called the Banana Slug String Band. I started in the field of outdoor education with all of them. They are good friends and have produced a number of albums that are appropriate for a wide range of ages, adults included. Banana Slug String Band

"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • There is a DVD available at the ABC with actual footage by Sam Campbell. I don't have the official title as I don't have the dvd to look at as I write this. I will attempt to find it and post all the information.

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.