Grades 5 and 6: Theme: Friends and Family

5th Grade Theme Book: Socks


5th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • What is My Cat Thinking? The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior by Gwen Bailey. Advanced Global Distribution, 2002.
  • How to Talk to Your Cat by Jean Craighead George. HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. Harcourt, 1982.
  • Totally Fun Things to Do with Your Cat by Maxine Rock. Jossey-Bass Inc., 1998.
  • The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat by Lore Segal. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2005.
  • Wild Cats by Mary Batten. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2004.
  • Draw 50 Cats: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Domestic Breeds, Wild Cats, Cuddly Kittens, and Famous Felines by Lee J. Ames. Broadway Books, 1989.
  • Kitty Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2002.
  • Koko’s Kitten by Dr. Francine Patterson. Scholastic, Inc., 1987.

5th Grade Other Supplemental Books

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

  • Create a class slideshow of mood words. Each student creates and illustrates one slide with a collection of words for that mood.
  • Have each student create a character multimedia presentation. Include the character components: Things I like to do; Places I like to go; Things from my imagination; Fun times I've had; Obstacles I've overcome
  • Connect to another class via Skype and share cat drawings, cat stories, or cat riddles with them. Have them share, too.
  • Create cat poems and illustrate with pictures or drawings. Share in a multimedia presentation.
  • Make a multimedia presentation of Bible characters who have overcome obstacles. Share in church on Sabbath!
  • With an iPad (iMovie makes it a snap!) or video camera, have groups act out different scenes from Socks that empasize the main themes to create their own movie.

Websites

"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Bring a veterinarian into class to share tips for keeping cats as a pet.

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: The Door in the Wall


6th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • Castle by David Macaulay. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1982.
  • Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1981.
  • How Would You Survive in the Middle Ages? by Fiona MacDonald. Franklin Watts, 1997.
  • A Medieval Feast by Aliki. HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1986.
  • The Making of a Knight by Patrick O’Brien. Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., 1998.
  • If You lived in the Days of the Knights by Ann McGovern. Scholastic Inc., 2001.
  • My Name is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt. Scholastic Paperbacks, 1995.
  • Women and Girls in the Middle Ages by Kay Eastwood. Crabtree Publishing Co., 2003.
  • Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton with Rick Bundschuh and Sheryl Berk. Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group, 2003.

6th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with The Door in the Wall? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
  • Bloody Tower by Valerie Wilding. Scholastic Inc., 2002.
  • To Kill A Queen by Valerie Wilding. Scholastic Inc.,2008.
  • Road to War by Valerie Wilding. Scholastic Inc.,2008.
These books are from the My Story Series. While they are not all knights, they are about politics, and they highlight girls, who at times are put in the background.

Technology Ideas


Medieval Websites

Disabilities Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.

  • Conduct your own Medieval feast with your class as an end of unit celebration. See the website above for ideas.
  • Take a trip to Medieval Times for a field trip. See website above.

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

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.