Grades 5 and 6: Theme: Yesterday

5th Grade Theme Book: A Family Apart


5th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine. Scholastic, Inc., 1993.

5th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with A Family Apart? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
  • We Rode the Orphan Trains by Andrea Warren. Sandpiper, 2004
  • Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure by Elizabeth Raum. Capstone Press, 2011.
  • Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story by Andrea Warren. Sandpaper, 1998.
  • Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting. Sandpiper, 2000.
  • A Far Away Home, An Orphan Train Story, by Janie Panagopoulos. 2006.

Technology Ideas

  • Show clips from the DVD American Experience, the Orphan Trains. PBS, 2006
  • Interview Janie Panaopoulos via Skype, an author who has extensively researched the orphan trains from New York west.
  • Have students create VoiceThread interviews with their family members. This way they can send the link to family members far away and still capture the interview. Note that VoiceThread takes audio responses as well as the original creation.
  • Travel where the orphan train traveled with GoogleEarth! Visit the site and then download "A Family Apart."http://www.googlelittrips.org/
  • Create a digital Venn Diagram. PowerPoint 2010 has SmartArt with a venn diagram you can easily have students fill out. Or try Online Venn Diagram Maker from Lucidcharts.

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Have students become pen pals with orphans in another country. The Gucha Orphanage for AIDS orphans in Kisii, Kenya, is interested in pen pals for their orphans.

Lesson Plans

  • Lesson Plan for A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon - Lesson Plan
  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.



6th Grade Theme Book: Hana’s Suitcase


6th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • . . . I never saw another butterfly . . . : Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 by Hana Volavkova. Knopf Publishing Group, 1994. Please note that poems from this book will be used in several sessions. If you are unable to obtain the book, several of the poems are available online (at the bottom of this page; and 9 of them here.)
  • Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki. Lee and Low Books, Inc., 2003. If you are unable to obtain a copy of this book, you can easily find Sugihara’s story on the Internet. PBS has a special too.
  • Keeping the Promise: A Torah’s Journey by Tami Lehman-Wilzig. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2004.
  • The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin by Susan Goldman Rubin with Ela Weissberger. Holiday House, Inc., 2007.
  • Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin by Susan Goldman Rubin. Holiday House, Inc., 2001.
  • The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy. Peachtree Publishers, 2000.

6th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Hana’s Suitcase? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
  • Dear Canad Turned Away: The World War 11 Diary of Devorah Bernstein by Carol Matas. Scholastic Canada Ltd.
  • Anne Frank: by Ann Kramer. National Geographic, Washington,D.C.2009.

Technology Ideas

  • Take the class on a GoogleLit trip based on Hana's Suitcase.
  • Interview a holocaust survivor via Skype. Here's an option if you can't find someone to interview. A Google search may also help.
  • Use VoiceThread to do or record student interviews of someone who remembers the 1940s. Remember also that VoiceThread can be used to collect responses from people not in your town. Have students reach out to relatives and friends.

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

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

  • Have students interview an older family member and research their family trees. What was each family's personal journey that resulted in them living in your community?

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.
Lesson plan

Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.

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