[MOSAIC] help! 13 years in gr.1/2 now gr. 5!

Heather Blau heatherblau at verizon.net
Wed Aug 22 10:35:05 EDT 2007


I, too, am teaching 5th grade for the first time after many years in  
lower grades.  Some of the more practical reads directly tied to  
fifth grade:

* No Non-Sense Guide to Teaching Writing (by Sharon Hill/ Judy Davis,  
two master 5th grade teachers) nuts and bolts for writing workshop.
*Non-Fiction Matters by Stephanie Harvey
*Lessons in Comprehension by Frank Serafini- All great minilessons to  
draw from.  A helpful starting point- 100% practical.

Others you might be interested in:

On writing from a mentor text: Wonderous Words by Katie Wood Ray and  
Independent Writing by Colleen Cruz.

For math check out Math in the City's new curriculum on First Hand:  
www.contextsforlearning.com (the math strings are great to supplement  
whatever math curriculum you're using.

I'd love to hear what you're finding, as I'm in the same boat!  Hope  
this is helpful.


On Aug 22, 2007, at 1:13 AM, Kimberly Stapert wrote:

> I hope this is an appropriate use of the listserv...
> Well, I just found out I'll be teaching grade 5 and school starts 2
> weeks from yesterday.  What are some of your #1 most practical teacher
> resources that can be directly implemented without too much theory  
> (I'm
> strong on theory).  I have a strong literacy background and train
> others in literacy, but now I need some specific information to get
> going.  I know this listserv is mostly dedicated to
> reading/comprehension, but I'd value input on a writing resources as
> well.  There is no set curriculum tool or teacher's manual for reading
> or writing in our district.  What we have is a list of benchmarks and
> GLCE.  How we accomplish those benchmarks is up to us.  Feel free to
> email me off list.  We do Words Their Way and I feel confident
> implementing that.
> If anyone has a list of novel studies or any study guides to accompany
> them, please email me off list too.
> I have and am very familiar with the following for upper el (don't  
> need
> all those good ones for lower el anymore!):
> Guiding Readers and Writers (Fountas/Pinnell)
> Still Learning to Read (Sibberson/Szymusiak)
> Beyond Leveled Readers (Sibberson/Szymusiak)
> 7 Keys...(Hutchins)
> Craft Lessons - both fiction/nonfiction (Fletcher)
> Writer's Workshop (Fletcher)
> Reviser's Toolbox (Lane)
> Any other helps?
> Kim/5th (YIKES!!!!!!)
> p.s. No science teacher's manual or social studies either,  but that's
> another story another day...
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