W.5.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

 
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Similar & Different Stars

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore how stars are similar and different by researching online sources. Then, students construct evidence-based arguments using their research.

 
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Measuring Time as the Earth Rotates and Revolves

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students construct a Sun, Earth, & Moon model to demonstrate the rotation and revolution of Earth. Students also conduct online research to explore the relationships between Earth's motions and the measurement of time.

 
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Patterns of the Moon

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students obtain and evaluate information on the moon phases using multiple resources, including a moon phase calendar, video, online text, and a hands-on model.

 
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Constellation Patterns

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students evaluate and communicate information on the apparent movement of constellations using a variety of resources: interactive star map, planisphere, videos, modeled demonstration, and online resources.

 
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Exploring Daily Shadow Changes

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore how their shadows change throughout the day. Then, students graph the length of their shadows using a bar graph and draw conclusions.

 
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Remembering vs Reliving the Sinking of the Titanic

5th Grade ELA » Unit: Similarities and Differences in Points of View on the Titanic
5th Grade ELA » Unit: Similarities and Differences in Points of View on the Titanic
Rose Ortiz
Stockton, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

An author's point of view affects the readers's involvement in the story line presented. Authors can change how readers visualize and feel about events by the perspectives and emotions they add to their writing.

 
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Sinking of the Titanic - Comparing Poetry and Prose

5th Grade ELA » Unit: Similarities and Differences in Points of View on the Titanic
5th Grade ELA » Unit: Similarities and Differences in Points of View on the Titanic
Rose Ortiz
Stockton, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Poetry is written to entertain readers.

 
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Everyone Loves a Little Structure: Structures of Informational Text Overview

5th Grade ELA » Unit: Tearing into Informational Text
5th Grade ELA » Unit: Tearing into Informational Text
Dana Patton
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Just like houses, nonfiction writing needs a solid structure to keep it from collapsing.

 
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structure of books
   

Busy Bees or The Super Ant"- Who works harder?

5th Grade ELA » Unit: Busy as a Bee (or Ant)
5th Grade ELA » Unit: Busy as a Bee (or Ant)
Rose Ortiz
Stockton, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Organizing our thoughts in writing helps us to evaluate text. An author's purpose and perspective influence how an what he writes.

 
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Investigating Star Brightness & Distance

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore the brightness of stars by examining a photo of the night sky. Then, students use flashlights to investigate how distance impacts star brightness.

 
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The Location of Earth

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore the location of Earth by learning new vocabulary, watching a video, researching online sources, and sharing fact-based arguments.

 
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Write an Essay: My City

5th Grade ELA » Unit: Writing to Learn: Boxes and Bullets- The 5 Paragraph Essay
5th Grade ELA » Unit: Writing to Learn: Boxes and Bullets- The 5 Paragraph Essay
Teresa Klein
Seattle, WA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Give students practice with generating ideas, planning, and drafting a 5 paragraph essay about a topic which they are experts.

 
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Investigating Star Brightness, Distance, Size, & Temperature

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore the relationships between star brightness, distance, size, and temperature by examining the Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram and investigating with flashlights.

 
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The Earth's Seasonal Patterns

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will explore the seasons on Earth using graphs, videos, online reading, and demonstrations. At the end of this lesson, students will explain how the Earth's revolution and tilt affect the seasonal temperatures on Earth.

 
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Investigating Water Molecules

5th Grade Science » Unit: Matter
5th Grade Science » Unit: Matter
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students investigate water molecules by completing five investigative tasks. Using observations and models, students are able to describe how they know there are tiny particles in water.

 
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food coloring

Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Common Core ELA
 
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