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Students explore school life in Appalacia through the use of the book, Spelldown. In this five-part short story lesson, students participate in a spelling bee and journal writing. Students use maps and pictures to become familiar with the geography of the book and compare and contrast characters.
A rigged spelling bee gives class members a chance to experience some of the feelings associated with unfair treatment. Team one is given easy words while team two is given difficult words. As teams realize the unfairness the instructor launches a discussion of groups that were singled out for unfair treatment. Carefully consider the climate of your classroom before using this lesson.
Learners read Spelldown, by Becky Mushko and consider how it portrays the Appalachian community. They define and discuss vocabulary presented in the story and write a comparison/contrast paper analyzing two of the story's characters. The spelling activities are sound and could be used with any book or story.
Send your class to the moon with this nonfiction reading exercise. After reading a persuasive article about sending kids to space through a lottery, learners complete a reading comprehension lesson reflecting the main points in the article. They go on to complete an editorial about sending people to Mars.
Students listen to the book Finding the Friendship Dolls, A True Story: How Children Can Help Create World Peace through Toys. In this world peace lesson, students choose events in the story to create a timeline of those events. Students participate in an unfair Spelling Bee and discuss their feelings.
Fifth graders participate in a spelling bee. In this verbs and homophones instructional activity, 5th graders review how most verbs are formed in the past tense and how this differs from irregular verbs. Students identify homophones and homographs and complete a modified spelling bee. Students complete a worksheet about homophones and verbs.