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Language Arts Resources Grade 5 Alberta

Language Arts Resources

Part of our routine in Grade 5 includes working on our grammar skills. Knowing the rules of our language is an important skill. This includes punctuation, capitals, commas, tenses and so many things. It’s not an easy thing but once you practise it enough, you will be doing “that grammar stuff” without even knowing!

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Get that pen ready and warm up that creative brain... It’s time to turn those personal experiences and shenanigans into story ideas. We will start by using picture books to help us break down the parts of fiction stories.


We will focus on:


     •       Good beginnings, middles and ends

     •       How to create a problem and an exciting solution

     •       Creating exciting characters and settings

     •       Using strong, descriptive and juicy language

     •       How to build in dialogue between characters


Don’t forget about C.O.P.S. and The Jail...

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Wonder Grade 5 Novel Study

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman’s face looks different than most people and until now, hasn’t gone to regular schools because of it. That’s all changed now that he’s beginning Grade 5 at Beecher Prep. All he wants is to be treated like an ordinary kid - but his classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face.

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...He was sitting in a bushplane roaring seven thousand feet above the northern wilderness with a pilot who had suffered a massive heart attack and who was either dead or in something close to a coma.

He was alone. In the roaring plane with no pilot he was alone. Alone.

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present — and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair — it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

We will be doing a novel study on Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” and will be responding and journaling to what we read as we follow along with Brian’s harrowing experience. As we read along, we will work to better understand the ideas discussed and reflect on the emotions the book develops. We will record our questions and reflections in our Reading Response Journals based on the Six Reading Responses.


With each chapter, we will be answering questions to help us better understand the book:

Once finished the book, students will complete one of four options in the Hatchet Final Project.

The 6 Reading Respones

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Who doesn’t enjoy reading a good book and then chatting about it? Everyone does it and so do we. Here in Grade 5, we are all members of a book club, where we read and discuss some really great books, chatting about what we’ve read and what we think about it.


With each chapter, we will be answering questions to help us better understand the book. Depending on the chapter, we will practise responding to the text in different ways.

Text to Self  |  Text to World  |  Text to Text

I Like, I Think, I Wonder  |  I Predict  |  Read, Stop, Draw

What are Book Clubs?

An explanation of Literature Circles