Designed to support the same skills and strategies students use in the Core5 online activities, these graphic organizers boost student engagement in comparing and contrasting, cause and effect relationships, making inferences, and more!
The Focus on Word Meanings instructional resource provides a basic routine for teaching vocabulary along with several types of interactive and expressive activities. This is an especially valuable resource for supporting vocabulary development and comprehension in emerging bilingual students.
These full-color Student Readers (and Teacher Guides!) for students in Grades 3 through 5 provide opportunities for critical reading and analysis. Students can explore a variety of real-world text types and engaging topics.
Give each student a bingo board with consonant letters. Show a Keyword Picture Card to students (cover the letter!) and say the word. Students should place a chip on the letter that makes the initial sound in the word. Once students have earned bingo, they should name each letter covered, along with its sound.
List pairs of rhyming words for students. When they hear a pair that does not rhyme (e.g., pig/wig, box/fox, cake/coat), have students complete an action, such as jump up, wiggle, or tap their feet. Alternatively, have students tiptoe around the room and freeze when they hear the pair of words that does not rhyme.
Play guessing games using pairs of adjectives. Display a variety of classroom objects or images from the set of Vocabulary Flashcards. Take turns saying two words to describe an image without naming the object (e.g., “I see something that is round and smooth”). Students need to choose the image that is being described.
Write a newly learned prefix (e.g., pre-) in the middle of a circle. Ask students to generate as many words as they can that contain the prefix (e.g., preview, preheat); add those words to the outside of the circle. Then, assign students to their own prefixes and have them repeat the exercise. Provide resource materials as needed.
Give students the letter tiles for one sight word at a time. Display a word and read it to students. Have students spell the word with letter tiles, using the displayed word as a model. Then, take away the displayed word. Have students scramble their letters and spell the word independently. Finally, ask students to practice writing the word.
Use the printable Core5 Comprehension Passages to help students work on summarizing informational texts. Model how to keep track of important information by highlighting or underlining key words or phrases. Then, have students work together to generate interesting, relevant headlines for the entire text or for sections of the text.
NEW! Core5 Writing Prompts
Set your students on the "write" path with Core5 Writing Prompts! These writing prompts are focused on engaging, grade-appropriate themes and topics from Core5 online comprehension activities. Teacher-facing rubrics and student-friendly checklists are also included.