5th Grade Language Arts Lesson Plans

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The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the language arts and language arts extensions, with brief activity descriptions and learning activity (LA) numbers. Additional resources related to fifth grade language arts are also provided.

Members often use this page as a resource for more detailed planning, to choose specific activities using the activity finder or to compare our curriculum with state standards.

Fifth grade language arts is organized into two large sections:

  1. Language Arts – 159 Activities
  2. Language Arts Extensions – 210 Activities

Language Arts Lesson Plan – 5th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 159

The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of synonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the same thing.
The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of antonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the opposite.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the prefix of the root word or how the prefix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the suffix of the root word or how the suffix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to identify and select the appropriate homophone or word that sounds the same, based on the context of a passage which fits the best meaning of the given word or phrase.
The student will be able to identify and analyze the author’s use of idioms, based on the context of a passage and how these expressions are used in literal and interpretative information.
The student will be able to identify and determine the meaning of unknown words, based on the understanding of Latin and Greek roots.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with extensive scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying to independently read and comprehend texts with minimal think aloud support.
Use knowledge, information, and ideas from literary or expository texts to make inferences about the text (e.g., make inferences, draw conclusions, make generalizations, and infer sequence of events.)
Make a summary or paraphrase information from literary or expository text.
Identify the main idea(s) or theme(s), distinguishing them/it from supporting details in a literary text.
Identify plot by using story elements including the main problem and solution.
Identify the main idea(s) using the supporting details in an expository text.
Students will understand two different text structures: chronological order and cause and effect. They will apply these skills by comparing and contrasting two authentic nonfiction articles.
Students will understand two different text structures: chronological order and cause and effect. They will apply these skills by comparing and contrasting two authentic nonfiction articles.
Read, interpret and make predictions using charts, graphs, diagrams, maps or other graphic representations.
Compare and contrast characters, settings, ideas, information and/or plot within a text or between two or more genre sources (literary or expository), including figurative language such as metaphors.
Students will be introduced to academic words to increase language proficiency and activate background knowledge before analyzing two authentic nonfiction articles.
Students will be introduced to academic words to increase language proficiency and activate background knowledge before analyzing two authentic nonfiction articles.
Students will explore the meaning of five different proverbs to increase language proficiency before analyzing two authentic nonfiction articles.
Identify and use knowledge of the author’s purpose to comprehend the writing of a literary or expository text.
Students will understand the basic steps one must take when organizing notes from two sources. Students will independently read two nonfiction articles.
Students will review the basic steps to take when organizing notes from two sources. They will independently read two nonfiction articles.
Students will review the basic steps for taking notes and organizing notes from two sources. They will independently read two nonfiction articles.
Distinguish between fact and opinion in an expository text or within news sources, including the use of hyperbole.
Identify and distinguish between cause and effect in expository and literary texts.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of comprehension skills on grade level appropriate literary and expository passages, with questions that simulate a high-stakes assessment.
The student will explore content through discovery and develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary and respond to the literature. Authentic nonfiction literature is included.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary and respond to the literature. Authentic nonfiction literature is included.
Through learning activities focused on recognition and application, the student will practice language art skills. These activities have direct instruction, practice, and scored assessment.
The student will explore content through discovery and develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary and respond to the literature. Authentic fiction literature is included.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections. Student uses prior knowledge and will analyze and evaluate to make sense of texts.
Through learning activities focused on recognition and application, the student will practice language art skills. These activities have direct instruction, practice, and scored assessment.
The student will explore content through discovery and develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary and respond to the literature. Authentic fiction literature is included.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections. Student uses prior knowledge and will analyze and evaluate to make sense of texts.
Through learning activities focused on recognition and application, the student will practice language art skills. These activities have direct instruction, practice, and scored assessment.
The student will explore content through discovery and develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections. Student uses prior knowledge and will analyze and evaluate to make sense of texts.
Through learning activities focused on recognition and application, the student will practice language art skills. These activities have direct instruction, practice, and scored assessment.
The student will explore content through discovery and develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary and respond to the literature. Authentic fiction literature is included.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections. Student uses prior knowledge and will analyze and evaluate to make sense of texts.
Through learning activities focused on recognition and application, the student will practice language art skills.

Language Arts Extensions Lesson Plan – 5th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 210
Use text organizers, such as type, headings, and graphics, to predict and categorize information in informational texts.
Use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
Use text elements, such as time sequences, for understanding materials.
Retell main points to demonstrate interpretation of challenging texts.
Summarize and paraphrase written materials.
Identify cause-and-effect relationships.
Identify the meaning of affixes.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 1: Words with Greek parts, including “astronomy, hemisphere, microscope, monologue, geology, biography, democracy, television, odometer, autograph.”
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 2: Words taken from a person’s name (eponyms) which may include, “diesel, galvanize, zeppelin, watt, saxophone, bloomers, braille, pasteurize, nicotine.”
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 3: Blended words (portmanteaus), which may include chortle, smog, Chunnel, motel, splatter, meld, dumbfound, brunch, bit, splurge.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 4: Phrases and sayings common to American culture, which may include Bite the hand that feeds you, Every cloud has a silver lining, Make a mountain out of a molehill, Out of the frying pan into the fire, Read between the lines, Sit on the fence, His name is mud.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 5: Names of occupations, which may include journalist, paleontologist, cartographer, architect, composer, interpreter, meteorologist, surveyor, telemarketer, plumber.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 6: Words from the Civil War, which may include secession, emancipation, confederate, assassination, reconstruction, Yankee, surrender, rebellion, scalawag, carpetbagger.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 7: Words taken from the names of Greek gods or heroes, which may include titanic, narcissistic, panic, tantalize, atlas, herculean, hypnosis, morphine, mentor, amazon.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 8: Common abbreviations and short forms of words, including ID, VIP, exam, gym, flu, ASAP, co-op, info, sitcom, sci-fi.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 9: Names for groups of animals, which may include pack, school, muster, pod, gang, gaggle, swarm, pride, drift, herd.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 10: Similar words that may be confusing, which may include conscience, conscious; desert, dessert; fatal, fateful; principal, principle; loose, lose.

Chapter Test: Reading Strategies – Extension

Use internal punctuation to separate word groups.
Use commas after: yes, no, well, direct address, last name written first.
Use quotation marks in dialogue, in names of poems, songs, short stories, magazine articles, and essays.
Identify present, past, and future tenses of verbs.
Identify linking verbs.
Identify and use the past and past-participle forms of irregular verbs.
Identify direct and indirect objects.
Identify and use predicate adjectives.
Identify and use comparative and superlative forms of adjectives with more and most and with -er and -est endings.
Identify and use the adjective suffixes: -able, -ful, -less, -y.
Identify and use comparative and superlative forms of adverbs.
Identify and use homophone and homographs.
Identify and write correctly one-word, two-word, and hyphenated compounds.

Chapter Test: Grammar – Extension

Describe the defining characteristics of suspense. Read suspense stories.
Describe the defining characteristics of historical fiction. Read historical fiction stories.
Describe the defining characteristics of traditional tales. Read traditional tales.
Compare fables and stories from two or more cultures or time periods.
Describe the development of plot, and explain how conflicts are resolved.
Describe how the author’s choice of vocabulary and style contributes to the quality and enjoyment of selections.
Describe the characteristics of free verse, rhymed, and patterned poetry.
Identify onomatopoeia and alliteration in poetry.
Identify the use of literal and figurative language in written text, including imagery, metaphor and simile, symbol, and personification.
Describe character development in fiction and poetry selections.
Describe character development in fiction and poetry selections of Greek Mythology.
Read and evaluate the Gettysburg Address.

Chapter Test: Literature – Extension

Write a complete paragraph by using a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
Write letters formatted for a specific purpose.
Write an outline, organizing information by main ideas and supporting ideas.
Write a research report and cite reference sources.
Write narratives with common story elements, such as plot, character, theme and setting.
Write compositions including both literal and figurative language.
Apply knowledge of revision strategies, such as combining sentences, substituting words, and expanding ideas.
Edit final copies of original writing for appropriate conventions of written language.
Distinguish between first- and third-person point of view.

Chapter Test: Elements of Writing – Extension

Perform oral readings of prose and poetry.
Demonstrate use of oral language effectively by control of eye contact, speaking rate, volume, and enunciation.
Use spoken language concisely and creatively, depending on the purpose of communication.
Express opinions respectfully.
Listen to, identify, and then summarize main ideas of a speech or lecture.
Give, listen to, and follow directions.

Chapter Test: Tools for Learning – Extension

Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 1: including disbelief, unidentified, unlimited, distrust, disorder, midnight, midyear, predetermined, misspell, mistreat, discourage, unclear, disconnect, disappear, midway, preexisted, prehistoric, preregistration, mislead, misunderstanding, disintegrate, unbuckle, unable, disagree, dishonest, midweek, pretext, precede, misprint, misfortune.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 2: Understand the influence of other languages and cultures on the spelling of English words (etymology), including words from ancient Greece, 30 words, including alphabet, technology, amnesia, music, nausea, eon, panic, acrobat, kaleidoscope, magma, cheers, gymnasium, planet, caramel, thermostat, galaxy, almond, apology, melody, cylinder, character, talent, idea, cider, allergy, telescope, mustache, museum, ocean, cinnamon.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 3: Words containing silent letters, 30 words, including tomb, align, design, knead, limb, autumn, wrestle, wring, wrist, sigh, resign, aisle, gnat, solemn, wheeze, frightened, gnarled, hymn, knuckle, whistle, condemn, receipt, crumb, ballet, gnash, herb, rhythm, wholesome, whimper, Illinois.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 4: threat, thrive, strive, strategy, strict, splendid, scroll, scratch, splatter, stratosphere, throb, throne, strap, stricken, strain, split, scrub, scrape, splurge, thrifty, thrill, strait, streak, stress, stretch, splinter, scrambled, scrapbook, thrust, structure.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 5: Words and plurals of words ending in y, 30 words, including tendency, cemetery, identity, decoy, alloy, festivity, gallery, temporary, reality, canopy, vacancy, authority, secretary, penalty, celebrity, dormitory, emergency, memory, laboratory, annoy, anxiety, delay, destiny, gravity, deny, poverty, preoccupy, primary, remedy, cavity.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 6: Words and plurals of words ending in o, 30 words, including tornado, veto, motto, mosquito, cargo, domino, potato, tomato, embargo, echo, cameo, logo, ratio, patio, soprano, torpedo, avocado, armadillo, flamingo, portfolio.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 7: Words ending in -sion, -tion, 30 words, including pronunciation, rejection, starvation, confusion, discussion, translation, percussion, election, protection, fusion, revolution, compassion, mansion, impression, association, plantation, delegation, recreation, profession, reputation, conversation, destruction, foundation, information, sensation, television, precaution, registration, reception, fiction.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 8: Words ending in -ous or -ious, 30 words, including precious, gracious, generous, monstrous, ambitious, conscious, contagious, devious, disastrous, tremendous, cautious, jealous, obvious, previous, vigorous, conspicuous, dangerous, ingenious, numerous, miraculous, various, strenuous, treacherous, unanimous, anxious, enormous, furious, gorgeous, marvelous, serious.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 9: Words with variant spellings of the /s/ sound, 30 words, including celery, instance, substance, scenery, muscle, influence, residence, process, vaccine, celebration, policy, ceremony, incident, adolescent, encyclopedia, recite cellular, innocent, pretense, specific, cereal, license, bracelet, conceited, allowance, anticipate, scientific, precise, scissors, evidence.

Chapter Test: Conventions of Spelling – Extension:

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Lesson Activity Finder Tool

activity_finderThe lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.

Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student LaunchPad page. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.

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