Grade 5/6 Ignited Literacy JANUARY


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Ever wondered how to get your students to love reading and writing? Love Genius Hour or need a differentiated approach that gives students more voice and choice in what they read and write? Keep students engaged in writing all year long while meeting curriculum standards.

Ignited Literacy is your answer ⭐

Use research-based strategies for teaching writing including

→ gradual release of responsibility

→ student led inquiry

→ teaching spelling and grammar in context

→ using mentor texts

→ teacher conferences which support the cycle of assessment

Get started with this implementation guide and in 15 days your class will be ready to love reading and writing in your classroom.

These resources will:

  • ✐ Give you a detailed schedule of what to do in your literacy block, including reading and writing
  • ✐ Provides you with a read aloud guide that includes discussion and questioning prompts and teacher think aloud suggestions.
  • ✐ Includes original shared reading texts each week.
  • ✐ Teach spelling, grammar, and conventions in context with an ‘essential skills’ checklist
  • ✐ How to use mentor texts as models to support good writing
  • ✐ Writing mini-lesson guide that highlights effective instructional strategies
  • ✐ Student writing organizers for narrative, non-fiction report, persuasive report, and poem.
  • ✐ Guide to making flexible writing groups that foster peer support and feedback
  • ✐ Establish independent work skills in your students to prepare them for independent reader’s and writer’s workshop centers.
  • ✐Engage your students in reading and writing

January Activities

The theme of the month is CONFIDENCE. The focus this month is on point of view and writing a fiction summary using the SWBST strategy. Students will move from week to week with focus on these strategies to further develop their reading and writing skills.

In this month there are a variety of activities to engage students in learning. Included this month are:

  • Language games
  • CUPS strategy for Editing
  • MINTS strategy for using Capital Letters
  • Reading Response Choice Boards
  • Quote of the Week
  • Retell vs Summary Activity
  • Sample Anchor Charts
  • Bump It Up Board Template and Exemplars
  • Fiction and Nonfiction Assessment Rubrics
  • Many more…


Books this month:

Week #1 – The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg

Week #2 – Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

Week #3 – Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Week #4 – Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Weekly Differentiated Readings

In each package, there are 4 different texts that can be used for shared, guided or independent reading. Each text is provided at three different reading levels from grade 3-6. With this resource, you can assign the same story for many different students who are all reading at different levels.

Original Differentiated Reading Texts Included in January:

  1. Ms. Jade and Ms. Violet
  2. A Straw Hat for Cow
  3. Joshua and the Man with the Rainbow Coat
  4. Brass Band Blues

✍ With ‘Ignited Literacy’ your students will finally cheer when it is language arts instead of groan. And you as the teacher will have a solid plan to teach language, and fit it all in. ✍


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Grade 5/6 Ignited Literacy JANUARY