Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Correlations

Celebrating Holidays: Reading, Writing & Hands-on Activities

Celebrating Holidays: Reading, Writing & Hands-on Activities

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Strand - Reading Standards: Literature, Grade 5

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.5.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Activity Page
New Year's Day Parades 7
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Lucky Charms 33
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Islam 71
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Labor in the United States 84
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.5.2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Activity Page
Two Poems About Love 21
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
A Song from War 99 to 100
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
Two Fables 110 to 111

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.5.3: Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Activity Pages
Two Fables 110 to 111

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.5.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

Activity Pages
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
A Song from War 99 to 100
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RL.5.9: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Activity Page
Two Poems About Love 21
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
National Anthems 75 to 76
Two Fables 110 to 111

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

ELA.RL.5.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Activity Page
Resolutions 6
New Year's Day Parades 7
Villain Reform 8
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Being an Upstander 14
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Marmota Monax 18
Critter Compare and Contrast 19
Two Poems About Love 21
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Valentine Acrostic 24
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The White House 28
Leadership 29
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
Lucky Charms 33
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Interview with a Leprechaun 36 to 37
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Prepare for an Interview 40
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
The People's Work 44 to 45
Describing Colden 4 46
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Thanks, Mom! 57
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
Arlington National Cemetery 61
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
Father's Day Facts 66
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Islam 71
Kindness 72
Mosque Mosaic 73
National Anthems 75 to 76
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Independence Day Fun 79
Decorate Your Bike 80
The Great Swiggardo 82 to 83
Labor in the United States 84
Jobs of the Future 85
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
Just Between Us Sailors 91
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Monster Texts 97
A Song from War 99 to 100
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
Thank You, Veterans! 102
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107
Dear Mr. President 108
Two Fables 110 to 111
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Christmas Cookies 118
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123
The Fable Explanation 124
Make a Mkeka 125

Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 5

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.5.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Activity Page
New Year's Day Parades 7
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Lucky Charms 33
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Islam 71
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Labor in the United States 84
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Christmas Cookies 118
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.5.2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Activity Pages
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
The People's Work 44 to 45
Labor in the United States 84

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Activity Pages
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
The White House 28
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.5.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Activity Page
New Year's Day Parades 7
Lucky Charms 33
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Father's Day Facts 66
Islam 71
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Christmas Cookies 118

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.5.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

Activity Pages
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Labor in the United States 84

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

ELA.RI.5.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Activity Page
Resolutions 6
New Year's Day Parades 7
Villain Reform 8
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Being an Upstander 14
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Marmota Monax 18
Critter Compare and Contrast 19
Two Poems About Love 21
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Valentine Acrostic 24
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The White House 28
Leadership 29
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
Lucky Charms 33
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Interview with a Leprechaun 36 to 37
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Prepare for an Interview 40
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
The People's Work 44 to 45
Describing Colden 4 46
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Thanks, Mom! 57
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
Arlington National Cemetery 61
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
Father's Day Facts 66
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Islam 71
Kindness 72
Mosque Mosaic 73
National Anthems 75 to 76
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Independence Day Fun 79
Decorate Your Bike 80
The Great Swiggardo 82 to 83
Labor in the United States 84
Jobs of the Future 85
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
Just Between Us Sailors 91
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Monster Texts 97
A Song from War 99 to 100
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
Thank You, Veterans! 102
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107
Dear Mr. President 108
Two Fables 110 to 111
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Christmas Cookies 118
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123
The Fable Explanation 124
Make a Mkeka 125

Strand - Writing Standards, Grade 5

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.5.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Activity Page
Villain Reform 8
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
Being an Upstander 14
Prepare for an Interview 40
Describing Colden 4 46
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Monster Texts 97
Dear Mr. President 108
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
The Fable Explanation 124

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.5.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Activity Page
Critter Compare and Contrast 19
Thanks, Mom! 57
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
Kindness 72
Independence Day Fun 79
Jobs of the Future 85
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.5.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

Activity Page
Resolutions 6
New Year's Day Parades 7
Villain Reform 8
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Being an Upstander 14
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Marmota Monax 18
Critter Compare and Contrast 19
Two Poems About Love 21
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Valentine Acrostic 24
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The White House 28
Leadership 29
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
Lucky Charms 33
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Interview with a Leprechaun 36 to 37
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Prepare for an Interview 40
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
The People's Work 44 to 45
Describing Colden 4 46
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Thanks, Mom! 57
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
Arlington National Cemetery 61
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
Father's Day Facts 66
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Islam 71
Kindness 72
Mosque Mosaic 73
National Anthems 75 to 76
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Independence Day Fun 79
Decorate Your Bike 80
The Great Swiggardo 82 to 83
Labor in the United States 84
Jobs of the Future 85
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
Just Between Us Sailors 91
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Monster Texts 97
A Song from War 99 to 100
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
Thank You, Veterans! 102
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107
Dear Mr. President 108
Two Fables 110 to 111
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Christmas Cookies 118
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123
The Fable Explanation 124
Make a Mkeka 125

Strand - Text Types and Purposes, Grade 5

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

ELA.W.5.1a: Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

Activity Page
Leadership 29
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
Jobs of the Future 85
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

ELA.W.5.1b: Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

Activity Pages
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

ELA.W.5.2e: Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Activity Pages
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

ELA.W.5.3b: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

Activity Page
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Monster Texts 97

Strand - Speaking and Listening Standards, Grade 5

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.5.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Activity Page
Ask a Volunteer 9
Estudio Español 47
Mom Tales 52
Job Interview 81

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.5.4: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Activity Page
Name that Villain! 5
Mock Leprechaun Interview 35
Explain Quasar and Pulsar to Mom 41
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Share Monster Texts 92
Share Dear Mr. President 103
Christmas Poetry Recital 115

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.5.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Activity Page
Listen to the President 25
Traditional Chinese Music 30
Ronald Reagan's Speech 58
Keep the Home Fires Burning 98

Strand - Reading Standards: Literature, Grade 6

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Activity Pages
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Two Poems About Love 21
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
Interview with a Leprechaun 36 to 37
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
National Anthems 75 to 76
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
A Song from War 99 to 100
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
Two Fables 110 to 111
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.6.3: Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Activity Pages
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
Two Fables 110 to 111
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.6.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Activity Page
Two Poems About Love 21
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
National Anthems 75 to 76
A Song from War 99 to 100
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Activity Page
Resolutions 6
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
The Great Swiggardo 82 to 83
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
A Song from War 99 to 100
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

Activity Page
Two Poems About Love 21
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
Interview with a Leprechaun 36 to 37
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
National Anthems 75 to 76
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
A Song from War 99 to 100
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RL.6.9: Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Activity Page
Two Poems About Love 21
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
National Anthems 75 to 76
Two Fables 110 to 111

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RL.6.6: Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Activity Pages
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RL.6.7: Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they "see" and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.

Activity Pages
National Anthems 75 to 76
A Song from War 99 to 100

Strand - Writing Standards, Grade 6

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.6.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Activity Page
Villain Reform 8
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
Being an Upstander 14
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Valentine Acrostic 24
Describing Colden 4 46
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
Thanks, Mom! 57
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Kindness 72
Independence Day Fun 79
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Monster Texts 97
Dear Mr. President 108
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
The Fable Explanation 124

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.6.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Activity Page
Being an Upstander 14
Critter Compare and Contrast 19
Two Poems About Love 21
Leadership 29
Prepare for an Interview 40
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
Arlington National Cemetery 61
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
Jobs of the Future 85
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.6.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Activity Page
Leadership 29
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Prepare for an Interview 40
Describing Colden 4 46
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
Kindness 72
Independence Day Fun 79
Jobs of the Future 85
Thank You, Veterans! 102
Dear Mr. President 108

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.6.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Activity Page
Name that Villain! 5
Resolutions 6
New Year's Day Parades 7
Villain Reform 8
Ask a Volunteer 9
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Being an Upstander 14
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Marmota Monax 18
Critter Compare and Contrast 19
Poetry Recital 20
Two Poems About Love 21
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Valentine Acrostic 24
Listen to the President 25
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The White House 28
Leadership 29
Traditional Chinese Music 30
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
Lucky Charms 33
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Mock Leprechaun Interview 35
Interview with a Leprechaun 36 to 37
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Prepare for an Interview 40
Explain Quasar and Pulsar to Mom 41
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
The People's Work 44 to 45
Describing Colden 4 46
Estudio Español 47
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
Mom Tales 52
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Thanks, Mom! 57
Ronald Reagan's Speech 58
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
Arlington National Cemetery 61
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
The Father's Day Joke Play Performance 63
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
Father's Day Facts 66
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Islam 71
Kindness 72
Mosque Mosaic 73
National Anthems 75 to 76
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Independence Day Fun 79
Decorate Your Bike 80
Job Interview 81
The Great Swiggardo 82 to 83
Labor in the United States 84
Jobs of the Future 85
Share Just Between Us Sailors 86
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Share Monster Texts 92
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Monster Texts 97
Keep the Home Fires Burning 98
A Song from War 99 to 100
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
Thank You, Veterans! 102
Share Dear Mr. President 103
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107
Dear Mr. President 108
Two Fables 110 to 111
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114
Christmas Poetry Recital 115
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Christmas Cookies 118
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123
The Fable Explanation 124
Make a Mkeka 125

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.6.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

Activity Page
Name that Villain! 5
Resolutions 6
New Year's Day Parades 7
Villain Reform 8
Ask a Volunteer 9
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Being an Upstander 14
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Marmota Monax 18
Critter Compare and Contrast 19
Poetry Recital 20
Two Poems About Love 21
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Valentine Acrostic 24
Listen to the President 25
Zoo Times Exclusive 26 to 27
The White House 28
Leadership 29
Traditional Chinese Music 30
The Favorite of Fortune and the Child of Ill Luck 31 to 32
Lucky Charms 33
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Mock Leprechaun Interview 35
Interview with a Leprechaun 36 to 37
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Prepare for an Interview 40
Explain Quasar and Pulsar to Mom 41
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
The People's Work 44 to 45
Describing Colden 4 46
Estudio Español 47
La Camara Prohibida: A Mexican Fairy Tale 48 to 49
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
Mom Tales 52
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Thanks, Mom! 57
Ronald Reagan's Speech 58
Freedom Is Silent 59 to 60
Arlington National Cemetery 61
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
The Father's Day Joke Play Performance 63
The Father's Day Joke 64 to 65
Father's Day Facts 66
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
The Story of the Fisherman 69 to 70
Islam 71
Kindness 72
Mosque Mosaic 73
National Anthems 75 to 76
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Independence Day Fun 79
Decorate Your Bike 80
Job Interview 81
The Great Swiggardo 82 to 83
Labor in the United States 84
Jobs of the Future 85
Share Just Between Us Sailors 86
Columbus's Cats 87 to 88
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Share Monster Texts 92
The Atherton Halloween Tradition 93 to 94
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Monster Texts 97
Keep the Home Fires Burning 98
A Song from War 99 to 100
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
Thank You, Veterans! 102
Share Dear Mr. President 103
The Great Turkey Round-up 104 to 105
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107
Dear Mr. President 108
Two Fables 110 to 111
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114
Christmas Poetry Recital 115
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
Christmas Cookies 118
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123
The Fable Explanation 124
Make a Mkeka 125

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

ELA.W.6.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Activity Page
Resolutions 6
A Day at the Food Bank 10 to 11
Being an Upstander 14
The Underappreciated Groundhog 16 to 17
Two Poems About Love 21
Leadership 29
Good-Luck Charms: Where Do You Stand? 34
Describing Colden 4 46
Holiday Compare and Contrast 51
The Mother's Day Fiasco 53 to 54
The Importance of Memorial Day 62
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
Kindness 72
Jobs of the Future 85
Monster Texts 97
Thank You, Veterans! 102
Hanukkah Holiday Compare and Contrast 113
A Visit from St. Nicholas 116 to 117
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 121
The Fable Explanation 124

Strand - Speaking and Listening Standards, Grade 6

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.6.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Activity Page
Villain Reform 8
Ask a Volunteer 9
Measuring Shadows 15
Listen to the President 25
Prepare for an Interview 40
The Visitors from Colden 4 42 to 43
Estudio Español 47
Mom Tales 52
Ronald Reagan's Speech 58
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Monster Texts 97
Keep the Home Fires Burning 98
Dear Mr. President 108

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.6.3: Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Activity Page
Ask a Volunteer 9
Listen to the President 25
Prepare for an Interview 40
Job Interview 81
Dear Mr. President 108

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.6.2: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

Activity Page
Listen to the President 25
Traditional Chinese Music 30
Estudio Español 47
Ronald Reagan's Speech 58
Mosque Mosaic 73
Keep the Home Fires Burning 98
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.6.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Activity Page
Villain Reform 8
Two Poems About Love 21
Prepare for an Interview 40
Estudio Español 47
Mom Tales 52
Father's Day Facts 66
Job Interview 81
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Monster Texts 97
Dear Mr. President 108
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.6.4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Activity Page
Ask a Volunteer 9
Measuring Shadows 15
Mom Tales 52
Job Interview 81
Just Between Us Sailors 91
Monster Texts 97
Dear Mr. President 108
A 21st-Century Visit from St. Nicholas 119

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.6.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

Activity Page
Measuring Shadows 15
Traditional Chinese Music 30
Estudio Español 47
Ronald Reagan's Speech 58
The Father's Day Joke Play 67
Mosque Mosaic 73
Decorate Your Bike 80
Monster Texts 97
Keep the Home Fires Burning 98
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114

Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 6

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Activity Page
New Year's Day Parades 7
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Marmota Monax 18
The White House 28
Lucky Charms 33
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
The People's Work 44 to 45
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Father's Day Facts 66
Islam 71
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Labor in the United States 84
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.3: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Activity Page
New Year's Day Parades 7
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Marmota Monax 18
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
The White House 28
Lucky Charms 33
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Labor in the United States 84
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.2: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Activity Page
New Year's Day Parades 7
Marmota Monax 18
The People's Work 44 to 45
Islam 71
Labor in the United States 84
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
Make a Mkeka 125

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

Activity Page
New Year's Day Parades 7
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 12 to 13
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
Lucky Charms 33
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Father's Day Facts 66
Islam 71
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
A Brief History of Monsters 95 to 96
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Christmas Cookies 118

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.

Activity Page
The White House 28
Lucky Charms 33
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
The People's Work 44 to 45
Mariachi Music, Olé! 50
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Islam 71
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Labor in the United States 84
A Town Called Columbus 89 to 90
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101
How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey 106 to 107
Hanukkah Traditions 112
Make a Toilet-Paper-Tube Menorah 114
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 122 to 123
Make a Mkeka 125

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.6: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Activity Pages
Irish Soda Bread 38 to 39
Arlington National Cemetery 61
Father's Day Facts 66
Fort McHenry 77 to 78
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 101

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.6.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Activity Page
Marmota Monax 18
Everybody Loves Chocolate! 22 to 23
The White House 28
The People's Work 44 to 45
Best Animal Moms 55 to 56
Father's Day Facts 66
Labor in the United States 84
Hanukkah Traditions 112

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