Welcome to the Fifth Grade "Keys" Wiki

Created by:
Melanie Campbell-Logan/Instructional Coach
Rolf Chappell-Pleasant Hill/5th Grade
Erin Lewis-Elmont/5th Grade
Kim Patton-North Fairview/Media Specialist
Connie Searcy-Elmont/5th Grade

Looking for ways to use the resources on your "Unlocking the Future with 21st Century Keys"? This wiki includes ideas and examples of the specific uses for USD345 5th grade teachers. Each area is color coded to match the sections on your key ring. Enjoy!

Common Core Standards Information:
*English Language Arts Standards at
*Mathematics Standards at
*The Common Core Mapping Project

Parent Resources for Common Core:

The following site has been developed by National PTA to assist parents in understanding Common Core by grade level. It is available in both English and Spanish.

*KEY Web 2.0 Tools

key.png Animoto:

  • Use www.animoto.com in conjunction with the Steps to Respect program. Take pictures of students with anti-bullying messages and then create a music video of the images to share with other grade levels.
    • Meets CCSS:
      • 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.
  • Have students take digital pictures to use with Animoto to retell a novel they have read. Create a video with the pictures with short text summaries from the novel to make a book trailer.
    • Meets CCCS:
      • SL 5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
      • SL 5.5 Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
  • Use Animoto to learn and practice vocabulary words. Put students in pairs and give them a digital camera. They are given one vocabulary word to provide the definition, proper parts of speech and sample sentences. The video they develop on Animoto should include those components as well as a visual image relating to the word.
    • Meets CCCS:
      • L5.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Any lesson will come to life with an Animoto video. Use at the beginning of the day as a ‘teaser’ for what your students can look forward to learning each day or use to teach complex concepts in history, math, science, or character education. Students will respond to new media in the classroom.

key.pngRead Write Think:

Read Write Think is an extensive collection of lesson plans and resources for teachers. Click here to go directly to the resources for Grades 5 & 6. You can search resources by theme, type of material, or objective.

key.pngWordle and Tagxedo:

  • Go to www.wordle.net and www.tagxedo.com to use character traits to describe the main character of a book or characteristics of the setting or events within a story.
    • Meets CCSS:
      • 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).
      • 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.


  • Use www.voicethread.com to retell the main events of a story. School appropriate images to upload can be found at www.pics4learning.com.
    • Meets CCSS:
      • RL.5.5. Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


  • Use WallWisher to provide evidence for inferences drawn from a story. (A YouTube video demonstrates how to use WallWisher.)
    • Meets CCSS:
      • RL.5.1. Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

* Technology Integration Tools

key.pngInteractive Board: The interactive board also known as the Smartboard has a great many uses. You can use pages already created, these can be found at http://teachingwithsmartboard.com/ or http://exchange.smarttech.com/. Keep in mind your CCSS as you look for your topic. Another way to use the Smartboard is to create your own notebook pages. This allows you to very specific with the CCSS you are targeting. The Smartboard also adds new life to those worksheets. By sending a copy of the worksheet to your e-mail you can turn it into a notebook page for the Smartboard. This allows you make it interactive for the students as well as saves you time on finding the CCSS if you already have your worksheets labeled for standards.

key.pngInteractive Pad/Slate: The slates allow you the ability to move freely about the room as you teach on the Smartboard. You stay out of the way so all the students can see and can make changes to the students work on the board. The slate also allows you to control your computer/smartboard from across the room while you check to see if the students are grasping the concepts.

key.pngStudent Response Systems(Clickers): The Student Response System allows for immediate feedback during lessons and allows students to be involved in their own learning. Visit www.exchange.smarttech.com to find already created response lessons to use with your SMART Board.

key.pngDocument Camera: This piece of equipment is extremely helpful in presenting passages from books to highlight the literary elements of the book. It can also be used to show examples in science, math, and social studies to the whole class.

  • Video Clip Ideas for Use with Your Document Camera From technology tutorials to video demonstrations of how to play math games, there are many classroom applications for the use of video clips that can easily be created with the document camera. Click on the video attachments link to access a glog showing several ideas for the use of document camera created video clips in the classroom.
  • Use the document camera to project pages from children’s poetry books by authors such as Jack Prelutsky or Shel Silverstein for responsive or choral reading.

    Meets CCCS RF 5.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

key.pngVideo Projector: The projector is the core of this section. Without it the other pieces of equipment are just paperweights.

  • Seaman PIE On this wiki created for and by teachers in the Seaman District, you will find web sites, resources, and ideas for using video projectors to enhance education in the classroom.

key.pngMobile Lab: The mobile lab gives the classroom teacher more flexibility. Classroom projects can be done within the classroom under the supervision of the teacher, so help is right there when the students need it and the teacher knows it's being done correctly.

  • Kidspiration 3: Use the Venn Diagram template in Kidspiration 3 to compare and contrast characters, setting, or events in a story.
Meets CCSS:
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).

  • Newseum: Use Newseumto compare coverage of an event from the front page of multiple newspapers.

Meets CCSS:
RIT.5.6. Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

*KEY Google Tools

Google Tools Livebinders - Check out these Livebinders for some great ideas for using Google Tools:



Join the group for Google in Education. You will receive a weekly update on uses for Google in the Classroom. Ideas are posted by other educators.


key.pngGoogle Earth: Downloadable app that works as a browser for all sorts of info on Earth. Uses satellite images to grab, spin, pan, tilt and zoom down to any place on Earth. Explore every corner, measure distances, create virtual tours and share the tours.

  • www.googlelittrips.org/ This is a great resource for already created tours that visit places in novels using Google Earth. There are discussion questions included and images to go along with the novel.
    • Meets CCSS:
    • 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.
      RI.5.5. Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
      RI.5.7. Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
      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.

*KEY Profiles of the 21st Century Learner

*Open the file below for more details on the profiles of the 21st Century Learner.