Curriculum Overview for the year


Orientation: Information Detectives Unit: Level 1 (sections of the library) to Level 2 (using catalog) to Level 3 (using library website as a portal to the Internet)


Unit 1: What’s the same and what’s different between Fantasy and Science Fiction genres?: Writing and listening to booktalks


Unit 2: Primary Documents: How do we know history? Primary documents: inferring meaning using knowledge of history and sharing that knowledge online
Inferring meaning using knowledge of history to understand historical photos and documents,
For project, create an opinion about a topic. Support it with details from historical photos, and share that knowledge online using Voicethread.

Other resources/lessons on using primary documents:


  • Primary Documents tell a story: Using old ID cards to draw conclusions about a person's life. Create a timeline of what you know based on the ID cards.
  • Salem Witch Trials read aloud/discussion of primary documents in that trial.
  • Historical fiction bins: Share what you learned about the time period (Info Fluency 1.3.4, 1.4.5)
  • Bins of books about: Government (incl. Schoolhouse Rocks lyrics); NYS; Iroquois. Share what you learned circles (Info Fluency 1.3.5, 1.4.5).
  • Create whole group timeline about colonial history using bin of books.
  • Primary Documents - Drawing conclusions about history from photographs (Info Fluency 1.3.9, 1.4.1)


Unit 3: What makes your country special? Country study with notetaking in ASL (Construct phase of Inquiry process)


Unit 4: Online searching skills/Digital Citizenship Collecting good websites for 5th grade
  • Searching strategies using key words: Synonyms (Info Fluency 1.3.3)
  • Parts of a webpage (Info Fluency 1.3.6)
  • RADCAB Level 1: Evaluating web sites for usefulness, authority, and currency (Info Fluency 1.3.10, 1.3.111, 1.3.12)
  • Databases to find articles (Info Fluency 1.3.5)
  • Fact check exercise (Info Fluency 1.3.12)

Unit 5: Narrative poetry/Novels in verse/Poems that tell a story
Unit 6: Summer Reading: Favorite genres


Media Literacy
Looking at advertising (Info Fluency 1.3.9, 1.4.1, 1.3.11)
  • What is bias?
  • What is stereotyping?
Arts integration
  • Find a craft book and make a Xmas present (Info Fluency 1.3.3, 1.3.7, 2.3.3)
Social studies integration
Western expansion: We read Historical Fiction about Western Expansion, took notes watching America: The Story of us, and found "evidence" in the way of primary documents that our historical event took place.

hist fic student work page 1.jpghist fict student work pg 2.jpgnotes from An American Story DVD.jpgnotes from chang's paper pony.jpg

Spirit Day:
  • Shares favorites with others (Info Fluency 3.2.1)
  • Writes book talks/recommendations/reviews (based on character, setting, plot analysis worksheet) on Shelfari (Info Fluency 3.2.1, 2.3.1)
  • Celebrates when they read all of one series, one subject, or one author during Spirit Day (Info Fluency 2.3.1, 2.3.3)