5th Grade Reading Discussion Activity and Task Cards with CCSS Questions

Laura Candler
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  1. 5th Grade CCSS Reading Discussion Bundle includes my Common Core Aligned Reading Discussion Prompts and the Talking Sticks Activity with CCSS Discussion cards for grade 5. The Reading Discussion Prompts are for whole group use, and the Talking Sticks are best for small groups, centers, or cooperativ
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  2. The K-5 CCSS Reading Discussion Bundle consists of 12 Common Core Reading products designed to help guide reading discussions with Kindergarten through 5th grade students. The bundle includes all 6 Common Core Aligned Reading Discussion Prompts and all 6 Talking Sticks Book Discussion Task Cards. Th
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Talking Sticks is a management strategy that encourages all students to participate equally in a discussion. It can be used after reading a book aloud, as a part of Literature Circles, during small group literacy instruction, or when conducting a whole class novel study. This product includes 24 task cards that have discussion questions based on 5th Grade Common Core Standards. There are three sets of questions: Personal Response Questions, Literature Questions, and Informational Text Questions. The Literature and Informational Text questions are specifically aligned with 13 different Common Core Standards, and the entire activity is aligned with Speaking and Listening Standard SL.5.1. You may preview the entire ebook here.

If you would like to introduce these questions to your students in a whole group setting, I have created a version of these questions that you can display for the class and use for whole class discussions. You can purchase them from the CCSS Aligned Reading Discussion Prompts (5thGrade) page or purchase both items together in a combo pack here: CCSS Aligned Reading Discussion Combo (5thGrade)

If you are interested in Talking Sticks Mini Packs for other grade levels, you'll find them here:
Talking Sticks Discussions for all Subjects
Talking Sticks Book Discussion (Kindergarten CCSS Aligned)
Talking Sticks Book Discussion (1st Grade CCSS Aligned)
Talking Sticks Book Discussion (2nd Grade CCSS Aligned)
Talking Sticks Book Discussion (3rd Grade CCSS Aligned)
Talking Sticks Book Discussion (4th Grade CCSS Aligned)

Laura Candler, literature circles, book discussions, book clubs, 5th grade Common Core reading, cooperative learning
Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
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.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
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.


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