5th grade ELA Year Long Curriculum
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Use pop-culture and history rap songs as reading activities for an awesome 5th grade ELA year long curriculum!
Based on history and reading rap songs, these activities will while they practice a variety of reading skills!
- easily incorporate them into independent activities
- complete them together as a class lesson
- plan out your entire year's reading curriculum (read below for a sample outline),
- and give your students an exciting break from traditional reading activities.
Students will listen to the songs then use the song lyrics as reading passages to complete the activities detailed below.
These activities are:
- no prep to save you time,
- super simple and easy to use,
- with high-interest reading passages based on rap songs!
Listen to all of the songs with subtitles! (Click here if you have trouble viewing the videos.)
You have to teach it anyway, so make it fun!
With a diverse set of passages covering exciting topics with rap music such as:
- the history of Hip Hop and rap music,
- superhero history and parody,
- Disney movie history,
- and influential historical figures like:
- Cesar Chavez,
- Harriet Tubman,
- Helen Keller,
- and Sacagawea,
students are sure to be engaged with these activities!
This bundle covers all of the skills listed below and includes multiple-choice questions for easy grading and graphic organizers. Click the product links above for more details.
- answering comprehension questions
- cause and effect
- character traits
- compare and contrast
- context clues
- decoding multisyllabic words
- fiction vs. nonfiction
- figurative language
- main idea and supporting details
- making inferences
- root words and affixes
- sequencing events and timelines
- story elements skills.
- and synonyms and antonyms skills.
Plan Your Semester with These Activities!
We recommend looking at your syllabus or grade's pacing guide and then selecting the activities from each bundle that match the skills that you need to teach each week. *Note: The following outline is intended to be used after the first two weeks of teaching classroom expectations and procedures. Sample outline:
- Weeks 1 and 2 - teaching classroom expectations and procedures
- Weeks 3 and 4 - synonyms and antonyms: Hip Hop History 1 and 2, Moana, Jazz Age History, and Black Panther parody activities
- Week 5 - compare and contrast: Black Heroes of the Revolution, Moana, and Mulan activities
- Week 6 - main idea and details: Hip Hop History 1, Sacagawea, and Mulan activities
- Week 7 - root words: Moana, Mulan, Phillis Wheatley, and Sojourner Truth activities
- Week 8 - prefixes: Moana, Mulan, and Sojourner Truth activities
- Week 9 - suffixes: Moana, Mulan, and Sojourner Truth activities
- Week 10 - decoding multisyllabic words: Cesar Chavez, Hip Hop History 1 and 2, Frederick Douglass, and Moana activities
- Weeks 11 and 12 - context clues: Hip Hop History 1 and 2, Mulan, and Moana activities
- Week 13 - sequence of events: Cesar Chavez, Frida Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, and Sojourner Truth activities
- Week 14 - figurative language: Jazz Age History, Hip Hop History 2, and Helen Keller activities
- Week 15 - review: holiday-themed activities or use remaining activities for various skills (Women in Comics vs. Warrior Women in History, Spiderdude, or Thor activities)
Hasn't this already been done? There are TONS of educational songs out there, but none of them are fully integrated into reading activities based on the song lyrics. With Rap Opera for Kids, when the music stops, the learning doesn't.
This bundle includes bonus, editing and proofreading with rap songs activities!
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