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America's Tall Tales: 5th Grade Reading Test Prep

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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19 pages
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This is a week-long unit by Reading Through History that is geared toward reading test preparation for the 5th grade reading test. This download includes lessons covering some of America's most famous tall tales and how they came into being. The readings include Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and John Henry. The download also includes 15 pages of student activities that involve: constructed response paragraphs, vocabulary activities, a timeline activity, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension. Every reading topic also includes questions geared toward the 4th and 5th grade Common Core literature and reading standards. Objectives include Key Ideas, Range of Reading, Key Ideas and Details, Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, Writing, and Fluency. The packet includes everything a reading teacher would need to cover four to five days worth of class.

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"The Common Core Standards were written and developed by The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved."

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Total Pages
19 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
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).


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