Your fifth graders will love Kipling’s Just So Stories
! (And you’ll love how differentiation and scaffolding make this set of lessons accessible to all students.) Four stories are differentiated at three reading levels, and student sheets come with or without scaffolding. Emphasis is placed on constructing complete responses with a topic sentence, supportive evidence from the text, quoting, citing, and a conclusion.
• “How the Camel Got His Hump” (adapted for high, average, and low readers)
• “The Beginning of the Armadillos” (adapted for high, average, and low readers)
• “The Elephant’s Child” (adapted for high, average, and low readers)
• “How the Leopard Got His Spots” (adapted for high average, and low readers)
• Themed student response sheets for answering questions for each story (each comes in two formats: with and without directions for scaffolding at the top of the page)
• Themed student response sheets for summarizing each story (two formats)
• Themed student response sheets for finding a theme for each story (two formats)
• Themed student response sheets for comparing and contrasting characters for each story (two formats)
• Themed Venn diagrams for comparing and contrasting characters for each story
• Generic student response sheets with scaffolding for answering questions, summarizing, finding a theme, and describing characters
• Generic rubrics for answering questions, summarizing, finding a theme, and describing characters
You can focus on one standard or practice all four: RL.5.1 Answering Questions, RL.5.2 Summarizing, RL.5.2 Finding a Theme, RL.5.3 Comparing and Contrasting Characters.
Differentiation is built in, so you teach one lesson to the entire class. Advanced readers read Adaptation A of the story and complete the student response sheet without scaffolding. On-level readers read Adaptation B and complete either the response sheet with or without scaffolding. Low readers read Adaptation C and complete the response sheet with scaffolding.
After reading Kipling’s Just So Stories
, why not write some pourquoi tales? Check out Just So Writing
. Kids will love writing “How the __________ Got Its __________”!
Do you need materials to help you teach students to construct responses? Try these:
• RL.5.2 Finding a Theme
• Literature Assessments - Grade 5
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Just So Stories
, written by Rudyard Kipling, was published in 1902 and is now in the public domain.