3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:(6) Informational Text - Research Process
  • Subject(s):English Language Arts
  • Days:34
  • Grade(s):5
Key Learning: Good readers understand that informational text provides factual content that often explains ideas or teaches processes. They understand that authors use text features to make key ideas and supporting information understandable and know how text structures impact the meaning of text. They know how to research and communicate information related to a topic. (Course Codes: Reading - 5010050, Spelling - 5010080, Writing - 5010090)
Unit Essential Question(s):
How do I analyze informational text and research a topic? 
Concept:  Informational Text
Concept: Vocabulary
Concept: Writing
Concept: Research




Additional Information:

Writing Goal: Research report using informational texts as resources. Resources should be cited. 

Polk County Media Services link http://www.polk-fl.net/students/onlineresources/default.htm 

Fifth grade students are refining their research skills in preparation for middle school. Having students identify sources including experts and various media sources will be important. This unit provides an excellent opportunity for students to create a PowerPoint presentation or a public service announcement to present their findings. 

Reading Comprehension Skill Sequence

March: Informational text (locate, interpret, and organize information - functional reading)

April: Review of all skills

May: Compare / Contrast - Preview for next year

Embedded throughout the year:

*Reference and Research



Suggested Resource: Harcourt Trophies 

(Trade books may be substituted for any of the stories listed below so students can be provided with time to select a research topic, conduct the research, prepare a research report, and present the information.) 

March 12 - 16, 2012 Spring Break

Distant Voyages:  A Changing Planet - "Everglades" by Jean George

Distant Voyages:  A Changing Planet - "Summer of Fire!" by Patricia Lauber

Distant Voyages:  A Changing Planet - "Oceans" by Seymour Simon

Distant Voyages:  A Changing Planet - "Seeing Earth From Space" by Patricia Laube

Distant Voyages:  American Adventure - "Black Frontiers" by Lillian Schlissel  

Teacher Discretion - Trade books related to Information and Research

FCAT Reading, Math and Science Assessments - April 16 - 27, 2012


Florida Center for Reading Research Student Center Activities - Fourth and Fifth Grade

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Acquisition Lesson:

1. What are the characteristics and purposes of informational text?  LA. 2. How do I identify and analyze text structures used in informational text?  LA.  LA. How do I learn new vocabulary from informational text? LA. 4. How do I locate and interpret information from informational text?  LA. How do I record information related to a topic? LA. How do authors logically construct support for their conclusions?  LA. Why are propoganda techniques used in print and nonprint media?  LA. 8. How do I write in a format that is appropriate for my audience and purpose? LA. LA. How do I write simple directions to a familiar location using cardinal and ordinal directions, landmarks, and distances? LA. 10. How do I choose a topic for research?  LA. How do I write a research question?  LA. How do I choose appropriate reference materials?  LA. How do I evaluate the validity and reliability of information in my reference materials by examining several sources?  LA. 14. How do I write a research report including visual support?  LA.  LA. How do I cite resources for my report?  LA. 16. How do I determine the validity and reliability of information that I read?  LA.

Extending Thinking Lesson:

1. How do I recognize the difference between logical reasoning and propoganda?  (Comparing and Contrasting)  LA. 2. How do I create a map to match my written directions? (Error Analysis) LA. 3. How do I choose relevant information to include in my report ? (Deductive Reasoning) LA.

Vocabulary Report

  • format - plan or method for organization of information
  • informational text - text centered on a subject matter or functional text encountered in the real world
  • cardinal directions - one of the four principal compass points: north, south, east and west
  • comparison/contrast - similarities and differences are presented between two or more topics or concepts
  • ordinal directions - any of the four intermediate compass points: eg. northeast, southeast, etc.
  • cite - acknowledge an author's words or ideas
  • cause/effect - ideas, events or facts are presented as cases in conjunction with the resulting outcomes or effects
  • sequence of events - events are described in numerical or chronological order
  • landmarks - a building or other place that is of historical or cultural importance
  • problem/solution - problem is presented followed by one or more solutions
  • listing/description - provides information about a topic
  • question/answer - question is posed and then followed by answers
  • definition/explanation - defining a complex term then further expanding with examples, explanations and restatements
  • validity - accuracy of information (see FCAT item specs)
  • reliability - dependability of resources (see FCAT item specs)