Peel It: How to peel away layers to increase understanding?

Mindy Passe, Fifth Grade, Barringer Academic Center

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This curriculum unit will increase reading comprehension for 5th grade students by creating connections between the real world objects, art and literature. In this unit, students will explore and investigate layers of fruits and vegetables to enable them to make inferences and recognize figurative language. Artists and self-portraits will be studied to see connections between the visual arts, literature and self -understanding. Students will learn how to quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when making inferences; analyzing what the text says explicitly and when making inferences. Students will learn to identify a theme of a story from details of the text, with a focus on how characters respond to challenges and their relationships with other characters. Students will compare and contrast characters in the text with one another, themselves and others in their world. Through creating and sharing writing and art, students will identify and recognize their more about their own identity/character traits and make inferences about others.