Fifth grade

5th Grade

Locate the task cards for fifth grade by category.

Under each category is a link to the task card and its description of the activity. Cards may be in multiple categories to assist you in locating an activity to use with your students. 

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Math

These task cards focus on math activities. 



Classroom Bank Account
This is a virtual online bank for your classroom.  The teacher creates and manages a savings account for the students.  Each student can actually log in to their account and make withdrawals or deposits.  



Classroom Economy
Classroom Economy is a program that teachers can use for free to teach students financial responsibility. This is a classroom economic system where students “rent” their desks, learn the value of earning a paycheck, budget their spending, save money, spend money, make deposits, withdrawals, etc.  



Adding Fractions
The math learning center is an app and online platform that allows students to use manipulatives virtually. In this activity, students will use virtual manipulatives to add fractions.



Survey Says
Students are presented with a scenario surrounding a relevant contemporary public issue on which they can take a stand. Students will work together to create a survey that will then be shared with various groups, in order to analyze the ways in which certain groups perceive a given issue. Once collected, the data will be discussed and analyzed. Finally, students will support their opinion using the data collected.



Visnos Virtual Math Manipulatives
Visnos is an interactive math website that provides many different math tools to allow teachers to show math visually and allow students to explore with the tools.



Would You Rather Math
Would You Rather Math is a website that contains fun math challenges that students can solve. A picture is presented with a math task and a question that begins with, Would you rather?”. 



Girl in front of ComputerZearning With Math
Zearn is a math website that is directly connected to the Common Core Standards.

Reading, Writing & Research

These task cards focus on letter and word recognition, reading activities and writing improvement and research projects. 


 

The Daily News
Students can begin researching and interviewing others on topics for a weekly or monthly newsletter for the school. The students will learn techniques for interviewing as well as become better writers.


 
Evaluating Websites HyperDoc
Students will learn how to evaluate a website while using a HyperDoc in a group task. Hyperdocs are interactive digital documents that may easily be edited by a teacher. These multimedia-rich documents contain links for research, videos, images, etc. along with the steps for students to follow and record their work. 



Express Yourself
Students will do research on a topic, after which they will present their findings in a creative, visual manner. Utilizing information from a variety of resources, students will create an original infographic.
 



Feedback Please
Students seek and provide feedback from classmates using the Comments feature within Google Docs or Slides. Students will then revise their writing and/or presentation based on the feedback received. 



Fifth Reading Reading Fluency and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will read a piece that is uploaded to SeeSaw by the teacher. The teacher may want to have students use the piece again in the year to measure growth.


Infographic Timeline
How to edit and create an infographic may be taught in under 20 minutes, however, students will need additional time to complete research on an assigned topic such as this task where a group of students will collaborate, research and create a timeline of the American Revolution.



Letter to a Soldier
Students will review parts of a friendly letter to type a letter to a soldier.



Publish a Collaborative Research Project With Google Slides
Students will use Google Slides to publish a research project. This project will include links to other slides and information from the internet. Students will also search and add images from the internet and video to support their topic. 



Sifting Key Words
Wordsift is a free online tool where teachers and/or students copy text and put relevant vocabulary words into a word cloud.  Wordsift “sifts” through the text and looks at more important academic vocabulary and creates word clouds with the key vocabulary. 



Spectacular Spellers
VocabularySpellingCity is a spelling and vocabulary website and app that allows the teacher to input spelling lists for students to practice.  The site also has premade lists.

Science

These task cards focus on science topics in the classroom.



Build a Biome
Switch Zoo is a free interactive website that allows students to create their own animals, habitats and biomes. It provides games for students to get involved with their created animal and zoo. 

Social Studies

These task cards focus on social science topics, geography, mapping and historical events.


A History Remix Using Photos
An engaging way for students to learn about and make comparisons in history is to create remixes using photos and paintings from that time in history. Using the Library of Congress archives and Google images in the public domain, students can download the images and remix them using iPiccy to communicate about that time in history. 



Beyond the Textbook
This task card is a mini-unit and plan on multiple class periods for the students to do the research, create a hyperdoc and compare the roles of women, African Americans and American Indians during the Revolutionary War. 



Interactive Maps
National Geographic has an interactive mapmaker website where you can use markers, lines, or shapes to tell your story on MapMaker. You can add in text, photos, and videos with their rich editing tool to customize the map.



Kids History - The American Revolution
Using the Kids History website students will read about the American Revolution as it is broken down into segments. There are illustrations that lend well to the text. Extension worksheets are available.



Map a Story
Students love to tell stories. They also like to visit new places. Putting these two things together can be fun and creative. Students will use the online tool Tour Builder to tell the story about one of the early European explorers by creating a voyage map of their exploration.



Mind Mapping Basics
Mind Mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts. It is great for note taking, helping you become more creative and solve problems effectively.



Wonderopolis
Wonderopolis is a free informational site that asks and answers interesting questions about the world. Wonders of the Day questions are posted daily, and each is designed to get kids to think, talk, and find learning moments in everyday life.

Basic Skills

These task cards cover the basic skills a fifth grader should know from mousing to keyboarding to learning how to treat technology devices. 



Shortcuts
Students enjoy being proficient in using technology shortcuts and teaching the skill to others. Some shortcuts are fairly common across all devices and applications and others are specific to a device. Being familiar with shortcuts helps students transfer the skill to other applications and devices.



Text to Speech
There are FREE amazing tools that will read text to you. These tools help students to listen to what they have written, listen to another person's work, and some will even allow you to transfer the audio to an mp3 player.

 

Classroom Tools

These task cards cover apps and programs that can be used across multiple age levels and curriculums. They are primarily how-to task cards on how to use the application in the classroom. 



3D Pens
3D pens are an easy way to create a 3D object. You can design from scratch or use a template. Students can develop motor skills and skills in spatial thinking, creativity and imagination, planning and organization, attention to details, and hand-eye coordination. 



Backchannel Chat
Backchannel Chat is a safe chatting platform for classroom teachers and students. Students can immediately start powerful conversations after the teacher has created the room and given them the code. Participants can learn from each other and share their insights, improving participation and deepening learning. 



Can your Hear Me Now - Introduction to SeeSaw
Students will use Seesaw's built-in audio recording, drawing and caption tools to reflect on what they've learned or explained how they got their answer.



Chromebook Superpowers
Using a simple KWL chart on a Google Doc, students can collaborate and acquire shortcuts for using a Chromebook (or just the Chrome browser) more efficiently.


 

        Classroom Screen Tools
        ClassroomScreen is a free digital tool that displays a variety of     
        widgets to help students focus. 

 



Connect With Padlet
Padlet is an online post-it-like board that you can use as an easy collaboration platform for students. Padlets can be created by you or students. Once created, a student can share ideas and comment on other students as well. Note: Padlet is no longer free. Please check the pricing structure. 



Easy Video - Don't Flip Out
Need your students to have a voice? Let them record their authentic learning digitally and share with others. Social interactions and learning are amplified when using Flipgrid. 



Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a web-based video discussion platform that allows students to create short videos for a variety of educational purposes. These videos are stored within the teacher account and the teacher controls the security settings.  



Freckle
Freckle is a FREE website that provides online learning in math, science, social studies and english language arts. Students take a pretest and then their individualized learning plan begins.



Gimkit
Gimkit is an easy to set up group quiz based assessment tool which is fast-paced. Teachers do not need to prompt questions. Gimkit also has a monetization component where students build up in-game cash that can then be used to purchase in-game upgrades. You can also paste any Quizlet into Gimkit.



Hooray! Go Formative!
Go Formative! is a web-based tool that allows teachers to formatively assess students on the fly, or at the beginning and end of a lesson. Teachers create the assessment, and students complete the assessment online. 



I Flip for Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a fantastic FREE tool where students can create a video presence to support collaboration and their learning.



Interactive Lessons with Insert Learning
InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that turns websites into interactive lessons. As long as students have a Google login and password, a Chromebook or Chrome extension on a computer, they can log in or be assigned an assignment by the teacher through Google Classroom. 



Interactive Lessons With Nearpod
Nearpod is an online site where a teacher can create and import interactive lessons along with online assessments, polls, virtual field trips, etc. Teachers share a live session, students enter a code, and the lesson is synced to all devices.



Kahoot
Kahoot! is a free tool for using technology to administer quizzes, discussions or surveys. It is a game-based classroom response system played by the whole class in real-time. Multiple-choice questions are projected on the screen. Students answer the questions with their smartphone, tablet or computer. 



Learning With Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a communication platform which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features. With Google Hangouts, classrooms can connect with each other and collaborate on various topics.



Lino Narrative Task
Lino offers the capacity to post sticky notes on a canvas using a web browser. The teacher may create a canvas and share the link with the class. The students do not have to log in to collaborate. Students may collaboratively post color-coded sticky notes, share images, links, etc. to the canvas.



Loom Video Recording
Loom is a free extension to make recordings of Chromebook screen, a combination of a person and the screen, or just a person to create a video with sharing capabilities. Students are able to create recordings to teach others about a subject, an application or website they are using. 



Creating a Graphic Organizer
Lucidchart is a visual platform for creating flowcharts and graphic organizers in real-time. Students under the guidance of teachers can use the free version. 



Make Your Ideas Pop!
Popplet is a web-based and app-based tool that allows students to mind map their ideas with user-friendly functions. Students can create brainstorming webs easily and collaboratively. Students learn about United States symbols. 



Mystery Doug
Mystery Doug is a FREE weekly video series where students ask questions. The videos are short, approximately five minutes long. 



QR Code Your Learning
QR codes are everywhere! So what are they all about? Students will be able to create a QR code to share a digital artifact with parents, students and teachers.



Socrative Exit Tickets
Socrative, an online student response system, quickly assesses students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. The teacher can use the auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning. 



Storybots
StoryBots Classroom is a resource for educators that includes unlimited access to hundreds of videos, books, games and activities for use on interactive whiteboards, tablets and laptops in the classroom.



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.



Text to Speech
There are FREE amazing tools that will read the text to you. These tools help students to listen to what they have written, listen to another person's work, and some will even allow you to transfer the audio to an mp3 player. 

Coding and Computational Skills

Students will learn more about coding and maker resources. There are activities to better understand computational thinking and how it can be applied when working on projects.



Battleship Spreadsheet
Innovator Eric Curts has coded this marvelous Google Sheets template to create a fantastic game of Battleship. It may be used to introduce students to useful tech skills such as how to share, use of revision history, locate specific cells and enter data. 



Create Your Own Sprite
When students are learning to code they use often sprites as icons to move around the screen. Piskel is a free online sprite creator for creating animated sprites and pixel art.
 



Dash Dance Party
Coding with Dash is so much fun! Using the Blockly app, students will be able to utilize block coding to plan, create, and execute a dance for Dash. This task card could be used with grades 3-5. This task card will take two-three class periods.



Fizzbits -  Add Fun To Your Maker Creations
Whether you build with paper or design something to print in 3D, the simple addition of a USB charged fizzbit vibrating motor can make your creation come alive. A Fizzbit, a product you currently must order from the UK, can easily be attached to a 3D printed object or papercraft character to make them vibrate and move. 



Logic Puzzles
Computational thinking is a powerful skill that students need to learn. A great place to start is puzzles! Students love to solve puzzles and it helps develop reasoning skills useful for programming, computer science, and anything they might do. 



Survey Says
Students are presented with a scenario surrounding a relevant contemporary public issue on which they can take a stand. Students will work together to create a survey that will then be shared with various groups, in order to analyze the ways in which certain groups perceive a given issue. Once collected, the data will be discussed and analyzed. Finally, students will support their opinion using the data collected.

 

Collaboration and Communication

These task cards are activities to assist the student to creatively communicate and present in different ways.



Common Good Collaborating
Google Sites are a great platform to communicate both locally & globally. They are easy to set up for your students and easy to link information both individually for your students as well as setting up a group or classroom page. 



Express Yourself
Students will do research on a topic, after which they will present their findings in a creative, visual manner. Utilizing information from a variety of resources, students will create an original infographic.
 



Infographic Timeline
How to edit and create an infographic may be taught in under 20 minutes, however, students will need additional time to complete research on an assigned topic such as this task where a group of students will collaborate, research and create a timeline of the American Revolution.



Publish a Collaborative Research Project With Google Slides
Students will use Google Slides to publish a research project. This project will include links to other slides and information from the internet. Students will also search and add images from the internet and video to support their topic. 



Solving Problems Together
Problems get solved when people work together. Students will choose a problem or issue from their local community that needs a solution. They will create a Google Form that will be used to gather community opinions and perceptions to help create a solution to a local issue. 



Storytelling With Google Slides
In this lesson, students will take a story they have written and publish it using Google Slides or PowerPoint. They will be able to insert pictures and speech bubbles to make their story come to life for their audience.



Story Wars
Story Wars is a free collaborative story writing website. Students can write a chapter that is part of a collaborative story. The students submit their draft chapter. People from all over the world will be contributing their own version.



Video Remix
Students love to express themselves with images and videos. As we know there is a plethora of images and video readily available on the Internet for use in remixing other materials to create something new. Students can use public domain images and videos to remix for an assigned school project. 



What's the Issue
Students will create a short screencast that helps present a local or global issue to a wider audience. The screencast will include a voiced narration presenting an idea on how to solve the issue and requesting ideas in return. After considering the feedback received students will create a new screencast to present the ideas.



Whisper
Whisper is a Chrome extension that allows the teacher to send quick messages to students without interrupting work time. It can be used with fifth graders to give them feedback or with younger students if they have devices. 



Working Together to Stop Bullying
Students will obtain multiple viewpoints on the issue of bullying and brainstorm possible solutions, with peers, educators, and parents, via video-conferencing. After collaborating with at least two individuals directly impacted by bullying, the class will create a “No Bullying” campaign based on solutions discussed during the video- conferences and the class discussions.



Ziteboard Collaboration
Ziteboard is a free online whiteboard with real-time collaboration. It can be used for brainstorming, presentation and communicating. Not only can you use tools that are provided, but pictures and voice can also be inserted.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a process that teachers use to take a structured approach to generate and develop ideas. The task cards in this area help teach the design process. 



Roller Coaster Challenge
Students will design a fun and safe roller coaster with at least one loop. Students start by simulating a coaster with Amusement Park Physics.  After simulating a coaster and understanding how to design a safe and fun coaster, students use the design process to create a prototype coaster for an amusement park.



Strawbees Egg Drop Challenge
Do the egg drop challenge with Strawbees! Have the students be innovative designers and construct a model for the egg with the Strawbees so when it is dropped, it will not break. The students are learning about force and gravity. Using technology they can gather information to look at how they can develop the best model. 

Digital Arts

These task cards teach students about art, photography, videography, music, etc. 



Express Your Musicality
It is a lot of fun to create music and Incredibox makes it easy using a beatbox technique along with dragging and dropping sound icons on different characters to create music. Students can easily create a music track in seconds and download it as background music in a project. 



Frayer Model Google Draw
The Frayer Model is an instructional strategy that helps students learn new concepts by using examples and non-examples. By combining this instructional strategy with Google Draw, teachers may quickly customize and disburse organizers for classroom use and also improve student engagement.



Pop Art Image Editing
Students may create new images in the style of Andy Warhol while learning photo editing skills. The Pixlr photo editor is a free site where students may create or modify images and then download them for use on other projects.



Stop Motion Animation
Your students will love stop motion animation for moviemaking. There is a free app for both Android and iOS that your students can use, but there are in-app purchases that may be necessary for any extra features needed for a professional looking product. 



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.
 

Digital Citizen and Internet Safety

These task cards have activities to teach students about how to be a good citizen, stay safe on the Internet and prevent bullying. 



Citations in Google Docs
Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for students to keep track of citations to their articles. When students are using Google Docs to write their papers, they can easily link and cite the articles used for references. 



Digizen
After watching the cyberbullying film Let's Fight It Together, students will play the Digizen game to personalize and reinforce learning from that film. The game allows you to log on to a computer and create your own character that goes into the same school where cyberbullying has taken place.



Evaluating Websites HyperDoc
Students will learn how to evaluate a website while using a HyperDoc in a group task. Hyperdocs are interactive digital documents that may easily be edited by a teacher. These multimedia-rich documents contain links for research, videos, images, etc. along with the steps for students to follow and record their work. 



Properly Citing Sources
Students write an essay expressing their opinion, wherein they choose an influential person and explain why this person should be included within a list of most influential people of all time. In order to ensure that students are respecting the rights of others, they will use an online tool for generating citations to cite sources within a bibliography.



Safe Search
When using either of these two search engines, Google and Bing will filter out explicit and violent content from search results (web sites, images and videos.) Unfortunately, Safe Search is not perfect, but there will be much less unsuitable content and we know students are going to use these search engines when doing research. 



Stop the Plagiarism
Students need to learn early on how important it is to create original work. Luckily there are digital tools to help students ensure that when they are doing their research that they are not copying the work of others. 



Working Together to Stop Bullying
Students will obtain multiple viewpoints on the issue of bullying and brainstorm possible solutions, with peers, educators, and parents, via video-conferencing. After collaborating with at least two individuals directly impacted by bullying, the class will create a “No Bullying” campaign based on solutions discussed during the video- conferences and the class discussions.

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students): Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

 

MITECS

To learn more about MITECS, visit the State of Michigan's TechPlan website for definitions and support documents to assist you in the classroom. 

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