When introducing point of view to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade upper students, teachers sometimes get stuck focusing on first and third person point of view. But point of view is so much more than that!
Below you will find a huge variety of point of view activities that will help students think more critically about different points of view in both fiction and nonfiction texts, including:
- free point of view printables
- free POV graphic organizers
- writing prompts and activity ideas
- higher order thinking questions to add into your point of view lessons
- getting past 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person
- fiction books to use as mentor texts when teaching POV
- mini lessons
- and more to help you teach point of view to upper elementary students
Point of view is more than just 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person. Find out ways to address other aspects of point of view with your 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students.
Change up your point of view lessons with these 3 mini lessons. Use commercials, classic literature, and the book Wonder to teach this skill.
3 free point of view graphic organizers that can be used and reused with a variety of fiction and nonfiction books.
Use these 36 higher order thinking questions to make your point of view lessons more rigorous and thought provoking. The questions are geared around Bloom's Taxonomy - and a free pdf printable is available as well!
My favorite fiction books that can be used for teaching point of view. The book list includes books that tell the same story from multiple points of view, fairy tales, and books told from the point of view of an animal or object.
A variety of no prep prompts and ways to integrate writing while teaching point of view. Get help with your point of view lessons for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.
A point of view lesson idea that incorporates technology and art! This includes several different ideas on how to use an easy to use online comic strip creator when teaching point of view!
This point of view freebie include 2 printables - one cut and paste activity for practicing point of view in fiction, and one reading comprehension activity in a nonfiction but very biased text.
This writing unit using R.J.'s Palacio's popular book Wonder is a great way to practice point of view with your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.
A free point of view slideshow to use with your 3rd or 4th grade students.
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If you like the free POV activities, then you will love the complete resource. It includes engaging activities to help students consider point of view in both nonfiction and fiction texts. Students will think about how their point of view compares with a character's or an author's point of view, compare the points of view of two authors discussion the same topic, rewrite passages with a specific point of view, and more.
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The point of view links above provide free ideas, activities, and printables you can use when teaching point of view to your elementary students. The activities included will work best for 3rd grade and 4th grade, although many of the activities could be adapted to reach younger or older students.
The activities above address the following Common Core Standards:
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.