NEW 2023 Ontario Language - Grade 5 - Foundations of Language

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Grade 5 - New Ontario 2023 Language Curriculum – Foundations of Language Strand. This resource covers all expectations and learning goals in the Grade 5, 2023 Ontario Language Curriculum – Foundations of Language Strand.

There are 420 activity sheets that align to cover all expectations in the NEW Ontario 2023 Language Curriculum. Included are 30 weeks of activities that cover the curriculum strategically, allowing teachers to use spiral teaching to ensure they are covering the entire curriculum.

With the focus of the new curriculum on explicit teaching of vocabulary and Science of Teaching methods, we have created 30 word lists for students to study. Your students will learn a new suffix/prefix each week, as well as new words to add to their vocabulary.

Included in this unit are the overall expectations:

B1: Oral and Non-Verbal Communication – over 10 activities/assignments to cover all specific expectations

B2: Language Foundations for Reading and Writing – included in the weekly activities, students will perform word work to improve their spelling, reading strategies, fluency, and vocabulary.

B3: Language Conventions for Reading and Writing – included in the weekly activities, students will learn about parts of speech, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

We have also covered Strand A in Language - Literacy Connections and Applications. We have included curriculum connections for all our activities, so you can see exactly what you will be covering by completing each activity. We know this will help when writing report cards!

In addition, we have included a full-year long range plan that outlines what concepts from the curriculum you will be teaching each week, and what prefixes/suffixes/letter blends will be covered.

Some of the concepts covered:

  • Complete sentences versus fragments
  • Simple versus compound sentences
  • Listening strategies
  • Suffixes: -ing, -ed, -ly, -ness, -able, -less, -ful, -ment, -tion, -ive, -ious, -al, -ance, -ite, and many more
  • Prefixes: un-, re-, dis-, pre-, mis-, inter-, anti-, non-, super-, de-, bi-, tri-, co-, and many more
  • Parts of speech – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections
  • Direct objects for nouns
  • Pronouns, intensive pronouns, and reflexive pronouns
  • Run-on sentences
  • Four types of sentences – declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative
  • Conjunctions – FANBOYS
  • Building complex sentences and subordinating conjunctions
  • Figures of speech – personification, hyperbole, metaphors, similes, idioms, alliteration
  • Using colons and semicolons
  • Decoding strategies – chunking and syllable splitting
  • Reading with expression and intonation
  • Proper adjectives and capitalization
  • Correlative conjunctions
  • Commas for introductory phrases, commas with interjections, and commas with direct address
  • Appositives and participles with the use of commas
  • Contractions
  • Using quotation marks in dialogue
  • Activity – clarifying questions: asking good questions when communicating orally
  • Cursive writing – Connection to Strand D – Composition
  • Activity – Active Listening Workshop
  • Activity – Inquisitive Minds – the question asking game
  • The Paraphrase Chain – paraphrasing and restating in oral communication
  • Activity - Vocabulary Building Competition: adjectives and adverbs
  • Activity – Gesture Guessing Game and Expression Charades
  • Weekly quizzes (30 different assessments)
  • Answer pages for all activities


This is a comprehensive unit that will save you hours of planning! It has everything you need to feel confident that you are covering the NEW Ontario Language curriculum.