Unit 1: Geography

October- November

Big Idea: Readers analyze why geography matters and how it influences the relationships of people living within a community.

Topic: Geography Matters

Essential Reading Question: How we can analyze key details to determine the importance of the text?

Essential Social Studies Question: How can geography impact a community?

 Unit 2: Change Occurs

December-January

Big Idea: Readers analyze people and communities to understand the nature of change.

Topic: European Exploration

Essential Reading Questions: How can we use cause and effect relationships to understand a topic?

Essential Social Studies Question: What motivated European exploration?

Unit 3: Formation

 February– March

 Big Idea: Readers reason to analyze how the driving forces and events contribute to the formation of a nation.

Topic: Westward Expansion

Essential Reading Questions: How can we use inferring skills to understand a topic?

Essential Social Studies Question: How do key forces and events shape a nation?

Unit 4: Global Impact

April-June

Big Idea:  Readers understand the interdependent relationships between geography, people and nations that influence our global community.

Topic: Canada

Essential Reading Question: How can we compare and contrast to broaden our understanding of the world?

Essential Social Studies Question: How did culture, geography and history shape Canada?