Unit 1: Geography
Big Idea: Readers analyze why geography matters and how it influences the relationships of people living within a community.
Topic: Families and Communities
Essential Reading Question: How do we determine importance?
Essential Social Studies Question: What makes up a community?
Unit 2: Change Occurs
Big Idea: Readers analyze people and communities to understand the nature of change.
Topic: Then and Now
Essential Reading Questions: How we can use comparing and contrasting to understand the topic?
Essential Social Studies Question: How have people, places and things changed over time?
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: Forming Communities
Essential Reading Questions: How can readers use text features to understand the topic?
Essential Social Studies Question: How are communities formed?
Unit 4: Global Impact
Big Idea: Readers understand the interdependent relationships between geography, people and nations that influence our global community.
Topic: People in Communities
Essential Reading Question: How do characters influence the important events within a story?
Essential Social Studies Question: How are people impacted by their needs and wants?