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: Families and Communities

Essential Reading Question: How do we determine importance?   

Essential Social Studies Question: What makes up a community?

Unit 2: Change Occurs

December-January

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

April-June

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?