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: Reading Community

Essential Reading Question: How do I become a reader and writer?

Essential Social Studies Question: Why do we have class rules?

Unit 2: Change Occurs

December- January 

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

Topic: Traditions

Essential Reading Questions: How do the sounds of the alphabet work together?  How can I use the sounds of the alphabet to become a reader? 

Essential Social Studies Question: How does culture, traditions and symbols help define a community?

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: Community

Essential Reading Questions: How can photographs and captions help us understand the topic?

Essential Social Studies Question: What makes a community?

Unit 4: Global Impact


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

Topic: Families

Essential Reading Question: How does my prior knowledge help me be a better reader?

Essential Social Studies Question: Who is in a family?