Unit 1: Geography
Big Idea: Readers analyze why geography matters and how it influences the relationships of people living within a community.
Topic: Rural, Urban and Suburban Communities
Essential Reading Question: How can we use text features to understand informational texts?
Essential Social Studies Question: How are communities different?
Unit 2: Change Occurs
Big Idea: Readers analyze people and communities to understand the nature of change.
Topic: New York City: Then and Now
Essential Reading Questions: How can we determine important information?
Essential Social Studies Question: How did Dutch settlers influence the development of New York City?
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: New York City
Essential Reading Questions: How do we use cause and effect relationships to understand a topic?
Essential Social Studies Question: How did New York City change and form over time?
Unit 4: Global Impact
Big Idea: Readers understand the interdependent relationships between geography, people and nations that influence our global community.
Topic: Rights, Rules and Responsibilities
Essential Reading Question: How can we use comparing and contrasting to understand a topic?
Essential Social Studies Question: Why do we need laws?