Unit 1:  Geography Matters  

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

Topics: 

  • Rural 
  • Urban 
  • Suburban  

 

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. 

Topics: 

  • Iroquois  
  • Explorers (Henry Hudson) 

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 of New York City 

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

Topics: 

  • New York in the 1700’s 
  • New York City in the 1800’s 
  • New York City in the 1900’s 

 

 

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 relationship between,  

Geography, people and nations that impact our global community. 

Topics: 

  • Rights 
  • Rules 
  • Responsibilities 

 

 Essential Reading Question:  How can we use comparing and contrasting to understand a topic?

Essential Social Studies Question: Why do we need laws?