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Students will learn about maps and how to use map features (e.g., symbols, key, scale, compass rose). Students will also learn about tropical rainforest ecosystems., ,
Students will learn about different kinds of maps (e.g., flat, globe, thematic) and how to use a map grid. They will discuss longitude, latitude and hemispheres.,
Students will learn the difference between a physical and political map. They will also learn about each of the seven continents. Students will also learn about desert ecosystems., ,
Students will learn about time and chronological order through a historical timeline. They will discuss the importance of primary sources as research tools. They will also learn about mountains and how they change over time., ,
Students will learn why natural disasters and other factors cause populations to change. They will discuss a variety of ancient civilizations and how they lived. Students will also learn about rivers and their impact on populations.,
Students will learn about citizenship in Greece and Rome. They will discuss their own rights and responsibilities in the U.S. They will also learn about everyone’s responsibility to take care of our planet., ,
Students will learn about the importance of rules, laws and government. They will discuss various forms of government (e.g., monarchy, city-states, republic). Students will also learn about urban ecosystems and how taxes support services that people in urban areas need.,
Students will learn about their continent of North America and its history. They will discuss ancient cultures such as the Olmec, Mayans and Aztecs, as well as more recent American Indian cultures.
Students will learn about the continents in the Eastern hemisphere and the ancient civilizations that lived there (e.g., Sumerians, Egyptians, Aboriginals). They will also learn how archaeology and anthropology allow us to learn about life in ancient times., ,
Students will learn about a variety of accomplishments of ancient civilizations (e.g., Greeks, Mayans, Egyptians, Chinese, Arabic). They will locate each of the civilizations on a map.,
Students will learn how communication has taken place and changed throughout history. They will use a timeline to see how communication has changed over time., ,
Students will learn about ancient transportation and how people moved from one place to another. They will learn about ocean ecosystems and how oceans have influenced the migration of people throughout history., ,
Students will learn how institutions such as guilds, universities and churches impacted their communities. They will discuss how some of the same institutions impact their communities today.
Students will learn about the interdependence of their community and other communities both in the U.S. and around the world. They will also learn about basic economic concepts (e.g., wants, needs, scarcity, imports, exports)., , ,
Students will learn about different forms of government such as democracy, absolutism, communism and totalitarianism. They will study how totalitarianism caused conflict in the 20th century. Students will also learn about services paid for by the collection of taxes in a democracy.,
Students will learn about European explorers who made significant discoveries throughout the world. These explorers include Magellan, Columbus, Hudson, da Gama and Balboa. Students will discuss some of the consequences of these explorations.
Students will learn about conflict in various areas of our community such as boundary disputes, cultural differences, pollution and causes of wars. Students will also learn how people work together to resolve conflicts, and how this relates to citizenship and responsibility.
Students will be given the opportunity to do research on their own state in many areas. (e.g., imports and exports, landforms, landmarks, natural resources and state history). They will use research and writing skills to create newspaper articles about their state.,
Students will learn about making personal economic choices and creating budgets. They will discuss the difference between durable and non-durable goods. They will also learn about job specialization and how this causes the need for trade., ,
Students will learn how the natural environment and the human impact on the environment affects individuals and populations. They will discuss urbanization, clear cutting, hurricanes, floods, crop failures, etc. Students will also discuss the concept that change is inevitable and universal.
Students will look at the continent of Africa to learn about components of a culture and the diversity among African cultures. They will chart facts about various civilizations.,
Students will learn how people and communities are impacted by natural disasters. They will discuss ways to prepare for natural disasters and how Earth’s processes can cause these events.,
Students will learn about resources and how they were used in ancient civilizations. They will also discuss the kinds of resources used today (i.e., natural, capital and human) and learn about the choices people must make as they use these resources.
Students will learn about the reasons people move from one place to another, (e.g., famine, political, religious persecution). They will also discuss the pros and cons of moving to a new country. Students will explore the factors that have contributed to migration in the Western hemisphere.,
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Staircase of Complexity - Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.
Text-Based Answers - Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.
Writing from Sources - Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.
Academic Vocabulary - With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).
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