Students advance from concrete phonics (decoding) to higher level reading comprehension skills. They analyze theme, message, and context to ask and answer questions. While learning science and history-social science, they apply embedded Common Core English Language Arts skills, such as subject and verb agreement, verb tenses, and complete sentences. Students speak, read, and write about heredity, weather, fossils, local history, and their environment.
Students learn the predictability of life cycles, along with characteristics based on inherited traits and environmental factors. Common Core Language Arts skills such as affixes, conjunctions, root words, irregular nouns, and irregular verbs (e.g. grow and grew) are applied directly to Next Generation Science content.
Through personal experience, we explore in more detail how our local area evolved. We examine how each period used and governed the area depending on their skills, technology, and values. While building a chronology of events, students learn about Common Core Language Arts skills of point of view, sequence of events, and supporting documentation.
Fossils & Environmental Change
Students become paleobiologists, using evidence to explain variations in different organisms and the impact to their survival. Common Core Language Arts skills such as pronouns, comparative adjectives, and irregular plural nouns are applied directly to Next Generation Science content (e.g. rhinoceros and rhinoceri or rhinoceroses).
Types of Weather
Students explore dazzling natural phenomena, learning the characteristics of atmospheric patterns to predict weather. Common Core Language Arts skills such as adverbs, dialogue, and linking words are applied directly to Next Generation Science content.
Students learn to become active citizens of their school, community, and country by analyzing American heroes. We celebrate their courage and concern for others by finding ways to continue their work. Common Core Language Arts skills such as related words and shades of meaning are applied directly to history-social science content (e.g. believed and suspected).
Cost vs. Benefit
Students build upon their concept of value with the basics of economics. Students learn about goods made locally, nationally, and globally using natural resources, labor, and equipment. Common Core Language Arts skills such as compound sentences and root words (e.g. distribute, distributor, distribution) are applied directly to history-social science content.
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