LA:  We are continuing our EL English Language Arts curriculum this year! 
​In Unit 1, students read literary texts about children who face challenges with access to education. Throughout the course of the unit, students read three literary texts: Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, Rain School by James Rumford, and Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter. They read each text for gist, recount the text, determine its central message or lesson, and then closely read and answer text-dependent questions designed to help them explain how that central message or lesson is conveyed through details in the text. Students also identify the challenges faced by the characters and how they are able to overcome them. Throughout the unit, students are introduced to routines and anchor charts that will be used throughout the rest of the module, as well as the rest of the year. In the first half of the unit, students learn about independent reading and discussion norms and receive their independent reading journals and vocabulary logs. For the mid-unit assessment, students discuss what they like about their independent reading books and the things that they have found challenging. In the second half of the unit, after learning how to write short constructed responses, students read a new literary text, answer selected response questions, and write short constructed responses about questions having to do with the text.
MATH:  Big ideas for the 1st quarter in math are:
  1. How can equal groups make you more efficient at counting?
  2. How do we solve problems with equal groups?
  3. How are mathematical operations related to each other?
  4. Why do people collect data?
  5. How can data be organized in a way that is is easy to understand/interpret?
  6. Why is problem solving important?

SCIENCE: Our essential questions for 1st quarter Science are:
  • How is the human body structured to carry on the necessary functions of life? (3.L.1)
  • How do the functions of the skeletal and muscular systems compare? (3.L.1.1)
  • Why is skin necessary for the human body? (3.L.1.2)

  • What information about the properties of matter can be gathered by observation before and after a change? (3.P.2)
  • How do the properties of solids, liquids, and gases compare? (3.P.2.2)
  • Considering air is a mixture of gases, how does it compare to solids and liquids? (3.P.2.1)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our essential questions for 1st quarter Social Studies are:
  1. How does the structure and the function of local government support community needs?
  2. Why and how does local community change over time?
  3. How does the structure and the function of the local government meet the needs of its citizens?
  4. How can citizens impact their local government, community, and the community’s natural environment?