ELA:  We are continuing our new English Language Arts curriculum this year! 

This module focuses on the importance of clean freshwater around the world.
In Unit 1, students read the text One Well: The Story of Water on Earth to build background knowledge about freshwater around the world and the three issues they will read more about in Unit 2: access to water, demands on water, and water pollution.
In Unit 2, students continue their study of the three issues related to water, this time reading different texts about each issue and comparing the point of view of the authors to their own point of view. In the second half of the unit, they add to the research begun in Unit 1 by rereading the module texts for solutions for each issue. Students then use the Painted Essay® structure to write an opinion essay about the importance of water conservation.
In Unit 3, students plan and create a video public service announcement to educate people about their chosen water issue and to encourage them to take action with specific recommendations to solve the problem. They write invitational letters to guests for the live launch of their video PSA. For the performance task, students present a live “launch” of the PSA (public service announcement) they created about a water issue. The presentation includes a personal reflection on why this issue is important and a brief description of the process of creating a public service announcement. 
MATH:  Big ideas for the 4th quarter in math are: 
  1. Reason about the units of length, weight and capacity. (NC.3.MD.2)
  2. Apply their knowledge of size and weight for selecting units to use when estimating and measuring size and weight. (NC.3.MD.2)
  3. Measure lengths in customary units to the ¼, ½ and whole inch. (NC.3.MD.2)
  4. Measure feet and yards to the whole unit. (NC.3.MD.2)
  5. Measure capacity and weight to the whole number. (NC.3.MD.2)
  6. Make reasonable estimates of length, weight, and capacity. (NC.3.MD.2)
    Solve one-step word problems related to measurement. (NC.3.MD.2]


  7. Tell and write time to the nearest minute, within the same hour. (NC.3.MD.1)
  8. Determine the amount of time passed within the same hour. (NC.3.MD.1)
  9. Solve problems involving elapsed time. (NC.3.MD.1)
SCIENCE: Our essential questions for 4th 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)


  • How do plants survive in their environments? (3.L.1, 3.L.2.2)
  • How do the structures of plants support their functions? (3.L.2.1)
  • How does soil impact the growth and development of plants?(3.L.2.4)
  • How would you describe the life cycle of a seed plant? (3.L.2.3)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our essential questions for 4th quarter Social Studies are:
  • How does the location of resources impact the price of resources?
  • How does access to resources impact the economy and influence a person's decision to settle in a particular region or area?
  • Why do people become entrepreneurs?