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Unit 4

In unit three, we read about how the colonists in North America fought the British and won the Revolutionary War.  Now that we are free from the harsh rule of the British King, the colonists have to come together to create a new country.  This new country would be based on the principles of freedom, liberty, justice, and peace. All things they fought for in the Revolutionary War.

Essential Question:  How do individuals or groups of individuals come to establish an identity?

It was not an easy task to start a new country from scratch.  It took a lot of long hours, many discussions, and several debates to create an identity for this new country.  As a paired fiction text, we will be reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.  In this story, Claudia goes on an adventure in order to figure out what her identity is.  She has the help of her brother along the way, and in the end, comes to find out exactly what her role is.


Module 4 - Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions

During this module of math, we will study:

  • Fractions as Division
  • Multiplication of a Whole Number by a Fraction
  • Multiplication of a Fraction by a Fraction
  • Scaling
  • Division of Fractions
  • Interpretation of Numerical Expressions


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Unit 3 - Ecosystem Restoration

During this unit, we will take on the role of ecologists at the fictional company Natural Resources Rescue to figure out why organisms in certain parts of the Costa Rican rainforest aren’t growing and thriving. We will study three chapters at ecologists:

  • Chapter 1:  Why aren’t the jaguars and sloths growing and thriving?
  • Chapter 2:  Why aren’t the cecropia trees growing and thriving?
  • Chapter 3:  Why aren’t the cecropia trees growing and thriving in the soil?
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