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What We're Doing


Unit 1 - Cultures Meet

Our first unit of study this year will focus on the explorers that played an essential role in the discovery and early stages of settlement in America.  We will focus on how the perspective of the explorers and the Native Americans was different and how their different perspectives shape the way we study these events. 


Essential Question:  How are events shaped by the point of view of the observer?


We will revisit this essential question as we study the exploration of the Americas.  Our paired core literature text is The Three Little Pigs.  We will read different accounts of this classic tale and study how the wolf may be a victim of the mean pigs - we have to hear his perspective of the events! 

We will also be reading the book Wonder by RJ Palacio.  It is the funny yet sad, and heartwarming and memorable story about Auggie, a boy born with abnormalities who goes to school for the first time in 5th grade.  Not only will we hear his perspective about school and how people treat him, but also the perception other students have about him, his abilities, and his personality.



Module 1 - Place Value of Whole Numbers and Decimals

During this first module of math, we will:

  • work on understanding the place value system
  • perform operations with mulit-digit numbers
  • convert like measurements

CLICK HERE for a Module 1 Parent Tip Sheet


Unit 1 - Patterns of Earth and Sky

During this unit, we will take on the role of astronomer and assist the fictional Museum of Archaeology in figuring out what the missing piece of a recently discovered artifact might have depicted. As students learn about the sun and other stars and the movement of Earth, they will explain what is shown on the artifact and what might be on the missing piece.  We will study 4 chapters as astronomers:

  • Chapter 1: Why don’t we see a lot of stars in the daytime?
  • Chapter 2: Why is the sun up sometimes, but not others?
  • Chapter 3: Why do we see different stars at different times of the year?
  • Chapter 4: How can we investigate why we see different stars on different nights?