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Unit 4 - Our Life, Our World


Big Idea: How do different environments make the world 

                an interesting place?


Week 1
(2/18 - 2/21)

Essential Question: What makes different parts of the world different?




Resources:
Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what makes parts of the world different from one another. Why are there mountains in some places and deserts in other places?

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: compound words You and your child will define each vocabulary word. Then you’ll make up a question using each word, and your child will make up an answer using that list word.

Comprehension: compare and contrast

Your child will read about the alligator and the crocodile and determine how they are alike and how they are different.

Week 2
(2/24 - 2/28)

Essential Question: How does the earth change?



Resources:
Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how the Earth changes. We’ll explore what causes the different ways the Earth looks on its surface.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: sentence clues Your child will answer each question about one of the words on the list.

Comprehension: cause and effect

You and your child will read sentences and look at pictures, and then match causes with effects.

Week 3
(3/2 - 3/6)

Essential Question: How are kids around the world different?



Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how kids around the world are different. What kinds of cultures and school experiences do children have in different parts of the world?

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: similes You and your child will make up sentences using the list words that tell about a family event you celebrate.

Comprehension: compare and contrast

Your child will read a short story and then compare and contrast characters and settings.

Week 4
(3/9 - 3/13)

Essential Question: How can we understand nature?




Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the natural world. You child will learn about ways that help him or her understand nature.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: root words You will give your child clues about the vocabulary words. Your child will answer each question by naming the correct word that matches the clues.

Comprehension: theme

Your child will look at pictures and determine which one illustrates a given theme.

 Week 5
(3/16 - 3/20)

Essential Question: What excites us
about nature?


Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 
Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on poems about nature. Your child
learn that poetry is a good way to write about nature.

I’m a frog.

I live in a bog.

If you go for a jog,

Look for me on a log.

Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills
we'll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: similes You can define the word with your child. Then 
    you will work together to write a short story using each of the
    words 
Comprehension: theme

You will talk with your child about a book he or she has recently read. Then your
child will fill in a theme map about the book.


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