Throughout this unit, we will explore the various forms of traditional literature such as fables, folktales, tall tales, myths and legends. We will understand that each form of traditional literature has different qualities, but all are meant to teach a moral or a lesson.  We also explore fiction texts in order to identify story elements, common themes, morals and character change.  Students will demonstrate their understanding through conversations, multiple choice questions and written responses.  Later in this unit, students will be introduced to thinking and reading across two texts that are related.

Writing - Opinion Essay

In this unit, the students will apply what they learned throughout our Literary Essay unit about the essay structure and forming a claim supported with specific evidence. Throughout this unit, students will learn to write about their own opinions, support their opinions with specific evidence, target a specific audience, and consider opposing views. The students solidify their understanding of the "essay format" by using an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Science - Weather
During this unit, we will learn that meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and weather. We will learn that meteorologists use instruments to measure weather and make accurate weather forecasts. Other concepts covered will include: the sun, rotation vs revolution, and the water cycle.

Math - Fractions
In this unit, students will learn how to model fractions and unit fractions. Students will use fractions on a number line and other models to find equivalent fractions and compare fractions.

Students will be able to:

• Identify and define the parts of a fraction (numerator and denominator).

• Explore and model unit fractions.

• Read and write fractions that name part of a whole.

• Use models to represent fractions that name part of a set.

• Draw a diagram to solve problems.

• Demonstrate an understanding of commonly used fractions including halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths.

• Demonstrate an understanding of a fraction as a number on a number line.

• Represent fractions on a number line from 0 to 1

• Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions using a visual fraction model

• Express whole numbers as fractions and recognize fractions equivalent to whole numbers

• Build fractions to higher terms.

• Simplify fractions to lower/lowest terms.  • Compare fractions with the same numerator or denominators using the following symbols:

• Greater than (>),

• Less than (<),

• Equal (=).

• Compare fractions with the same numerator or denominators using the a visual fraction model:

• Pattern blocks

• Fraction strips

• Everyday items

• Number line

• Order fractions with the same denominators from least to greatest and greatest to least.

• Solve simple word problems involving fractions.