Units of Study

 Unit 1:   Character      
The focus of this unit is for students to draw inferences about characters from the details in the text and recognize how the character's thoughts, actions, and words play a part in the development of the plot.

 Unit 2:  Comparing Literary Text      
The focus of this unit is for students to analyze different literary genre and make comparisons to their structural elements.  Students also begin delving into allusions.
 Unit 3:   Text Features        
The focus of this unit is for students to analyze and interpret information from charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, animations, or interactive elements of a webpage and explain how those text features contribute to the understanding of the text in which they appear.

 Unit 4:
Uncovering Main Idea and Theme
       The focus of the unit is for students to determine a theme or identify the main idea in both literary and informational texts.

 Unit 5: Text Structures        
The focus of this unit is for students to recognize the underlying structure of informational texts can support students in identifying things such as key concepts, main idea(s), relationships between and among events, ideas/concepts, or steps/procedure. Students will use the identified text structure to organize, categorize, and summarize information, orally and in writing. Students will also analyze multiple texts on the same topic, taking into account whether the information presented is a firsthand account or secondhand account. They will note the perspective an author might bring to the event or idea depending on the account, along with evidence the author uses to support their point of view.


 Unit 1:  Personal Narrative        
The focus of this unit is writing a personal narrative (a real story), which focuses on one moment in time (narrow focus).  Our authors will learn to write an engaging lead, use strong details and description, and conclude their story with a satisfying ending.   Students will utilize the writing process.

 Unit 2:  Narrative:  
Short Story
 The focus of this unit is for students to develop imagined experiences or events that create a visual image for their readers.  Further, they will develop fictional characters who come to life through their actions, thoughts, and words.
 Unit 3: Convey Ideas through Expository Writing        
The focus of this unit is for students to write expository texts that support deepening a reader’s understanding. To keep the focus on the organization and structure of explanatory writing, students will want to choose topics that feel accessible, easy and familiar, something they feel as though they are an expert on.

 Unit 4:  Informational Writing        
The focus of this unit is for students to dive deep into the project of research writing, incorporating and synthesizing information from multiple resources into logically structured pieces of writing. As students consider topics for their research writing, they will consider topics of interest or topics related to social studies or science unit. Students will organize their writing and make logical choices about structures to help readers understand the most important information in their writing. Students learn how to present important information through the use of details, text features, and quotations, drawing evidence from both print and digital texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

 Unit 5: Opinion/Persuasive  Writing        
The focus of this unit is for students to develop a strong set of reasons that persuade the reader of their position on a topic. Students will use the writing process, including oral rehearsal, to generate and expand ideas with support from peers and adults. Students learn and apply the critical attributes of persuasive writing as they attend to purpose and audience. These critical attributes include stating an opinion, organizing multiple paragraphs of support, and concluding with a demand for action. Students will be able to state an opinion and begin to uncover relevant reasons that are supported by facts and details. Fourth grade writers are expected to use facts to strengthen their reasons, thus requiring students to do some research on the topic. In addition to relevant facts and details, students will also use emotional words, figurative language, exaggeration, and/or repetition as techniques to support their opinion.


 Ruler And Calculator        *Homework links can be found in the folders below
 Unit 1:   Place Value and
Students will understand the structure of the base ten system, and how its structure helps them to solve multi-digit addition and subtraction.

 Unit 2:  Multiplication        
When students understand the base ten system, they will be able to use place value, properties of operations, and models to multiply multi-digit numbers. 

 Unit 3:   Division        
Students use their understanding of patterns in the base ten system, properties of operations, and modeling to divide multi-digit numbers.  Further, they will determine the meaning of remainders based on real-world situations.
 Unit 4:  
Word Problems & Patterns 
Students interpret word problems as Add To/Take From, Put Together/Take Apart, Additive Comparison, Equal Groups, Array/Area, and/or Multiplicative Comparison to model and write equations—with a variable representing the unknown—for one-step, two-step, and multi-step problems. Students also discover patterns in our number system involving factors, multiples, and square numbers.

 Unit 6
 Unit 7:  
 Fractions and   Decimals        
Students understand that fractions are numbers representing quantities less than, equal to, and greater than 1, as they apply the properties of operations to fractions. In this unit, students build upon their conceptual understanding of fractions as numbers. Students compose and decompose fractions. This leads to a deeper conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction with fractions and mixed numbers having the same denominator. Another goal of this unit is to develop a deep understanding of decimal numbers by relating decimals to fractions and whole-number place values. Students use models, such as number lines, as powerful tools to represent the value of both fractions and decimals and to compare and order each. Students use the relationship between decimals and fractions to build decimal concepts, including decimal place value and comparing decimals less than and greater than 1.

Science  Science: The Power to Change the World        
 Unit 1: Solar System         
Students will understand the relationship between the Earth, Sun, and Moon and how they impact our daily lives.  They will apply those understandings to be able to compare and contrast them to other components of the solar system.

 Unit 2:  Energy:  Forms        
Students will explore different forms of energy and how energy transfers and transforms in a system.

 Unit 3: Resourceful Choices: Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy        
In this unit, students will understand that the sun and interior of the Earth provide renewable and nonrenewable resources.  These resources can be used in a variety of ways that have both negative and positive impacts to on communities and the environment.  In addition, students will determine the effect on Colorado and its economy.

 Unit 4:  Past Living Things        
Students will understand the clues fossils provide about how past environments were different from environments today, and how fossils help us understand modern living organisms. Students will analyze fossils of past living organisms to make comparisons to and draw conclusions about how environments have changed over time. Students will collect evidence from fossils to support explanations about the structure and function of modern organisms, comparing their explanations to peers and revising based on feedback.

 Unit 5:  Plant/Animal Adaptations        
Students will understand that all organisms are classified by traits, and the variation between traits creates diversity within related species that impact survival.
Students will analyze and interpret data about the variation of traits between related species to classify animals and determine their strengths and weaknesses for survival.

 Unit 6:  Ecosystems        
Students will understand why non-living components are so important to the success of ecosystems. They will compare and contrast ecosystems around the world and the various roles organisms have. Students will evaluate models that show interactions between living and nonliving components of ecosystems, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the models in representing what happens in the real world. They will investigate the effects of limited resources on living organisms within the various ecosystems.

Social Studies  Globe        
 Unit 1: Choices and Opportunity Cost        
This unit allows students to apply reasoning to various economic choices that adults and kids make. Students understand that choices people make are influenced by different variables, and all choices involve costs.

 Unit 2:   Impact of Place on People      
Students will understand that analyzing the impact of physical geography allows us to identify the differences in people who live in different regions.
 Unit 3: Colorado        
Students understand that Colorado has unique regions, a unique history of human migration and settlement, unique economic development, and unique issues to be solved.

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