Units of Study


Reading and Writing 
 Unit 1:   Informative Texts: Interpreting and Sharing Text-Based Ideas      
The focus of this unit is for students to recognize text features and the underlying structure of informational texts, and how they 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 then use their knowledge of text structure to help organize their informational writing. 

 Unit 2:  Narrative Texts: Stories that Teach Us Bigger Lessons      
Students will work to analyze characters and their traits by understanding plot. Another focus of this unit is for students to analyze different literary genre and make comparisons to their structural elements. Finally, students will work to understand theme and main idea of a text in order to summarize. Students will then use their knowledge of characters, plot, and theme to help chronologically organize their own fictional narrative. 
 Unit 3:   Research Inquiry and Design: Open-Ended Research        
The focus of this unit is for students to conduct research projects to help build knowledge through investigation of different topics. Students will use their understanding of text structure to write knowledgeably on a topic. 

 Unit 4:
Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning: Evaluating and Formulating Opinions
      The focus of the unit is for students  to explain how reasons and evidence on a text help to support an author's opinion. They will analyze and 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. Students will then write about their own opinions on topics giving clear reasoning to support their opinion.              
 Unit 5: Integrated Unit         
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 Ruler And Calculator        
 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:  Measurement        Students will utilize base ten knowledge to convert larger metric & standard units to smaller metric & standard units.

 Unit 3:   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 4:  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 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.

 Unit 8   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.

Science  Science: The Power to Change the World        
 Unit 1: Changing Earth        
Students will understand patterns of the Earth and will be able to explain landscape changes over time as caused by weathering and erosion. 

 Unit 2:  Energy and Waves         
Students will make observations and provide evidence that energy can be transferred. Students will analyze sound waves to understand the creation, movement, and transfer of sound. 

 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: Structure and Function        
Students will understand that plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. Students will also understand that animals have sense receptors and other times use their intuition to process information in their environments. 



Social Studies  Globe        
 Unit 1:   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 2: 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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