Curriculum Updates

We are starting new units in just about every area, so here is a quick overview of what we will be working on the next few weeks. Please check the post below this for math information.


We are exploring with Historical Fiction. As a class, we will be reading Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry.

Our area of focus will be how to deepen your understanding by:

-Finding places in the story where the kids pose questions.

-Looking for a source, including part of a bigger article.

-Reading just that part to gather information.

-Rethinking what happened in the book with this information in mind.


We will learn to use images to deepen our understanding of what we read:

-Ask: what does the picture remind you of in the book?

-Look at all parts of the picture and notice the details.

-Use expert vocabulary to describe what you see

-examples: foreground, background, margins, top-left corner

-Compare what you had been picturing in your mind to what you see in the image.

-Think about how the picture affects your envisioning of what you read.



We are revisiting writing narratives. Students will have a refresher course in the components of a narrative, focusing on small moments, grammar, characters, plots, paragraph formation and details.

Students will have the choice of writing a story about a topic of their own choosing, while having the option of choosing to write a historical fiction story, or a story that relates to our current UOI unit on Rights and Responsibilities.



We are starting a Social Studies unit on Rights and Responsibilities. Our Central Idea is “People have Rights and Responsibilities”.

Our lines of inquiry are:

An inquiry into rights & responsibilities.

An inquiry into violation of children’s rights.

An inquiry into how people work to protect children’s rights and provide equal opportunities.

This is always a popular unit, and the students always enjoy reading and learning about children in other parts of the world. We are discussing the difference between rights and responsibilities, and how that looks different in different parts of the world.

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