• Title

  • Week 1
    Focus Questions: How do destructive forces lead to the creation of something new?
    Whole Group Text:  Earth is Always Changing (non-fiction: informational text)
    • Building the Hawaiian Islands
    • The Arch Falls
    • The Big Desert Gets Bigger
    • Climate Change
     Astonishing Nature The Power of Nature

    Text Selection: From Fire and Ice
    (informational text)

    Vocabulary

    Text Selection: Destruction and Change: Earth's Natural Forces at Work
    (Informational Text)

    Vocabulary
    Week 2
    Focus Questions:  How does the power of water change Earth's surface?
    Whole Group Text: Earth is Always Changing (continued)
      Astonishing Nature   The Power of Nature

    Text Selection: The Lost River
    (historical fiction)

    Vocabulary

    Text Selection:  Memory Falls
    (realistic fiction)

    Vocabulary


    Week 3
    Focus Questions:  How does climate change affect Earth?
    Whole Group Text: Planet Patrol:  A Kid's Action Guide to Earth Care
     Astonishing Nature   The Power of Nature

    Text Selection:  Earth's Disappearing Ice
    (play)

    Vocabulary

    Text Selection:  A Special Visitor
    (realistic fiction)

    Vocabulary

    Week 4
    Focus Questions:  How does the changing Earth affect living things?
    Whole Group Text: Planet Patrol: A Kid's Action Guide to Earth Care
     Astonishing Nature   The Power of Nature

    Text Selection:  The Himalayas
    (informational text)

    Vocabulary

    Text Selection: Mount Kilimanjaro: A Troubled Giant
    (informational text)

    Vocabulary

  • Comprehension Strategies and Skills
     
    Activate and Connect
     
    Make Inferences
    • Identify cause and effect relationships

    Visualize

    Summarize and Synthesize
    • Recall and Retell

    Determine Importance

    • Identify theme or author's message

    Word Study

    • Synonyms
    • Analogies
    • Multiple Meaning Words
    • Noun Suffixes
    • Superlatives and Comparatives

    Text Features

    • Cutaways
    • Bulleted lists