We'll use our text People and Communities, Harcourt 2005 to help us explore theFive Essential Learning Questions:
1. How does geography impact the life of a people?
Enjoy these interactive United States Puzzles
- learn to read a map using a compass rose, key, scale, and title
- identify the physical characteristics of places, like deserts and plains
- discuss our own culture by looking at holidays, monuments, myths, customs, and legends
- identify types of settlements such as cities and suburbs
- develop respect for our environment and learn about natural resources
2. How does history influence people?
- discuss change over time by creating and reading timelines
- look at artifacts and connect to literature
- learn from past experience things such as sharing and recycling
- identify facts, folklore and fiction
- identify and describe primary documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the people who helped to form them
3. How do people support a community?
We'll learn many of these concepts through our Market Day experiences
- Discuss making an economic decision, creating budgets
- learn the consequences and benefits of our choices
- discuss taxes, their importance and who pays them
- learn about specialization and interdependence
- discuss trade and money
- identify occupations and discuss why people work
- learn about profit and loss
- discuss supply and demand
- identify producers and consumers
4. What does citizenship mean?
- learn how government works and the three branches
- discuss the reasons for rules and laws
- provide examples of rights and responsibilities of citizens
- learn about compromise and consequences of our choices
- discuss the importance of our leaders in the school, community, state, and national levels
- learn how we can have our voices heard in government
Spend the day as a president
5. What are the lessons that can be learned from current events?
We'll learn many of these and other important concepts through our use of KidBiz
- discuss the importance of respect for the opinions of others in discussions of the similarities and differences between people
- use maps data and graphs to understand current events
- identify the difference between fact and opinion
- learn the importance of media in society