English Language Arts: In the month of December, students will continue to apply their learning about human rights through a case study of how a fictional character, Esperanza, responds to human rights challenges in the book Esperanza Rising. They will analyze characters’ responses to challenges and will analyze how Esperanza changes over time. Additionally, students will compare and contrast Esperanza to other characters in the novel. Students will also strengthen their informational writing skills through daily “short writes,” which include interpretations of concrete details and quotations from the book.
Mathematics: During the month of December, students will be actively engaged in dividing decimals using place value understanding; quotients will contain remainders in the smallest unit. We will finish our current unit of study by solving word problems using decimal operations. In our next unit, students will apply the patterns of the base-ten system to multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the distributive and associative properties. Students will also estimate multi-digit products by rounding factors to a basic fact and use their knowledge of place value.
Science: In December, students will continue to study “Interactions of Chemical Matter” through the process of scientific inquiry (observing natural phenomena, conducting controlled experiments to test hypotheses, gathering evidence and analyzing data, constructing explanations, and presenting the findings to others). Students will conduct a controlled experiment in which the effect of changes in the independent variable on the dependent variable is measured and write lab reports to reflect their learning.
Social Studies: In this curriculum area in December, students will continue to study the Geography of the Western Hemisphere. They will learn about the land-forms of each region, the climate of each region and how that affects people’s lives (jobs, food/agriculture, housing, etc.).