To learn about the rescue efforts, which have saved the lives of disaster victims around the world through the inspiring and informative stories captured in Sandra Markel's Rescues!
To respond to text through the use of graphic organizers designed to scaffold understanding of specialized vocabulary, text features and text structures.
To engage in expository, research-based and persuasive writing by way of mini-lessons, model texts, graphic organizers and rubrics.
To learn about Natural Disasters from an ecological perspective by way of researching non-fiction texts and articles
To create and present research reports and 3 Dimensional models through guiding questions and rubrics outlining expectations.
To explore the complex concept of community through a study of the community effected by Hurricane Katrina by way of sharing in case study accounts given in non-fiction, fiction and film.
To understand how history connects the present to the past through timelines, maps, photographs and graphic organizers.
To analyze the lessons learned within other communities and to relate them to one's own life within one's own community.
To learn to become more fluent, elaborate and well-organized in one's own writing through the literary devises exemplified in model texts.