Monday, January 16, 2017

Current Learning Objectives & Essential Questions for All Subjects


In math we are currently about Numbers - The set of real numbers is infinite, and each real number can be associated with a unique point on the number line. Essential Question: What can we learn about numbers by locating and representing them on number lines? Equivalence - Any number, measure, numerical expression, algebraic expression, or equation can be represented in an infinite number of ways that have the same value. Essential Question: In what different ways can we show a number? Comparison - Numbers, expressions, and measures can be compared by their relative values. Essential Question: What can we learn about numbers by comparing them?


In science, we are currently exploring and recording how soils are formed by weathering of rock and the decomposition of plant and animal remains, and exploring the characteristics of natural resources that make them useful in products and materials such as clothing and furniture and how resources may be conserved. Essential Questions: What is weathering? What can we observe about the way soils are formed? What are some natural resources that come from the Earth and how can they be conserved? What characteristics of natural resources make them useful to us?


In social studies we are currently identifying ways of earning, spending, saving, and donating money; creating a simple budget that allocates money for spending, saving, and donating; defining and identifying examples of scarcity; explaining the impact of scarcity on the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services; explaining the concept of a free market as it relates to the U.S. free enterprise system; identifying examples of how a simple business operates; explaining how supply and demand affect the price of a good or service; explaining how the cost of production and selling price affect profits; explaining how government regulations and taxes impact consumer costs; identifying individuals, past and present, including Henry Ford and other entrepreneurs in the community such as Mary Kay Ash, Wallace Amos, Milton Hershey, and Sam Walton, who have started new businesses; identifying scientists and inventors, including Jonas Salk, Maria Mitchell, and others who have discovered scientific breakthroughs or created or invented new technology such as Cyrus McCormick, Bill Gates, and Louis Pasteur, and identifying the impact of scientific breakthroughs and new technology in computers, pasteurization, and medical vaccines on various communities. Essential Questions: How do businesses operate in a free enterprise system? Why is technology important in the free enterprise system?


In reading we are currently analyzing, making inferences and drawing conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Students are expected to paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories; comparing and contrasting the settings in myths and traditional folktales, and understanding, making inferences and drawing conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo [as relates to comprehending folktales]. Essential Questions: What elements make folktales, fables, legends, and myths different from realistic fiction? How do characters, plot, theme and setting work together in traditional literature stories?


In writing, we are currently writing literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. Students are expected to write imaginative stories that build the plot to a climax and contain details about the characters and setting. Essential Questions: What language in the story creates a picture in your mind or appeals to your senses? How do writers use the writing process as they write imaginative stories?

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