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Weekly Themes and Enduring Understandings

Week Theme Enduring Understanding
 #1 July 10 - July 14 Welcome Summer: Community Building 

What is a community?

Can a community help shape who we are?

Name one community you’re a part of.

How can you be a positive member of a community? 

 #2-3 July 17 - July 28 Out of This World 

The earth is part of a system that includes seven other planets that revolve around the sun.

Planets have various characteristics that make them unique and similar to one another (Compare and Contrast Skills).

There are observable, predictable patterns of movement in the Sun, Earth, and Moon system that account for day and night (Observations, Main Idea).

Technology and exploration expands our knowledge of the Solar System

Develop Vocabulary through new words appropriate for their grade level (See List)

 #4-5 July 31 - August 11 In This World

Students will understand that geographical features (landforms, location and weather/climate) affect how people live.

Students will understand that cultural traditions differ in various countries of the world.

Create a global awareness of people, places, and things.

 #6 August 14 - August 18 Summary Culminating Activities 


Weekly Themes and Enduring Understandings

Week Theme

Enduring Understanding

 #1 July 10 - July 14 Global Explorations


Global Explorations, Cultural Backgrounds, and Biomes 


#2 July 17 - July 21 Asia


Asia is the largest and most populous continent that encompasses a variety of languages, cultures, religions, geographical features and governments. Asia holds a rich history that has bought forth many technological advances and developments for other continents, particularly North America. Asia is made up of multiple countries with similar and different customs and laws from what students traditionally know.


#3 July 24 - July 28 South America 


South America is the world's fourth largest continent and it is located in the western hemisphere, mostly in the southern hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the northern hemisphere. It is composed of 12 countries that are geographically,  ethically, politically, and socially diverse. America is the fifth most populated continent and it includes the largest rain forest, the Amazon.


#4 July 31 - August 4 Oceania (Australia)


Oceania is a diverse group of islands stretching from the Indian Ocean through the South Pacific Ocean. Geographically isolated from many outsiders until fairly recently (in historical terms) the countries find a balance between traditional customs and European and Asian influences. Students will understand how their geographic isolation has lead to divergent paths in evolution in terms of biodiversity and cultural development, yet how global influence still exists politically and economically.


#5 August 7 - August 11 Europe


Europe is a diverse continent divided into two regions, each with its own countries an culture and with many different types of physical features including mountain ranges, rivers, peninsulas, and plains.


#6 August 14 - August 18 Wrap Up Culminating Activities