Students analyze and argue for their feelings about the importance of promises and building trust. They define trustworthy by comparing a trustworthy person to an object using the writers' devise of metaphor or simile.
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Learners play a game that helps them identify qualities in others that make them trustworthy. They explore what it means to develop reciprocal trust within different communities. Students learn about public trust and identify characteristics of public figures that merit trust.
Through literature and discussion, students recognize that hunger is an issue in their community that they can do something about. Students hold a food collection and use math and writing skills to analyze their collection.
In this unit, students explore several cultures by reading variations of the Cinderella fairy tale. They analyze character traits and come to recognize the fairy godmother character as a philanthropist. Using the character as
This unit introduces students to the genre of fairy tales. Students compare/contrast different versions of the Cinderella story. Students focus on identifying character traits and discussing the meaning of good character.
Through the book Coming To America, students explore democratic values and the history of how and why people came to America. The students learn that people came to America to enjoy the rights held by American citizens.
Students learn about the impact one woman had on the world and our environment. Rachel Carson's advocacy is an example for them of how they can become civic environmentalists.
Students explore characteristics of civic virtue, putting the common good above individual interests, in modern American society.
Students learn about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Students discuss the issue and motivations for giving for the common good. Through discussion and brainstorming, students establish things they can do personally and as a team to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The lessons in this unit will focus on the role of foundations and how they help cultural subgroups within communities.