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Reading: EL Education
In Unit 1, students read the text One Well: The Story of Water on Earth to build background knowledge about freshwater around the world and the three issues they will read more about in Unit 2: access to water, demands on water, and water pollution.
In Unit 2, students continue their study of the three issues related to water, this time reading different texts about each issue and comparing the point of view of the authors to their own point of view. In the second half of the unit, they add to the research begun in Unit 1 by rereading the module texts for solutions for each issue. Students then use a painted essay structure to write an opinion essay about the importance of water conservation.
In Unit 3, students plan and create a video public service announcement to educate people about their chosen water issue and to encourage them to take action with specific recommendations to solve the problem. They write invitational letters to guests for the live launch of their video PSA. For the performance task, students present a live “launch” of the PSA (public service announcement) they created about a water issue. The presentation includes a personal reflection on why this issue is important and a brief description of the process of creating a public service
Students will also be engaging in another new literacy component called the ALL Block. This is where students will participate in reading rotations that meet each of their literacy needs. Those rotations will consist of Fluency/GUM, Complex Text, Word Work, Independent Reading, and Work on Writing.
Homework resources provided by WCPSS can be found here: EL Homework Resources
Students will also investigate the different forces and motion having to do with pushes, pulls, and gravity.