Realistic Fiction. The purpose of this Realistic Fiction unit is to have students read and think critically about the characteristics of realistic fiction stories. As a summative assessment, students will write a realistic fiction story that demonstrates their understanding of the characteristics of realistic fiction. The targeted Common Core Standards in this unit cover reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Unit 1 Area and Volume. In this unit, students build on their prior work with area and explore ways to find the area of rectangles with fractional side lengths. Students also learn about volume as an attribute of solid figures. Using improvised units, they explore volume and build toward using cubic units and volume formulas.
Solar Energy. The Solar Energy Module consists of four investigations that allow students to experience solar energy firsthand and to investigate the variables that affect solar-energy transfer.