ThinkCERCA provides an alignment to McGraw Hill Reading Wonders Grade 4 Curriculum. The ThinkCERCA aligned Writing Modules (including Direct Instruction, Skills Lessons, Writing Lessons, and Reading Practice) support the content that students will be focusing on in the anthology anchor texts, close reading texts, and leveled readers, with an explicit focus on the Reading Wonders Unit Essential Question.
Essential Questions Where do good ideas come from? How do your actions affect others? How do people respond to natural disasters? How can Science help you understand how things work? How can starting a business help others? How can a challenge bring out your best?
- Intellectual Property: WWhat are the opportunities and challenges in using other people's ideas?
- Businesses: How do businesses make money?
- Perseverance: How do we overcome challenges in our country, our community, and our lives?
Essential Questions What are the messages in animal stories? How do animal characters change familiar stories? How are all living things connected? What helps animals survive? How are writers inspired by animals? What can animals teach us?
- Endangered Animals: What role should people play in saving endangered animals?
- Human and Animal Interaction: What positive and negative effects do human activities have on endangered animals?
- Microorganisms in our Environment: How do microorganisms in our environment impact our lives?
Essential Questions How can you make new friends feel welcome? In what ways can you help your community? How can one person make a difference? How can words lead to change? How can advances in science help or hurt? How can you show community spirit?
- Communities - How do poets use language to help their communities understand and appreciate their experiences and values in ways no one else can?
- Growing Up - How do authors convey themes about important moments of change in their lives to their readers?
- Social Responsibility - How do individuals stand up and take responsibility for changing their societies?
Essential Questions Why do we need government? Why do people run for public office? How do inventions and technology affect your life? How do you explain what you see in the sky? How do writers look at success in different ways? How do different writers treat the same topic?
- Struggles of a New Nation: What should citizens do when they feel their government is not acting in their best interest?
- Technology and Impact: What problems has technology helped us solve and what new problems has the introduction of technology created?
- Through Their Eyes: How do authors use point of view and perspective to affect their readers’ experience of a story?
Essential Questions In what ways do people care about each other? What are some reasons people moved west? How can inventions solve problems? What can you discover when you look closely at something? How can learning about the past help you understand the present? What helps you understand the world around you?
- Westward Expansion - How did the westward expansion of the United States affect the many different populations of people who journeyed west or encountered one another there?
- Kid Inventors - What impact have young people’s inventions had on the world?
- Family and Influence - How do our families help shape the people we become?
Essential Questions How do traditions connect people? Why is it important to keep records of the past? How have our energy resources changed over the years? What has been the role of money over time? What shapes a person's identity? How can you build on what came before?
- Family History - How do family history and traditions contribute to your identity?
- Energy Policy - Which energy policy would make the United States most environmentally friendly?
- Personal Identity - How is our identity shaped by how others perceive us?