Dear Parents,

Starting in Mid-January Class P7B will be starting a themed literature unit where we will be talking about what it means to be stewards of the environment. We will be working on this topic for approximately three weeks, and we will end with a gallery walk to display our work for all to see! It will take place on February xx, 2012, in our classroom. Look for invitations to come!

Here's what we'll be exploring:

Essential Questions:
1. What does it mean to leave the world a better place than you found it?
2. What does it take for someone to leave the world a better place than he found it?

Why are we exploring this topic?

As our world begins to demand more from the environment to support its needs, a movement towards sustainable practices has become widespread. The rate at which we consume energy and resources has put a strain on our environment, and as a result, people have begun to see a need to protect its future. Through this unit, I wish for my students to gain a sense of ownership and responsibility for their actions, as we are all consumers of this world. Since the Pacific Northwest region has a particular affinity for nature, I feel that through literature, students will be able to make strong connections to this theme and I hope that they will begin to view themselves as an integral part in making a difference.

The use of literature in this unit will guide the students to construct their own meanings of what it means to be a steward, as they learn the skills to effectively sift through various fiction and non-fiction texts. As this theme is one that I believe is relevant to all my students, I know that they will become motivated readers and writers by simply having them engage in meaningful tasks that have real world applications. I want them to realize that with the literacy skills they will learn, they can harness the power to make a difference in this world and influence others.

Generalization Learning Targets:

1. Students will understand that the actions they take today will impact the world tomorrow.
2. Students will understand that they can make small changes in their lives to improve the environment.

Skill Learning Targets:

1. Students will know how to identify important information about how people’s actions today will impact the environment.
2. Students will know how to make connections between texts and their own lives to show their understanding of how their actions impact the environment.

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