How can changing laws change people’s attitudes? What makes an answer exact? How do writers make characters heroic? This time-saving resource is packed with hundreds of big questions that dig deep into the key topics taught in grades 4 to 8—from animal habitats to literary genres to the Constitution. Organized by curriculum area and topic, these essential questions help teachers and students begin rich inquiry studies, focusing on the core ideas and understandings that anchor each discipline. Covers 40 topics in math, language arts, science, and social studies!
Each two-page planning guide provides:
• A Big Idea—Curricular focus for study of a concept
• Enduring Understandings—Key learning goals built around the big idea
• Vocabulary List—Subject area words that students may encounter and use in their explorations
• Essential Questions—A menu of starting points that lead students to explore and think deeply about the topic