Content Background
Student Preparation
Content Strands
Process Strands
Benchmarks and Performance Standards
Content Maps
Content Outline
Performance Tasks
Rubrics for Performance Tasks
Instructional Activities
Materials and Resources
Web Links
Georgia Quality Core Curriculum References
Georgia High School Graduation Test References
References to National Standards
  Content Strands 
Language Arts:  
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Universal Themes
  • Number Sense, Numeration, and Operations
  • Geometry, Measurement, and Spatial Sense
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Problem Solving
Social Studies:  
  • Cultural Environment
  • Earth, Space, and Physical Environment
  • Forces, Matter, and Energy
  • Fundamentals
Fine Arts:  
  • Visual Arts: 
    • Performance/Production
  • Music: 
    • Fundamentals
    • Performance/Production
Career & Technology:  
  • Applied Academics
  • Personal/Interpersonal Development
  • Technical Skills & Workplace Applications
  Process Strands
It is our goal to develop students' ability to clearly and effectively to communicate what they what they wish to learn as well as what they have discovered through their explorations.  Throughout this unit students will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas both verbally as well as in writing.  Students will be expected to convey their findings individually, in small and large group settings. 
Problem Solving  
In this course of study, students will be asked to look at problems derived from literature as well as real life.  Using cooperative groups, students will be asked to state, examine, and plan possible solutions to everyday dilemma.  Students will be afforded the opportunity to use inquiry methods to explore various concepts and ideas, form opinions, and draw conclusion. 
Making Learning Relevant  
Using their knowledge of the playground and an amusement park students will investigate the natural forces such as gravity, friction, and mechanical advantage.   
Creative Thinking  
Students will be asked to stretch their imagination to create ways it incorporated the principles of simple machines into kitchen appliances and an amusement park for the Littles.
  Benchmarks and Performance Standards
5.65 Expand reading vocabulary.  
A. Use structural analysis to determine word meaning. 
B. Use context clues to determine word meaning. 
5.66 Read and comprehend grade level material.  
A. Recall specific details from a novel including: main character, themes, plot, setting, time, and climax. 
B. Identify stated and unstated main idea. 
C. Recognize elements of fantasy and reality. 
D. Distinguish between fact and opinion. 
E. Recognize and interpret figurative language. 
F. Understand likenesses and differences in texts. 
5.68 Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills. 
A. Make an oral presentation to a group. 
B. Maintain appropriate eye contact. 
C. Decide when to use formal and/or informal language. 
D. Apply information heard. 
5.69 Expand spoken vocabulary. 
A. Integrate content vocabulary across all academic disciplines. 
5.70 Demonstrate an understanding of the five steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. 
A. Write a three-paragraph composition on a given topic. 
5.71 Use grammatically correct written expression.  
A. Use appropriate capitalization. 
B. Spell age appropriate words correctly. 
C. Use appropriate sentence structure. 
D. Demonstrate appropriate word usage. 
E. Use correct punctuation. 
5.72 Expand written vocabulary. 
A. Integrate content vocabulary across all academic disciplines. 
B. Something to add other vocabulary rather than content. 
5.73 Identify and compose various forms and styles of writing.  
A. Identify and apply the following forms of writing: fictional, nonfictional, technical, persuasive/informative, expository; letters - friendly, business, e-mail; poetry - haiku, cinquain, free verse, concrete. 
B. Write legibly in manuscript and cursive. 
5.74 Select research topics and use a variety of resources to gather and report information.  
A. Select appropriate topics 
B. Determine key points and prioritize information. 
C. Accurately report information verbally, in writing, or through physical actions. 
5.75 Use a variety of sources 
A. Use table of contents, title page, and index to find information. 
B. Use the atlas, thesaurus, and additional resource materials to find information. 
C. Use CD-ROMs, laser discs, and the Internet to access information. 
5.76 Recognize literature reflects life and traditions. 
A. Compare and contrast elements of literature to their own experiences. 
B. Determine cause and effect of events in literature. 
5.77 Examine literature as it relates to historical context. 
A. Identify a relationship between art and literature. 
B. Recognize the influence of history on literature. 
5.78 Compare and contrast characters' motivations, emotions, and related actions. 
A. Identify motivation emotion and related actions of characters. 
B. Identify how motivations emotions and related actions are revealed in story. 
C. Relate motivations, emotions, and related actions to own life experiences. 
5.26 Multiply and divide with whole numbers. 
A. Multiply two 3-digit numbers.                     
B. Divide with a 2-digit divisor.                     
C. Use money in multiplication and division problems.                     
5.27 Add and subtract numbers.  
A. Add any two whole numbers.                     
B. Subtract any two whole numbers.                     
E. Make estimates and recognize when they are appropriate.                     
5.30 Describe and determine length, capacity, weight, mass, area, volume, perimeter, temperature, and angle. 
A. Measure objects using metric tools.                     
B. Measure objects using standard customary tools. 
5.36 Use a variety of models to determine probabilities through random sampling. 
A. Determine probability ratios through repeated trials.                     
5.37 Use calculators. 
A. Add, subtract, divide, multiply whole numbers and decimals.                     
5.38 Interpret the multiple uses of numbers encountered in the real world. 
A. Incorporate mathematical language and symbols into conversation language and real world situations.                     
5.1 Predict solutions for past, present, or future conflicts.  
A. Compare and contrast historical conflicts with other possible outcomes predicted by choosing other decision-making options.                 
5.2 The student will interact in a cooperative manner with peers.  
A. Analyze ways people live and work cooperatively to achieve desired goals.                 
B. State the importance of individual similarities/differences and the need for tolerance.           
C. Analyze an individual's role in a group. 
5.6 Explain how people engage in basic economic activities of producing, exchanging, consuming, and saving.  
A. Define production, exchange, consumption, and saving.                 
B. Give examples of producing, exchanging, consuming, and saving.                 
C. Examine the students' place within basic economic activities of their community.               
5.10 Use the steps of the scientific method at a developmentally appropriate level in the study of earth, space and physical environment.  
A. State the problem.                                 
B. Form a hypothesis.                                 
C. Experiment and collect data.                                 
D. Draw conclusions 
5.16 Use tools of technology at a developmentally appropriate level to gather and explain  scientific information about the earth, space and physical environment.  

5.17 Use the steps of the scientific method at a developmentally appropriate level in the study of forces, matter and energy.  

A. State the problem.                                 
B. Form a hypothesis.                                 
C. Experiment and collect data.                                 
D. Draw conclusions.                                 
5.18 Demonstrate understanding of forces and energy. 
A. Identify and describe forces and explain how simple machines are used to make work easier.  
B. Distinguish between kinetic and potential energy.                                                           
5.42 Follow instructions and directions. 

5.48 Generate creative ideas through knowledge of elements and principles of art.  

A. Identifies positive and negative space, depth, movement, contrast and value (light and dark).     
5.49 Describe differences between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artworks.  

5.50 Manipulate the elements and principles of art.  

A. Create artworks using overlapping.           
B. Produce and use light and dark, bright and dull colors.           
D. Create artworks which demonstrate an awareness of details observed in the environment  
5.51 Create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art. 
B. Use materials such as clay, found objects, paper mache , and paper to create 3-dimensional artworks.   
5.54 Listen to, describe, and evaluate the music of various styles and diverse cultures.  
C. Identify the sounds of a variety of orchestral, folk and ethnic instruments.   
5.55 Perform a variety of age appropriate music, alone and with others. 
A. Sing with expression and increasing accuracy.     
C. Sing counter melodies, ostinato (repeated patterns), partner songs and rounds.       
D. Perform rhythmic, melodic and chordal patterns.    
E. Perform independent instrumental parts.       
5.56 Create music within age appropriate guidelines. 
A. Improvise simple rhythmic and melodic accompaniments  
B. Compose and arrange short songs.   
5.58 Describe the impact of information technology on society. 
A. Describe the effect of technological advancements on our community, state, and nation.      
B. Describe the effect of technological advancements on the way people live and work     
5.59 Demonstrate knowledge of the systems of weights and measures used in the workplace. 
A. Identify examples of how the workplace uses standard and/or metric systems.          
B. Identify standard and metric measurement tools used in the workplace.  
5.60 Demonstrate understanding of basic social and legal issues related to information technology.  
A. Respect the computer work and privacy of others.             
B. Respect copyright laws.             
C. Recognize inappropriate uses of technology.  
5.62 Demonstrate the ability to identify problems and generate solutions.  
A. Identify and clarify key issues.             
B. Use techniques for creative thinking.             
C. Identify important details.             
D. Employ reasoning skills to anticipate consequences.   
5.64 Demonstrate developmentally appropriate computer technology skills.  
A. Perform developmentally appropriate keyboarding operations.             
B. Perform developmentally appropriate word processing operations.          
E. Demonstrate research skills using computer technology. 
  Content Maps
I.  Social Studies 
A.  Cultural Environment 
1.  Timeline- historical 
B.  Natural Environment 
1.  Maps and globe skills 
2.  Tables and graphs 
II.  Language Arts  
A.  Reading/Literature 
1. Fiction/non-fiction 
2.  Reading skills 
3.  Figurative language 
B.  Speaking /Listening 
1.  Skits 
2.  Express ideas orally 
3.  Literature for response /reaction 
4.  Listening skills  
a.  Oral comprehension   
b.  Actively attending speaker 
C.  Composition/Grammar 
1.  Grammar 
a.  Nouns 
b.  Verbs 
2.  Creative writing 
3.  Journal writing 
D.  Research  
1.  Reference skills 
a.  Table of contents 
b.  Index 
c.  Definitions 
2.  Research  
a.  Encyclopedia 
b.  CD-Rom 
E.  Universal Themes 
1.  Literature 
a.  Art activities 
b.  Dramatic activities 
III.  Math 
A.  Number Sense, Numeration, and Operation 
1.  Money, addition/subtraction 
2.  Multiplication facts to nine 
3.  Division facts to nine  
B.  Geometry, Measurement, Spatial Sense 
1.  Geometric shapes 
2.  Measurement in customary and metric unit 
C.  Patterns and Relationships  
1.  Pictograph 
2.  Bar graph 
D.  Problem Solving  
1.  Use calculators to multiply 
2.  Steps in problem solving 
IV.  Music 
A.  Performance/Productions 
1.  Improvise repeated patterns 
2.  Accompany music 
V.  Art 
A.  Performance/Production 
1.  Create 3-D Artworks 
 This integrated unit was prepared by teachers of the:
Henry County Public Schools
396 Tomlinson Street
McDonough, Georgia 30253
Phone:  770/957-6601
 Updated 7/28/98