• Activism Research Unit

    Unit Overview:

    Fifth grade students are introduced to the humanitarian world of social activism through a variety of guest speakers representing four well-known, global charities.  During the research phase, each student uses digital resources to independently investigate a chosen charity’s background, mission, goals, sponsors, fundraising activities, and outcomes.  Next, working in small groups, students select a fundraising/awareness campaign to prepare, present, and implement at their home school.  Together, students coordinate the necessary advertising and organizing of materials to achieve their campaign goals.  To conclude the unit, students reflect on and evaluate the outcome of their activism efforts and present their experiences at our annual Activism Open House.

    The purpose of this unit is to develop research skills as a sequential process used to answer questions and explore big ideas.  Students will learn to communicate the results of their research from many sources in their own words and a variety of ways.   

    Critical concepts and skills that the students will know and be able to use by the end of the unit will include:

    Enduring Understandings

    • Researchers use a variety of strategies to choose topics to investigate.
    • Both traditional and electronic resources provide information for research.
    • The use of inference is critical for interpreting text.
    • Research requires the researcher to determine the main idea, identify relevant details and facts.
    • A researcher must paraphrase without plagiarizing, compare and contrast, generate questions, organize, draw conclusions, select appropriate products for presenting and understand that not all sources are equally reliable and valid.

    Reading for Informational Text

    • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
    • Integrate information presented in different media or formats as well as in words to develop coherent understanding of a topic or issue


    • Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas
    • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task
    • Conduct short research projects to answer questions

    Speaking and Listening

    • Report claims and finding using pertinent descriptions facts and details
    • Use appropriate eye contact, volume and pronunciation
    • Use multimedia in presenting to clarify
    • Trace and evaluate the argument
    • Delineate a speaker’s argument