This interdisciplinary unit explores how groups and individuals (both people and organisms) interact and often depend on one another for not only survival, but for growth and development over time. This unit emphasizes the relationships between groups of people, civilizations, and organisms. This allows for the integration of many Social Studies and Science standards. In addition, many novels and books have embedded themes relating to characters that depend upon one another. In these books, reliance is important and often key to survival for the characters. The novels could be used in book clubs or in read alouds. Join the thousands of teachers who are meeting the new Common Core Standards through integration of Social Studies, Science, Reading and Writing.