Weekly Newsletter (Week of Jan. 22th – Dec. 26th)


What We Are Learning

Unit of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet

We will inquire into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things. The central idea of this unit is that conservation protects the environment.

Students will inquire into the following questions:

  • How is our Earth healthy? (Function)
  • What do humans do to harm/protect the environment? (Causation)
  • Why is it important (for you) to protect the Earth? (Reflection)


Additional questions:

  • How do we know an environment is healthy?
  • What is pollution?


Unit summary:

1. Explore healthy environments and the living things that live there

2. Explore the ways in which humans harm healthy environments (deforestation, land, air, and water pollution)

3. Explore how humans can protect/conserve the environment: reduce, reuse, recycle


Summative assessment task:

• Students will create an All About book/poster/video about ways to conserve and protect the environment (ocean, marine life, trees, air quality, etc.).



Inquiry into Literacy

Phonics focus and handwriting practice:

The Letter “Oo”

Writer’s workshop:

Topics: ‘Our Weekend’

‘How To’ Books (continued)


Literature Study: (International Books)

Under the Same Sun

Guided Reading:

Various books according to reading level

CVC Word Practice:

Introduction to word families. Example: -ot family cot, lot, dot, got, hot, not, pot

Literacy Centers:

Various centers will include the following: phonics work, CVC word practice, quiet reading, writing practice

Sight words study:

you, your


We are working on the basic formation of letters. We are also writing the alphabet and writing left to right. We are working on putting words together to make sentences. We are also modeling simple sentences such as: “I went to Hawally Park.” We are practicing the following with our sentence writing:

  1. Begin each sentence with a capital letter.
  2. Put finger spaces between our words.
  3. Put a period at the end of each sentence
    • Think
    • Draw
    • Add Details
    • Label and/or write a sentence
    • Color

What You Can Do to Help Your Child

  1. RAZ Kids! Don’t forget to have your child read a few RAZ Kids books each night. I have really noticed a difference in reading confidence when students practice reading at home. These books reinforce what we are doing in the class and will greatly assist in your child’s reading progress. If you have any questions, please let me know.

At-Home Reflective Writing Journals – Please begin having your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. They can write about anything in English or Arabic. Encourage your child to keep a reflective journal. Students can write anything. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!

  1. Practice sight words with your child. Remember they only need to read them. So far we have practiced the following words: you, your. Play a game with them. For example, put each word on a card or paper. Hold up each card one word at a time. If they can read it, they keep the card. If they cannot read it, you keep the card. The person with the most cards wins the game. (This is a game I don’t mind losing!)
  2. Practice CVC Words also known as ‘word families’: such as, cot, lot, hot, top, hop, mop. For more information regarding CVC words, please see the following link:




Inquiry into Math

Number Decomposition – Practice decomposing the number ‘5’ and ‘6’
Counting numbers – Up to 100
Writing numbers – Up to 20
Number representation – Up to 20
Measurement – Length, height and weight
Shapes(2D/3D) – Identifying and describing the following shapes: square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, cubes, cones, cylinder, sphere


What You Can Do to Help Your Child

At-Home Writing Journals – Please begin having your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. A math journal, or problem solving notebook as they are sometimes referred to, is a book in which students record their math work and thinking. They can be used to:

  • Practice drawing shapes.
  • Practice decomposing numbers

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Thank you all for following our blog! 



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