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)
- How do we know an environment is healthy?
- What is pollution? What are the types of pollution? (air, land, water)
- What is overfishing? What is deforestation? What is extinction? What are endangered species? What is wastefulness?
Explore the ways in which humans harm healthy environments (deforestation, land, air, and water pollution)
Students will create an All About book/poster/video about ways to conserve and protect the environment (ocean, marine life, trees, air quality, etc.).
Summative assessment task:
Explore how humans can protect/conserve the environment: reduce, reuse, recycle 1. Explore healthy environments and the living things that live there
Inquiry into Literacy
|Phonics focus and handwriting practice:
The Letter “Uu”
Topic: ‘How To’ Books
(vocabulary development: first, second, last)
|Literature Study: (deforestation study)
In the Woods
Where Do Animals Live?
Earth Day: Keeping Our Planet clean
Various books according to reading level
|CVC Word Practice:
Word family: -ug family – bug, jug, mug, plug, slug, rug, hug
Various centers will include the following: phonics work, CVC word practice, quiet reading, writing practice
|Sight words study:
He, she, it
Writer’s Workshop Key Points
- Add Details
- Label and/or write a sentence
“How to” books
We are continuing to improve our ‘How to’ books as we teach the class what we know. This week we will focus on vocabulary development as we will use the following words in our writing: first, second, last.
We are practicing the following with our sentence writing:
- Begin each sentence with a capital letter.
- Put finger spaces between our words.
- Put a period at the end of each sentence.
What You Can Do to Help Your Child
- 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!
- Practice sight words with your child. Remember they only need to read them. So far we have practiced the following words: he, she, it. 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!)
- Practice CVC Words also known as ‘word families’: such as, bug, jug, mug, plug, slug, rug. For more information regarding CVC words, please see the following link:
Inquiry into Math
|Number Decomposition – Practice decomposing the number ‘7′ and ‘8’|
|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
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