Weekly Newsletter (Week of Feb. 27th – Mar. 3rd)

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? What are the types of pollution? (air, land, water)
  • What is overfishing? What is deforestation? What is extinction? What are endangered species? How does an animal become endangered?

Unit summary:

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


Inquiry into Literacy

Phonics focus and handwriting practice:

The Letter “Ff”

Writer’s workshop topics of study:

1.    ‘All About Conservation’ Books  (first page complete)


Writer’s Workshop Format:

§  Think

§  Draw

§  Add Details

§  Label and/or write a sentence

§  Color

Writer’s Workshop Key Points:

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.

UOI Literature Study:


We Can Help the Environment


UOI Guided Reading:

Various ‘All About’ books to be read according to reading level:

How Frogs Grow

Pond Life

Caring for the Earth

All About Foxes

All About Earthworms

Bird Colors


Tiger Sharks

The Forest

CVC Word Practice:

Word family: review all CVC word families

Literacy Centers:

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

Sight words study:

New, and, part, may, that, he

{These words have been sent home. Please practice them with your child.}


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.
  2. At-Home Reflective Writing Journals– The students tell me that they have been writing in journals at home. This is wonderful. They can even bring them in to school to share from time-to-time. If your child does not have one yet, it can be just a plain notebook. They can write about anything in English or Arabic. Students can write anything. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!
  3. Practice sight words with your child. I have starting sending six words home each week. It is very important for your child to be able to read these words. Please practice reading them with your child. Learning these words will insure that they are well-prepared for first grade. The words for this week are the following:








Remember they only need to read them. It is not necessary for them to spell them. 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!)

  1. Practice CVC Words also known as ‘word families’: such as, sub, tub, cub. They need to be able to spell these words. Take 10 minutes and say a CVC word. Have your child sound out each letter to spell the word. For more information regarding CVC words, please see the following link:



Inquiry into Math

Number Composition and Decomposition – Review/assess composing and decomposing the number ‘3, 4, 5’
Counting numbers – Up to 100
Writing numbers – Up to 20
Number representation – Up to 20
Addition word problems – solving word problems with pictures
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 continue to have 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 counting to 50 or 100.
  • Practice writing numbers to 20.
  • Practice composing numbers. (1 and 4 make 5)
  • Practice decomposing numbers. (5 is 2 and 3)
  • Practice drawing shapes.
  • Locate 2D and 3D shapes at home and outside the home.


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




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