Weekly Newsletter April 2 – 6

April Dates to Remember:

April 7 – 16th – Spring Break

April 17th – First day back from Spring Break

April 26th – Spring Show

What We Are Learning

Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time

This unit is an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

The central idea of the unit is: Homes are shaped by culture and where people live. Students will be inquiring into:

  • Homes around the world
  • How culture shapes homes
  • How location and environment shape homes

Summative Assessment Task: Create a home structure

Students will:

  1. Plan their idea (Knowledge/Thinking skills)
  2. Sketch (Math/Design)
  3. Build (Design)
  4. Write a connection/opinion piece (Writing)
  5. Present (Communication skills)


During our unit, the following trans-disciplinary skills will be focused on:


The students will use their communication skills by writing and presenting their projects.


The students will use their thinking skills by acquiring knowledge and analyzing their new learning on homes.


PYP Learner Profile

We will explore ways to promote being:

Open-minded: The students will demonstrate open-mindedness when learning about new homes.

Caring: The students will demonstrate caring by listening to others speak about their homes and differences.

We will discuss how to show:
  • Empathy
  • Tolerance
  • Integrity

Inquiry into Literacy

In literacy we will inquire into:

  • Using reading strategies while reading
  • Making connections while reading a text
  • Reading own writing
  • Using beginning, middle and end sounds in writing
  • Asking questions to seek new information
  • Word digraphs: sh, th, ch, wh, ph
  • Writing complete sentences with punctuation and finger spacing
Phonics focus:

Letter “Xx” and “sh”

Writer’s workshop topics of study:

1.   Students will write about their own houses.

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.

Literature Study:

How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons

UOI Guided Reading:

“Homes” by Rosie McCormick

CVC Word Practice:

Writing practice – writing CVC words

Literacy Centers:

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

Sight words study: of, day, long, you, find, was

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


What You Can Do to Help Your Child With Literacy

  1. RAZ Kids! Don’t forget to have your child read at least 2-3 RAZ Kids books each night. Students will receive a ‘Super Reading Award’ for every 1000 stars achieved! Please make sure your child reads in order to receive a certificate. It is sad for some children to receive them and not others.

Questions to ask while reading:

  • Who is the main character?
  • What was the setting?
  • What was the problem in the story and how was it solved?
  • What do you predict will happen next in the story?
  • Why do you think the author chose the title for the story?
  • Do you like the title of the story? Why/why not?
  • Can you think of a different title for the story?
  • Which character from the story would you choose to be your friend? Why?
  • What part of the story did you like best? Why?
  • Did you like the end? Why?
  1. 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!

Practice sight words. The words for this week are the following:

of, day, long, you, find, was

  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

In Math we will inquire into:

  • Counting to 100 by 1s and 10s
  • Decompose numbers less than
  • or equal to 10
  • Name and analyze 3D shapes
  • For any number 1 and 9 find the number that makes 10 when added together
  • Fluently add and subtract within 5
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems
Naming 3D Shapes
Identifying 3D shapes
Comparing and describing 3D Shapes
Building 3D shapes
Counting to 100 by 1s
Counting to 100 by 10s
Representing addition with objects and drawings
Representing subtraction with objects and drawings
Solving addition and subtraction word (story) problems


What You Can Do to Help Your Child With Math

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 adding numbers.
  • Practice counting to 100.
  • Practice writing numbers to 20.
  • 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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