Weekly Newsletter Mar 26 – Mar 30

April dates to remember:

April 7 – 16 Spring Break
April 26 – KG2 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:

Communication

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

Thinking

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 “Yy” and “ch”

Writer’s workshop topics of study:

1.   Students will write about the houses of old Kuwait.

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 and Houses – Then and Now

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: their, will, other, out, then, these

{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!

       2. Practice sight words. The words for this week are the following: their, will, other, out, then, these

a. Sight word games

http://www.primarygames.com/langarts/sightwords/

http://childhood101.com/2013/09/sight-words-activity-ideas/

b. Sight word songs

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sight+word+songs&qpvt=sight+word+songs&view=detail&mid=A4D8C3C82BFCFF4E7F7AA4D8C3C82BFCFF4E7F7A&rvsmid=B8AA84D63A6D02984306B8AA84D63A6D02984306&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sight+word+songs&qpvt=sight+word+songs&view=detail&mid=4CD3FCB9944762C8D8934CD3FCB9944762C8D893&rvsmid=B8AA84D63A6D02984306B8AA84D63A6D02984306&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV

 

  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:

https://comicphonics.com/2013/03/31/what-does-cvc-mean/

 

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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Weekly Newsletter (Week of Mar. 19th – Mar. 23rd)

 

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:

Communication

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

Thinking

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:

The Letter “Ww”

Writer’s workshop topics of study:

1.   Students will write about the following emotions: happy, sad, anger, surprise.

2.   Students will complete the following sentence: I felt _______when_____________.

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:

The Little House

UOI Guided Reading:

Homes Around the World

Houses and Homes

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: when, did, there, get, which down

{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!
  2. Practice sight words. The words for this week are the following: when, did, there, get, which, down
  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:

https://comicphonics.com/2013/03/31/what-does-cvc-mean/

 

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! 

 

 

Donations needed!

Hello Parents!

We have run out of some items and donations are  needed for our classroom. If you are able to donate one or more of the following items it would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Spoons – are need for lunches.
  2. Dry Erase Markers – for writing practice.
  3. Dettol wipes – to cut down on illnesses

Thank you very much in advance!

Weekly Newsletter (Week of Mar. 5th – Mar. 9th)

 

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 “Bb”

Writer’s workshop topics of study:

Complete and present ‘All About Conservation’ Books

1.   Students will complete and edit their books.

2.   Students will present their books to the rest of the class.

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:

Leo the Late Bloomer

UOI Guided Reading:

Various books to be read according to reading level

 

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:

For, are, with, they, come, made

{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. Students will receive a ‘Super Reading Award’ for every 1000 stars achieved! Congratulations to Taleen who has obtained over 6000 stars!!

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  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!
  2. 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!)
  3. 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:

https://comicphonics.com/2013/03/31/what-does-cvc-mean/

 

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 problems – solving addition problems with manipulatives
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 adding numbers.
  • 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! 

 

 

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

Cranberries

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:

             new

             and

             part

             may

             that

             he

 

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:

https://comicphonics.com/2013/03/31/what-does-cvc-mean/

 

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! 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter (Week of Feb. 19th – Feb. 23rd)

 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.   Begin ‘All About’ Books

2.   Conservation posters

 

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: {Recognizing the beginning, middle and ending of the story. Recognizing the characters and the setting of the story.}

 The Napping House

Why Should I Save Water (UOI)

 

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

Cranberries

Tiger Sharks

The Forest

CVC Word Practice:

Word family: review/assess 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

 

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 sent home two lists, one for KG1, the other is for KG2. If you need me to resend them to you, please contact me. Remember they only need to read 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!)
  4. Practice CVC Words also known as ‘word families’: such as, sub, tub, cub. For more information regarding CVC words, please see the following link:

https://comicphonics.com/2013/03/31/what-does-cvc-mean/

 

Inquiry into Math

Number Composition and Decomposition – Review/assess composing and decomposing the number ‘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!