Newsletter #1: Where We Are In Place and Time
UOI Where We Are In Place and Time
Central idea: Weather and nature change depending on the season and location.
Key concepts: Function, Causation, Change
Related Concepts; weather, seasons, climate, temperature
Lines of inquiry:
- How seasons affect nature (Function)
- Patterns in nature (Causation)
- How weather changes from one location to another (Change)
What Are We Learning This Unit?
Students will be creating a poster representing their favorite season and writing about it to explain why it is their favorite season. They will also be prompted to provide details to support their choice both written and oral. Their poster will illuistrate and show details of the season which they will also be required to label and explain. In addition, their poster will identify the time of year the season occurs by indicating the months of the year it happens. Students will collect their facts and information using both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as online investigations and through observation and collection of data. Once they have completed their poster, they will then present it to the class as an oral presentation referencing their poster as a visual.
Field Trip: Irvine Nature Center 2/26/18
This unit we will be visiting the Irvine nature center to enrich our learning and inquiry into how weather and climate impact the various seasons we experience. Using their senses students will use their science skills to observe and collect data about nature, trees, temperature, and make comparisons to recognize and identify characteristics of the four seasons, highlighting our current season of Winter. Students will venture on a hike where they will enjoy exploring the woods, meadows and other habitats surrounding Irvine and the natural events characteristic of the current season.
Subject Specific Summatives
In Math students will complete Module 3 where they have been comparing measurable attributes of length, weight, and capacity using a variety of measuring tools. They will continue to explore and compare numbers 1-20 with differentiation and enrichment.
K.MD.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
K.MD.2 Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
K.CC.6 : Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies. (Include groups with up to 10 objects.)
K.CC.7: Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
We will also begin: Module 4: Number Pairs, Addition and Subtraction to 10
Module 4 marks the next exciting step in math for kindergarteners—addition and subtraction!
- Students will use their counting abilities, knowledge of the value of numbers, and work with numbers to reason and solve addition and subtraction equations.
- Students will revisit the concepts of composing and decomposing numbers to reinforce how a whole can be broken into two parts and how two parts can be joined to make a whole using the number bond model.
- Using stories, role play, objects, number sets, and arrays students will read and write number sentences to represent pictures and objects showing and developing understanding of addition and subtraction.
- Students will practice addition word problem to solve with known addends (A + B = ___), and unknown addends (C = ___ + ___) .
- Students will build on their understanding of numbers by acting out, crossing out objects in a set, and breaking and hiding parts, to understand and represent the concept of take away/subtraction (C – B = __ ).
- Students will learn that adding or subtracting zero does not change the original quantity of a number. EX: 5+0=5 and 5-0=5
Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
K.OA.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
K.OA.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
K.OA.3 Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
K.OA.5 Fluently add and subtract within 10.
English Language Arts
In ELA students will be exploring many different concepts including:
- Students will to work on reading comprehension through retelling and sequencing stories by identifying key details and main ideas of the text.
- Students will describe the relationship between illustrations and text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
- With prompting and support, students will identify basic similarities in and differences between topics and texts.
- In small groups students will actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
- Practice reading and writing common sight and high-frequency words.
- Practice reading digraphs and consonant blends
- Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing students will compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Speaking and Listening:
- Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas during presentations and class and small group discussions.
- Build on others’ talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
- Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
- Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
- Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
- Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
- Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).
Small Group Instruction:
Students will be working with me on
- Small Group Reading: Students have been assigned to various reading groups to target their own reading goals. Students are assigned to groups based on individual needs. Goals are set based on what the student needs through data gathered by teacher as well as through MAP testing and F& P Assessment results. Students are given texts to read with the teacher and each group works on specific goals. More information will be posted on Managebac as I complete reassessments of reading levels.
ELA reinforcement resources:
- Kidsa-z: Students are doing very well and I am noticing improvements with reading fluency and accuracy. Please continue to reinforce reading at home. Please also check Managebac for updated reading levels. Remember to complete the activities following your book selection and comprehension questions. Students are always welcome to share their work in class with me.
- abcya.com: Many students are using this tool to build and reinforce both phonics and math skills. Please continue to take advantage of this learning tool as it is both fun and educational!
Arabic, Qur'an, & Islamic
The four seasons of the year( الفصول العربية) and the days of the week الايام الاسبوع.
Our young scholars will be finishing the Arabic Alphabet this during this unit!
Because of this, students will start exploring how to read 3-4 lettered words.
Memorization: Students will start the memorization of Surahs Asr ( a Surah about time) and Quraish ( Surah mentions travelers through different seasons).
Reading: Students will start learning how to read with Sukoon and elongation vowels.
IS: Students will be learning about the first man ever, Prophet Adam! Students will learn his story about how he came to earth and began the human population. Students will also learn about the Islamic Calendar and its special events.
- Students can say and identify the seasons of the year.
- Students can say and identify the days of the week.
- Students can read 3-4 lettered words.
- Students will memorize Surah Asr.
- Students understand the meaning of Surah Asr.
- Students will memorize Surah Quraish
- Students understand the meaning of Surah Quraish.
- I know the months of the Islamic Calendar
Science & Social Studies
Science: Trees and Weather
- Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
- Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
- As scientists students will record their observations of the changes occuring in weather and nature in their science journals.
- Classify trees and leaves as seasonal and evergreens.
- Learn about seasonal fruits, seeds and where, when and how they grow.
- Ask and answer questions about how seasonal changes impact animals, people and other living things.
- Students will role play as meteorologists during morning assembly forecasting the weather in both English and Arabic!
- Observe carefully in order to gather data.
- Use scientific vocabulary to explain their observations and experiences.
- Interpret and evaluate data gathered in order to draw conclusions.
Social Studies: Geography
- Identify ways people adapt to the environment, such as wearing clothing that is appropriate to the weather
- Identify ways that people change their environment to meet their needs, such as planting crops or cutting forests
- Students will learn about cardinal directions, (North, South, East, West). Through music and movement they will practice using and identifying these directions to show locations on our classroom map and the map of USA.
- Students will Identify landforms as oceans, rivers, mountains, and hills.
- Identify and explore various kinds of maps as well as create a classroom map of their own.
Students will create four seasons tree artwork using mixed media techniques, they will use their observation skills and develop their special awareness and learn new brush painting strokes.
Students will experiment with printmaking using Styrofoam square sheets.
Targeted MSDE Standards:
Perceiving and responding: Aesthetic education:
3. Experiment with the elements of art and principles of design to develop personally meaningful compositions
b. Create artworks that use color, line, shape, and texture to express personal ideas
Creative Expression and Production:
1. Create images and forms from observation, memory, imagination, and feelings
a. Experiment with art media, processes, and techniques and identify ways they can be used to express thoughts and feelings
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- Family Night out 2/25
- KG Field Trip to Irvine Nature Center 2/26
- Box tops due 2/23
- KG Morning Assembly presentation 2/23, 8:45am
- Passports due 2/28
- School Book fair 2/26-3/2
- Read across America week 2/26-3/2
- KG: Author's Corner 3/1- more info to come
- 100 Day of school 2/28 - More info to come