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Newsletter #1 How the World Works

UOI 3: How the World Works

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central idea: We can use force to help things move.

Key concepts: Function, Connection, Causation

Related concepts: similarities, differences, roles, behavior, systems

Lines of inquiry

  • Pushes and pulls as forces (Function)
  • Gravity as a force (Connection)
  • How forces effect movement (Causation)

UOI Field Trip: Maryland Science Center 01/05/18

Kindergarten is excited to investigate and explore the different forces that make things move! At the Maryland Science Center students will have the opportunity to explore hands-on activities in "Newton's Alley" investigating the transfer of energy, force, magnetism, light and simple machines. Students will also learn about physical forces by competing in a giant "tug a war" lever testing their strength to pull. Strolling through the "Streetscape' exhibit, students will take part in continued hands-on learning by visiting the bike shop and learning about gears before heading to the airport to discover the properties of flight!

What Are We Learning This Unit?


MODULE: 3 Measurement and Data

  • Students will delve into learning how to measure length, weight, and capacity.
  • Students will learn to use measuring tools such as rulers, scales, cups and a variety of everyday simple objects (paper clips, string, cups).
  • Students will explore the terms, "more/greater than" less than" and "equal too" while comparing numbers as well as measurements.
  • Compare measurable attributes of objects, liquids and solids.
  • Continue to build on counting and matching strategies
  • Collect data and compare using pictographs, bar and line graphs.



  • With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
  • Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
  • Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
  • Build fluency with sight and frequency words
  • With prompting and support identify key details in a story, ask and answer questions about details.
  • Identify beginning, middle and end of a story.


  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
  • With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • Continue to reinforce handwriting skills using a variety of fine motor building activities (sandpaper, shaving cream, playdough).


  • Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
  • Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
  • Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
  • Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.


  • Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
  • Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).
  • Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
  • Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).


During this UOI, Students will focus on learning about:


  • · Identifying body parts.
  • · Handwriting and letter recognition.
  • · Letters ط-ق


  • · Surah Takathur
  • · Surah Qaariah
  • · Arabic reading rule-Sukoon

Islamic Studies

  • · How our body will speak for us on the Last day
  • · Names of Allah
  • · Continuation of Duas


1.) I can identify body parts.

2.) I can write in a legible manner.

3.) I can recite Surah Takathur

4.) I can explain the meaning of Surah Takathur

5.) I can identify sukoon


Science: Materials and Motion:

  • Students will investigate the strength of pushes and pulls needed to move an object.
  • Students will use gravity to pull balls down slopes to investiage what happens when things collide.
  • Students will find ways to change the strength and direction of the pull on a rolling ball to meet design challenges.
  • Students will change the strength of a push on a balloon rocket flying on a line to explore cause and effect.

Classroom Updates

  • The students have finally voted and named our classroom Beta fish. Please welcome Pinky and Blueberry!
  • SUPER EXCITED TO HAVE A SMARTBOARD!!!! Students have been enjoying the interactive activities and being responsible for marking their own attendance each morning!
  • Razkids: Students will use this interactive educational online resource to build on their reading and comprehension skills targeting each students individual strength and goals. To access this resource please go to and follow these steps:

1. Click Teacher Name as: Tarbiyah Academy

2. Click on aishak

3. Type in: ta123

4. Click on Reading Room

5. Select your child's reading level: (Given during conferences)

6. Select stories to read.

Upcoming School Events

January 13th: Tarbiyah Fundraising Gala: A Night of Deen, Dunya and Dinner

Join us on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 4:30 pm for a night of entertainment with renowned comedian Jeremy McLellan, and a discussion on how to be a mindful Muslim in the 21st century with Imam Mikaeel Smith.

When: Saturday, January, 13, 2018 | 4:30 pm
Where: Sheraton Silver Spring

Art Exhibit by Ouafae Taame

Formal Attire requested
Children's Program: Age 2-12 by Muslim Nannies and Baltimore Science Guys