Newsletter #1: How We Organize Ourselves

UOI #1: How We Organize Ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Central idea: Buying and selling grows our economy.

Key concepts: Form, Connection, Causation

Related concepts: Trade, markets, buying, selling, goods, services, money

Lines of inquiry

  • Goods & Services (Form)
  • Markets & Trading (Connection)
  • How Economy Grows (Causation)

UOI Field Trip

Students will have the opportunity to visit a Farmer's Market and shop for goods and build their understanding and explore the lines of inquiry of how goods and services and markets and trading impact buying and selling and the growth of the economy.

Day and time: TBA

What Are We Learning This Unit?


As the year begins, students have had the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with the various learning tools and manipulatives in the Math center. Through music and movement activities students have enjoyed counting and matching numbers, shapes and objects. As we progress, students will be learning the following concepts this unit.

Module 1: Numbers 0-10

  • Using various items in and around the classroom students will learn to identify, analyze and classify objects that are exactly the same or not exactly the same, share visual patterns, and create color patterns.
  • Classify, count and sort objects into three categories to determine the count in each set.
  • Identify numbers in different configurations to show understanding of groups to 5 using math drawings and number expressions.
  • Sort, match and compare numbers in different ways to count objects and represent them as drawings.
  • Identify the concept of zero through music and movement activities
  • Use various types of manipulatives to compose and decompose numbers 1-5 and 6-10. For example 1 + 2 and 2 + 1.
  • Practice concepts of "one more" and "one less" using numbers 0-10

English Language Arts

To begin the year, Chester the Raccoon helped students get adjusted to their first day of school by sharing his story of "The Kissing Hand." Afterwards the students illustrated their emotions and shared what they are looking forward to as kindergartners. Incorporating music and movement activities students began to learn and explore phonics through letter sounds and alphabet facts.

Students will build Phonics Skills by:

  • letter/sound recognition games and activities
  • Identify beginning/ending letter sounds
  • count/segment and blend syllables to make words
  • identify and practice rhyme (words, none, stories, poems, nursery rhymes).
  • identify and name consonants/vowels
  • Identify short vowel sounds


  • With prompting and support students will be able to ask and answer questions about key details in a story, drawing and/or an illustration.
  • Identify and read short vowel sounds in CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words
  • Identify author and illustrator, front and back of book
  • Reading left to right

  • Family word lists



  • A1: Students will identify fruits and vegetables (تفاح- موز – طماطم – خيار - بطاطس).
  • A3: Students will be able to count from 1-5(واحد- اثنان- ثلاثة – أربعة - خمسة).
  • A4: Students can express their likes and dislikes ((انا أحب-انا لااحب
  • A4: Students will be able to read and write the first 8 letters (أ- ب- ت – ث- ج- ح- خ -د).

Students will be focusing on their letters أ-د , including vocabulary words.

Students will be learning how to read and identify letters within a word. To ensure that students can read these following letters, students will also be learning the three vowel sounds. Students will also learn how to count from 1-5.

To mirror what they are learning in Homeroom regarding goods and services, students will learn how to express their likes and dislikes. Students will also focus on their fruits and vegetables to build vocabulary words that they can use every day.

Social Studies

Social Studies: Economics

  • · Explain that goods are things that people make or grow
  • · Identify situations where people make choices
  • · Recognize workers as human resources
  • · Recognize that natural resources, such as water, trees, and plants are used to make products
  • · Describe how buyers and sellers make exchanges at the market
  • · Explain that money is one way to acquire goods
  • · Explain that trading is another way to acquire goods



  • Q1: Students will memorize Surah Ikhlas with the meaning.
  • Q2: Students will memorize Surah Falaq with the meaning.
  • Q3: Students will memorize Surah An-Naas with the meaning.
  • Q4: Students will memorize Surah Massad with the meaning.
  • Q5: Students will memorize Surah An-Nasr with the meaning.

Students will focus on the memorization and Tafseer of Surah Fatiha, Naas, Ikhlas, Falaq, Masad, Nasr. While memorizing, students will use ASL when reciting to ensure that they are understanding and retaining the meaning of the Surahs. As we learn our letters, students will start to read three lettered words to ensure that by the end of the UOI they are able to read the letters that they are learning in Arabic class.

Islamic Studies


I1: Students will be able to perform wudu (وضوء).

I2: Students will memorize the Morning Athkar(morning supplications) and understand the meaning of it.

IS3: Students will be able to call the Athan (آذان).

IS4: Students will learn the Five Pillars of Islam.

Students will focus on Who Allah is and how we communicate with him on the daily basis. Students will learn communication with Allah through Salah. They will learn the reason for why we pray. Students will also learn the steps of wudu and the essential Five pillars of Islam.


Students will learn about

The element of line: Straight-wavy-zigzag-dotted…

The primary colors

The elements of shape

Foam Printmaking and creating stamps using fruits and vegetables.

Creating greeting cards

Tempera paint techniques

Targeted MSDE Standards

2.0 Historical, Cultural, and Social Context: Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual arts as an essential aspect of history and human experience.
1. Determine ways in which works of art express ideas about self, other people, places, and events
b. Use selected works of art as inspiration to express ideas visually and verbally
2. Discuss reasons why people (including self) create and use art by studying artworks and other sources of information
b. Identify reasons for creating personal artworks.


Students will:

  • work on understanding and following rules of games.
  • learn basic warm-up exercises.
  • enroll in the "Tarbiyah Fitness Club" as part of their unit on Economics. They will use money they earn from their classroom jobs to purchase their gym membership.