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Newsletter #1: Sharing the Planet

UOI 6: Sharing the Planet

Transdisciplinary Theme

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central Idea

Our actions towards the environment affect the survival of animals and plants

Lines of Inquiry

  • Habitats in the Environment (Reflection)
  • How animals become endangered (Causation)
  • Everyday actions that help the environment (Responsibility)

What Are We Learning This Unit?


In math we will finish our unit on fractions and shapes by exploring time. Students will be able to determine what a fraction is by looking at a shape and they will be able to describe and identify shapes by observing their attributes. Students will be able to tell time to the quarter hour and find elapsed time by the end of this unit. For the last part of the unit students will be able to explore and review concepts covered from throughout the year. Students will work on showing what they have learned this year and reviewing different concepts individually that they might still need practice in.

English Language Arts

In ELA students will work with speaking goals to speak clearly. Students will be making a radio commercial that will promote actions that protect the earth. Students will explore rhyme, rhythm, and words that have shades in meaning all in an effort to understand the nuances of communication and being sure that they get their accurate meaning across. Students will also finish their individually published books this unit and we will get our class published books back from the publishing company. We plan to have a book signing party when they arrive so keep an eye out for that .

The Standards we will cover this unit are:

  • Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • Read and comprehend literature, including stories and poems
  • Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
  • Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
  • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
  • Create audio recordings appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., myself, ourselves).
  • Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences

Science & Social Studies


In Science students will be working in the garden and letting go of all the living things that we have bee observing for the last few weeks. Students will need to make informed choices about where to let these things go or where to plant them. Students will evaluate the best place for their living things and try to anticipate problems before letting them go. Students will explore the best place for plants to live and talk about how the natural habitat must meet the needs of the living things we release and that the living things we release must not tip the 'balance' of the habitat we release it into.

The science goal for this unit is:

  • Students can Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

Social Studies:

In Social Studies students will:

  • Recognize and describe how making choices affects others
  • Analyze how different points of view in school situations may result in compromise or conflict.
  • Describe how and why people protect or fail to protect the environment
  • Identify, pose questions, and find solutions to a problem facing our planet
  • Explore, Describe and Classify different types of regions around the world (desert, rain forest, woodlands,)
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A Balanced Ecosystem

Students represent a balanced ecosystem through a trust circle activity in which they try to balance each others weight equally to stay up right- its a lot harder than it looks! Students learned that the balance within a habitat is very fragile and the even something small can impact the home of living things.


In Quran during the month of Ramadan students will be spending time in each class to focus on and practice reading Quran. Our focus this month will be to increase our level of reading in the Quran as it is the blessed month of Ramadan.

Students will.....


  • Read and memorize Surat Al-Mulk with fluency and Tajweed.
  • Know the general meaning of Surat Al-Mulk.
  • Our responsibilities toward the creatures and environment from Surat Al-Mulk.

Islamic Studies

Students have been preparing for Ramadan in a variety of ways from learning about fasting, prayer, and our actions during this Holy Month. Students will continue to learn about Ramadan as we go through the month.

Students will learn:

  1. Akhlaq: Students will study some Hadith about responsibility toward animals and plant.

  1. Planting seeds, ( اذا قامت الساعة وفي يد أحدكم فسيلة فليغرسها).
  2. The person who mistreating the cat, and what is his punishment.
  3. The person who helped a dog.


Art experiences

  • Up cycling and Islamic geometric art.

  • Recycled Art: Painted newsletters installation.

  • Printmaking using paper towel recycled rolls.

Targeted MSDE Standards

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art.
  • Investigate a variety of ways that artists develop ideas and organize the elements of art in response to what they see, know, and feel
  • Identify sources for ideas and procedures used to create artworks
  • Identify color, line, shape, texture, form, space, and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, and contrast in artworks that convey what they see, know, and feel

Upcoming Events

Here are some things to look forward to!

  • Ramadan May 26th, 2017
  • Last Day of School for Students- June 23, 2017

Some changes to look for- Students will be on an alternate schedule for Ramadan, starting this Tuesday- (5-30-17). There will be little to no homework this month in an effort to encourage family time and reading of Quran. Students will be encouraged to fast however if a student is struggling to fast, they can eat and then start their fast again.