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Newsletter #1: Where We Are in Place and Time

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UOI 1: Where we are in Place and Time

Transdisciplinary Theme:

Where we are in place and time

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.

Central idea: Technological advances change the way we communicate and travel around the world.

Key concepts: Form, Change, Perspective

Related concepts: Geography, mapping, transportation, land features, changes in transportation, and personal history.

Lines of inquiry

  • What is technology (Form)
  • Transportation of People and Goods (Change)
  • Communication and the flow of ideas (Connection)

What have we been up to this Unit?

Math- Fractions, Geometry and Telling Time OH MY!

Students have finished their unit on Geometry and telling time! What an amazing job we did! As a class we did an amazing job! We explored shapes, how to partition them into fractions. We learned how many parts it takes to make a whole. Students explored how to create fractions that are equal and compare fractions with visuals. Students will need to keep working with fractions and time- we will continue to see practice in these skills through our second grade spiral review that is assigned for homework. We will be moving on to Module 5 in our EngageNY math curriculum. Students will be exploring addition and subtraction of larger numbers using base ten strategies to make adding and subtracting with and without regrouping easier. Students will be practicing working on word problems and numbers with 3 digits. Please see the managebac calendar for more details!

English Language Arts

Students have really enjoyed our Author Study on Laura Numeroff- We were able to explore main Topic and Authors Purpose through our exploration of her texts. We also compared writing styles and practiced writing stories in the same format as Laura Numeroff exploring cause and effect relationships in her book series "If you give a Mouse a Cookie" and others. Students loved getting a book to take home to add to their libraries at home!

Small Group Reading: Different students are working on different goals- In small group students are exploring goals like:

  • Green Group:
  • Purple Group:
  • Orange Group:
  • Yellow Group:
Students are assigned texts to practice these goals each week that are on level and are targeted to their individual goals based on data and evidence gathered on what students need to practice- through observation and testing reports. Students can continue to practice these goals at home when they are reading. Parents can help out by asking students questions about what they are reading just to get students used to talking about what they are reading but in their own words.

Vocabulary: Homework Due Date: March 20th (See managebac for more information) Students will be tested on this vocabulary at the end of our unit on

Class Read Aloud: "The Mouse and the Motorcycles' is coming along quite nicely- students have really enjoyed listening to the story of Mouse and the Motorcycle- students have been trying out our goal in their own reading of using character voices in their reading and when they are reading to friends. Some students have made connections to previous units as well as our current unit. this class gets really excited when we are able to read aloud- parents can try read aloud at home by selecting books their family is interested in and reading one chapter a night!.

Science and Social Studies


Students will work on many things this unit exploring earth materials and geography and will really enjoy making rock pets and writing stories about them. They will also have a chance to demonstrate how different types of erosion and weathering occur to shape our earth. We will also:

  • Explore properties of matter and how to best utilize different materials for different purposes.
  • Define technology and how we use it
  • Explore inventions and technology

Social Studies:

  • a. Identify the purpose and use of a globe and a variety of maps and atlases, such as school maps, neighborhood maps and simple atlases
  • b. Identify and use map elements, such as title, compass rose, simple grid system, legend/key, date, and author to interpret a map
  • c. Identify the equator, poles, seven continents, four oceans, and countries on a map and globe

Homework Reminders:

Students will need to complete the following assignments for homework:

  • Learner Profile Passports
  • Six Flags Reading Log
  • Math Spiral Review
  • Unit vocabulary assignment


  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of how transportation has changed over time by comparing a historical form of travel to a present day of travel. Students will need to include in their description not only the "Form" of how automobiles look but also the "Function" as well and how the modern advances have led to more efficient travel over time. Students will then apply what they have learned about how transportation has changed over time to create and design a new form of travel for the future. Students can be as creative as they want however they need to be able to explain how their travel will look (Form) and how it has changed (Change) and how it works differently or similar to travel today (Connection). Students can then create a model/sketch of their new mode of transportation to share with the class if there is time.
  • Please see managebac for more information on this assignment and the upcoming due dates.



Students will compose sentences combining the place and the mode of transportation

(I go to school in a bus) (I go to Egypt in a plane)

أنا أذهب الى المدرسة بالسيارة . The students will compare the old way of transportation and the modern way of transportation.

The prepositions : (فوق – تحت- بعيد – قريب).

the students will Learn how to ask, answer, and write about the places (أنا في المدرسة، أمى في المنزل)

  • Ordinal numbers from .21st -25th
  • The Islamic months (رجب – شعبان- رمضان – شوال- ذوالقعدة- ذو الحجة).
  • Quran:
  • Memorize & understand general themes of Surat Al-Muzzammel.
  • Tajweed: Hamzat Al-wasl and Hamzat Al-qati’I (همزة الوصل وهمزة القطع).
  • Read Surat Al-Mulk.
  • Islamic studies :
  • Seerah: Prophet Muhammad’s Life: His marriage and in the cave of Hira, The first revelation, the first believers, open call to Islam,Students will build a cave in the classroom and feel the meditation that prophet Muhammad went through at the time of the first revelation.
  • Akhlaq: The etiquette of Jumaa prayer.
  • Treatment of parents (بر الوالدين)


Students will be introduced to paper quilling to create an Arabic letter.

Students will explore symmetry and symmetrical balance.

Intro to Arabic calligraphy.

Targeted MSDE Standards:

Creative Expression and Production:

1. Create images and forms from observation, memory, imagination, and feelings

a. Experiment with art media, processes, and techniques and demonstrate a variety of ways they can be used to express meaning

c. Create artworks that explore the uses of color, line, shape, texture, form, and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, and contrast to express personal meaning

Historical, Cultural, and Social Context:

4. Compare processes used to interpret and express ideas in the visual arts and other disciplines

a. Identify differences between the visual arts and other disciplines

b. Describe skills and processes in the visual arts and other disciplines used to express ideas

c. Use processes common to the visual arts and other disciplines to express ideas

Upcoming Events

March 12th- Professional Development Day: No school for students

March 16th: Discovery Day- Tell your Friends!

March 21-22: Parent teacher Conferences: Student Led Conferences

March 26th- Spring Break

April 9th: Welcome Back from Break!