First Grade News



Transdisciplinary Theme: 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 civilization, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: History shapes our present world

Key Concepts: Change, Connection, Perspective

Related Concepts: Chronology, past, present, photography, timelines, biography

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How we are a part of history
  • How events can cause change over time
  • The differences and similarities between the past and present

What Are We Learning This Unit?


  • We will continue to work with addition equations, understanding all parts of an equation including the addition symbol, equal sign, addends, and sum.
  • We will begin working with equations involving 3 parts.
  • We will determine the unknown number or symbol in any position of an equation.
  • We will use Math strategies to solve problems, such as drawing pictures, using manipulatives, and counting up on a number line or in our minds.
  • We will begin working with subtraction and work on understanding subtraction as an unknown-part problem. We will work on understanding the different ways addition and subtraction are connected.
  • We will practice our addition and subtraction facts fluency up to total parts of 20.
  • We will practice counting up to 120.
  • We will work on explaining our thinking and showing what we understand using numbers, words, tools, and pictures.

Reading/Language Arts


We will work on using our comprehension strategies while we read a text. These strategies include:

  • retelling a story including details of characters, setting, and plot
  • making predictions about a text and confirming and/or adjusting predictions
  • checking for understanding
  • rereading for better understanding
  • using prior knowledge to connect with a text

Phonics/Spelling/Sight Words

  • We will work on distinguishing between short and long vowel sounds and learning the different ways we read long vowels.
  • We will work breaking words apart into syllables to read with better accuracy.
  • We will continue to work on our personal sight words lists as a way to gain better fluency while reading.


We will continue to work with new words, finding their synonyms, and using them correctly in language. In addition to UOI & Math vocabulary, we will work with the following words: dark, fog, gulp, host, rude, scold, serious, sly, upset, weary, area, rapid, complain, ripe, gather, seller, market, surround, price, yank, cozy, huddle, fierce, hunt, freezing, protect, hatch, slide, howl, temperature


  • We will continue to work on composing sentences as full ideas, using accurate capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure.
  • We will begin creating narrative writing pieces, working through each step of the Writing Process.
  • We will work on responding to suggestions for writing and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

Science & Social Studies

  • We will continue to work on creating good, open-ended inquiries and learn how to explore those inquiries effectively
  • We will examine how plants and animals change over time
  • We will explore how young animals resemble their parents
  • We will explore the concept of change over time as it relates to plants, animals, weather, moon phases, daylight, and temperature
  • We will distinguish between the past and present, and discover how we are a part of history
  • We will examine sequence of events and explore sequence through timelines
  • We will learn about individuals of the past and how events of the past cause change in the world


  • Interpersonal Communication: Responding to who, what, when, where questions
  • Presentational Speaking: Saying the date and day of the week, listing the seasons and Islamic months, counting 1-15, stating words that relate to the alphabet stories, singing a short song
  • Presentational Writing: Writing vocabulary from alphabet stories, days of the week, seasons, and Islamic months
  • Interpretive Listening: Recognizing the sounds of the letters (أ - ز) when they are spoken or spelled out, recognizing the days of the week, time, the Islamic months, common weather expressions, numbers 1-15, and vocabulary from alphabet stories
  • Interpretive Reading: Recognizing vocabulary words, matching pictures to corresponding vocabulary, identifying family member words on a family tree


  • Memorize Surahs Al-Fil, Humaza and `Asr with proper pronunciation
  • Learning the meaning of the Surahs while connecting the meanings to the UOI
  • Learning and implementing Noon Sakin (نون ساكن)

Islamic Studies

  • Learning the story of Israa Wal Miraaj (the establishment of Salah)
  • Understanding the importance of Salah
  • Learning the names of the positions in Salah
  • Memorizing the longer duas that are said in Salah
  • Learning the etiquette of being in the Masjid


  • Students will experiment with new materials and techniques like printmaking
  • Students will be introduced to movement in art, texture and 3D form
  • Students will create mixed media artworks
  • Students will learn about Arabic calligraphy as a means of visual expression
  • Students will learn how ideas go through the stages of the creative process to be expressed through original artwork