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Newsletter #1: How We Organize Ourselves UOI

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: Local government systems impact the lives of citizens.

Key concepts: function, perspective, responsibility

Related concepts: systems, local government, representation, power, justice, rights

Lines of inquiry

  • Local branches of government and state elected and appointed officials (voting process, function of govt/officials) (Function)
  • Government systems influence the lives of citizens (Perspective)
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizenship (Responsibility)

UOI Field Trip - The Maryland State House October 5

Students will be taken to The Maryland State House to tour the Maryland capital, the Governor's House and meet our local delegates. Look out for more information in the upcoming week.

What Are We Learning This Unit?


  • I can understand multiplication by thinking about groups of objects.
  • I can use the Commutative property of multiplication. (I know that if 6 x 4 = 24, then 4 x 6 = 24.)
  • I can use the Associative property of multiplication. (To figure out 3 x 5 x 2, I can multiply 3 x 5 = 15, then 15 x 2 = 30 OR multiply 5 x 2 = 10, then 3 x 10 = 30.)
  • I can use what I know about multiplication and division to solve word problems.

English Language Arts -Informational Texts

  • I can talk about the most important details in the information I read and how they support the main idea.
  • I can describe how the steps in a set of directions is related.
  • I can figure out the meanings of words and phrases in science and social studies texts.
  • I can use the parts of a text that stand out to find information quickly.
  • I can show what I have learned from informational text and illustrations by answering questions about where, when, why and how.
  • I can describe how the sentences and paragraphs in an informational text are connected and follow a logical order.

English Language Arts-Writing

  • I can write to inform and explain ideas to others clearly.
  • I can write an informative text that introduces my topic and then groups related information together.
  • I can include illustrations in my writing to help others understand my topic better.
  • I can write about a topic using facts, definitions, and details.
  • I can use linking words (also, another, and, more, but, etc.) to connect the ideas in my writing.
  • I can write conclusions (endings) to my informative pieces of writing.

Social Studies

  • I can identify local government leaders, such as the mayor, county council members or commissioners, and county executive and explain their role in protecting citizens and maintaining order.
  • I can describe the selection process and duties of local officials who make, apply, and enforce laws through government.
  • I can explain how people and events have contributed to the American political system.
  • I can describe the contributions of local government leaders such as county executives, county council, mayor and city council.
  • I can describe the contributions of people who contributed to the common good of society.
  • I can analyze the role of individual and group participation in creating a supportive community.
  • I can explain the decision-making process used to accomplish a community goal or solve a community problem.
  • I can explain the roles and responsibilities of effective citizens in a political process.
  • I can describe the actions of people who have made a positive difference in their community, such as community and civic leaders, and organizations.




  • The Arabic Alphabets and how we connect the letters together.
  • The short and long vowels الحركات والمدود.


  • Memorize Surat Al-Burooj.


  • First 2 pages from Surat Al-Baqarah.


  • Write SuratAl-burooj in the journal and recognize the the short & long vowels.



  • Wudoo makes me clean: steps of wudoo and how to perform it.
  • Praying prophet’s way: Recognize the names, timings, and the number of Raka'at of the five daily Fard prayers.
  • Here is the link of wudoo, it will be helpful if they listen it to review
  • His name is Bilal: Recognize the Adhan.


  • What is Charity? Students give charity throughout the unit from their class “earnings”. They learn the Hadith that no money was decreased by giving charity مانقص مال من صدقة.


  • My responsibility toward my community: Using singular pronouns in sentences to describe their responsibility.
  • Recognize the ordinal numbers from 1st to 10th.
  • Recognize the Sun and Moon letters (اللام الشمسية واللام القمرية)
  • Recognize & write the vocab of responsibility & numbers أنا مسئول عن الأرض ، البيئة ، المدرسة ، هو مسئول عن البيت ، هى مسئولة عن ، الأول ، الثاني، الثالث ، الرابع ، الخامس ، السادس، السابع، الثامن ، التاسع ، العاشر.


  • Recognize the Hadith ‏قوله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ( كلكم راع وكلكم مسئول عن رعيته )

Islamic Studies:
  • History: Story of the people of the ditch.


    Students will be introduced to Greek and Roman Architecture and how it influenced the American Georgian Architecture.

    They will observe the main characteristics of the ancient Roman and Greek Architecture and compare it with some American landmarks and monuments, they will learn about the three main column styles developed by the ancient Greeks: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders.

    Students will learn sketching skills: how to hold a pencil, its movement and pressure, and explore the elements of Space, Form, Line and Shape and the principles of Movement and Emphasis.

    Students will learn watercolor techniques used for sketching, and will be introduced to shading techniques.

    Targeted MSDE Standards

    Creative Expression and Production: Students will demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art.

    • Create images and forms from observation, memory, imagination, and feelings
    • Experiment with art media, processes, and techniques to generate ideas and express personal meaning
    • Manipulate art media, materials, and tools safely
    • Create artworks that explore the uses of color, line, shape, texture, form, space, and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, contrast, and balance to express personal meaning


    Students will:

    • Work on building stamina and endurance through running outdoors.
    • Learn how to show good sportsmanship while participating in competitive games.
    • Work on strengthening their team building skills through various game and activities.
    • Discuss ways to be "PRINCIPLED" in PE.