1st Grade News

"Mistakes are just proof you're trying" Kristin G.

1st Grade Team

Mrs. Samirah Ali- 1st Grade PYP Teacher

Ms. Jannah Sanchez- 1st Grade AQI

Ms. Ouafe Taame- 1st Grade Art

Unit of Inquiry 1 : How We Organize Ourselves

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: Authority figures work together to maintain safety and order.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The rights and responsibilities people have in the home and community (Responsibility)
  • Leadership roles in the home and community (Perspective)
  • Organizations that serve communities (Form)

What are We Learning this Unit?

Math: In Math this unit, we will continue to work on routines for Math Daily 3 and independence. We will build on the math skills learned last year by learning the following:

  1. Add and subtract within 20
  2. Represent and solve problems using addition and subtraction
  3. Work with addition and subtraction equations
  4. Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction

Language Arts: In ELA this unit, we will continue to work on routines for Daily 5 and independence. We will build on the reading skills learned last year by learning the following:

  1. Capitalize names of people and dates
  2. Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns
  3. Spell untaught words using phonemic awareness and spelling conventions
  4. Write opinion pieces with an opening, opinion, reason for opinion, and closing

Science/Social Studies: In this unit, we will focus heavily on Social Studies by studying authority figures in the home and community. Students will explore the roles of these authority figures in maintaining safety and order as well as the organizations that serve the community.

Arabic: In this unit, students will revisit skills that they may know such as letter identification, reading small three or four-lettered words. Students will also learn to express what occupations they want to explore when they grow up. Students will learn how to identify their family members as well as their roles and responsibilities towards each other.


A1: Students will express their perspective(المنظور) what they want to be when they grow up. (أريد أن أكون – طبيب- معلم – مهندس – طيار- طباخ) )

A2: Students can identify family members and our responsibility (مسئولية) toward our family members (أم- أب- أخ – أخت – جد- جدة), the parents are the authority figure at home:

  • الأم مسئولة عن البيت
  • المعلمة مسؤلة عن الفصل
  • المديرة مسئولة عن المدرسة

A3: Students can count ordinal numbers from 1st to 5th ( الأول- الثانى- الثالث- الرابع- الخامس).

Quran: During this UOI, students will memorize the complete Surah Bayyinah which express the responsibility of your actions. Students will also lean the Tafseer regarding this Surah. While working on memorization, students will also work on their reading skills. Students will start with the first few lessons in the Qaidah Nooraniyah.


Q1: Students can read three lettered words.

Q2: Students memorize Surah Al-Bayyinah.

Q3: Students will learn their responsibility (المسئولية) regarding their actions in this life for the next.

Islamic Studies: During this UOI, students will learn how to make wudu while incorporating Arabic vocabulary. Students will also learn the many blessings that come with being in a clean state at all times. Because this unit focuses on many aspects that surround Salah, students will also learn the duas for entering and exiting the Masjid.


IS1: Students will learn how to perform Wudu by incorporating Arabic vocabulary words.رأس, يد ,وجه ,وضوء( Form الشكل)

IS2: Students will learn the dua for entering and exiting the Masjid in Arabic and understanding the meaning.

Art: In this unit, students will explore the elements of line, shape, color and space. They will use oil pastels to create an original artwork. They will be introduced the Geometric islamic arts and specifically to the principle of tessellation.