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UOI #3: How We Express Ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme: An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central Idea: People express diversity through their culture and traditions.

Key Concepts: Form, Perspective, Reflection

Related Concepts: Similarities, Differences, Respect, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What is culture? (Form)
  • Diversity of cultures and traditions (Perspective)
  • Culture is shown through expression (Reflection)

What Are We Learning This Unit?


Measurement and Data:

  • Students will learn to use measuring tools to describe attributes of objects, such as length and weight.
  • Using measuring tools such as rulers , cups, and weight balances students will practice reading, writing and understanding measurements.
  • Students will compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has –more of”/–less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
  • Students will practice using math vocabulary to describe measurable attributes such as, more, less, long, short, heavy and light.


  • Students will model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
  • Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”

English Language Arts


  • Students will engage in activities that build on comprehension of details, making connections with text, and illustrations.
  • Using Venn diagrams and illustrations, students will learn to compare and contrast characters in a story.


  • Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing students will express their opinions about stories, books, etc. (Ex: My favorite book is......because.....).
  • Students will read, write and answer questions to strengthen and improve writing skills. They will show understanding and use of nouns, verbs and adjectives.


  • Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
  • Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).
  • Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
  • Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
  • Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.


Earth's Surface Systems:

  • Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
  • Learn to develop, ask and answer questions about weather, weather maps and forecasting of weather.

Social Studies

Peoples of The Nations and World:

  • Students will share examples of qualities, such as customs, traditions, interests, skills, and experiences that make individuals and families unique from around the world.
  • Identify, discuss, and demonstrate appropriate social skills, such as listening to the speaker, taking turns, settling disagreements, and reaching compromise at home and in school.


Students will be continuing the Arabic alphabet, focusing on س- ف. With each letter, we will learn how to identify it within a word. While learning letters, students will be introduced to vocabulary words that contain the letters we will be learning. Students will also be taught phrases about opposites. They will also learn the five senses in Arabic. Students will practice their listening skills through story time by listening for previously learned vocabulary words.

Targeted ACTFL Standards:

Interpretive Listening:

  • I can occasionally understand isolated words that I have memorized, particularly when accompanied by gestures or pictures.
  • I can understand some food items.

Interpersonal Communication:

  • I can answer a few simple questions.
  • I can answer an either/or question.


  • Students will memorize from Surah Kafiroon to Surah Quraish.
  • Students will work on their fluency and letter pronunciation.

Islamic Studies


  • Say the Shahadah in Arabic and English
  • State that Islam is a Deen, or way of life
  • Learn in detail the Five Pillars of Islam and their importance to us as Muslims

Islamic History:
  • Prophet Ibrahim: Building the Ka’bah


Students will continue to experiment with the elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Space, and they will be introduced to Form using clay, paint, and mixed media techniques.

These elements will be used in creating landscape/nature elements and 3D geometric structures.

Targeted MSDE Standards:

1.0 Perceiving and Responding: Aesthetic Education

Students will demonstrate the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to ideas,

experiences, and the environment through visual art.

1. Identify describe, and interpret observed form

  • Represent observed form by combining colors, lines, shapes, and textures