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

Classroom Updates

Assalaamu alaikum First Grade Parents!

A few things are changing in your child's class and I want you all to be aware of it all each step of the way! Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!

  1. Learner Profile Attitude Passports (Inquirer) due on Tues October 31, 2017
  2. Book It Reading Program Reading Logs due on Tues October 31, 2017. Students must read and complete reading log for at least 20 days this month in order to earn a free personal pan pizza voucher!
  3. We are going on a field trip to Elkridge Food Pantry and Garden on Thurs November 2, 2017. Make sure your child brings in their signed permission slip before the trip so they can participate! Students should wear their formal uniforms.

UOI 2: Sharing the Planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central Idea: The availability of resources affects a community's wealth.

Lines of Inquiry

1. Distribution of natural and human made resources (Connection)

2. How opportunity impacts a community (Causation)

3. Efforts to distribute resources equally (Responsibility)

What are We Learning this Unit?

Math: Math small group instruction has begun! We have red, yellow, green, and blue math groups. For each math block we have 4 15-minute rotations where 1 group meets with the teacher, 2 groups work on centers, and one group works on technology. The centers consist of activities that are differentiated for each math group and are listed on the Math Daily 3 board. Some concepts we will be covering include:

1. Subtraction as an Unknown Addend Problem

2. Subtraction Word Problems

3. Sums and Differences to 10

4. Decomposition Strategies for Subtraction

5. Development of Subtraction Fluency Within 10

6. Counting On/Making Ten to Solve Result Unknown and Total Unknown Problems

7. Counting On/Taking from Ten to Solve Result Unknown and Total Unknown Problems

Language Arts: Students have met their reading stamina goal of 15 minutes. We are now working on writing stamina. The goal for 1st grade is 15 minutes. We are currently at 8 minutes stamina for writing independently! Now that F&P testing is completed, small group guided reading instruction has begun! Students are currently working on Reading Goals associated with MAP test results. We will add on more goals as students show mastery and continue their progression towards reading and comprehension mastery! In ELA this unit, we will build on the reading and writing skills learned last year by learning the following:

1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

2. Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

3. Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

4. Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

5. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

6. With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

7. Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

8. Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).

9. Use frequently occurring adjectives.

10. Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because).

11. Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

12. Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

Science/Social Studies: In this unit, we will look at both science and social studies. We will look at natural and manmade resources. In social studies, we will address the following standards:

1. Display information on several types of graphic organizers and charts

2. Recognize relationships in and among ideas or events, such as cause and effect, sequential order, main idea, and details

3. Present social studies information in a variety ways, such as plays, skits, posters, songs, poems, murals, and oral presentations

4. Plan and engage in school and community events, such as a mock election, playground clean-up, writing letters to community officials, and fund-raising for a cause

Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies

Arabic: During this UOI Students will explore the different modes of transportation (وسائل النقل والمواصلات ). While learning about transportation, students will also earn key verbs to help the form sentences utilizing the modes of transportation vocabulary. Verbs such as to mount (ركب) and to dismount (نزل ). Students will also learn vocabulary for man-made and natural resources.


· Presentational Speaking

1. Novice Mid-I can name various modes of transportation.

· Presentational Writing

2. I can write about something I have learned.

Islamic Studies: During this UOI, Students will focus on the preservation of natural resources. They will learn how to not waste water (when making wudu) and food. They will also learn how to build good character by helping those around them such as their communities, classmates, and families.


The following manners of eating and drinking should be taught (plus reinforcing what was taught in the previous grades):

a. Always share your food if you see someone with no food.

b. Don't start eating if you are in a group until everyone is ready and the Du’aa was said.

c. Don't make a mess and clean up your own place.

d. Don't throw food away. Save it in a wrapper and eat it later. Refrigerate it if you need to.

e. After eating we say, "Alhamdulillahil lathee at 'ammna wa saqana wa ja 'alnaa min al muslimeen." "Praise Allah who gave us food and drink and made us Muslims."

· A Muslim doesn't waste food. Whatever we don't eat, we either give away or take back home.

Quran: During this unit students will be enhancing their reading skills through the completion of Surah Taha. While reading this Surah, students will learn the tafseer of each ayah. Surah Taha’s main attraction is the story of Prophet Musa (alahi salam). The Surah starts with the beginning of his prophecy and continues through his amazing journey to conquer Pharaoh.


· General meaning of Surah Taha

· Students can read from any verse of the Quran with fluency and correct pronunciation


Art experiences

  • Using recycled paper to create artworks.
  • positive and negative space.
  • Mixed media techniques.

Targeted MSDE Standards

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

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

a. Experiment with art media, processes, and techniques and describe ways they can be used to express thoughts and feelings

2. Investigate a variety of ways that artists develop ideas and organize the elements of art in response to what they see, know, and feel