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Newsletter #1: Sharing The Planet

UOI 6: Sharing The Planet

Transdisciplinary Theme:

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: Living things have needs which help them grow and stay healthy.

Key concepts: Reflection, Form, Responsibility

Related concepts: Characteristics, structures, similarities, differences, animals, behaviors, needs

Lines of inquiry

  • Characteristics of living things (Reflection)
  • Needs of plants and animals (Form)
  • How to protect the well-being of living things (Responsibility)

UOI Field Trip

Although a field trip has not yet been decided, a few possibilities include:
  • Robinson's Nature Center
  • Animal Shelter
  • Flower and Plant Nurseries

What Are We Learning This Unit?


Module 1 Continued: Numbers 1-10

  • Students will continue to identify and create color patterns.
  • Classify, count and sort objects into categories to determine the count in each set.
  • Identify numbers in different configurations to show understanding of groups to 5 using math drawings and number expressions.
  • Sort, match and compare numbers in different ways to count objects and represent them as drawings.
  • Use various types of manipulatives to compose and decompose numbers 1-5 and 6-10. For example 1 + 2 and 2 + 1.
  • Practice concepts of "one more" and "one less" using 5 and 10 frames.
  • Count to answer "How Many."

Module 2: 2D and 3D Shapes;

  • Students will identify, sort and categorize shapes by color, shape, size, position, 2D and 3D.
  • Describe and communicate locations of shapes using positional words (above, under, next to, behind, below, on, beside).
  • Learn the attributes of shapes to discriminate between them and identify as solid or flat.
  • Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes.
  • Analyze, create and compose shapes.

English Language Arts

Students will build Phonics Skills by:

  • letter/sound recognition games and activities
  • Identify beginning/ending letter sounds
  • count/segment and blend syllables to make words
  • identify and practice rhyme (words, none, stories, poems, nursery rhymes).
  • identify and name consonants/vowels
  • Identify short/long vowel sounds


  • Read using tracking strategies ( use of pointer finger to read each word).
  • With prompting and support students will be able to ask and answer questions about key details in a story, drawing and/or an illustration.
  • Identify and read short/long vowel sounds in CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words
  • Read common sight and frequency words
  • Engage in small group reading activities with purpose and understanding.


  • Students will practice building cooperation skills through collaboration activities.
  • Students will add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail of their information.


  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell express their thoughts and ideas. EX: My favorite book is.....
  • Practice proper handwriting techniques uses various types of writing tools.


  • Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
  • Learn to use most frequently occurring prepositions ( to, from, in , out, on, off, for,of, by, with). the topic or the name of a book they
  • Recognize and name end punctuation.
  • Identify and use frequently occurring nouns.


  • Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to to survive.
  • Compare living and non-living things.
  • Students will observe the behavior and structure of worms, bugs, animals and plants.
  • Students will create worm jars to understand the needs of composting worms. They will use observational skills to see how worms can change the plant material into soil.
  • Compare illustrations of living and non-living things.


  • Students will explore animals and the different habitats they live in.
  • Students will continue to expand their reading and comprehension skills through reading and listening activities such as books and educational videos.
  • Students will also perfect their handwriting skills through games and group activities.


  • I can state the names of familiar people, places, and objects in pictures and posters using words or memorized phrases.
  • I can match a character in a headline to a supporting visual.
  • I can occasionally understand isolated words that I have memorized, particularly when accompanied by gestures or pictures


  • Students will continue with their memorization of the Quran starting from Surah Takathur.
  • Students will learn the meaning of the ayahs along with the proper ASL hand signals to help them remember the meaning.
  • Students will also continue learning how to read from the Quran.


  • Memorize Surah Takathur
  • Understand the meaning of Surah Takathur

Islamic Studies

  • Students will earn all about how we as Muslims, should treat animals and our environment.
  • Students will listen and learn through stories of Prophet Sulaiman and the ant, as well as various hadith about Allah putting trust in us to take care of our planet.
  • Students will put some of these new skills into action by showing kindness to class pets and keeping our classroom clean.


  • · Muslims keep their surroundings clean and tidy even if it is not their mess.

  • · Muslims should be kind to animals.


  • Recycled paper projects to create a cover for their sketchbooks (Form)
  • Papier Mache techniques ( responsibility)
  • Using recycled materials as painting tools ( Reflection)

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

2. Identify and compare ways in which selected artworks represent what people see, know, feel, and imagine