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UOI 2: WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME

Transdisciplinary Theme: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations, and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the inter-connectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.


Central Idea: Weather and nature change depending on the season and location.


Key Concepts: Function, Change, Causation


Related Concepts: Seasons, night and day, weather, nature, location, patterns, seasonal time


Lines of Inquiry

1. How seasons affect nature

2. Patterns in nature

3. How weather changes from one location to another

What Are We Learning This Unit?

MATH


One More with Numbers 0–10

  • Order and match numbers 1 to 10.
  • Identify one more than a given number.
  • Arrange, analyze, and draw 1 more up to 10 in different ways.
  • Arrange, analyze, and draw sequences of objects 1 more, beginning with numbers other than 1.


One Less with Numbers 0–10

  • Order numbers from 10 to 1, and match numbers.
  • Count down from 10 to 1: 10-9-8-7…..
  • Arrange number in order from 10 to 1, and describe the pattern.


Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Shapes

  • Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).
  • Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three-dimensional (“solid”).


Find and describe flat triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, and circles

  • Classify and name solid shapes into categories.
  • Identify and sort shapes as two-dimensional or three dimensional, and recognize two-dimensional and three dimensional shapes in different ways, positions.
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes
  • Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes to describe their similarities and differences.
  • Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS


Writing:

  • Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs
  • Identify and use plural nouns by adding /s/
  • 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
  • Recognize, name and write end punctuation
  • Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes)


Reading:

  • With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a story
  • With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details
  • With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with)
  • Recognize and name nouns and adjectives
  • Build on sight word recognition
  • Read a variety of fiction and non-fiction text for purpose and understanding


Phonics:

  • Decoding words by letter-sound correspondence
  • Identify, recognize and write short vowels a, e, i, o ,u
  • Spell CVC words using letter sound recognition
  • Count syllables in a word by clapping


Comprehension:

  • Ask and answer questions in small groups to show understanding of main idea
  • Illustrate understanding of story through illustration and presentation
  • Retell and illustrate key details in a story


SOCIAL STUDIES


Geography:

  • Use maps to locate various places in the environment (school, home, playground, fire station)
  • Identify landforms as body of water, mountains, hills
  • Illustrate and describe maps
  • Identify cardinal direction


SCIENCE


Weather and Trees:

  • Identify trees through the seasons
  • Observe, compare, and categorize different kinds of leaves
  • Record weather observations
  • Match leaves with geometric shapes
  • Identify and illustrate seasonal weather changes

ARABIC


  • Interpersonal Communication: Answering simple questions about the date and day of the week, weather, and seasons
  • Presentational Speaking: Saying the date and day of the week, listing the Islamic months, counting 1-10, stating words that relate to the alphabet stories, weather and seasons
  • Presentational Writing: Copying the letters of the alphabet at the beginning, middle, and end of a word (ح- ز)
  • Interpretive Listening: Recognizing the sounds of the letters (أ - ز) when they are spoken or spelled out, numbers 1-10, and vocabulary that relates to the alphabet stories and seasons
  • Interpretive Reading: Recognizing the letters (أ - ز) in a word, matching pictures to corresponding vocabulary


QUR'AN


  • Memorize Suarah Al-Fatiha, IKhlaas, Falaq, Naas with proper pronunciation
  • Learn the meaning of the Surahs and connecting them to daily concepts


ISLAMIC STUDIES


  • Learning the importance of Salah
  • Learning the names of each position
  • Memorizing the repeated duas for Rukoo and Sujood
  • Learning the etiquette of being in the Masjid

Art

  • Students will experiment with new element of art such as space and form
  • Students will learn new techniques like mixing the use of wax crayons with watercolor paint and printmaking
  • Students will also create original artworks using tempera paint and collage to create texture
  • Students will practice more the elements of art introduced during the first UOI like lines, shapes and colors and learn new art vocabulary like space, center, effect