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Newsletter #2: Sharing the Planet

UOI 6: Sharing the planet

Transdisciplinary Theme

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

Our actions towards the environment affect the survival of animals and plants

Lines of Inquiry

  • Habitats in the Environment (Reflection)
  • How animals become endangered (Causation)
  • Everyday actions that help the environment (Responsibility)

School Wide Reminders

-Passports for the month of Caring are due Thursday November 30th to homeroom teachers in the morning. Passports should be filled out by the child as they reflect on their behavior. One entry per day please!

What we are learning....


As a class we use Eureka Math and will will finish up Module 2 and begin in Module 3 this unit. This pacing is differentiated for each group in math our math block. In module 3, parents can expect for their students to:

  • Students expand their skill with and understanding of units by bundling ones, tens, and hundreds up to a thousand with manipulatives. Students will be counting by tens hundreds, and one 'unit' can be grabbed and counted just like a banana―1 hundred, 2 hundred, 3 hundred, etc.
  • A number in Grade 1 generally consisted of two different units, tens and ones. Now, in Grade 2, a number generally consists of three units: hundreds, tens, and ones. The bundled units are organized by separating them largest to smallest, ordered from left to right.
  • By the end of this unit, instruction moves from physical bundles that show the proportionality of the units to non-proportional place value disks and to numerals on the place value chart.
If you have noticed that we work a lot with adding and subtracting through the first part of the year- Your right! These skills will help students to understand numbers as they manipulate numbers and students will gradually move from needing representations of values to understanding the abstract concept of place value which will help them in adding and subtracting but also number sense and problem solving.

SMALL GROUPS: Along with the concepts that we are learning as a class, students are also learning in targeted math groups that will allow them to explore concept areas in which they have demonstrated a readiness to develop. These groups will be covering differentiated concepts that will help your students grow in math at their own rate targeting areas that will demonstrate the most growth. These groups work with the teacher to develop skills that are targeted under geometry, number operations, measurement, Place Value, and Operations and Algebraic thinking. These goals have been reviewed with the students and will be shared with parents during parent teacher conferences.

Home Work: Students are expected to do zearn every week. They have a Zearn calendar log on the back of their reading logs- these calendars should stay in their blue folders so that homework can be assigned and checked weekly. My expectation is that students complete the module assigned on or before the date it is due (as written on the calendar). Students need to be sure that they are watching the 'math chats' videos and completing all of the steps in these videos. Sometimes students will skip these videos and just do the practice problems and when they come to groups they are missing information explored in the videos as a background knowledge. Please ensure that students are watching and completing all of the components of a lesson and not skipping. IF i see that they are skipping I will assign them to do it over again for homework.

English Language Arts

In English Language Arts

  • Whole Group Reading: We are reading "Fantastic Mr. Fox" as our class read aloud this unit. Students love this read aloud story time. We call this time REST and students look forward to this time in the day when we are able to just enjoy stories. Through this time students explore our unit of inquiry as well as our reading strategies.
  • Small Group Reading: This unit students have been assigned books in their small groups- these books are targeted to guide students at their own reading levels and address strategies and content that will help them become better readers. Our new strategies that we are working on this unit is to Reread text (See the parent pipeline below!)
  • Spelling: Students will continue to work with long and short vowels and how to identify them in words. Students will learn why it is important to know the long and short vowels sounds in the English language as these skills will help them to become better readers- and increase their spelling and comprehension! Students will also explore spelling concepts through our Spelling Bee which will be coming up (see events coming up). See the spelling Bee lists if you have lost the
  • Speaking and Listening: For our UOI summative we will be recording our infomercials and will put it to a video. Students are excited to have their infomercials shared with the community as an action to help the environment.


  • Students should be filling in their reading logs throughout the month- at the end of the month students will be able to turn in their reading log and receive a free coupon for a personal pan pizza from Pizza hut.
  • Study Spelling Bee words- this is mandatory as our spelling lists have been placed on hold in celebration of the spelling bee and we have been working on these words in class as well! Students must participate!
  • Scholastic Book Fair: Order online! Our class code is PW3TF: I have added a wish list for the classroom as well so parents can purchase their home library selections as well as classroom library selections for your convenience! Please see the link Below.

Science & Social Studies

  • Students have worked to reenact the pollinating of a plant and model how different insects are able to pollinate flowers and students actually became pollinators as a action helping to spread pollen to different plants.
  • Students have also classified animals into habitats and have explored the different habitats and the environmental concerns facing each habitat. Students will work on taking action for the rest of this unit exploring different actions that can be taken and brainstorming ideas on what we can do to help the environment in our own ways.

Social Studies:

  • In Social Studies students have been exploring environmental world problems, for the next few weeks we are taking a close look at the political influence on the environment, as well as actions others are taking to help. Students are exploring human impact on the environment and ways that we are failing to help the environment as well as how we can help the environment more.

House Sorting Second Grade!

House Assignments for grade 2

    • Emerald House: Dar-ul-Farooq the house of Courage symbolizing strength, courage and justice: Tulhaa, Dawud, Hamzah M., Zainab, Raadiya
    • Crimson House: Dar-ul-Siddiq the house of Integrity symbolizing friendship, loyalty and heart: Saaqib, Zakariya, Zahra, Safa, Hafiz
    • Citrine House: Dar-ul-Haya the house of Humility symbolizing modesty, humility, and confidence: Qadeer, Alara, Amirah, Zayaan,
    • Sapphire House: Dar-ul-Hikmah the house of Wisdom symbolizing wisdom, principled-ness and thinkers: Mariam, Humza C., Ibraheem, Matene
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Upcoming Field Trip!

As a conclusion to our unit, Students will be participating in “Habitats and Homes” . Students hike through meadows to the stream to track native animals and plants. They will visit the owl, terrapin, and black rat snake, evaluating the traits that allow individuals in a species to thrive in different ecosystems. Students will compare our last trip to this trip and look for connections to our UOI. Students will be looking for evidence of human actions (both positive and negative) in this habitat and will explore the positive and negative outcomes from those actions. Students will compare this habitat to the habitats that we visited in the last field trip and compare what they observed from both trips.

Students will need to dress warmly, pack a picnic lunch and wear their PE uniform with tennis shoes that are comfortable for walking.

Look for the field trip forms to come home soon!


What we will be doing in AQI for the last few weeks of our Unit

In second grade AQI class, it feels like little beautiful zoo. As we are learning the names of the animals and their habitat. Through this line of inquiry we are working on how to express your feeling like and dislike in Arabic which increase their vocabulary intake every day.

Where do I live? What animals are in my area? Where do they live? How to describe the animals.

أنا أعيش في البيت- الأسد يعيش في الغابة- الأسد يعيش في الغابة

The ordinal numbers is part of our activities too.

Here it comes to our favorite time in the class which is memorization& understanding of Surat Al-Ghashiya – Number 88 (reflect on the creations of Allah).

  • Learn and explore the animals in the Qur’an.

  • Tajweed: Practice on Shaddah (الشدة).

  • For Islamic studies part:

    Students will learn

    • Hadith about taking care of animals (The women with the cat and the man with the dog).

    • The person who mistreating the cat, and what is his punishment.

    • The person who helped a dog.

    • Miracles of prophets (prophet Muhammed with the camel).

    • Hadith about responsibility to animals and plants

    (إذا قامت الساعة وفي يد أحدكم فسيلة فليغرسها ).

    • Seerah: The year of the elephant (Birth of prophet Muhammad).


What we have been doing this unit

Upcoming Events

Here are some things to look forward to!

  • Neighbor Basket Donations Due! November 20, 2017
  • Spell-a-thon pledges Due: November 21, 2017
  • No School (Staff Work Day): November 22, 2017
  • No School (Holiday): November 23-24, 2017
  • Spelling Check Test: November 27, 2017
  • Spelling Bee (In Class): November 28, 2017
  • No school for students (Staff PDD): December 4, 2017