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1st Grade Team

Mrs. Samirah Ali- 1st Grade PYP Teacher

Ms. Jannah Sanchez- 1st Grade AQI

Ms. Ouafe Taame- 1st Grade Art

UOI 3: How the World Works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central Idea: Scientists use research skills to study the atmosphere.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. · Properties of Air (Reflection)
  2. · Patterns in Weather (Causation)
  3. · Changes in the Sun and Moon (Change)

What are We Learning this Unit?

Math: In Math, students will learn about place value through addition and subtraction within 20. Find the links to the Parent Tip Sheets below.


1.OA.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

1.OA.2 Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem. Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

1.OA.3 Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract. (Students need not use formal terms for these properties.) Examples: If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.) To add 2 + 6 + 4, the second two numbers can be added to make a ten, so 2 + 6 + 4 = 2 + 10 = 12. (Associative property of addition.)

1.OA.4 Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8. Add and subtract within 20.3

1.OA.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use mental strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13). Understand place value.

1.NBT.2 Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases: a. 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones—called a “ten.” b. The numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.

Reading: In Reading, students will continue to work on their comprehension and word solving strategies. Students will read leveled books and complete activities that reinforce their targeted skills and strategies.


1.RF.4a Read on-level text with purpose and understanding

1.RF.4b Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings

1.RF.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary

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

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

1.RL.3 Describe characters,settings, and major events in a story, using key details

1.RL.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events

Science/Social Studies: During this UOI, students will explore what it means to be a scientist by completing the steps of a science project. Students will keep a science journal of their observations.


  1. Observe carefully in order to gather data.
  2. Use a variety of instrument and tools to measure data accurately.
  3. Use scientific vocabulary to explain their observations and experiences.
  4. Identify or generate a question or problem to be explored.
  5. Plan and carry out systematic investigations, manipulating variables as necessary.
  6. Make and test predictions.
  7. Interpret and evaluate data gathered in order to draw conclusions.

Field Trip to the Maryland Science Center's Planetarium, details TBA.



During this UOI in AQI, students will be learning:


· How to express the weather.

· Reading and comprehension skills

· Ordinal Number 11th-15th


  • Surah Shams

Islamic Studies

  • Six articles of faith
  • Muslim Scientist


1.) I can express the weather.

2.) I can ask about the weather.

3.) I can answer questions based on a previously read text.

4.) I can recite Surah Qadr

5.) I can explain the meaning of Surah Qadr

6.) I can recite Surah Al-Alaq

7.) I can explain the meaning of Surah Al-Alaq

8.) I can read words with Tanween

9.) I can read words with shaddah


During this UOI in Art, students will:

  1. Work on creativity and imagination practices.
  2. Learn how to draw silhouettes.
  3. Be introduced to sources of light and cast shadows.
  4. Experiment with acrylic painting.


  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual arts as an essential aspect of history and human experience.
  2. Discuss reasons why people (including self) create and use art by studying artworks and other sources of information

  • Identify common themes or similar ideas expressed in artworks
  • Identify reasons artists create artworks, including personal reasons