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Newsletter #1: How We Organize Ourselves UOI 4

UOI 4: How We Organize Ourselves

Central idea: We make economic choices to meet our needs and wants.

Key concepts: Responsibility, Causation, connection.

Related concepts: Structures, rules, properties, community, citizenship, roles.

Lines of inquiry:

  • Markets made up of Producers and Consumers.
  • Responsible economic decision making.
  • How technology influences the economy.

What Are We Learning This Unit?


In Math students will be working on:

· Collecting and Graphing Data using picture, bar, and tally graphs and line plots

· Counting using coins and values

· Measuring the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools

· Measure one object using two different units and describe how the two measurements relate

· Problem Solving with Length, Money, Time, and Data

· Estimate and measure lengths using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.

· Relate addition and subtraction to length, time, and money

· Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems

· Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line

English Language Arts

In English Language Arts students will be:

· words with prefixes and suffixes

· main idea of a piece of nonfiction, including the focus of important paragraphs

· asking and answering who, what, where, when, why and how questions to show that I understand nonfiction

· making connections between the different steps in a set of directions or recipes

· producing, editing, and publishing writing of our choice

· Using text features to help them navigate a text.

· Applying reading strategies to read on level text


Student will be taken to an Arabic Restaurant where they will practice both ordering their favorite Arabic dish, and cultural behaviors when eating at a restaurant.

Each student is expected to be able to read and comprehend a menu, and order food in Arabic. In addition, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answers questions about food, meals, and a restaurant experience.
  • Knowledge of fruit and vegetable vocabulary
  • Correct usage of verbs: to eat أكل , to drink شرب, to serve, to share شارك, to order طلب, and to present/ offer قدم
  • Courtesy expressions Min FaDlak من فضلك , Law Samaht لو سمحت , Shukranشكرا AfWan عفواً, TafaDhal, اهلاً وسهلاًAhlan Wa Sahlan,
  • The use of verb to want

ACTFL Standards:

Interpersonal communication:

  1. I can ask and answer questions about food, restaurant experience, and Arabic dishes.

Interpretive Listening:

  1. Comprehend oral information about items on the menu.
  2. Present description and opinions about food.

Interpretive Reading:

  1. I can identify menu items
  2. I can check off words or phrases from a grocery list.

Presentational Writing:

  1. I can write a shopping list

Presentational Speaking:

  1. I can talk about food based on a picture or a photo
  2. I can state my favorite food and drinks and those I don’t like

Social Studies

In Social Studies Students will be working on:

· Identifying and explaining economic choices people make.

· Identifying the natural, capital, and human resources used in the production of a good or service

· Identifying examples of technology used by consumers, such as cell phones and analyze why consumers use technology daily.

· Describe different markets: such as farmers’ markets and door-to-door sales as well as online shopping

· Identify goods and services provided by businesses, government, and individuals

· Explain different ways to pay for goods and services, such as credit cards, checks, debit cards, and money orders


In Science Students will be:

· Identifying types of matter and how it can be changed

· Identifying Particulate matter which has qualities of solids and liquids

· Exploring Particulate matter outside and in our natural environment.

· Understanding how temperature can affect matter

· Observing Melting and Cooling process and the effect that it has on an object's properties

· Understanding that melting and cooling can sometimes be reversible but sometimes it is not


  • Read and memorize Surat Al-Mutaffifin with fluency and Tajweed.
  • Read Surat Al-Mulk with fluency and Tajweed.
  • Know the general meaning of Surat Al-Mutafifin.
  • Recognize the Arabic sounds (Sukoon, Qalqalah, Shaddah).
  • The Laam Sakinah Rules at the beginning of the words.
  • Write this Surah after the memorization.

Islamic Studies

  • Aqeedah: Allah's books, learn all the books of Allah and the Prophets given the books. Study why the Quran was sent, how the Quran was revealed, and some topics of the Quran.
  • Seerah: who are the "Sahaba" and how can we respect them. Study the very famous Sahabah (Abdurrahman ibn Awf).
  • Islamic History: Prophet Shuaibو Lessons from his life and mission.
  • Adab: Etiquette of greeting Muslims and respect others, Continue Signs of a good friend to identify the good qualities.


Students will learn that art can be used to create products to be sold (Market Day), they will learn basic weaving using recycled materials, they will use watercolor to design Arabic or English quotes/words of their choice.

They will also be introduced to the basic of the Arabic calligraphy.

Students will be introduced to the technique of stenciling and use it to create artworks that expresses the elements of shape, color, and space.

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.

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

a. Identify sources for ideas and procedures used to create artworks.

b. Identify color, line, shape, texture, form, space, and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, and contrast in artworks that convey what they see, know, and feel