Grade 4 News

Newsletter #1: Who We Are UOI

UOI 1: Who We Are

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

Central idea: Being human makes us same, but our culture shapes our individual beliefs, values, and actions.

Key concepts: Form, Perspective, Reflection

Related concepts: culture, beliefs, values, traditions, customs

Lines of inquiry:

  • What culture is (Form)
  • The difference between a belief and a value (Form)
  • How actions are reflective of cultural beliefs and values (Perspective)
  • Commonalities of people (Reflection)

UOI Field Trip

We are exploring a few opportunities for field trips. One option is the Indian Village at the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. The Smithsonian Museum for the American Indian is another option. I am open to suggestions that would help the students make connections to Native American culture in MD and/or to the Central Idea, please email me. You will get final field trip details next week, insha Allah.

What Are We Learning This Unit?


  • Understand place value when dealing with multi-digit whole numbers (less than or equal to 1,000,000).
  • Add, subtract, multiply, & divide whole numbers to solve problems.
  • Add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers fluently.

English Language Arts

  • Use details and examples in a text to draw conclusions and explain exactly what the text says
  • Use details from a story, drama, or poem to figure out the theme and summarize the text.
  • Know the difference between first- and third-person narration in different stories.
  • Look at how similar themes and topics (like good vs evil) and different events (like a quest) are treated in folktales from different cultures.
  • Write narratives about real or imagined experiences using good writing techniques, strong details, and clear event sequences.
  • Write routinely over time for a specific task



  • · I can introduce myself نفسي and greet others. السلام عليكم، مرحبا، اهلا وسهلا، صباح الخير، مساء الخير
  • · I can recognize the sound of letters and write them in correct form.
  • · I can memorize color and shape words, and numbers one through ten.


  • · I can talk about myself نفسي and greet others. السلام عليكم، مرحبا، اهلا وسهلا، صباح الخير، مساء الخير
  • · I can recognize words and write simple phrases in correct from.
  • · I can memorize colors الالوان, shapes الاشكال, hobbies الهوايات, and numbers الارقام one through fifteen.


  • · I can greet others and talk about myself نفسي, and my likes and dislikes. السلام عليكم، مرحبا، اهلا وسهلا، صباح الخير، مساء الخير
  • · I can write sentences in Arabic in correct form.
  • · I can memorize color الالوان, shape words الاشكال, hobbies الهوايات and numbers الارقامone through twenty.

Science & Social Studies


  • Observing mealworms when you change something in their environment
  • Explore the types of organisms that live in a leaf-litter environment

Social Studies:

  • Define how culture influences people
  • Describe the social, political and religious character of the earliest colonies
  • Examine and describe the unique and diverse cultures of early native American societies
  • Compare the early cultures of the Native Americans with the European settlers and their influences on each other



Level 1:

  • Qalqalah Rules
  • Etiquettes of reciting Qur’an.
  • Shaddah and Sukoon.

Level 2:

  • Noon Sakinah Rules (Izhar, Idgham, Iqlab, Ikhfaa).
  • Etiquettes of reciting Qur’an.


Level 1:

  • Memorize Surat Al-Borog.

Level 2:

  • Memorize Surat Abasa.


Level 1:

  • The general meaning of Surat Al-Borog.

Level 2:

  • The general meaning of Surat Abasa.

Islamic Studies

  • Learn steps of wudu along with duas of wudu
  • Learn how to do perfect wudu with only 16.9 fl oz of water
  • Learn the story of Adam, Huwa, Cabeel, and Habeel
  • Construct a make-believe best friend and worst friend based on the character traits that we will be studying
  • Learn about the childhood of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ


    • Experiment with media, processes, and techniques to express your thoughts and feelings
    • Create artworks that explore the uses of the elements of art and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, contrast, balance, and variety
    • Critique selected artworks using criteria based on the elements of art and selected principles of design
    • Describe the relationship between the elements of art and principles of design and the aesthetic qualities of works of art
    • Establish criteria for how to critique works of art made by others