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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 interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Geography impacts the transportation of people, goods, and ideas

Key Concepts: Form, Change, Perspective

Related Concepts: Geography, mapping, transportation, land features, changes in transportation, and personal history

Lines of Inquiry

  • Form: Physical geography around the world
  • Change: How geography changes over time
  • Perspective: Transportation and the flow of goods and ideas

What Are We Learning This Unit?

English Language Arts

Students will be working on independent reading goals in this unit and will continue to target individualized areas of growth. In addition, students will be:

  • Working to complete a narrative writing in which they use transition words and phrases to tell an event in sequential order
  • Exploring nouns, both plural, proper, common, and collective
  • Describe connections between a series of historical events in a text


Place Value, Counting and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000

  • Topic A: Forming Base Ten Units of Ten, a Hundred, and a Thousand
  • Topic B: Understanding Place Value Units of One, Ten, and a Hundred
  • Topic C: Three-Digit Numbers in Unit, Standard, Expanded, and Word Forms
  • Topic D: Modeling Base Ten Numbers Within 1,000 with Money
  • Topic E: Modeling Numbers Within 1,000 with Place Value Disks
  • Topic F: Comparing Two Three-Digit Numbers
  • Topic G: Finding 1, 10, and 100 More or Less Than a Number

Science & Social Studies

Science: Pebbles Sand and Silt

  • Investigation 1:

Part 1: Three Rocks (volcanic rocks)

Part 2: Washing volcanic Rocks

Part 3: Rock Sorting- Volcanic, river, and playground rocks

Part 4: Rock Collection

Part 5: Rock Sorting by Properties

  • Investigation 2

Part 1:Screening Rocks

Part 2: River Rocks by Size (pebbles, gravel, and rocks)

Part 3: Sand and Silt

Part 4:. Exploring Clay and Landforms

Social Studies: Geography:

Students will be exploring:

  • Mapping and how to use maps as a tool
  • How travel has changed over time and the many different ways that we travel
  • Impacts of geography on travel and our community
  • How geography and place impact our choices and meet our needs


Interpersonal Communication:

  • I can say something about the members of my family and ask about someone’s family امي امها... ابي اسمه.... عندي ثلاثة اخوة، عندي اخت واحدة
  • I can talk about some nationalities using Nisba انا من استراليا، انا استرالي. انا من سوريا، انا سوري

Presentational Speaking:

  • I can count from 1- 20 واحد، اثنان، ثلاثة،اربعة...الخ

Presentational Writing:

  • I can copy letters of the alphabet ،ج،ب،ت،ث،ح،خ
  • I can copy characters that I am learning (animals, fruits and vegetables, and other items learned in the Letter Stories)
  • I can write dates and the day of the week السبت، الاحد، الاثنين... الخ


  • I can answer questions about how old I am, and where I am from عمري، انا من


  • Recognize and understand short and long vowels
  • Recognize and understand shaddah
  • Practice important etiquettes of reciting Qur’an

  • Surat Al-Lail


  • The general meaning of Surat Al-Lail
  • Some students will be working on Surat Al-Inshiqaq

Islamic Studies

(Learn the form of the prayer (with verbal

:During Ruku

سبحان ربي العظيم

:During Sujud

سبحان ربي الأعلى

:Before Salam

(التَّحِيَّاتُ لِلَّهِ وَالصَّلَوَاتُ وَالطَّيِّبَاتُ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى عِبَادِ اللَّهِ الصَّالِحِينَ ، أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ)

(Learn the story of Adam, Hawwa, and their sons (Qabeel and Habeel

Learn about the childhood of the Prophet Muhammed from the splitting of the chest until returning to Abu-Talib


  • In this unit, students will be introduced to Arabic calligraphy as a mean of visual expression, drawing inspiration from the French Tunisian artist el Seed.
  • Students will learn and practice new elements of art like movement, contrast, form and texture. They will experiment with different materials and techniques and see how they interact.
  • Students will learn one-point perspective as well and create artwork using all these elements and principals.