1st Grade News

"Mistakes are just proof you're trying" Kristin G.

1st Grade Team

Mrs. Samirah Ali- 1st Grade PYP Teacher

Ms. Jannah Sanchez- 1st Grade AQI

Ms. Ouafe Taame- 1st Grade Art

Ms. Amal Ali-1st Grade PE

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Alhamdulillah, Allah has allowed us to see another month of Ramadan. I pray that He does not let this month pass without all of our sins being forgiven, Ameen!

Abdur Rahman ibn Awf reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Ramadan is a month in which Allah Almighty has obligated its fasting. And verily, I have instituted for Muslims the (recommended) practice of its prayer at night. Thus, whoever fasts it with faith and expecting reward will be rid of sins like the day he was born from his mother.”

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Risk-Taker Passports Due- Thur May 31, 2018
  • UOI 6 Field Trip to Heifer Global Village- Thur June 7, 2018
  • UOI 6 Summative Assessment- Wed June 13, 2018
  • 1st Grade Eid Party- Mon June 18, 2018
  • 1st Grade Eid Gift Swap- Monn June 18, 2018
  • Module 6 Mid Module Assessment- Tue June 19, 2018
  • Module 6 End of Module Assessment- Mon June 25, 2018
  • School-Wide Eid Party- Thur June 28, 2018
  • Last Day of School- Thur June 28, 2018
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UOI 6: Who We Are

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; what it means to be human.

Central Idea

Human needs and customs shape the way people live their lives.

Lines of Inquiry

  • What are basic life needs (Function)
  • How family customs play a role in our lives (Form)
  • ​How families share cultural traditions (Perspective)

What Will We Learn this Unit?

Math: During this UOI, students will work to complete Module 6: Place Value, Comparison, and Addition and Subtraction to 100. Please click on the links below to see the strategies that are being used in the classroom so that you can reinforce them at home. Students will also be working on standards from Modules 3 and 5 independently through zearn.com activities and workbooks. Please continue to encourage students to complete zearn.com activities at home to support their development.


  • Solve compare with difference unknown problem types.
  • Solve compare with bigger or smaller unknown problem types.
  • Use the place value chart to record and name tens and ones within a two-digit number up to 100.
  • Write and interpret two-digit numbers to 100 as addition sentences that combine tens and ones.
  • Identify 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less than a two-digit number within 100.
  • Use the symbols >, =, and < to compare quantities and numerals to 100.
  • Count and write numbers to 120. Use Hide Zero cards to relate numbers 0 to 20 to 100 to 120.
  • Count to 120 in unit form using only tens and ones. Represent numbers to 120 as tens and ones on the place value chart.
  • Represent up to 120 objects with a written numeral
  • Add and subtract multiples of 10 from multiples of 10 to 100, including dimes.
  • Add a multiple of 10 to any two-digit number within 100.
  • Add a pair of two-digit numbers when the ones digits have a sum less than or equal to 10.
  • Add a pair of two-digit numbers when the ones digits have a sum greater than 10 using decomposition.
  • Add a pair of two-digit numbers when the ones digits have a sum greater than 10 with drawing. Record the total below.
  • Add a pair of two-digit numbers when the ones digits have a sum greater than 10 with drawing. Record the new ten below.

ELA: During this UOI, students will explore the central idea and lines of inquiry through reading leveled passages, writing, and hands-on activities. This unit will require some parent participation since some students may not be aware of their cultural traditions and their family customs. Please find some Read Aloud Texts we will explore, Informational Reading Standards, and Language Standards below.

Read Aloud Texts:

  • Hello World
  • She Persisted
  • Ada Twist-Scientist
  • Big Red Lollipop
  • The Crayon Box That Talked
  • It's Ramadan Curious George
  • I'm New Here

Language Standards:

  • 1.L.1.f Use frequently occurring adjectives.
  • 1.L.1.g Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because).
  • 1.L.1.h Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives).
  • 1.L.1.i Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward).
  • 1.L.2.a Capitalize dates and names of people.
  • 1.L.2.b Use end punctuation for sentences.
  • 1.L.2.c Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series.
  • 1.L.2.d Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
  • 1.L.2.e Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.

Informational Reading Standards:

  • 1.RI.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
  • 1.RI.6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
  • 1.RI.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • 1.RI.8 Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
  • 1.RI.9 Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

Science/Social Studies: During this UOI, students will explore science through the distinction between needs and wants in life. Students will explore social studies standards by looking at the role of family customs in our lives and how families share cultural traditions.

Social Studies Standards:

  • Observe and describe ways people in their school and community meet human needs for food, clothing, shelter, and other commonalities, such as recreation, music, and stories
  • Discuss and respect traditions and customs of families in the community
  • Identify how families choose to share and borrow traditions from other cultures

Ramadan Integration: 1st Grade is in the Ramadan Spirit Alhamdulillah! Students have been working to complete one good deed per day this blessed month. Students are able to earn points towards their Houses for each good deed they complete. At the end of the month, students will earn a prize for their dedication In shaa Allah. Below is the list of deeds students have been working on. You can also see them posted outside the 1st Grade classroom!

  1. Sight the moon to mark the beginning of the month of Ramadan!
  2. Pray all your salah on time.
  3. Help set the table for iftaar.
  4. Bake Ramadan cookies for your neighbors.
  5. Donate $1 to a masjid of your choice.
  6. Help your parents by collecting all the trash around the house.
  7. Teach your younger sibling or friend a surah you know.
  8. Donate some of your old toys or clothes to charity.
  9. Smile at everyone you see today!
  10. Make a card or write a note to tell someone you love and appreciate them.
  11. Go one day without complaining.
  12. Pray salah in the masjid.
  13. Give the full salaams! “Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh”
  14. Make a special dua for someone.
  15. Invite a friend to the masjid to pray with you.
  16. Teach someone something new!
  17. Collect any trash in your yard to keep the Earth Allah created clean!
  18. Learn 5 new names of Allah.
  19. Use the new names of Allah you learned to make dua.
  20. Give someone a compliment.
  21. Let someone go ahead of you in a line.
  22. Read a story to your younger sibling or younger friend.
  23. Stay awake after fajr to make extra dhikr.
  24. Spend extra time with your parents.
  25. Help clean up the masjid after iftaar or tarawih.
  26. Call your grandparents to tell them how much you love them.
  27. Help your parents with the laundry.
  28. Give a gift to a loved one.
  29. Make Eid cards for friends and family.
  30. Wrap an Eid gift for a friend or family member.
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During our upcoming UOI, students will be focusing on:


  • Sentence structure
  • Prepositions used in past tense
  • Arabic dictation

Quran Memorization

Students will be memorizing from Surah Balad. Students will enhance their reading skills by reading from Surah Naba ( first Surah in Juzz 30)

Islamic Studies


  1. Respect
  2. Cleanliness and politeness in speech
  3. Different ways to give zakah that don't revolve around worldly things.


  1. How to eat, drink, sleep and use the restroom in an Islamic manner.


  1. Sunnahs of the Prophet
  2. What is a Sunnah?


Students will create Joan Miro inspired surrealism artworks

Students will learn about visual narrative.

Students will explore the color theory

Targeted MSDE Standards:

Creative Expression & Production:

· Manipulate art media, material, and tools safely.

· Create artworks that explore the uses of color, line, and shape, texture, form, and selected principles of design, such as pattern and repetition, to express ideas, thoughts, and feelings

· Identify color, line, shape, texture, form, and selected principles of design, such as pattern and repetition in artworks