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Newsletter #1: How We Express Ourselves UOI

UOI 3: How We Express Ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central idea: Advertising and mass media influence how we think and the choices we make.

Key concepts: function, change, responsibility

Related concepts: advertising, mass media, visual communication

Lines of inquiry

  • The purpose of advertising. (function)
  • The types, styles, and locations of advertisements (change)
  • The power of visual communications (logo, trademarks, signs) (responsibility)

UOI Field Trip-Tentative

Our tentative field trip will be to the Newseum. Please look out for details soon!

What Are We Learning This Unit?


  • I can define “round or rounding” in relation to place value.
  • I can round a whole number to the nearest 10.
  • I can round a whole number to the nearest 100.
  • I can identify strategies for adding within 1000.
  • I can identify strategies for subtracting within 1000.
  • I can fluently add within 1000.
  • I can fluently subtract within 1000.

English Language Arts

  • I can explain how the illustrations of a text add to the mood or the story being told. I
  • I can refer to parts of text when discussing a story or text.
  • I can compare/contrast my own point of view to the author, narrator, or the character’s point of view.
  • I can define point of view.
  • I can select a topic or text for an opinion piece.
  • I can determine an opinion about the text or topic.
  • I can choose an organizational structure for my writing.
  • I can create an opinion piece on a topic or text which introduces the topic or text, states an opinion, and organizes ideas.


What Makes Me Unique – ماللذي يجعلني فريد

Students will be working on writing a paragraph about what makes each of them unique. Students will be expected to describe physical and personality attributes using a variety of appropriate adjectives. Student will be able to correctly use descriptive adjectives, subject pronouns, and nominal sentences

Students will learn about:

• Adjectives and how to correctly form nominal sentences

• Verbs and pronouns associated with daily activities

• Taa’ Marboota and gender differentiation in Arabic

• Cognates “English words of Arabic Origin”

• Comparative and Superlative forms

• Was and Will usage in singular forms “كان” and “ليس”

• Future Tense in Arabic

ACTFL Standards:

Interpersonal Communication:

• I can communicate basic information about my everyday life

1. I can talk about what I eat, and do

• I can communicate basic information about myself and people I know

1. I can communicate something about friends and classmates or co-workers

Presentational Speaking:

• I can present information about myself and others using words and phrases

1. I can say what I look like

2. I can say what I am like

3. I can say what someone looks like

4. I can say what someone is like

• I can talk about my daily activities using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.

1. I can name activities in my daily schedule

Presentational Writing:

• I can list my daily activities and write lists that help me in my day to day life.

1. I can label activities and their times in my daily schedule

2. I can write the date and the days of the week.

• I can write about a familiar experience or event using practiced material

Interpretive Listening:

• I can recognize and sometimes understand words and phrases that I have learned for specific purposes

In addition to the above, shark bait will work on: Country Portfolio – ملف دولة/ قطر معين

Students will create a foreign country portfolio in which students will choose a country and write about its culture, religion, art, and food. Students then will choose one of the previous categories and write in detail about it.

ACTFL Standards:

1. I can ask for, follow, and give instructions for preparing food.

2. I can express my thoughts about a current event I have learned about or researched.

3. I can give multi-step instructions for preparing a recipe

4. I can present about a topic from an academic subject.

5. I can write a simple summary about something I have researched.

6. I can read/ understand some short stories, plays, and novels.

Science & Social Studies

  • I can develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • I can construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
  • I can analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
  • I can use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
  • I can analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
  • I can use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
  • I can construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • I can make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.


  • Read and memorize Surat Ar-Rahman and Al-Aadiyat with fluency and tajweed.

  • Know the general meaning of Surat Al-Aadyat and Ar-Rahman.

  • Review Surat Al-Fajr and Al-Ghashiyah.

Islamic Studies

In the third UOI of Islamic Studies the third grade students will exclusively focus their attention on learning hadith of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

  • The students will learn 12 hadith by heart. They will also memorize and learn the translation of those hadith and discuss the implications of those hadith.
  • Students will finally present these hadith one by one before their classmates displaying their retention and grasp of the Arabic words of the hadith
  • Students will reflect daily on the societal implications of each hadith that we learn.
  • By the end of the UOI students will have gathered a hadith portfolio of all the hadith they have learned.


    Students will experiment with tessellation in Islamic art and create artworks that use line, color, shape, form, space, and texture, they will manipulate clay, paint, and different mediums as a mean of cultural expression. They will also be introduced to the principals of graphic design its process and techniques using color, space, line, and shape and how to mix letters/words and figurative symbols to present ideas (Logos).

    Targeted MSDE Standards:

    2.0 Historical, Cultural, and Social Context:

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual arts as an essential aspect of history and human experience.

    • Compare processes used to interpret and express ideas in the visual arts and other discipline
    • Compare skills and processes used in the visual arts and other disciplines to express ideas
    • Select and use visual arts processes and similar processes used in other disciplines to express ideas