At the beginning of each month I will give a brief summary of what we will be studying for the next four weeks. 

Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of November:  How to read and write like a writer
In this unit we will study how to read and write like a writer.  I will share many examples with them from my own life of how I read like a writer. I will also read them many books and we will talk about how when we read we can get ideas for our own stories.  We will make several lists of all of our ideas.  We will also continue to work on their personal narratives/small moments.  The project/process of writing about a “small moment” will be completed by the end of November.  Please note that in Kindergarten many of their stories will be mainly expressed through detailed pictures.
Science Unit of Study Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – October to November
Enduring understandings:
    • Every person has a responsibility to limit the amount of garbage they produce
    • We can reduce the amount of garbage that goes to landfill by by reducing, re-using, and recycling

Essential Questions:
    • How can we care for the world?
    • How can we reduce, reuse, and recycle?
Unit Concepts:
    • What is personal and shared space?
    • How do we care for shared space?
    • What is litter?
    • What is landfill?
    • Why is it important to reduce what we send to the landfill?
    • How can we reduce landfill?
    • What can we reuse that is going to the landfill?
    • What can we recycle instead of sending to the landfill?

Readers Workshop Unit of Study – November to December –  Readers think and talk about books to develop ideas
Readers will learn:

• how to retell story
• how to envision, predict, and make connections with books
• how to monitor comprehension
• how to work on comprehension challenges

Unit of Study in Math – November/December:  Number and Operations in Base Ten –  First Grade
We study and learn how to count and write our numbers up 120.  We will begin to work on understanding place value up to 100.  We will also study how to compare numbers using the less than, more than, and equals symbols.  Then we will move onto learning how to add within 100 including two-digit numbers.

Unit of Study in Math – November/December: Counting and Cardinality – Kindergarten
We will begin to learn how to count to 100 by ones and tens.  We will also begin to learn how to write our numbers from 0 to 20. This will also include learning how to count and tell the number of objects within a group.  Then we will start to explore how to compare numbers.  Please note that we will continue to work on these concepts throughout year in all areas of mathematics.