December Curriculum Update

Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of December: How to make illustrations match the stories that we write
In this unit of study we will read lots of picture books with wonderful illustrations that add “words” and ideas to the story. We will look at different illustrators and get ideas from their work. We will look at the books we have made to see if we can add more information to our stories with pictures and/or more sentences. We will also have discussions about how important it is that our pictures match our words/stories.
We will complete their personal narratives/small moments by the time we leave for winter break.

Social Studies Unit of Study Families – October to Mid-December
Enduring understandings:
All families are different.
Families are a connected group of people who care about one another.
We respect all different types of families, their beliefs, and values.

Essential Questions:
What is a family?
How are families similar and different to one another?
What are my family history and traditions?

Learners will know and understand
What constitutes a family
Family routines and activities
Families have similarities and differences
Their own family history
That the world is made up of different types of families

Learners will be able to
Investigate and explain the characteristics of their family.
How they live
Analyze and respect the similarities and differences between their own family and others.

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

Phonics Lessons from Pinnell and Fountas for December
These lessons are taught each afternoon during our first grade language arts time. The lessons are taught in a systematic order to support the children in reading and writing through-out the school year.
The topics that will be covered during December are: (although this a rough schedule depending on how the lessons go each week, sometimes we may need more/less time for a certain lesson)
– hearing beginning and ending sounds in words
– identifying onsets and rimes
– hearing and blending onsets and rimes
– identifying and blending onsets and rimes
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.
Mindfulness – December
During the month of December I plan to focus on teaching the children to learn how to quiet their minds and being aware of the constant “chatter” in our brains. I will teach them about anchor breathing. My hope is by the time we leave for winter break they will have learned or been exposed to how to use anchor breathing to help them stay focused and quiet their mind when they are trying to be more mindful.

The information below is from “The Way of Mindful Education” this is the book that I am using as my guide for our daily mindfulness lessons.

The learning objectives for anchor breathing are:
– cultivating attention by using an awareness anchor
– finding stillness and relaxation within the body through breath awareness
– building an attention base for future emotional regulations lessons