Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of January: Punctuation/Revision/Publishing
First I will read the children many books and spend time talking about the different types of punctuation in the stories that we read. Then I will have the children experiment with different forms of punctuation during writers workshop. Then we will move onto revision/editing. As a class we will practice editing and revising simple books.

Science Unit of Study – Five Senses – January to March

Enduring understandings:
– There are five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch.
– We use our senses to navigate the world around us.
– Every person’s senses are different.

Essential Questions:
– What are our senses?
– How do your senses inform your understanding of the world?

Learners will know and understand:
– How does each sense work?
– What happens when a sense does not work?
– What does it mean to have a disability?

Learners will be able to:
– Distinguish between senses.
– Demonstrate the use of senses
• Smell
• Sight
• Hearing
• Taste
• Touch
– Identify all five senses.

Readers Workshop Unit of Study: December-January – 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 January
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 January 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)
– making plurals: adding s
– changing and adding beginning sounds
– learning about beginning consonant letters and sounds
– noticing vowels in words
– learning common shorts vowels in words
– learning common short vowel word patterns
– learning phonograms

Unit of Study in Math – January: Number and Operations in Base Ten – First Grade
We will continue learning how to add within 100 including two-digit numbers. We will also learn how to mentally find 10 more or 10 less than a number without having to count. Then we will move onto subtraction using multiples of 10 in the range of 10 to 90.

Unit of Study in Math – January: Number and Operations in Base Ten – Kindergarten
We will continue learning how to count to 100 by ones and tens. Then we will begin working with numbers from 11 to 19 to lay the foundations for place value. This will involve composing and decomposing numbers from 11 to 19.
During the month of January I will continue teaching the children to learn how to quiet their minds and being more aware of the constant “chatter” in their brains.

We spent the month of December learning about anchor breathing and when we reviewed what anchor breathing is this week, I felt they had begun to understand the concept of anchoring breathing and why it is important. For the month of January I will be focusing our lessons on Mindful Listening.

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 mindful listening are:
– Cultivating focused, present-moment awareness
– Relaxing the mind and body
– Becoming aware of thoughts and working with distractions