Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of November: Personal Narratives/Small Moments
We will continue with our unit of study on Personal Narratives for the month of November. We have been learning how to write stories with detailed pictures and words. They are also learning that their stories need to have a clear beginning, middle, and end. The learners are becoming much more comfortable with the writing process which involves remembering these important steps: touch, tell, sketch, and then write. The learners are also learning how to write about a small moment and what exactly is a “small moment.” 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.

As a side note – To teach writing we are using the writing curriculum created by Lucy Caulkins from the Teachers College – Columbia University.

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Social Studies Unit of Study Community – October to December
Enduring understandings:
• A community is a group of people that come together for a shared purpose
• A community relies on different people to fulfill different roles (post office, fire department, police station etcetera)
• Each person brings something unique to the community

Essential Questions:
• What is a community?
• What are the different roles of community members?
• What are different types of communities?
• What are things we can do to contribute to our community?

Learners will know and understand
• Who are people in our community?
– Fireman, policeman, postal worker, Librarian, Nurse, Doctor, Trash Collector, Teachers, Volunteers, Veterinarians
• What is a neighborhood?
• Other types of communities
• Ways we contribute to our community

Learners will be able to
• Recognize different roles in the community
• Describe what a community is
• Assess needs of their own community
• Coordinate actions to help their own community
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November – December – Readers think and talk about books to develop ideas

• How to have book talks with partners
• How to retell story
• How to envision, predict, and make connections with books
• How to monitor comprehension
• How to work on comprehension challenges

We will also continue to work on the strategies listed below

As readers we will learn how to:
– acquire print strategies
– be flexible with print strategies
– read with fluency
– choose the just-right book
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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.

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Mindfulness
For the month of November we will continue practicing and concentrating on our breath, breathing in and breathing out. We have learned the spiderman, dolphin, crocodile, and butterfly breath. I also taught them that they can use their “anchor breath” to calm their body and mind. We have been discussing that they can use their anchor breath if they find that their mind is wondering and not staying focused.

We end our mindfulness practice each day with these simple words:
– May you be happy
– May you be safe
– May you be healthy
– May you be peaceful

The lessons for the month of November will be centered on: Heartfulness
The lessons and objectives listed below are from “The Way of Mindful Education” by Daniel Rechtschaffen

The learning objectives for Heartfulness are:
– Cultivating care and compassion for self and others
– Focusing on positive states and emotions
– Creating an empathic classroom
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Phonics Lessons from Pinnell and Fountas for November
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 November 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)
– Identifying Onsets and Rimes
– Hearing and Blending Onsets and Rimes
– Identifying and Blending Onsets and Rimes
– Noticing Letters in Words
– Learning Beginning Sounds
– Making Plurals: Adding s
– Learning about Beginning Consonant Letters and Sounds
– Noticing Vowels in Words
– Learning Common Short Vowel Patterns: a,( i, o, u)
– Learning Common Short Vowels Patterns: e, (a, i, o, u)
– Learning Phonograms: -at, and -an