Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of December: Personal Narratives/Small Moments
The K/1 Team decided we will continue with our unit of study on Personal Narratives for the month of December. Now that we have switched to the new writing curriculum, we are finding we need more time for this unit. So for the month of December we will continue with this unit of study.

Our mini-lessons will continue with the theme of learning how to write stories with detailed pictures and words. We will also continue on with learning how to make sure our stories 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.

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

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
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
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 more deeply on learning how to quiet our minds and being more aware of the constant “chatter” in our brains. We will spend more time learning about our anchor breath. My hope is by the time we leave for winter break they will have learned or been exposed to how to use their anchor breath. This skill will 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
As a reminder – 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


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)
– 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
– Hearing Middle Sounds
– Hearing and Changing Ending Sounds


Amy came in on Wednesday and took a new class photo of the children. I posted it as the header on our classroom blog.