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.

Towards the end of January, we will begin our next unit of study on opinion writing. During this unit the learners will be learning how to write an opinion piece about a book or a specific topic. At the end of the unit the learners will publish their own book that expresses an opinion about a book or specific topic.

Science Unit of Study – Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle – January to March

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 reducing, re-using, and recycling

Essential Questions:
• How can we care for the world?
• How can we reduce, reuse, and recycle?

Learners will know and understand:
• 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?

Learners will be able to:
• Distinguish between which items go to landfill, compost, and recycling
• Identify items that can be re-used
• Identify items that can be recycled
• Construct ways to reduce waste

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)
– Hearing Middle Sounds
– Hearing and Changing Ending Sounds
– Hearing and Changing First and Last Sounds
– Identifying Consonants and Vowels
– Introducing Consonant Clusters
– Learning about Beginning Consonant Clusters
– Learning About Names and Initials

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