At the beginning of each month we will give a brief summary of what we will be studying for the next four weeks.
Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of October:
In Writer’s Workshop we are moving from setting up our Writer’s Workshop and writing “Teaching Books” to “Writing Stories”. Here are a few upcoming lessons:

– Getting Ideas for Stories and Practicing Storytelling (before you write)
– Planning Stories Page by Page (planning stories by touching each page)
– Adding More Details to Pictures and Stories (asking the who, what, wheres of their story)
– Stretching and Writing Words (one of many lessons on hearing and recording sounds in sequence)
– Bringing Our Writing to Life (by adding dialogue and speech bubbles)
– Using Everything to Make Pieces the Best They Can Be (one of many re-reading, revising and editing lessons)
– Author’s Celebration (sharing our writing with an audience and celebrating becoming a published author!)
Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of October: Where do writers get their ideas?


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.
• Traditions
• Members
• How they live
• History
• Analyze and respect the similarities and differences between their own family and others.


  • Readers Workshop Unit of Study – October
    As readers we will learn how to:
    • get our minds ready to read
    • acquire print strategies
    • be flexible with print strategies
    • read with fluency
    • choose the just-right book
    Unit of Study for Math – October
    During the month of October we will be working on composing numbers, composing and decomposing 2-D shapes, and describing and sorting shapes.
    Our lessons and activities will cover:
    – Learners will work on finding different 2-addend combinations of the same number.
    – Learners will work on finding combinations of shapes to fit the same outlined areas. They will also focus on making shapes from smaller shapes.
    – Learners will describe, sort, and classify shapes. They will describe and construct triangles, quadrilaterals, and distinguish the attributes of these shapes.
    For the month of October we continue practicing and concentrating on our breath, breathing in and breathing out. So far we have learned the spiderman, dolphin, crocodile, and butterfly breath. It is pretty amazing, but just doing the breathing exercises has helped all of us to calm down and be more settled in our bodies. Just remembering to take a deep breath is such an important skill in life.

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

The learning objectives for Playing Mindfulness are:
Playing mindfulness introduces students to mindful breath awareness
The practices help to cultivate attention by focusing awareness on the breath with body movements
The movements support the students to experience connection and aliveness in their bodies while also enhancing their capacity to relax and be centered
Through progressive practices students learn to go from fun external movements to internal stillness.

Phonics Lessons from Pinnell and Fountas for October
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 October 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 letter names and sounds (alphabet wall)
– Exploring syllables (name graph)
– Saying words slowly to predict letter sequence (words in a sentences)
– Changing the first letter of a word (magnetic letters)
– Hearing ending sounds (picture lotto)
– Hearing beginning and ending sounds in words
– Identifying Onsets and Rimes
– Hearing and Blending Onsets and Rimes
– Identifying and Blending Onsets and Rimes