Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of November:
In Writer’s Workshop we have begun our next unit of study – learning how to write small moment stories. Here are a few upcoming lessons:

– Lives are full of stories to tell (helping learners to write productively)
– Planning for writing: Writers touch and tell, sketch, then write (planning how to write our stories)
– Using pictures to add to our story (reminding writers to go back and revise their stories)
– Stretching words to spell them: Hearing and recording all sounds (one of many lessons on hearing and recording sounds in sequence)
– Zooming in: Focusing on Small Moments (supporting learners to write more focused narratives)
– Reading our writing like we read our books (helping learners to use spelling strategies)

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 for the month of 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 for Math – November
During the month of November we will be working on composing and decomposing 2-D shapes, describing and sorting shapes, and quilts.
Our lessons and activities will cover:
– 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.
– Learners will combine triangles and squares to make various quilt square designs.
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

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)
– 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
– Noticing Letters in Words
– Learning Beginning Sounds
– Making Plurals: Adding s
– Learning about Beginning Consonant Letters and Sounds