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

– Unfreezing our characters and our writing (helping children write with greater volume and detail)
– Telling stories in its-bitsy steps (supporting elaboration)
– Bringing what’s inside out: Making characters think and feel (inviting students to not just tell, but to show their characters feelings)
– Using familiar words to spell new words (supporting writers in working with parts of words, rather than just letters)
– Studying a story to learn ways the author makes it special (helping writers use audience and purpose to decide which craft moves to emulate)
– Trying out a craft move from a mentor text: writing with exact actions and pop-out words (coaching students to use action and pop-out words within their stories)

Social Studies Unit of Study Families – October to 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 – December
During the month of December we will be working on composing and decomposing numbers into several parts. The learners will also revisit addition activities that develop the strategy of counting on.

Our lessons and activities will cover:
– Develop strategies to accurately count a set of objects by 1’s

– Learn how to compose numbers up to 15 with two or more addends

– Make sense of and develop strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems with small numbers


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)

– 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
– Hearing Middle Sounds
– Hearing and Changing Ending Sounds