Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of January:
In Writer’s Workshop we are continuing with our current unit of study – writing small moment stories. We will spend the next few weeks learning how to edit and revise our small moments as we prepare for our publishing celebration on February 2. Here are a few upcoming lessons:

– Reviewing all we have learned about small moments – ( story zooms in to one moment, is it true, does it have lots of details, and a clear beginning, middle, and end, does it shows feelings, is it about 1 place and 1 time, and does it include craft moves)

– Using all we know to revise (supporting writers with different types of revision)

– Editing with a checklist – (supporting students in their editing work: spelling and conventions)

– Making books ready for the library – ( providing specific support with publication preparation)

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Science Unit of Study – Five Senses – January to March

Enduring understandings:
– There are five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch.
– We use our senses to navigate the world around us.
– Every person’s senses are different.

Essential Questions:
– What are our senses?
– How do your senses inform your understanding of the world?

Learners will know and understand:
– How does each sense work?
– What happens when a sense does not work?
– What does it mean to have a disability?

Learners will be able to:
– Distinguish between senses.
– Demonstrate the use of senses
• Smell
• Sight
• Hearing
• Taste
• Touch
– Identify all five senses.

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Unit of Study for Math – January
During the month of January we will begin learning about subtraction. The learners will learn about the operation of subtraction by playing subtraction games and solving story problems. Then we will work on deepening their understanding of the operations of addition and subtraction.

Our lessons and activities will cover:
– introducing subtraction

– solving subtraction story problems

– learning different subtraction strategies

– adding and subtracting story problems and games

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Readers Workshop Unit of Study: 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
– read with fluency
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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)

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

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Mindfulness

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