John Muir Elementary

John Muir
Elementary

January ’23 Academic Update

January ’23 Academic Update

Principal Alana Haider • January 2023

Read about what’s happening at John Muir this month! Team Language Arts Envision Mathematics Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

Questions? Please contact your child’s teacher or the front office: 206-252-7400. Erika and Helina are always happy to help! You may also email Alana Haider (principal) amhaider@seattleschools.org or Quinta Thomas (ass’t principal) aothomas@seattleschools.org

Team

Le
Clisham
CodyKramers

Language Arts

We are learning about visualization and using illustrations to understand a story. In writing we are working on telling more as well as handwriting.

Envision Mathematics

We are continuing to work on addition, and we will start subtraction.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

SEL: we are learning about empathy and kindness. Science: we are beginning the Pushes and Pulls unit. Ethnic Studies: we are continuing with the Identity unit.

Team

Domingo
Harris
Kang

Language Arts

Being a Writer – Unit 3: Telling more. Students will explore telling more by adding to their writing. Students will continue to practice strategies for spelling unfamiliar words (using sight words resources), and work on writing convention. Making Meaning: Students will continue with RETELLING unit. Students will discuss important characters in stories, make text-to-text connections.

Envision Mathematics

First graders have been working on addition strategies to 20. We will be working on subtraction strategies to 20 this month.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

We will be continuing Unit 2 (Emotional Management) and begin working on Unit 3 which focuses on Empathy and Kindness. Students will learn about being Self Aware, having Self Management, and on relationship skills. We will continue working in our Animal and Plant Defense Unit.

Team

Addish
Gray
Kovnat

Language Arts

Reading Lab continues to provide targeted phonics, comprehension, and language instruction for all students. Making Meaning instruction is focusing on building reading comprehension through visualizing and making inferences. In writing we are starting a non-fiction unit where students will act as experts to publish a book all about a topic of their choice.

Envision Mathematics

We have been working on addition strategies with multiple 2-digit addends. Strategies include number lines, breaking numbers apart, drawing Base-10 blocks, and partial sums. We are beginning our unit on subtraction strategies.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

In SEL we have been focusing on emotion regulation; identifying and managing our emotions. We also focused on understanding that people can feel differently about the same event. In Science, we started our Plant and Animal Relationships unit, focusing on the Broadleaf Forest habitat in India.

Team

Arellano
Barnes
Vielbig

Language Arts

Students are focusing on using wondering/question to better understand the stories. They are also making inferences, visualizing, and asking questions as they hear and discuss read-aloud from a variety of genres.
Socially, they are developing the skill of referring to the text for support.

Envision Mathematics

We are working on Topic 5, fluently multiply and divide within 100. Students are using tables to help multiply and divide, learning strategies for multiplication, solving word problems using multiplication and division, writing multiplication and division math stories and problem solving in looking for and using structure.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Science: We will all start the next unit, Environments and Survival, where we will explore how the traits of living things affect their survival as their environment changes.
SEL: 3rd grade will start the Child Protection Unit, which covers safe and unsafe touch, as well as situational awareness. This will involve one lesson a week for six weeks. We started the New Year reviewing Classroom Charters with our students.

Team

Isakson/Tamayo

Jenkins

Language Arts

Unit 4: Analyzing Text Structure. During this unit, the students analyze the elements of narrative text structure in three different types of text: fiction, narrative nonfiction and drama. Students are focusing on character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme, and in the fiction and narrative nonfiction texts, they also learn about the use of first and third person point of view.

Envision Mathematics

4th graders are learning how to multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. Some of the strategies they are learning to use include arrays and partial products.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

4th graders have begun Ethnic Studies, Identity, Unit One. In this unit, students grapple with their identities through learning the history of Washington state and their own place in its history. They will analyze the factors impacting the movement of peoples and formation of communities and share their findings with the class.

Team

Manuel

Prewitt

Language Arts

We are picking up in the middle of our fiction writing unit. Students have been studying how to incorporate elements of fiction into their own drafts. We will soon begin to focus our attention on writing craft as students begin to draft their fiction stories. We will conclude this fiction unit with a week-long SBA focused writing task.
Before break we wrapped up and assessed Unit 4: Analyzing Text Structure in fiction novels. This month we will spend our first two weeks looking at inference-making from fiction and poetry texts. The last three months of January we will explore inference making in Unit 6 using fiction and expository nonfiction texts.

Envision Mathematics

We concluded our Topic 5 studies in math around using models and strategies to divide whole numbers. This month we dive into learning around Topic 6 regarding how to use models and strategies to divide decimals. We enter into Topic 7 as we conclude the month, learning how to use equivalent fractions to add and subtract fractions.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

We conclude or government unit mid-January. Students will then transition back to science where we will begin studying the Earth System. Chapter 1 lessons teach students about water shortages and water solutions.

For SEL, students created a word-of-the-year card for display. This word students have decided will ground them in their perspectives for 2023 and help center their energy. We begin Growth Mindset and Goal Setting for our Second Step curriculum where students will set personal goals, make a plan, and evaluate their progress.

Team

Trout

All grades are exploring different ways to draw. K-1 is looking at the artists Faith Ringgold, Jean- Michel Basquiat, and Beyte Saar that combine collage and drawing techniques. Third graders are using the genres of Manga, Anime, and Pokemon to create unique characters. Grades 4-5 are examining why artists create and how we incorporate our identities into our work through self-portraits in a variety of artistic styles.

Team

Burwell

All grades will be learning about digital citizenship. Balance of screen time, online safety, and false information will be some of the topics covered at appropriate grade levels.

Teams

Prince

All grades are continuing to build their musical ears as they learn to play and sing new songs. K-1 will learn more about percussion instruments, while 2-5 will be learning to create and perform their own rhythms and melodies. Third graders will also begin to learn the recorder. Please contact me if you have any questions or want to say hello!

Team

Downs/Noriega

Students in grades 2-5 are learning and playing team handball. Team handball is an Olympic sport that has elements of basketball, soccer and other sports which combine to make a fun and fast paced game. Kinders and 1st graders are working on hand eye coordination with different

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