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November Curriculum Update

Principal Alana Haider

Read about what’s happening at John Muir this month! Students will…

Team

Le, Clisham, CodyKramers

Language Arts

Make text-to-self connections, compare and contrast characters in stories, identify key details in a story, answer questions to understand a story, retell the sequence of events in a story, listen to and discuss poems, continue handwriting and vocabulary, listen to and discuss good writing, and explore letter-sound relationships.

Envision Mathematics

Compare numbers from 0-10 (Topic 4) and classify and count data (Topic 5).

Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

  • Science: Continue to investigate sunlight and weather for science; begin Ethnic Studies curriculum with Identity lessons.
  • SEL: Emotional Management for different emotions

Team

Domingo, Harris, Kang

Language Arts

  • Reading: Making Meaning Unit 2 – Making Connections. Students will make text-to-self connections and answer questions to understand stories.
  • Writing: Finishing Unit 1, starting Unit 2: Getting Ideas. Students will generate writing ideas from their own lives and tell stories orally.

Envision Mathematics

We are in Topic 2 – Fluently Add and Subtract Within 10. 1st Grade mathematicians are learning different strategies for adding and subtracting, while building their fluency.

Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

  • SEL: Unit 1 focuses on Growth Mindset and Goal setting. Students are learning about being self-aware and self-management.
  • Social Studies: Our focus is on Family.
  • Science: We will be learning about Animal and Plant Defense. Students take on the role of scientists advising an aquarium director by helping answer young visitors’ questions about Spruce the Sea Turtle, who will soon be released back into the ocean. They investigate how Spruce can survive in the ocean, particularly since sharks live in the area. They then investigate a question about Spruce’s offspring: How can Spruce the Sea Turtle’s offspring survive where there are sharks?

Team

Addish, Gray, Kovnat

Language Arts

We are in our third week of Reading Lab, and it is going great. These is differentiated small
group instruction focused on phonics, fluency, and comprehension. Making meaning instruction is focusing on Text-to-Self and Text-to-Text connections. In writing, we are continuing to plan and write fiction stories, focusing on adding sight and sound words to bring our stories to life.

Envision Mathematics

In our new Envision math curriculum, students have learned about adding/subtracting under 20, arrays and equal groups. We are focusing on addition strategies under 100, thinking about decomposing numbers, using a number line, and compensation.

Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

  • SEL: we have been focusing on growth mindset and thinking helpful thoughts when challenged with a difficult task. We are moving into identifying and managing our emotions.
  • Social Studies: we are continuing with the Since Time Immemorial curriculum with a focus on oral storytelling and traditions. We can’t wait to start our first science unit in December!

Team

Arellano, Barnes, Vielbig

Language Arts

  • Students are focusing on determining important ideas in texts to better understand and remember what they read. They are also making inferences, visualizing, and asking questions as they hear and discuss readalouds from a variety of genres. Socially, they are developing the skill of giving reasons for their thinking.
  • Writing: Students are starting a unit on expository writing.

Envision Mathematics

We are learning the use of distributive property to solve problems within multiplication to 100, and we use the distributive property to break apart unknown facts in multiples of 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 as factors.

Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

  • We continue working on Balancing Forces, exploring touching and non-touching forces (magnetism), evidence of gravity – and documenting our experimental findings.
  • SEL: Emotions, why we have them, and focus on different emotions, such as anger, sadness, fear, etc. Social Studies: we have been learning about Diwali and Dia de Muertos.

Team

Isakson/Tamayo, Jenkins

Language Arts

  • Reading: Students use questioning and wondering to help understand an expository nonfiction text.
  • Writing: Students are drafting their fiction story using “my plot” graphic organizer. Students will revise, edit, and publish a fiction story by the end of November.

Envision Mathematics

  • Finish Topic 2- Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • Begin Topic 3, which focuses on developing understanding of multiplying multidigit numbers by 1-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operation.

Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

  • Science: Energy Conversions. Students take on the role of systems engineer for Ergstown, a fictional town that experiences frequent blackouts, and explore reasons why an electrical system may fail.
  • SEL: Problem-solving interpersonal problems and disagreements between two or more people. 4th graders practice each part of the STEP process (Say the problem, Think of Solutions, Explore the outcomes, Pick a solution) by considering the point of view of everyone involved.

Team

Manuel, Prewitt

Language Arts

  • Reading: We will be reading the novel, I Can Make this Promise, written by Seattle Native, Christine Day. As we enter Native American Heritage month, we will use the strategies and practices of analyzing text structure to navigate to a more in-depth awareness of indigenous people’s brilliance, resilience, cultural and language diversity.
  • Writing: We have just begun writing personal narratives and will continue to learn how authors craft stories and bring them to life.

Envision Mathematics

  • Topic 4 – Use Models and Strategies to Multiply Decimals
  • Topic 5 – Use Models and Strategies to DivideWhole Numbers

Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

  • Science: we are wrapping up Chapter 2 in Patterns of Earth and Sky and will then focus on modeling Earth’s orbit and how Earth’s position in orbit correlates with the stars in the night sky.
  • SEL: We look at problem solving using the acronym STEP (Say the problem, Think of respectful solutions, Explore the solutions, Pick a solution)

Teacher: Trout

We have been exploring a variety of techniques with a focus on process and experimentation. K-1 has been using a variety of directional lines to create abstract and guided drawings and paintings of owls, birds, butterflies, and pumpkins inspired by Yayoi Kusama.

Grades 2-5 have been inspired by a variety of art forms found in Indigenous Mexico by exploring patterns, color, storytelling, 3-D forms, and learning about the art and lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Riveria. Our next exploration will be hand building clay projects and sculptural techniques with found materials.

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Teacher: Burwell

Grades K-3: Grateful theme highlighting Native American month.

Grades 4-5: Launching Library Link access and Global Reading Challenge

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Teacher: Prince

K-5 are singing new songs, learning rounds, and practicing solfège (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do)! We are also exploring music-making with our new xylophones and glockenspiels. I would love to hear from you, so please contact me if you have any questions or want to say hello!

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Teacher: Downs

K-5 learning how to play hockey. Students are using new reversible jerseys and hockey sticks that were donated to us by the Seattle Kraken! After hockey, we will finish up some fitness testing and work on a variety of locomotor movements. Soccer and bowling are coming soon!