Who We Are

  • Nature of the self
  • Human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures
  • Rights and responsibilities

Central Idea: A caring and secure environment help learners understand who they are in a community.

Lines of inquiry:

1. We are part of different communities.
2. Our daily routines help us keep healthy and safe.
3. Our communities provide safe and caring environments.

Key Concepts:

Connection – How is it connected to other things?
Responsibility – What is our responsibility?
Reflection – How do we know?

Related Concepts:

Learning spaces, classroom community, family, relationships, social norms

Learner profile:

Communicators, Principled, Caring

Key Vocabulary:

Community, responsibility, success, contribute, contribution

Overview:

To start the year, our first unit is about community building. Students will be inquiring into how people’s roles affect the community they are in. We will be defining “community” as we pull examples from students’ lives. Also, we will analyze how each member contributes to their own community in order for it to be successful. Through exploring this unit, students will apply their understanding in their own classroom community by creating their own classroom agreements, explaining their responsibilities as a learner, and describing how contributions of each member make a learning community successful. Furthermore, students will be choosing a community they are involved in (within or outside of school) and will explain the connections and responsibilities of it in the form of visual representation.

Social:

Accepting responsibilities, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflicts, group decision making, adopting a variety of group roles.

Thinking:

Acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application and making connections.

Self-management:

Gross and fine motors, spatial awareness, safety, choices, independence, responsibility, persistence, resilience, and conflict resolution.

Research:

Formulating questions, recording observations and communicating information and ideas using a variety of media.

Communication:

Speaking, listening, mark-making, verbal and non-verbal communication, and symbolic exploration and expression.

How you can help at home:

  • Encourage language expression by giving them language (developed home language is very helpful while learning a second/third language)
  • Establish  rules and explain choices = consequences
  • Role Modeling. To have children imitate appropriate behavior and language. It includes the following safety rules, washing hands, being seated when eating and listening to each other.
  • Distraction – The Goal is to distract a child from the current conflict by offering an alternative activity.
  • Redirection- The goal is to substitute (toys, behaviors) to more appropriate options
    The concept of taking turns VS sharing
  • Read-aloud times