Dear k/1 families,

Unit of Inquiry:  How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea:  Communities can help us satisfy our needs and wants.

This week students explored the concepts of individual needs in different communities such as in a classroom, at home, and in the community of Missoula.  They used different thinking routines and graphic organizers to generate new ideas and share them with others.

Here are some of the questions you can use at home to have conversations with your children about our learning in class:

What do you need?  What do you want?

What do you need or want at home?  What do you need or want at school?  What do you need or want in Missoula?

What do you need in one place but not in the other?  What needs do you have in all places?

What do you need the most?  What do all people in the world need?

The groups are currently working together to create lists of the most basic needs of all human beings.

Next week, students in K/1 will inquire deeper into the basic human needs and consider new questions such as:

How do our communities (family, class, Missoula, world) help us satisfy our needs and wants?

What services do different people in the community provide to help others meet their needs?

The groups will also continue to work with each other on growing as a class community through relationship building activities and routines that increase empathy, dialogue, and conflict resolution.

Parent occupation interviews

In the next weeks, students will broaden the inquiry to consider what other people need  in their different occupations.  We would like to interview a few parents in class about their occupations with questions such as:

What do you need and want to do your job?  How do you find a balance between needs and wants at work? Who do you work with that helps you do your job?  How does your job help the community?

Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to come to our classes to share about your job answer questions and discuss and show objects or images from your place of work.  These parent presentations typically take place from 9:15 to 9:30, and last from about October 8 to October 23.

Request for recycled materials

If you have any of the following, we are accepting the following recycled materials to be used in upcoming class projects:  clean water or drink plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, paper towel rolls.


  • On days in which students bring their homework folders home, please help your child develop the habit of bringing them back to class the following day.  There is a space near the doors of both classroom to place returned folders.


k/1 team