Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #1: Sharing the Planet

UOI 3: Sharing the Planet

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central idea:

Our use of energy resources affects global warming.

Key concepts: Causation, Connection, Responsibility

Related concepts: climate, global warming, pollution, impact, energy resources

Lines of inquiry

  • Fossil fuels and global warming.
  • Effect on the environment and human health.
  • Renewable energy and global warming.

What Are We Learning This Unit?

Science & Social Studies


  • describe problems with the burning of fossil fuels
  • form definitions of the greenhouse effect.
  • inquire into the impact of the greenhouse effect and global warming.
  • hypothesize about the effects of global warming on the climate and the world's populations.
  • explore carbon footprints and analyze ways in which carbon can be reduced on the planet.
  • recommend solutions for reducing the use of fossil fuels.
  • explore alternative energy sources to reduce the world's carbon footprint.

Social Studies

  • explore climate graphs.
  • use a map to locate geographic locations and identify climate in different parts of the world.


5th Grade Standards:

  • multiply unit fractions by unit fractions and by non-unit fractions.
  • multiply non-unit fractions by non-unit fractions.
  • solve word problems using tape diagrams and fraction-by- fraction multiplication.
  • convert mixed unit measurements, and solve multi-step word problems.
  • divide a whole number by a unit fraction.
  • divide a unit fraction by a whole number.
  • solve problems involving fraction division.
  • find the volume of a right rectangular prism by packing with cubic units and counting.
  • compose and decompose right rectangular prisms using layers.
  • use multiplication to calculate volume.

6th Grade Standards:

  • write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.
  • identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, coefficient); view one or more parts of an expression as a single entity. For example, describe the expression 2(8 + 7) as a product of two factors; view (8 + 7) as both a single entity and a sum of two terms.
  • evaluate expressions at specific values of their variables. Include expressions that arise from formulas used in real-world problems.
  • perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole-number exponents, in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations).
  • identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). For example, the expressions y+y +y and 3y are equivalent .
  • find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
  • find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas V= lwh and V= bh to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

English Language Arts

  • determine how author’s purpose shapes the content and style of an article
  • determine the meanings of words and phrases in science and social studies texts.
  • cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
  • analyze relationships between and among characters, setting, and events.
  • identify and explain how the actions of the character(s) affect the plot
  • use context clues to figure out the meanings of words or phrases.
  • determine the meanings of unknown words by using common Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots.
  • write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • use punctuation to separate items in a series.
  • use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.


As students started to prepare for Ramadan, they read from Surat Al-Baqarah.

Students have finished between 2-3 juz of the Quran.

In this UOI, students will:

  • memorize Surat An-Noor (first 2 pages for the lower level, and the whole Surah for the advanced level) with fluency and Tajweed.
  • understand the general meaning of Surat An-Noor.
  • collect all the rules and manners from Surat An-Noor.

Islamic Studies

The Emotional Intelligence of the Prophet (SAW); understanding our own emotions and understanding, and reading others and building empathy. Through the Seerah of the Prophet exploring the issues of interpersonal dealings. Understanding puberty and changes in emotions.

Students will work to identify and name their own emotional states. Then work to identify the emotions of others. We will use the seerah of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him).

Summative Assessment:

Students will have to explain the emotional state of people in hypothetical situations. They will attempt to highlight the highest levels of emotional intelligence and what is the expected outcome. Each student will read through a detailed scenario and assess the best course of action.


Students will be working on the following projects in Art this UOI.

  • Book drawing silhouette of a mosque / negative and positive space
  • Recycled Art
  • Book folding Art

Targeted MSDE Standards

3.0 Creative Expression and Production:

Students will demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art.

1. Demonstrate how media, processes, and techniques communicate ideas and personal meaning

c. Create visual images or forms from observation, memory, and imagination to convey ideas and personal meaning with attention to 2- and 3-dimensional form, proportion, qualities of surface texture, detail, and spatial relationships