Grade 5 & 6 Newsletter

Newsletter #1


Transdisciplinary Theme: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Exploration enables us to learn about our world and its past, present, and future

Key Concepts: Causation, Connection, Perspective

Related Concepts: Space, solar system, discovery, exploration, history

Lines of Inquiry:

Reasons for exploration (historical and personal)

Explorations of the past impact today's world

We see our history through a unique perspective

UOI Field Trip


Grades 3-6 will be going on a field trip to the Sackler/Freer Art Galleries to view “The Art of the Quran: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish & Islamic Art” Exhibit on November 17, 2016 from 10am – 1:45pm. This exhibit showcases sixty manuscripts from between the eighth to seventeenth century, and it is the first major exhibition of Qurans in the USA. Students will be led through the exhibit with a guide, and learn how calligraphy and illumination played a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world. Students will also get to create an illuminated design of their own midway through the exhibit.

Location: 1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20560

What Are We Learning This Unit?


5th Grade Standards

  • Fluently multiply decimals using place value strategies as well as the standard multiplication algorithm and an area model and explain the different strategies.
  • Multiply decimals by whole numbers and use estimation to determine the reasonableness of the answer.
  • Divide decimals by whole numbers using understanding of place value.
  • Divide decimals that have remainders using understanding of place value.
  • Solve word problems using decimal operations.
  • Multiply multi-digit whole numbers and multiples of 10 using place value patterns and the distributive and associative properties.
  • Estimate multi-digit products by rounding factors to a basic fact using place value patterns.
  • Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm and using estimation to check for reasonableness of the product.

6th Grade Standards

  • Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with whole-number. measurements, find missing values in the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane.
  • Use tables to compare ratios.
  • Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed.
  • Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units.
  • Understand the concept of a unit rate and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship.
  • Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity.

English Language Arts

  • Accurately quote from informational text when explaining what it says and to support inferences.
  • Explain the relationships between two or more events in historical texts using information from the text.
  • Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic by discussing similarities and differences in their points of view.
  • Determine the meanings of words and phrases in science and social studies texts.
  • Follow the writing process to write a narrative to develop an imagined experience using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


Fareeq Al-Nimr Al-Aswad:

Interpersonal Communication

  • I can say something about the members of my family and ask about someone’s family امي امها... ابي اسمه.... عندي ثلاثة اخوة، عندي اخت واحدة
  • I can respond to who, what, when, and where questions
  • I can talk about some nationalities using Nisba انا من استراليا، انا استرالي. انا من سوريا، انا سوري

Presentational Speaking

  • I can count from 1- 30 واحد، اثنان، ثلاثة،اربعة...الخ

Presentational Writing

  • I can copy phrases introduced in class
  • I can write dates and the day of the week السبت، الاحد، الاثنين... الخ


  • I can answer questions about how old I am, and where I am from عمري، انا من

Fareeq Al-Nujoom:

Interpersonal Communication

  • I can say something about the members of my family and ask about someone’s family امي امها... ابي اسمه.... عندي ثلاثة اخوة، عندي اخت واحدة
  • I can answer questions about what I am doing and what I did

Presentational Speaking

  • I can retell the story of Tariq Ibn Zeyad after watching it in class
  • I can ask and talk about family members and characteristics
  • I can give my phone numbers, home address, and email address

Presentational Writing

  • I can write a short story about Tariq Ibn Zeyad and Islamic futoohat

Social Studies & Science

Social Studies

  • Analyze the chronology and significance of key historical events during the age of European exploration
  • Describe the origin, destination, and goals of the North American explorers
  • Evaluate the results of the interactions between European explorers and native peoples


  • The solar system including the Sun and the objects that orbit it, including Earth, the Moon, seven other planets, their satellites, and smaller objects
  • The size and distance relationships among the Moon, Earth, and the Sun
  • How the parts of the solar system interact, and how gravity and inertia keep planets in orbit around the Sun
  • How stars appear to move across the night sky
  • The pulling force of gravity keeps the planets and other objects in orbit by continuously changing their direction of travel


Fareeq An-Nimr Al-Aswad


  • Qalqalah
  • The heavy and light letters


  • Surat Al-Inshiqaq
  • Some students will be working on Surat Al-Mutaffifin


  • The general meaning of Surat Al-Inshiqaq

Fareeq An-Nujoom


  • Meem Sakinah rules (Idghaam Mutamatheline Şagheer, Ikhfaa Shafawi, Izhar Shafawi)
  • Basmallah rules


  • Surat An-Nazi’aat
  • Some of the students will be working on Surat Ar-Rahman


  • The general meaning of Surat An-Nazi’aat

Islamic Studies

  • The exploration of Prophet Ibrahim to various places to build places of worship for Allah, along with the effect it has on us today
  • What causes people to travel to different places, and how that connects to Islam and the Prophets
  • The family tree of Ibrahim and map his journeys
  • The life of Yusuf, his eleven brothers and what caused the children of Israel to go to Egypt
  • The life of Isa and what we believe about Isa
  • Memorize the daily duas and dhikr that Muslims make throughout the day
  • The seven articles of faith and how they don’t change over time


  • Create artworks that use the elements of art and principle of design to express personal meaning
  • Analyze selected works of art and describe how different artists express ideas and feelings about their lives
  • Identify technologies, processes, and materials used to create visual art
  • Discuss and compare how art from different times or cultures are similar or different