5th & 6th Grade Weekly Newsletter

April 15th, 2016

UOI # 5: Journeys and Adventures

Central Idea: Explorers of the past sought discovery, knowledge, and adventure despite challenges and risks.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Adventures often lead to discoveries and personal growth.
  • Explorations impacted people and their world.
  • Explorers have different motivations for embarking on adventures.
  • The Sun, planets and Moon are tools used by explorers.

Highlights from Class this Week

A lot of learning and events took place this week, including a special guest student!

Special Visitor

On Thursday and Friday, our class was very privileged to host Majd Murtaja, a 5th grader from Gaza. He visited our classroom, students had a discussion session with him and learned first hand what life is like in Gaza. It was an eye-opening conversation and a special opportunity for students to reflect.

Insha Allah, we will be extending this conversation in the upcoming weeks, and looking for ways that we can make a difference by raising money for the children in Gaza.

Language Arts

Students have been working on:

  • New unit in Vocabulary: Unit 10.
  • Graphically represent the relationship between main ideas and details
  • Word Choice and how writers paint images in reader's minds using words.
  • Writing a "Sausage Story" ( Riddle-inspired Tale).
  • Commas review Hard and Fast comma rules.


5th Grade: Fractions and Percents

Students have been working on

  • fraction equivalents ad relationships
  • comparing fractions and percents
  • ordering fractions and explaining the reasoning
  • finding and comparing fractional parts and percents

This upcoming week, students will be working on adding and subtracting fractions.

6th Grade: Expressions and Equations

Students have been working on

  • replacing letters with numbers.
  • commutative properties of addition and multiplication
  • the additive identity property of zero
  • the multiplicative identity property of one.

This upcoming week, students will be working on expanding, factoring and distributing expressions.

UOI/Science/Social Studies

Students have continued exploring the Central Idea through various activities.

  • explored the time period before the Age of Exploration, and the causes and events of the European Age of Exploration.
  • identified positive and negative effects of exploration.
  • learned about the causes and motivations of 10 important Early European Explorers.
  • made connections with new ideas and inquiries by adding details on concept maps.
  • explored how and why does your shadow change during the day.
  • observed and compared shadows during the day.
  • related the position of the Sun in the sky to the size and orientation of an object's shadow.

This upcoming week, students will select a European Explorer to explore further. Students will read different informational texts about their explorer of choice, practice research and note-taking skills to collect information.

On Thursday, April 21st, students will use the field trip to the library to find relevant materials and research their chosen explorer. If your child has a Howard County Library Card, he/she needs to bring it with them. If you wish to get a library card, please check the link below.

Book Summary Results

The winners for the Book Summary round of the Book Tournament are:

  • Aasiya Ali: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling
  • Amr Boushaba: Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
  • Yousuf Daoud: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Fathia Omer: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Yusra Yousuf: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

It looks like J.K. Rowling has a heavy advantage here, but you never know!

This upcoming week, students will perform their Interviews with a Character, so stay tuned for the results in next week's newsletter!

Bake Sale

Jazakallah Khair for all the donations and volunteer time for last week's bake sale.

Mashallah, we raised over $500, a HUGE accomplishment for our small class. This just goes to shows that there is power in small numbers!

Students brainstormed a list of items to purchase with the money raised and the unanimous decision was to use the money for more books for our classroom library, and comfortable seating such as comfy chairs and bean bags.

Unit 10 Vocabulary Words












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Summative assessment is on this Monday, April 25th.

Students are encouraged to use vocabulary words in writing, as well as incorporate them into conversations. It is important for students to study the words regularly. You can also access games and other resources at the websites below.

Growth Mindset Episode 2

Watch the next episode below!
Big Ideas - Series 2, Ep. 2 - Climbing out of the Dip

FOSSweb access

Access the wonderful class page for our science unit using the link below.

You will find tons of online activities, resources, recommended websites, booklists, and tutorials. It's an excellent resource for students to use to further their learning.

class username: minions

class password: mangahigh