Mrs. Abbasi's 5th/6th Grade

Weekly Newsletter

March 20th, 2016

Unit Of Inquiry: How the World Works

Central Idea: Change is a natural component of society and the world around us.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Change is quantified and qualified
  • Change is physical, biological, and transitional
  • Factors that lead to change
  • Recognizing Change around us

This past week, we continued working on their persuasive writing project, "Should Students wear School Uniforms?"


  • wrote the first draft with an introduction (stating thesis), body (three reasons on the position with supporting details) and conclusion (restating the claim, summarizing main points, and reader action).
  • learned about transition words and phrases. They practiced using transitions to help the reader understand the writer's ideas and how they are connected.
  • revised drafts to include transitions, and remove boring words.

Insha Allah, this week students will continue with revising a second time, editing and publishing.

This upcoming week, students will continue working with Unit 9 vocabulary words.

The summative assessment will be on Friday, March 25th, Insha Allah.

Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.


5th Grade

This week, students worked on a new unit "Decimals and Fractions".

Students worked on the following objectives:

  • interpreted everyday uses of fractions, decimals and percents
  • found fractional parts of a whole or group of objects
  • found a percentage of a group
  • found the percentage of a rectangular area
  • identified fraction and percentage equivalents through reasoning about representations and known equivalents and relationships.

6th Grade

This week, we began a new unit Expressions and Equations.

Students worked on the following objectives:

  • build and clarify the relationship of addition and subtraction by evaluating identities such as w - x + x = w and w + x - x = w.
  • build and clarify the relationship of multiplication and division by evaluating identities such as a divided by b times b equals a and a times bdivided by b equals a.
  • build and clarify the relationship of multiplication and addition by evaluating identities such as 3 times g = g + g + g.

Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. For example, apply the distributive property to the expression 3 (2 + x) to produce the equivalent expression 6 + 3x; apply the distributive property to the expression 24x + 18y to produce the equivalent expression 6 (4x + 3y); apply properties of operations to y + y + y to produce the equivalent expression 3y.

5th/6th Grade and Kindergarten Reading Buddies

This Friday, students visited Ms. K's Kindergarten classroom for Reading Buddies.

Each student was paired with a Kg student to read a story to them, discussed text details, asked comprehension questions and helped them with a listening log activity.

Reading buddies helps students model good reading and allows older students the opportunity to develop fluency as well as a sense of pride in their accomplishments. It also helps students see the value of reading.

Next week, students will choose books according to the buddy's interest, and practice how to make reading aloud effective, how to read with dramatic flair: voice changes, pauses, facial expressions, and so forth.

Pics from Friday's session are posted below:

Other Important News

March Madness Book Tournament

This week, students will vote for the winners of the book summary round. Students will present their book reports and their peers will vote on the winner of the round.

The winners will then move into Round 2: Interview a character.

The Book Tournament is a great way to get students excited about reading and writing, and teach them how to handle competition. Students need to be writing about what they read and develop an interest in books outside of their comfort zone and interest level.

Term 2 Conferences

Term 2 Conferences will be held this week, on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Sign up sheet is posted in the front lobby.

This term, we are working on Student-led conferences. Student-led conferences are an exciting opportunity for students to discuss their strengths, successes, contributions, and areas needing improvement using their portfolios and an evaluation form.

The format of these conferences will encourage each student to take ownership over their education, which will enhance student motivation and achievement.

Please make sure to sign-up, either in person or by calling Ms. ElKordy. And don't forget to bring your student along too!

For more information on what to expect, please watch the video below.

Unit 9 Vocabulary Words





















Summative assessment is on this Friday, March 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

Important websites and links

Soccer Dome Field Trip

Wednesday, March 23rd, 12pm

7330 Montevideo Road

Jessup, MD

Spring Break

Monday, March 28th, 12am to Friday, April 1st, 11:45pm

Home/Orlando/Canada/Wherever you are going!