Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #5: How the World Works

UOI 5: How the World Works

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central idea:

Scientists experiment with matter to solve problems.

Key concepts: Function, connection, change.

Related concepts: matter, chemical reactions.

Lines of inquiry

  • Properties of matter.
  • Process of scientific investigations.
  • Chemical transformations.

What Are We Learning This Unit?

English Language Arts

  • read informational text to determine the main idea and key details.
  • draw inferences about a characters' feelings and justify inferences with evidence from the story.
  • use punctuation to separate items in a series.
  • explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.
  • ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).
  • determine the meanings of unknown words by using common Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots.
  • use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.
  • write a scientific lab report.


5th Grade Standards:

  • add and subtract fractions making like units numerically.
  • add fractions with sums greater than 2.
  • subtract fractions greater than or equal to 1.
  • multiply a whole number by a fraction.
  • solve and create fraction word problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
  • construct a coordinate system on a plane.
  • name points using coordinate pairs, and use the coordinate pairs to plot points.

6th Grade Standards:

  • the relationship between absolute value and order.
  • draw the coordinate plane and points on the plane.
  • write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.
  • write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers
  • identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, coefficient).



  • make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
  • design a testing procedure to compare the chemical reactions of different substances.
  • use the characteristics of chemical reactions to identify an unknown substance.
  • interpret and evaluate data gathered in order to draw conclusions.


Fareeq Animr Al-Aswad

Students will be exploring the human lifecycle. Students will learn to use simple past, present, and future tense. Students will learn vocabulary related to different stages of the human lifecycle such as baby, toddler, adolescent, adult, and old. Students will also learn to use vocabulary related to occupations, learn to conjugate the verbs to be born, to live, to grow up, to age, to become, and learn to use connectors such as while, when, and then. Lastly, students will also learn to use incomplete verbs ( (كان واخواتها in the past, and future tense.

ACTFL Standards:

Interpersonal communication

1. I can answer questions about what I am doing and what I did

Presentational Speaking:

1. I can present information about my history and future

Presentational Writing

1. I can write about something I have learned

2. I can write out a draft of a presentation that I plan to present orally.

Fareeq An Nujoom

Students will continue to read sections from Diary of a Wimpy Kid in Arabic and choose three different segments from the book to change and give reasoning for their selection. Students will also create a presentation about the changes.

ACTFL Standards:

Interpretive Reading

1. I can understand the main and supporting ideas presented in a book

Presentational Writing

1. I can write a simple summary about something I have read

2. I can write a simple summary about an assignment or task that I have been asked to do.

Presentational Speaking

1. I can share and justify my opinion on what I read.

2. I can present and discuss information I understood from the book.


  • memorize Surat An-Naba with fluently and Tajweed.
  • review Juza Amma with fluently and Tajweed.
  • know the general meaning of Surat An-Nabaa.
  • read Surat Al-Kahf with fluency and Tajweed.
  • learn the research skills in Qur’an, how to search in the Qur’an about words or topics by using the reliable resources.

Islamic Studies

Scope, Objective and Goals

The fifth and sixth graders will be investigating and researching the relationship between science and religion.


Islam and science

Compare compatibility of science and Religion

Islam evolution and creation. Evolution deceit by Harun Yahya.

The miracle of the Atom.


Art experiences

Students will discover connections between Art and chemistry.

Spring related landscape Acrylic painting on canvas.

Islamic geometric art patterns.

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. Create images and forms from observation, memory, and imagination and feelings

a. Experiment with media, processes, and techniques to convey specific thoughts and feelings.

c. Create artworks that explore the uses of the elements of art and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, contrast, balance, variety, and harmony/unity to express personal meaning.

UOI Field Trip: Six Flags America Math and Science Day

The UOI field trip will take place on Friday, May 12th. Students will be participating in Math and Science Day at Six Flags America.

The bus will leave the school as 9:15 am and arrive back at school by 3:30 pm, Insha Allah.

Students should be dressed in PE uniform, and bring a bagged lunch for the day.

4th-6th Grade Bake Sale

Saturday, April 29th, 1pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

This year's STEM Event Bake Sale will be hosted by the 4th-6th grade classes.

Please help our class raise funds for classroom supplies and subscriptions by donating items to the bake sale. The link to the sign-up is below.

All proceeds will go towards purchasing items for grades 4-6 as well as the AQI classes.

Jazakallah Khair!


Saturday, April 29th, 1-5pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

Make sure you preregister to reserve your spot, registration closes April 25th. Please encourage friends and family to preregister as well. Tickets will only be sold at the door if there are spots available.