Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #1: How we Express Ourselves

UOI 3: How we Express Ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central idea:

People around the world convey their uniqueness through diversity.

Key concepts: Change, Connection, Reflection

Related concepts: ecosystems, biodiversity, identity, culture, geography

Lines of inquiry

  • What makes us diverse
  • Similarities between cultures around the world
  • Different countries around the world

UOI Field Trip

The UOI field trip will take place in January . More details will be provided soon.

What Are We Learning This Unit?


5th Grade Standards:

  • Connect area diagrams and the distributive property to partial products of the standard algorithm with and without renaming.
  • Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm to solve multi-step word problems and using estimation to check for reasonableness of the product.
  • Multiply decimal fractions by multi-digit whole numbers through conversion to a whole number problem and reasoning about the placement of the decimal.
  • Reason about the product of a whole number and a decimal with hundredths using place value understanding and estimation.
  • Use whole number multiplication to express equivalent measurements.
  • Use decimal multiplication to express equivalent measurements.
  • Solve two-step word problems involving measurement and multi-digit multiplication.

6th Grade Standards:

  • Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.
  • Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.
  • The distributive property and the products of decimals.
  • Fraction multiplication and the products of decimals.
  • Divide multi-digit numbers using the algorithm

  • The Division Algorithm—convert decimal division into whole number division using fractions.

English Language Arts

  • Determine theme/central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details.
  • Explain author's development of point of view of characters or narrators in a text.
  • Determine the meanings of words and phrases in science and social studies texts.
  • 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.
  • Summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work while avoiding plagiarism and provide basic bibliographic information.

Science & Social Studies

Social Studies

  • Elements of culture.
  • Cultural groups within a region.
  • Diversity in cultures.
  • Countries around the world.


  • Systems in science.
  • The four subsystems of planet Earth.
  • Foodwebs.
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity.


Jaguars Group

  • Al-Horoof Al-Lathawiyyah.
  • Read and memorize Surat Maryam with fluency and Tajweed.
  • Review Surat Al-Inshiqaq and Al-Buruj.
  • Know the general meaning of Surat Maryam.

Stars Group

  • Rules of the Noon and Meem with Shaddah.
  • Read and memorize Surat Al-Hujuraat with fluency and Tajweed.
  • Review Surat Abasa and An-Nazia’at.
  • Know the general meaning of Surat Al-Hujuraat.


Fareeq An-Nimr Al-Aswad

What Makes Me Unique – ماللذي يجعلني فريد

Students will be working on writing a paragraph about what makes each of them unique. Students will be expected to describe physical and personality attributes using a variety of appropriate adjectives. Student will be able to correctly use descriptive adjectives, subject pronouns, and nominal sentences

Students will learn about:

  • Adjectives and how to correctly form nominal sentences
  • Verbs and pronouns associated with daily activities
  • Taa’ Marboota and gender differentiation in Arabic
  • Cognates “English words of Arabic Origin”
  • Comparative and Superlative forms
  • Was and Will usage in singular forms “كان” and “ليس”
  • Future Tense in Arabic
  • Students will also discuss poetry patterns in Arabic.

ACTFL Standards:

Interpersonal Communication:

  • I can communicate basic information about my everyday life
  • I can talk about what I eat, and do
  • I can communicate basic information about myself and people I know
  • I can communicate something about friends and classmates or co-workers

Presentational Speaking:

  • I can present information about myself and others using words and phrases
  • I can say what I look like
  • I can say what I am like
  • I can say what someone looks like
  • I can say what someone is like
  • I can talk about my daily activities using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.
  • I can name activities in my daily schedule

Presentational Writing:

  • I can list my daily activities and write lists that help me in my day to day life.
  • I can label activities and their times in my daily schedule
  • I can write the date and the days of the week.
  • I can write about a familiar experience or event using practiced material

Interpretive Listening:

  • I can recognize and sometimes understand words and phrases that I have

Fareeq An-Nujoom

Country Portfolio – ملف دولة/ قطر معين

Students will create a foreign country portfolio in which students will choose a country and write about its culture, religion, art, and food. Students then will choose one of the previous categories and write in detail about it.

Students will review:

  • Adjectives and how to correctly form nominal sentences
  • Verbs and pronouns associated with daily activities
  • Taa’ Marboota and gender differentiation in Arabic
  • Cognates “English words of Arabic Origin”
  • Comparative and Superlative forms
  • Was and Will usage “كان” and “ليس”
  • Future Tense in Arabic
  • Prepositions and object pronouns

ACTFL Standards:

Interpersonal Communication:

1. I can ask for, follow, and give instructions for preparing food.

2. I can express my thoughts about a current event I have learned about or researched.

3. I can give multi-step instructions for preparing a recipe

4. I can present about a topic from an academic subject.

5. I can write a simple summary about something I have researched.

6. I can read/ understand some short stories, plays, and novels.

Islamic Studies

In the third UOI, the 5th and 6th graders will be focusing entirely on the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. They will study timelines and graphic organizers which break down the Prophet Muhammad’s’ life ﷺ and they will discuss the implications and effects of what they learned on their day to day life.

Summative Assessment:

As a final assessment of their comprehension and understanding students will create PowerPoint presentations and/or YouTube videos displaying key aspects of the Prophets life.


Students will continue to experiment with the elements and principal of art with more emphasis on the element of form, explore geometric sculpture and work individually and collaboratively on artworks that use space, line, and shape and connect art to geometry.

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.

  • Create images and forms from observation, memory, and imagination and feelings
  • Experiment with media, processes, and techniques to convey specific thoughts and feelings.
  • 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