## A New Year, New Term and New Unit of Inquiry!

Dear Parents,

Assalam-alaikum and welcome back!

It's great to back in class after Winter Break. Term 2 has gotten off to a great start. This week, we launched the third IB Unit of Inquiry "How we Organize Ourselves". What a perfect time of year to be exploring and learning about such an important concept!

We have also been using the new SMARTboard and are thoroughly enjoying utilizing the amazing benefits of technology!

In this Unit, we will be exploring the Central Idea:

" Economic and technological advancements impact people's quality of life".

Our Lines of Inquiry will be exploring:

• how society functions as an economic unit.
• how technology is defined.

More information will be sent home over the next few weeks detailing the progress of our inquiries, upcoming field trips and events, so stay tuned!

You can always check Manage Bac for information regarding the UOI, if you so wish.

This Term, we are working on Physical Science with the module "Mixtures and Solutions".

This week, we explored planning and carrying out an investigation to separate three mixtures using scientific tools.

Students used the scientific process to use a focus question to formulate a hypothesis, carry out a plan, record and interpret data and observations, and draw a conclusion.

Next week, we will be continuing the investigation with exploring "Where does the solid material go when a solution is made?" and "How can you separate a mixture of dry materials?".

You can click on the title above to reach the online resources.

This week, we continued to find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division.

Our End-of-Unit Summative Assessment will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Next week, we will begin working on CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.3 geometric measurement and understanding concepts of volume. They will recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.

This week, we concluded dividing fractions by fractions. Students explored the relationship between visual fraction models and equations and formally connected models of fractions to multiplication through the use of multiplicative inverse (CCSS.Math.Content.6.NS.A.1)

Although it may seem a lot "easier" for students to multiply the reciprocal of a fraction when dividing, the use of models is important (CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 Model with mathematics).

Insha Allah, we will be exploring the use of models regularly in math, as well as more traditional methods when solving problems.

Our End-of-Unit Summative Assessment will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Next week, we will being a new unit on Ratios & Proportional Relationships.

CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.1
Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

## Other Important News and Upcoming Events

Memorizing New Morning Duas

For Term 2, we have started memorizing four new duas during assembly time, and before starting class. You can find the duas in Ms. ElHaggan's weekly newsletter. Please help your child study and apply the duas in areas outside of school, insha Allah.

Morning Assembly

A gentle reminder that school starts at 7.40 a.m. with the morning assembly. Many students are regularly missing assembly. The morning assembly is an important part of the school day.

School Spelling Bee

There are less than 2 weeks to the School Spelling Bee on Tuesday January 19th. If your child is a winner of the class bee, please encourage him/her to practice the spelling words to prepare for the Bee.

Portfolios

In order to create a student portfolio record of work, each student needs to bring in a 2 inch binder to class by next week, as well as a pack of sheet protectors. It doesn't have to be a new binder, but in relatively good condition.