Tarbiyah Academy-Summer Inquiry!

Inquiry Activities to Support Learner Engagement

July 13, 2022

Assalamu Alaikum Dear TA Parents and Families!

I hope that this finds you all well and in the best of conditions! I hope you are all enjoying your summer and spending some quality time as much as possible with your children and families!

I would like to share with you some summer learning engagements our very own TA staff have designed, crafted, and assembled for our young learners. These learning engagements have been designed to be fun, engaging, exploratory, and mostly non-digital in nature.

These activities are provided to our families as authentic learning enrichment and we hope you find them beneficial. Students may keep track of which activities they've completed and submit the activities log (find attached below) in the Fall to their teachers indicating which activities have been completed. Students will earn house points, insha Allah, for submitting the activity log!

If you'd like to send pictures (with a brief description) of your child engaging in any of these activities (or something else), we'd be happy to see how our young learners are being Inquirers over the break, and even recognize these students on our social media accounts! You can email these to me at hagaraboubakr@tarbiyahacademy.org.

Finally, on behalf of the TA faculty and staff, I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful year. Our parents were incredibly supportive, kind, and generous this past year, alhamdullilah, and we look forward to many more fruitful years working as partners with you in the upbringing of our children, insha Allah! We are grateful to be part of such a dynamic and kind community of people, alhamdullilah!

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

Hagar Aboubakr

Head of School

Access Summer Activity Log Here

All grades should use this activity log. Print out as many as needed. Submit to a teacher or to the front office in the fall.

Grades K-3

The following activities were designed for students in grades K-3, however, this is just a general guideline. All students are welcome to participate and engage in any activity they find interesting!

Sail Away! By Ms. K

Inquiry #1: Sail Away!

Guiding Question: How does it float?

Your task is to be a THINKER and design a boat using recycled materials that will float. Make a list and collect your materials. Will you use wood, paper, plastic? What kinds of materials will you use? How will it float? How will it move in the water? Will your boat need a force to move? How fast or slow can it travel?

Happy Sailing!

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What Can it be? By Ms. K

Inquiry #2: What can it be?

Guiding Question:

Discover the FORM of a DOT. Choose your favorite color of paint and drip a dot or more on a paper. Now, fold your paper and see what happens to the dot when you open it. What do you see? Is it a dot or something else? Use your creative imagination to see through the paint and designs. Is there a dragon hiding? Go to the library and check out the book, “It looked like Spilled Milk" by Charles Shaw. What do you see now?

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Risk-Takers by Ms. K

Guiding Question: What makes your taste buds tingle?

Gather your family for a taste test. Explain to them that they will be Risk-Takers while playing a game using their sense of taste, touch, and smell. First, ask an adult to help you prepare for your taste test inquiry. Select a few foods you would like to include in your taste test. One item should be sweet, one item is sour, another salty and the last item is spicy. Make a plate with small samples and have each player cover their eyes with a blindfold. Now have them taste the first item and let them use their senses to identify as sweet, salty, sour, or spicy.

Who was a Risk-Taker in your family?

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Symbols All Around-by Ms. Waris

Learner Profile Attribute: Inquirer

Guiding Question: What does this logo mean?

Your task is to find out what the logos all around you mean. When you are out and about this summer look out for the logos you may see on the doors of places you visit. Ask the friends working inside what the logo represents. What do the colors represent? What about the words or letters in it? Do the images on the logo have a special meaning?

Build a Structure-by Ms. Waris

Skill: Thinking Skills

Guiding Question: What will be the FORM of my structure?

Your task is to create a structure that can stand by itself. First, select one of the following objects: toothpicks, Q-tips, pipe cleaners, or straws. Then, select one of the following objects to use to connect the structure: playdough, foam, mini marshmallows, or grapes. You cannot use tape, glue, or other items to connect the objects from the first list. Using your two tools, create any kind of structure that can be supported by itself! If you decide to use food items with toothpicks, remember to wash your hands and use a clean surface so you can remove the food from the structure and enjoy it later and nothing goes to waste!

Create a Treasure Map-by Ms. Waris

Key Concept: Perspective

Your task is to hide some ‘treasure’ around your home such as a toy or another object. Then create a map of your home, showing the location of your hidden treasure. Remember to clearly show the route from the door of your home to the hidden treasure. Give your map to a family member so they can find the hidden treasure!

Nature Exploration-Science-by Ms. Debby

Guided Question:

What types of plants and birds are around your region?


Spent your summer day on a hike at your local park. During the hike, ask your scholar to observe his/her surroundings. Point out maybe the flowers growing around the trail or the types of birds chirping in the trees. Take some pictures and record the sounds and let them inquire a little deeper into why these birds and plants live in this region in their perspective.

For a further challenge:

Let the students go to their local library and try to find books on the birds or the plants that they observed and took pictures of on the trail.

Nature Exploration-ELA-by Ms. Debby

Guided Question:

How can nature and your surroundings help you open your imagination?

Go outside in your yard or to a busy area maybe the beach and look around you take a notepad and pencil with you. Find a cozy and inspirational spot focus on one or two things you see that catch your attention and start to use your descriptive writing abilities.

For Further Challenges:

Collect some objects from your surroundings. Ask the people around you to reflect on these items and incorporate it in your writing and/or make a collage to explain your story.

Real Life Geometry

Guided Question:

How are our surroundings related to geometry?

The architect of buildings and other man-made objects provides a wonderful setting for the students to look for shapes and geometric properties. Scholars will go to the nearest town or city and take a walk. Point out architectural features such as windows in the shapes of squares, rectangles or parallelograms. The students can probably find roofs made of triangles rectangles and trapezoids but can he or she find a roof that is shaped like a cone? Stop and admire the foundation in the center of the town and notice its arches. Encourage the students to look all around them where she or he see triangles pentagon hexagon octagons and other polygons.

For Further Challenges:

Let the Students discover the different shapes put together can form new objects. For example, what different shapes make up a bridge, water tower or lamp post? By looking around from different angles and perspectives standing sitting or lying on the ground you’ll be amazed of what she or he can discover. Scholars will appreciate the opportunity to experiment investigate and talk with you about the wonders of mathematics.

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Patterns by Ms. Nahla

Your role is to explore and find patterns. You will need to keep careful records by drawing, color-coding, and describing your work so a reader can understand what you have discovered. For this task, you will need 30 cubes.

1. How many different rectangular prisms can you build with 1 cube?

2. How many different prisms can you build with 2 cubes? With 3 cubes?

3. How many different rectangular prisms can you build using 30 cubes?

4. What makes rectangular prisms of 24 cubes different from each other?

5. Record your findings in a way that helps you see patterns in your data.

6. Make sure to illustrate all your different methods and make connections between them.

7. Organize your work so a reader can understand your findings.

8. Create a convincing argument to justify your findings.

9. What questions do you have that you would like to explore?

Guiding Questions-by Ms. Nahla

As an inquiry-based school, we often use guiding questions to help our students really dig into a topic.

Well, now that summer is officially upon us, it's time to consider what questions will guide your summer and help your scholars really dig in. Here's a list of 30 guiding questions that can help you get the most out of this season.

Pick a question from the list, or let the ideas here inspire you to together/fashion one. Then watch them bloom with a summer of inquiry!

1. What self-improvement should I do this summer (Reflective)?

2. What positive health habits can I adopt (Balanced)?

3. What is my most negative health habit, and how can I end it (Risk-Taker)?

4. If I could go anywhere, where would it be and why (Inquirer)?

5. What preventive care should I do this summer (Caring)?

6. How can I improve my attitude and outlook (Fixed or Growth Mindset)?

7. How can I become happier (Contentment)?

8. What part of my personality would I most like to change, why, and how (Growth)?

9. How can I better manage stress and anxiety (Self-Care)?

10. What do I want out of the next year of life, and how can I go for it (Thinker)?

11. What do I want my life to look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years (Looking Forward)?

12. How can I connect more with family members (Sillat Rahem)?

13. How can I create great family memories (Precious Moments)?

14. What can I do with my family (Planner)?

15. How can I show my family that I love them (Thoughtfulness)?

16. How can we build greater trust and harmony (Honor Code)?

17. What new family traditions can we establish (Cultures)?

18. How can we improve communication in our family (Communicator)?

19. What project can we work on together to bond more (Inquirer)?

20. What room do I want to make over, and how (Design)?

21. What do I want to plant and tend (Nature)?

22. How can I make my living space safer (Organization)?

23. What foods would I like to learn to try/eat/cook this summer (Adventurous)?

24. How can I improve my community this summer (Caring for others)?

25. What neighbors have I not met, and how can I do so (Following the sunnah of the prophet sAaws)?

26. What good deeds can I do to help my neighbors (Following the sunnah of the prophet sAaws)?

27. What could I do to make the school a better place next year (Giving back)?

28. Where should I go this summer, and what should I see (Traveler)?

29. What can I do this summer that I will remember gladly forever ?

30. How can I get outside more (Get rid of a bad habit/screen time)?

31. Put your Face in a Book 😊😊😊

Quran Log-Ms. Wafa

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Name that Animal-by Mr. King

Take a trip to the Zoo. As you visit each enclosure, try to name the animal in Arabic. Make a list of all the names you have written down and look up the names on google or (if possible) contact a classmate to compare names. How many animals have you named correctly? What new animal names have you learned? Show your list to an AQI teacher on your return to school for house points (Animal named correctly = 5 house points, new Animal names = 10 house points) Have fun, and Good Luck!

Oh My Family, Remember Allah!-by Mr. King

Find a Duaa that you like. Memorize that Duaa and teach it to a member of your family (or two). Upon your return to school, recite that Duaa to an AQI teacher for 10 house points (earn 5 house points for each family member who memorizes the same Duaa).

Watch Me Read! by Mr. King

Choose an Arabic story from the link below. Spend 10 minutes every day reading a few sentences from that story. Write down any new words you may learn. Hand that list to an AQI teacher on your return to school to earn house points (new words = 5 house points, 1 page = 15 house points, book completion = 50 house points).


What makes art beautiful? (FORM)-by Ms. Karam

Take a trip to an art museum and look at the artwork. Look at all the diversity and variety. Why are they displayed in museums? What makes them beautiful enough to be displayed?

How do pictures "paint a thousand words?" (Perspective)-by Ms. Karam

Have you ever heard the saying “A picture paints a thousand words?” What does that mean? Look at a painting or a picture. What stories are these pictures telling? Can you think of different stories for each picture? Then, create your own artwork and have a friend or family member guess your story.

Junk Art By Ms. Karam

Learner Profile: Open-Minded

Guiding Question: How can you turn junk into art?

Take a look around your house or outside. Do you have a lot of broken toys, broken jewelry, buttons, and shells? Can you use junk pieces to make art? Sift through any “junk” you have lying around and use these materials to create an artwork. You can create anything from a 3D sculpture to a statue, or a collage. Experiment with different materials and have fun!

DIY Paint by Ms. Karam

Learner Profile: Inquirer

Guiding Question: What are different ways you can make paint?

Did you know you can make your own paint at home using items from outside or the kitchen? Go ahead and try it! Experiment with different materials by adding water to them and making a paste to create paint. You can use materials such as dirt, spices, food coloring, etc. What happens when you add more water? What happens when you add less water? What happens when you mix different materials together? Create a painting just using your homemade paint. It may get a little messy, but what’s art without a little bit of mess?

DIY Canvases By Ms. Karam

Learner Profile: Inquirer

Guiding Question: What materials can you use to paint on?

Ran out of paper to paint on and really want to paint? Did you know you can paint on other materials too? Walk around outside or in the house with your parents and see what other materials you can paint on. You can use things such as rocks, t-shirts, cups, etc. Be creative!

The Great Outdoors-PSPE

Learner Profile Attribute: Balanced

Spend a few hours outside exploring, playing, and investigating. Observe the birds and other creatures. Search for a bird's nest, spider web, and evidence of animals and their homes or presence. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you and feel the wind and air. Stay completely unplugged and become a more Balanced person when you explore, appreciate, and spend time outdoors!

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Grades 4-5

The following activities were designed for students in grades 4-5, however, this is just a general guideline. All students are welcome to participate and engage in any activity they find interesting!

Try a New Sport-PSPE

Guiding question: How good would I be at a sport I’ve never played before? (Risk-Taker)

Choose a sport you’ve never played before and try and practice some skills for it for a few days and then see if you can get a group together or another person to play it with you!

Ahadith Study

Approaches to Learning Skill: Research Skills

Guiding Question: What are some essential Ahadith that Allah (Subhana hu wa Ta’Ala) would want us to learn and remember?

Ask a parent or guardian to help you learn about the collection of 40 Ahadith Nawawi. With help from a parent or guardian, pick one Ahadith Nawawi that you think every PYP Tarbiyah Academy student should memorize in Arabic and know by heart.

You're the Villain! by Ms. Hiba

Think about your favorite story. Is it from a novel, movie, or a TV show? Is there a villain in the story? Who is the antagonist? Choose your favorite scene from the story and imagine yourself as that character. Get inside their head and write a page-long imaginative narrative from the perspective of the villain! What would their point of view be? How would they be feeling? Here’s your chance to put yourself in the shoes of your favorite story’s villain.

Finding Symmetry in Nature-by Ms. Hiba

Take a walk with your family into a nearby forest! Bring a paper or sketchbook with you.

As you and your family take your stroll, observe all the interesting shapes and patterns you can find in nature. What kind of shapes do you see? Choose 5 natural objects to sketch out on your paper.

After your hike, observe your collection of drawings and analyze: which of the natural objects are symmetrical? Which are not? How many lines of symmetry do the symmetric shapes have?

Finally, get creative: Draw one half of a symmetrical object you observed and leave the other side blank. Then use colors and patterns to make your own design to fill in the other half of the symmetry!

Magnetic or Not? by Ms. Hiba

Put on your scientist hats! Look around your house for 10 small objects that you can collect. Make a prediction about which objects are magnetic vs. non-magnetic. Why do you think so? Sort each object into two categories to show your predictions. Finally, test out your hypothesis by getting another magnet and seeing which objects you chose are attracted to and come towards your magnet!

How We Express Ourselves

Approaches to Learning Skill: Communication Skills

Guiding Question: How can we communicate the meaning of the Quran beautifully?

Think about your favorite verse of the Quran Al Kareem that you memorized this year. Create a piece of artwork to show the meaning of your favorite verse or your favorite Surah. You may find it helpful to explore abstract art. In doing so, you will discover how colors, shapes, and text are all used to communicate! Write a summary of 3-4 sentences to help your viewer reflect on your visual communication.

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Blob Art By Ms. Karam

Blob Art

Learner Profile: Open-Minded

Guiding Question: How can you create art out of blobs?

It’s time to be creative and abstract! Create different blobs and strokes on a piece of paper using paint (you can use all the same color or different colors). Can you think of ways to turn the blobs into art? Does one of the blobs look like a head or an animal? Maybe it looks like a fruit or a fairy. Maybe even a dragon. The possibilities are endless. Once the paint dries, transform the blobs into something new and magical. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, it’s not supposed to. Be Open-Minded and go crazy!

Nature Art Hike

Learner Profile: Inquirer

Guiding Question: What objects from nature can you use in artwork?

Go for a nature walk or hike with your family! As you walk around, imagine you are in an art store and think about what you can use from your surroundings to create some art. Could you use sticks to create a sculpture? Can you collect rocks and paint on them? What can fallen leaves be used for? Collect some materials in a bag and after going home and washing/cleaning them, create artwork using your collected pieces as either tools or integrated into the artwork.

Become an Illustrator

Learner Profile: Thinker

Guiding Question: How would you illustrate your favorite book?

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but if you got the opportunity to create a cover for your favorite book, what would you design? Get one of your favorite books and look at its cover. Does it represent the book accurately, or would you change it if you could? Take a paper and jot down some of your favorite things about the book you picked. Then, create a new cover design what you think better represents what you love about the book and what happens in the story. Use different colors, patterns, designs, and images and add your own creative touch.

Goal Setting-by Ms. Ahmed

ATL Skill: Self-Management Skills > Organization > Managing Self/ Time Management/

How productive are you in your day? This is a two-part inquiry.

Day 1: In a journal or notebook, keep a log of everything you do in one day. At the end of the day, look over your log.

Reflect: How did you spend your time? Did you make the best use of it? What changes can you make in how you spend your day so that it is more balanced?

Create a schedule for yourself that you can post and refer to often.

Day 2: Keep a log of everything you do on the second day with the changes. At the end of the day, create two pie charts, dividing it up into pieces that represent the time you spent on different actions or behaviors. The pie charts will represent one day each.

Reflect: When you compare your activity log and pie charts, which day would you say was most productive? Were the changes you made sustainable (in other words, can you keep them up as a habit? Which day was more Balanced? What makes you say that?

Now that you have an idea of how you spend or could spend your time in a typical day, what are some ways you can be more productive with your time this summer?

What are some goals you have wanted to accomplish but never made the time to do so?

Create a bucket list of at least one thing you could do each day (or almost every day). that would help make this summer more memorable, interesting, and something you could talk about when you come back to school in the fall.

Save the Planet-One Week at a Time-by Ms. Ahmed

Learner Profile Trait: Thinker

Approaches to Learning Skills: Thinking Skills > Critical Thinking

How much waste (non-recyclable trash) does your family generate each week? Do a quick survey of your kitchen garbage before it gets put out for trash pick-up day. Create a list of what gets thrown out in a typical week.

For most of us, our trash is picked up by trucks that are contracted by the county. Where does it go? Do some research about what your county does with trash.

What are some ways your family can reduce the amount of trash they throw away this week? Think about food waste, packaging, bags, napkins, etc.

Plan out how you can reduce the amount of trash that gets thrown away on a weekly basis. Discuss with your family and see if you can cut it down by half. If that is not realistic right away, then pick a smaller fraction, like ¼ or 1/3. You can estimate the amount by how full your trash can and what ½, ¼, or 1/3 would look like.

Life as Inspiration Creative Writing-by Ms. Ahmed

Learner Profile Trait: Communicator

Approaches to Learning Skills: Communication Skills > Literacy > Writing

Think back to your favorite memory, last best day of your life, or memorable moment. Using this as inspiration, write a short story using the style of your favorite fiction genre. Since it’s fiction, you can take whatever liberties you want (in other words, it does not have to be realistic).

Determine your audience before you begin.

  1. Use the writing process. Focus heavily on the prewriting stage to brainstorm ideas and then organize all your thoughts and details BEFORE beginning the draft.

  1. Have a sibling, parents, or friend revise and then edit your draft.

  1. When you publish it, write, or type it neatly and illustrate your story. Give it a title.

Hajj Exploration-by Mr. Seyal

Islamic Studies: We all want our children to understand the Pillar of Hajj, however young children learn best through hands-on activities vs. an overwhelming breakdown of the Manasik of Hajj. In this post I’ll go over 10 activities to teach your child about Hajj; from storytelling to crafts, inshAllah!
    1. Source: https://muslimhomeschoolersunite.com/hajj-activities-kids/

Arabic Reading-by Mr. Seyal

Arabic: Here is a list of stories (pdfs in link) that your students can benefit from by reading, writing, and even translating!
    1. Source: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5I_8iARUBABSklXUFpqaXNNSzg?resourcekey=0-Ki8FGiihHwudCHaIPD6GSg

Underwater Clay Sculptures-by Ms. Zaynub

Learner Profile: INQUIRER

Underwater Clay Sculptures

Today you will use clay to create underwater clay sculptures to inquire about the variety of colors and textures that underwater animals may have. Look around your house! What textures and colors do you see? Do you see a furry rug? Do you see a rough wood table? Now when you think about the ocean what textures and colors do you imagine? Think of a starfish, sea urchin, and a clownfish. What do you feel? What do you imagine?

Color Wheel Exploration-by Ms. Zaynub

Learner Profile: KNOWLEDBEABLE

3-D Color Wheel

The color wheel is a key tool used in the art world.

Today you will familiarize yourself with the color wheel and test your geometry and hand eye coordination skills with this 3-D color wheel. When you have completed this activity, discuss with your parents or sibling where you may have seen certain colors be matched with one another, be it in logos, clothing, advertisements or more. What colors do certain holidays use? Are they on the color wheel? What colors do famous brands use? Are they near one another on the color wheel or across one another?

Middle School

The following activities were designed for students in grades 6-8, however, this is just a general guideline. All students are welcome to participate and engage in any activity they find interesting!
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Butter Cookie Recipe! by Mrs. Wahba

You invited four of your friends for a playdate at your house and want to bake butter cookies for them. They called you in the evening and asked to bring their siblings. Now you have eight guests instead of four. Therefore, you need to bake more cookies. However, you were given a recipe for just four people; see below.

1- 2 cups of flour

2- ¼ cup of corn starch

3- 1/8 tsp salt

4- ½ tsp baking soda

5- 1/3 cup melted butter

What would be the new ingredient measurements if you want to double the recipe to accommodate eight guests?

If the original recipe makes 15 cookies, how many cookies will the new recipe make?

Now you want to give your two siblings 1/5 of the cookies and your parents another 1/5 of the cookies; The rest of the cookies will be divided equally between you and your friends (nine people total). How many cookies will each one of you have?

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Buying a Nintendo Switch! by Mrs. Wahba

You saved $300 in 10 months during the school year; now it is the summer vacation! You want to buy Nintendo Switch, but you found out that the game costs $559.99 plus taxes. Therefore, you need more than $300 to buy it. You thought about how to get another $300 during the summer. You talked to your parents, and they agreed to lend you the money, and they will pay the sales taxes for you on one condition. You must return the loan in three months.

Thus, you have to find a job and make a good plan to succeed in your mission. To do this plan, you have to investigate and answer the following questions:

1- What would be your preferred job?

2- How many hours would you work per week?

3- What would be your weekly expenses?

4- How much money would you get paid per hour?

5- What would be your net weekly income after taxes and personal expenses?

6- How long would you need to work to achieve your saving goal?

After completing your investigation, write down your plan and show it to your parents.

Islamic Art-by Ms. Zaynub

Learner Profile: Risk Taker

Islamic Geometric Motif

Islamic Art is some of the most stunning and wonderous artwork one can look at. In our 6th-grade geometric art unit, you will learn how to create your own Islamic geometric motif. Using this guide by the MET museum, pick and choose which motif you wish to create. Before choosing look at the various styles of art and the level of complexity before choosing! Make sure to use the correct tools and to practice, practice, practice. Once accomplished transfer your finished design onto a canvas and paint it over to create a beautiful item of décor for your house!

Seven Elements of Art-by Ms. Zaynub

Learner Profile: Thinker

Seven Elements of Art

Have you ever wondered what color, texture, value and shade all have in common? They encapsulate the 7 elements of design! Investigate and learn about the various elements and what they represent. When you are comfortable with all 7 elements, illustrate the 7 elements of design using household items. Reflect on where else you may have seen the 7 elements of design in your everyday items. Such as video games, furniture, tv ads, and even your clothes.

Accident Painting-by Ms. Zaynub

Learner Profile: Risk Taker

Happy Accident Painting

Making a mistake or the slip of the hand can make you feel like you have ruined your artwork! However, mistakes make art what it is. Mistakes have led to some of the greatest art pieces to exist. To challenge that pressure to be perfect in hard In this activity you will encourage yourself to embrace your 'mistakes’. By working with ink, watercolor and wet paper, you will be forced to go with the flow as you create happy accident paintings.

Museum Exploration

Learner Profile: Inquirer

Guiding Question: What art styles are you favorite?

Take a trip to your local art museum or gallery with your sketchbook and look at the different pieces. What types of work catches your eye? Are you interested in landscape paintings or do you enjoy sculptures of animals? Do you like realistic, detailed paintings or do abstract colorful ones excite you? Choose 3-5 paintings and draw a picture of them in your sketchbook. Notice what style you like best. Are you choices similar or different from one another? Think about how you can use these styles in your own artwork in the future.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Guiding question: How good can I get at something if I take 15 minutes a day to do it? (Principled)

Choose a skill or something you want to improve at, it could be anything, an exercise to improve your strength, reading to improve your brain strength, playing an instrument you want to learn, writing poetry, a sport or drill from a sport to improve your game, cooking, anything! The one rule for this inquiry task is that whatever you do, it should be improving a skill!

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Teach the Teacher-by Mr. Aziz Ahmed

IB Connection: Global Context: Personal and cultural expression


  • You will create a vlog/video tutorial that teaches me about your interests and/or hobbies.

    • For Example:

      • If you really like basketball, you might want to show me how to shoot a three pointer. Make sure your directions are clear and concise because I am actually going to attempt your skill!

      • Or, if you know all about narwhals, you can teach me about them!


  • Think about what you like to do.

  • What subjects are you interested in?

  • What do you do in your spare time?

  • What are your special talents?


  • Share how you became involved in this topic or why you enjoy it.

  • Include: Details, Examples, and Pictures.

  • Share a brief history of your topic.

  • Include: Interesting facts, why people like it, how it started.

  • Time to teach!

  • Include: what you want me to learn and/or how to do it.

  • Be specific! I need to put my new knowledge to the test.

Vacation Planning! By Ms. Ilyas

You have $5,000 to spend on a dream vacation. Use guide books, travel brochures, and maps to plan out a week-long itinerary. You can follow these steps:

  • Choose a destination.

  • Decide how many family members will take the trip.

  • Calculate roundtrip costs for airfare or car rental on sites such as expedia.com.

  • Research the attractions you will want to explore along with admission costs and travel to and from. Be sure to check days and hours of operation.

  • Create an itinerary for each day of the seven-day trip. Include time for travel to attractions and meal breaks.

  • Add up the costs. Did you stay within budget? If not, how can you change the itinerary to bring costs down?

Book Reflections-by Ms. Ilyas

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

Did you feel you read a book this summer that connected to you in some way? Or did you feel that a character was a reflection of you? Write about the book you read and in what way you were able to connect with it on a personal level.

Summer Break-New Point of View by Ms. Ilyas

What was the highlight of your summer break? Write about your summer break from the perspective of someone or something other than yourself. For example, you can write about a cruise you took, but portray it from the perspective of a waiter who waited on you, or even the boat! Be creative. Let your imagination run wild!.

Looking Ahead-by Ms. Ilyas

What are your hopes and dreams for the next academic year? Create a portfolio in which you include a letter you write to yourself about your dreams and goals for the future. Then create a plan of how you plan to accomplish your goals. Consider including a vision board as a part of your portfolio. Include other items or documents that you might consider to be necessary for this portfolio.

Dear Character... By Ms. Ilyas

Choose a novel that you have finished reading this summer. Write a letter to one of the characters sharing your thoughts about the outcome of the novel.

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Science Inquiry into Climate, Heredity, Potential Energy and More! -by Ms. Abbasi

Arabic Stories for Student Reading By Ms. Ibrahim

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Quran Reading Chart By Ms. Ms. Ibrahim

Arabic Journal-by Mr. Hassanein

Using the Madrasa online platform, watch one video a week from the videos in this link: https://madrasa.org/category/arabic/section/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%81%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AA/subsection/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%88%D9%84%D9%8A/lesson/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%87%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%A6%D8%B9%D8%A9

Write an Arabic journal entry about what you learned in this video. Be a THINKER. Write WITHOUT using any online Translator help, and try your best to use the words you know. If you need help with certain words you may use a dictionary.

Hadith Study-by Mr. Hassanein

Twice a week read two Hadith Qudsi from this list here: https://www.abuaminaelias.com/forty-sacred-hadith-qudsi-english-arabic/

Write a journal entry once a week reflecting on what these hadiths mean to you and what you have learned from them. Treat them with great CARE. Hadith Qudsi are the words of Allah.

Quran Reflections

Every Friday Read ten ayahs from Surah al Kahf. Increase them every Friday so that in two weeks you would have read twenty ayahs. Be REFLECTIVE Surah al Kahf has great importance on Friday.

The Learner Profile (All Grades)-by Ms. Aboubakr

Here are some ways you can engage with the Learner Profile this summer!

  • Learn how to say all 10 of the Learner Profile attributes in Arabic.
  • Choose one attribute that you think you need to develop the most. Think of 3 ways you can develop that attribute more and begin putting those ideas into action! Ask an older sibling or parent for help if you have difficulty thinking of strategies.
  • Which Learner Profile attribute do you think you're strongest in? Create a picture or write a few paragraphs that express the ways you embody this attribute.
  • Read books of all genres. What connections to the Learner Profile can you make? Which attributes do you see in the characters, figures, stories, patterns, and contexts you've read?
  • Find an ayah from the Quran that connects to each Learner Profile attribute. You can ask an Imam or knowledgeable person for help with this.
  • Find a hadith that connects to each Learner Profile attribute. You can also ask an Imam or knowledgeable person for help with this.
  • Read about current world events. Choose one current conflict and learn more about it. Think about which Learner Profile attribute or attributes are missing from this conflict. How would the presence of these Learner Profile attributes help resolve this conflict? Are there any attributes that are present? Where? How are they helping this conflict?
  • Create a new Learner Profile! What other attributes do you think people need in order to be strong learners and internationally-minded, global citizens? Create a new Learner Profile with as many attributes as you'd like!
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