Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #1: How the World Works

Central Idea: Society’s exploration of space leads to scientific and technological advances.

Key concepts: Connection, Causation, Reflection

Related concepts: systems and system models, patterns

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The interconnectedness of the Earth, Sun, and Moon
  • History of space exploration
  • Scientific Learning & Technological Advances

What are we Learning this Unit?

English Language Arts/UOI

Students will continue working on CAFE strategies to build their reading skills and use Daily 5 strategies of Read-to-Self , Read-to-Someone and Work-on-Writing in their weekly choices.

This UOI we will be reading Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Based on a true story, Hidden Figures follows the stories of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into Space during the Civil Rights era.

In ELA, students will specifically be working on the following standards:

CAFE Strategies

  • Use prior knowledge to connect with text.
  • Monitor and fix up.
  • adjust and apply different reading rates to match text.
  • recognize literacy elements (genre, plot, character, setting, problem/resolution, theme).


  • determine the theme of a story from details in the text, including how characters respond to challenges.
  • provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
  • compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


  • write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.
  • provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
  • use punctuation to separate items in a series.
  • use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.

Science/Social Studies

  • the size of and the distance between Earth, Moon, and Sun.
  • how the shape of the Moon changes over 4 weeks.
  • the history of space exploration in the context of the "space race" during the Cold War

CAFE Strategies Parent Pipelines


5th Grade

Students will complete Module 2 Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations and begin Module 3: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions.

Students will work on the following standards:

  • divide decimal dividends by multiples of 10, reasoning about the placement of the decimal point and making connections to the written method.
  • use basic facts to approximate decimal quotients with two-digit divisors, reasoning about the placement of the decimal point.
  • divide decimal dividends by two-digit divisors, reasoning about the placement of the decimal point, and making connections to a written method.
  • make equivalent fractions with sums of fractions with like denominators.
  • add and subtract fractions with unlike units by creating equivalent fractions.
  • add and subtract fractions with sums between 1 and 2.
  • add and subtract fractions making like units numerically.

6th Grade

During the next 5 weeks, students will work on Module 2: Arithmetic Operations Dividing Fractions. They will specifically work on:

  • Divide a fraction by a whole number.
  • Solve word problems involving division of fractions.
  • Use models to help solve problems.
  • Rewrite a division expression (e.g., 9/12 ÷ 3/12) in unit language (9 twelfths ÷ 3 twelfths).
  • Divide multi-digit numbers using the algorithm.

For more info on what to expect during this module, see the parent tips attached below.

Eureka Math Parent Tip Sheets

AQI (The science and scientists in Islam)


  • Read the third Juzaa.
  • Learn how to search in the Qur'an about the verses that talk about interaction and function of Sun, Moon, and Earth.
  • Do a complete research about one science topic in Qur'an.
  • Review Juzaa Amma.


  • Study three different books about Sun, Moon, and Earth (Read, Write, and understand)
  • Study the life of one Muslim scientist (ابن الهيثم، الخوارزمى).
  • Learn how to search in the Qur'an.
  • Learn the question marks and how to ask and answer the Questions. (متى، ماذا، من ، كيف، لماذا، أين، ما ).

Islamic Studies:

  • Learn how the Islam encourages us to seek the knowledge.
  • Discover the prayer times naturally by using to the sun.
  • Learn how the Hijri months start by using the moon.
  • Learn and memorize the Hadith about the importance of the Muslim scientist ( فَضْلُ الْعَالِمِ عَلَى الْعَابِدِ كَفَضْلِ الْقَمَرِ لَيْلَةَ الْبَدْرِ عَلَى سَائِرِ الْكَوَاكِبِ ، وَإِنَّ الْعُلَمَاءَ هُمْ وَرَثَةُ الأَنْبِيَاءِ ، إِنَّ الأَنْبِيَاءَ لَمْ يُوَرِّثُوا دِينَارًا وَلا دِرْهَمًا وَلَكِنَّهُمْ وَرَّثُوا الْعِلْمَ ، فَمَنْ أَخَذَهُ فَقَدْ أَخَذَ بِحَظٍّ وَافِرٍ ) .


In this Unit, students will learn about different techniques that Artists use to create the illusion of depth on a flat, two-dimensional surface by reviewing how to draw various types of perspective. We will start out with a playful type of perspective called "Forced Perspective," which you will see examples of below, and transition into learning about one and two-point perspective from there. Some of the key concepts explored are the following:

  • How does perspective help the viewer see things realistically? (Connection)
  • Does perspective affect the meaning / understanding of a drawing? (Reflection)
  • Why do we use perspective in drawings? (Causation)

The learning outcomes for this Unit include:

  • Create visual images or forms from observation, memory, and imagination to convey ideas and personal meaning with attention to 2- and 3-dimensional form, proportion, qualities of surface texture, detail, and spatial relationships
  • Experiment with visual ideas and concepts by manipulating the elements of art in visual compositions

Subject Specific Summatives

All subject specific summatives can be found on ManageBac.

Students have a vocabulary summative every week. Students will be required to collect vocabulary words through daily reading and create a visual writing assignment with two of the words they collected.

Math quiz and test dates are specific to the grade level, and can also be found on ManageBac.

IB Learner Profile Passports

The LP attribute for January is Open-Minded.

IB describes Open-Minded as: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.

Throughout the month, students will read stories and articles about being Open-minded.

Please encourage your child to keep track of their passports and fill it in regularly.

All passports are due by Wednesday, January 31st, 2018.

Scholastic Book Club

When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. The more your child reads, the better they will do in school and in life.

Please help grow our classroom library by purchasing books from the Scholastic flyer. Scholastic matches each order you place with FREE BOOKS for our classroom to share.

Orders can be placed in one of two ways

1. Go online to:

Look up my name: Mrs. Abbasi

Or enter our Class Code:PBTMF

Follow the instructions to place your order online by the deadline.

2. Check off the books you want to order for your child and return the flyer with a check to Scholastic Book Clubs by the deadline.

The deadline for January is Friday, January 19th, 2018.

Air and Space Museum Field Trip

Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 9:15am

600 Independence Avenue Southwest

Washington, DC

Students will watch an IMAX movie, Journey to Space 3D. Students will discover how NASA’s shuttle program has led to its exciting new era of space exploration, learn about the important role of the International Space Station and uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars.

Students will also explore the human space flight exhibition that illustrates one of the great achievements of the modern age as nations have developed the technology for human spaceflight as well as the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition. This is an immersive exhibition that places visitors “in orbit” in the shuttle and space-station era to explore recent human spaceflight and future possibilities

Tarbiyah Academy Benefit Gala

Saturday, Jan. 13th, 4:30pm

8777 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD

Join us on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 4:30 pm for a night of entertainment with renowned comedian Jeremy McLellan, and a discussion on how to be a mindful Muslim in the 21st century with Imam Mikaeel Smith.

The Fifth and Sixth grade class will also be presenting a performance.

Martin Luther King Day: School Closed

Monday, Jan. 15th, 8am


School-wide Spelling Bee

Thursday, Jan. 18th, 10am

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

Professional Day: School Closed for Students

Monday, Jan. 22nd, 8am