Mrs. Abbasi's 5th/6th Grade
March 4th, 2016
Unit Of Inquiry: How the World Works
Central Idea: Change is a natural component of society and the world around us.
Lines of Inquiry:
- Change is quantified and qualified
- Change is physical, biological, and transitional
- Factors that lead to change
- Recognizing Change around us
This week, students continued to explore the UOI in homeroom classes.
In writing, students revised for sentence fluency and published a descriptive paragraph.
Students also worked on Unit 8 Vocabulary words (words can be found below) and continued with the novel study on The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
The summative assessment for Unit 8 vocabulary is Friday, March 11th, Insha Allah.
On Monday, we celebrated 100 days of school during math.
Students investigated combinations of colors in 100 skittles, calculated the percentage of most common/least common color, explored the probability of picking a color randomly, and created a table using the skittles colors.
Students also reflected on what they have gained in the last 100 days of school, and what they wish to accomplish in the remaining days of school.
In science, students investigated the question "What is the effect of mixing two substances with water?"
Students used 3 substances (baking soda, calcium chloride, and citric acid) to make three different combinations of substances. They added water and observed changes that occurred and identified signs of a chemical reaction (gas formed, precipitate formed, color change). Students also explored exothermic (heat is produced) and endothermic (heat is lost) reactions.
On Wednesday's field trip to the Maryland Science Center, students continued the investigation started in class but added an additional substance (Phenol red, an acid indicator). Students created chemical reactions in Ziploc bags and identified possible uses for the reactions of the substances.
This week, we continued to work on CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.4: Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
Students found the total volume of solid figures composed of two non-overlapping rectangular prisms and solved word problems involving the volume of rectangular prisms with whole number edge lengths.
The summative assessment for this standard will be on Tuesday, March 8th.
Our next unit will be decimals and fractions.
This week, we continued working on Ratios & Proportional Relationships, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students create equivalent ratios using a ratio table and represent these ratios on a double number line diagram.
- Students extend and use a double number line diagram to solve ratio problems related to the real world.
- Students associate with each ratio A:B the ordered pair (A, B) and plot it in the x-y coordinate plane.
- Students represent ratios in ratio tables, equations, and double number line diagrams and then represent those ratios in the coordinate plane.
The summative assessment for ratios will be on Tuesday, March 8th.
Our next unit will be Expressions and Equations; to apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
It is important for students to practice skills and complete assigned homework on Khan Academy to review necessary prerequisite skills. Students have been working on responsibility and taking ownership of their learning, and one important aspect of this is to be prepared.
Other News, Upcoming Events & Reminders
Read Across America Week
This week, we celebrated Read Across America Week.
On Wednesday, students spent 50 minutes on a read-a-thon,complete with hot chocolate! They also watched a webcast and "met" J.K. Rowling.
In March, students will also be working on Battle of the Books.
More details will be sent home this month.
Learner Profile Attribute Passports
Mashallah, this week, 5th/6th-grade students were recognized in Friday assembly with a great improvement in participation. The following students completed their Open-minded passports, and are on the way to becoming Internationally-minded:
The learner profile attribute passport for March is Balanced.
IB students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Please encourage your child to keep a track of times when they demonstrate this attribute in their daily lives.
Unit 8 Vocabulary Words
Summative assessment is on Friday, March 11th.
Students are encouraged to use vocabulary words in writing, as well as incorporate them into conversations. It is important for students to study the words regularly. You can also access games and other resources at
Important websites and links
Tarbiyah Academy Benefit Gala
Saturday, March 5th, 4:30pm
225 North Charles Street
Ms. Janjua will be showcasing art by students, and students will perform The Jummah song with Raef Haggag!