Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #1: Sharing the Planet

UOI 2: Sharing the Planet

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central idea:

Understanding changes in the Earth’s atmosphere empower us to take action.

Key concepts: Causation, Connection, Change.

Related concepts: weather, climate, atmosphere, geography, patterns, cause and effect

Lines of inquiry

  • Weather vs. climate (Connection)
  • Atmosphere and weather patterns (Change)
  • Impact of Extreme weather (Causation)

What Are We Learning This Unit?

English Language Arts

In this UOI, students will continue working on CAFE strategies to build their reading skills. Students will continue using the Daily 5 strategies of Read-to-Self and Work-on-Writing but also start to add Read-to-Someone as well as Listen-to-Read in the weekly choices.

We will be addressing a couple of new Comprehension, Accuracy and Fluency strategies on our CAFE board.

This UOI we are also starting our first read-aloud, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Based on a true story, A Long Walk to Water is an inspiring story of two young Sudanese children caught in the midst of war, drought, and famine.

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

CAFE Strategies

  • Use prior knowledge to connect with text
  • Make and adjust predictions; use text to confirm
  • Make a picture or mental image
  • Cross-checking . . . Do the pictures and/or words look right? Do they sound right? Do they make sense?
  • Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing

Informational Text

  • determine the meanings of words and phrases in science and social studies texts.
  • determine the meanings of unknown words by using common Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots.
  • cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • analyze relationships between and among characters, setting, and events.
  • cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text.
  • identify and explain how the actions of the character(s) affect the plot
  • use context clues to figure out the meanings of words or phrases.
  • Interpret figurative language: similes, metaphors, and onomatopoeia


  • use mentor sentences to identify grammar, parts of speech and author's style and use the model to write an exemplary sentence.
  • explain the function of conjunctions and prepositions in general and their function in particular sentences.
  • use the writing process to write an informative paragraphs to present research and convey ideas and information clearly.

CAFE Parent Pipelines

Science & Social Studies


Students will explore the following core ideas:

  • Air is a mixture of gases held by gravity near Earth’s surface
  • Air has mass, takes up space, and is compressible.
  • Most of Earth’s air resides in the troposphere, the layer of the atmosphere closest to Earth’s surface.
  • Weather is the condition of Earth’s atmosphere at a given time in a given place.
  • Meteorology is the science of weather, and meteorologists are the scientists who study Earth’s weather.
  • Weather is described in terms of several variables.
  • The Sun’s energy drives weather.
  • Climate is the average or typical weather that can be expected to occur in a region of Earth’s surface.

Social Studies

  • explore climate graphs.
  • use a map to locate geographic locations and identify climate in different parts of the world.


5th Grade

In this UOI, students will be working on Module 2: Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations. Students will be working on the following standards:

  • Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm
  • 5.NBT.6 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. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
  • 5.NBT.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

6th Grade Standards:

During this upcoming unit, students will continue working on the 2nd half of Module 1 which takes their knowledge of ratios and applies them to rates and percentages. Specifically, they will learn to:

  • determine the unit rate and rate unit (ex: 25 miles/per = 25 is the unit rate and miles/hr is the rate unit).
  • convert measurement units using rates (ex: miles to feet, pounds to ounces...etc).
  • Compare rates & locate them using tables, equations, and graphs
  • Create a graph using unit rates and equivalent ratios.
  • Use the equation d=rt (distance = rate x time) to solve problems

For sample problems on the above and for tips on how to help at home, please read the attached "Parent Tips" sheets below:



Students will learn how to ask and respond to questions about weather and climate, and how to describe daily weather during the morning assembly.


  • Learn past tense and how to change a sentence from present tense to past tense.
  • (أنا أذهب إلى المدرسة -أنا ذهبت إلى المدرسة).
  • The Pronounces (أنا - هى- هو- نحن).


  • Tajweed: The Idgham rule.
  • Reading: Read the second Juzaa.
  • Memorize and Review: Students will review Juzaa Amma. Students will also memorize and understand some verses in Qur'an that talk about weather.

Islamic Studies:


The Sunan of Prayer.

The Tayammum in details.

The requirements to being an Imam/leading the prayer.

- Reviewing the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from birth to Hijra.

- Battle of Badr.


- Memorize the Duaa's for different types of weather.

Visual Arts

In Visual Arts this Unit, we will be learning about the importance of texture as one of the Elements of Art through an exciting mixed media and collage project. We will focus on materials and processes, learning how to differentiate between real texture and implied texture.

We plan on connecting to the key concepts through the various guiding questions:

  • CONNECTION: How can artists make texture look life-like in their art?
  • CHANGE: How can you transform recycled and found materials into art work?
  • CAUSATION: Why does layering different materials cause certain effects and textures?

The following standards will be assessed throughout the Unit:

  • Experiment with media, processes, and techniques to convey specific thoughts and feelings.
  • Manipulate art media, materials, and tool safely.
  • Identify and describe the elemtns of art and selected principle of design, such as pattern, repetition, contrast, balance, variety, and unity in artworks.

Finally, we are also planning an exciting trip to a pottery place to further explore and experiment with ceramics and texture, inshaAllah. Once details are finalized, they will be shared with students and parents!

Neighborhood Basket Collection Starts

Monday, Oct. 30th, 9pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

Our class will be collecting items to create neighborhood gift baskets. More information will be provided next week.

Professional Day: School Closed for Students

Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, 8:30am