"STEAM"ing On!

Assalam-alaikum.

This week in class, we have been very busy exploring the lines of inquiry for UOI #3.

We explored technology used in the past to communicate (Morse Code), and compared it to the use of text messaging and emails used today.

In science, we explored the scientific process as well as the engineering process.

Students identified the steps in the scientific process, and applied their knowledge of separating mixtures to design an experiment to investigate the focus question "How can you separate a dry mixture?" in the most efficient way possible.

Students also started a science fiction novel study for "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. We explored the concepts of Utopia and Dystopia, and identified passages from the text that imply setting. During this unit, we will use "The Giver" in ELA to

• Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
• Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
• Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

In Vocabulary, we finished Unit 6 from Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary Workshop. Due to MAP testing on Friday, I have postponed the test to Tuesday, January 19th.

Next week, in vocabulary, we will be learning about

• idioms
• denotations and connotations
• classical roots -re

This week, we reviewed 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.

Students completed the End-of-Unit Summative Assessment on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

This upcoming 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 spent some time reviewing dividing fractions by fractions in preparation of the end-of-unit summative assessment which was 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

Math Homework

It is important for students to regularly review math concepts learned.

The weekly math homework given to 6th grade assists students to spiral review but the use of Khan Academy and Manga High is also beneficial and should be utilized.

I have assigned challenges on both websites. Details can be found on Manage Bac.

Starting this upcoming week, 5th graders will also be receiving "Weekly Math Homework. Students are expected to complete the corresponding column daily.

Memorizing New Morning Duas

Alhamdulillah, we have been practicing morning duas in class and during assembly.

This week, 5th/6th grade were risk-takers and led the morning assembly on Wednesday and Thursday.

However, not all students were on-time to assembly. The following students are commended for being principled to be in assembly on time and lead the duas:

• Yusra Yousuf
• Khalid Javeed
• Yousuf Daoud

Assembly starts at 7.40 am, and Insha Allah, I expect to see all students in assembly this week.

School Spelling Bee:

This week, Tuesday, January 19th will be the School Spelling Bee. Please encourage your child to keep practicing!

Portfolios

Many students are still missing their portfolio binders.

Please 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.

Science Vocabulary Words

constraint

criteria

crystal

diatomaceous earth

dissolve

engineer

evaporation

extract

filter

gravel

magnet

mass

mixture

powder

property

salt

screen

separate

solute

solution

solvent

transparent