Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #1: How we Express Ourselves

UOI 5: How we Express Ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Overall Exhibition Central idea:

Self expression is a powerful tool that can help us create a more just world.

Key concepts: Determined by each exhibition group

Lines of inquiry: Determined by each exhibition group.

What Are We Learning This Unit?


Dear Parents,

The grade 5/6 PYP Exhibition Unit of Inquiry is a culminating experience where students will synthesize essential elements of the PYP. Students have formed into exhibition groups based on their personal interests. The exhibition is a collaborative open-ended inquiry that begins from students' passions and expands into a real-life problem.

Students have been formed into the following groups for exhibition:

  • Child education
  • Poverty
  • Climate Change
  • Women's Rights
  • Refugees

Along with inquiry, students will continue practicing the following skills in ELA:

  • note-taking skills.
  • paraphrasing and citing sources.
  • use a variety of primary and secondary sources.
  • create and maintain a bibliography.
  • keep an exhibition journal of the exhibition process and regulary record ideas, decisions, actions and progress.
  • follow a timeline and reflect on the process.
  • persuasive and/or narrative writing.
  • determine the meanings of unknown words by using common Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots.
  • Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries as tools.
  • CAFE strategies to build their reading skills.

We will also continue reading Refugee by Alan Gratz.


5th Grade

In this UOI, students will continue working on and complete Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions. Students will also begin Module 5: Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area.

Students will be working on the following standards:

  • use order of operations to evaluate expressions.
  • create and solve fraction word problems.
  • multiply a fraction or a whole number by a fraction.
  • solve multi-step word problems using tape diagrams.
  • relate decimal and fraction multiplication.
  • build volume with unit cubes and count unit cubes to find volume or rectangular prisms.
  • identify the different ways to break up a right rectangular prism into layers.

6th Grade Standards:

In the past week, we started Module 3 - Rational Numbers. This module has 3 topics.

In Topic A which we finished today, students were introduced to integers and were asked to determine where they were located on horizontal and vertical number lines. They learned about opposites and the opposite of the opposite. They

also used integers to represent real-world situations and described what the value of zero represents in various contexts. Students wrapped up the topic by extending their understanding of integers as they locate rational numbers on the number line.

You should have seen homework that asked your child to do the following:

  • Graph a point and its opposite on the number line.
  • Express various situations as integers. For example, a fee of $2 is represented as −2.
  • Describe what zero represents in a given situation. For example, zero represents no change taking place in a bank account.
  • Find the opposite of a number and its location on the number line.
  • Write an equation to represent the opposite or opposite of the opposite of a number. For example, the following equation represents the opposite of negative seven: −(−7) = 7.

In Topic B which will be introduced next week, students put integers and other rational numbers in order, locate them on the number line, and compare them. They also write and interpret inequality statements. The topic wraps up by asking students to

use absolute value to find the magnitude of a positive or negative number in a real-world situation.

You can expect to see homework that asks your child to do the following:

  • Put a list of numbers, their opposites, and their absolute values in order.
  • Identify the numbers that are farthest to the left or farthest to the right on a horizontal number line (highest or lowest on a vertical number line).
  • Write a story relating integers and other rational numbers to real-life situations.
  • Write an inequality.
  • Compare the magnitudes of various numbers.



As students working on the Exhibition this UOI they will be writing and presenting the work in both languages Arabic and English. Also, each group started the new Arabic workbook (العربية بين يديك) based on their level, and most of the focusing will be on reading, talking and listening. The audios will be posted on MB daily and each student got one copy of the work.

  • Students will learn the vocabulary related to their topics such as; حقوق الإنسان ، الفقر، اللاجئين، التعليم.
  • Students will continue learning based on their group levels.
  • How to form the sentences with using the correct grammar (اسم- فعل - حرف).
  • Practicing the key concepts in Arabic and show a deep understanding of it by using the guiding questions (المسؤولية- الإرتباط - الشكل- الوظيفة- التأمل- المنظور- التغيير- السببية).
  • The shapes and lines (الخطوط والأشكال);

مثلث، مربع، مستطيل ، دائرة


Read & Memorize:

  • Continuing memorize and read Surat Taha with fluent and applying the Tajweed rules.


  • Adaab of the communication with the people (ادع إلى سبيل ربك بالحكم والموعظة الحسنة).


  • Maad Rules (المد المنفصل).
  • همزة الوصل وهمزة القطع

Islamic Studies:

  • Fiqh of fasting (reason, when Allah ordered it, why we are fasting, and how we do it correctly)
  • Hijab, how is the hijab looks like? How we express ourselves through our hijab.
  • Conquest of Makkah (The Muslims were fasting.
  • The battle of Hunaien.
  • The March to Tabuk.


  • The learned lessons from the behavior of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions.
  • Learn the Adaab of the disagreement between each other.

Visual Art

This Unit, Visual Arts class will focus on supporting our students as they prepare for their final Exhibition projects over the course of the next five weeks! Students will be challenged through discussion and creative exercises to think about their presentations as an experience that will allow their audience to interact and receive information about their topics in unique, creative ways. We will be studying designs tools for how to create effective posters, models, displays, and other forms of presentation, yet students will also be encouraged to really think outside of conventional ways of presenting. Planting the seeds of creativity from the start will be important, and I'm looking forward to helping the students truly create a unique, exciting presentation for you all to gain from in a few weeks, inshaAllah!

Below, you'll see a few photos from our first class of students analyzing the design elements of sample posters on the topics of poverty, women's rights and children's education.

Important Announcements and Reminders


Students will be required to do more homework than usual during the Exhibition unit. Students will have a daily math homework as well as reading informational texts and research. Students are required to keep on track with deadlines and items due by checking Google Classroom and ManageBac. Because each child is working within a group, all homework may not be posted on ManageBac and students need to use provided checklists as well as make use of their agendas. We have been practicing organization and use of the agenda all year. Now its finally time to put it into practice!

Learner Profile of the Month

This month, our Learner Profile is Knowledgable. This LP fits in so well with Exhibition!

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

All passports are due by Monday, April 30, 2018.

Tracking experiences through the LP passports is an important part of our school culture and students MUST participate.

Professional Day: School Closed for Students

Monday, April 23rd, 8:30am


IB PYP Exhibition

Tuesday, May 15th, 6pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD