5th & 6th Grade Weekly Newsletter

May 13th 2016

UOI # 6: Sharing the Planet

Alhamdulillah, we are in the final UOI of the school year!

Please find below details on the new UOI.

Central Idea: Human activities can influence our world's climate and the environment.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Changes to the Earth's atmosphere affect our weather conditions today.
  • The way people live causes extreme weather around the world.
  • Preventing climate change is the responsibility of all people.
  • The three branches of government have a responsibility towards the environment.

Key Concepts: Causation (Why is it like it is?) and Responsibility (What is our responsibility?)

Learner Profile Attributes: Communicator and Knowledgeable.

Highlights from Class this Week

UOI/Language Arts

Students have been working on:

  • make inferences about natural disasters based on information from texts.
  • draw conclusions about natural disasters following a discussion.
  • Vocabulary Unit 11 Test.
  • editing and publishing their memoirs.
  • explore the properties of air by using syringes and tubes to discover that air takes up space and is compressible.
  • discuss evidence that air is matter and has mass.


5th Grade: Fractions

Students have been working on

  • Add and subtract fractions making like units numerically.
  • Add and subtract fractions with sums greater than 2.

6th Grade: Expressions and Equations

Students have been working on

  • write algebraic expressions that record all operations with numbers and letters standing for the numbers.

Next week, students will be working on solving equations.

Book Tournament Final Round

The final winner for the book tournament will be decided this upcoming Thursday, May 19th. The semi-finalists are:

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Yousuf Daoud)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (Aasiya Ali)

Reading Buddies with Ms. K's Kindergarten Class

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Other Reminders

Don't forget:
  • Living Classrooms field trip on Tuesday, 17th May. The bus will leave straight after morning assembly, and return a little after dismissal. Please ensure students


    weather-related clothing, and bring a lunch and snacks. We will be on the boat for 3-4 hours.

  • Manga High/Khan Academy.
  • water bottle for recess.
  • Learner Profile Attribute of May: Communicator! Be a communicator by communicating creatively and in different ways in more than one language. Listen carefully to the perspectives of others and keep track of instances in your LP passport.
  • School closed for students on Friday, May 20th for a teacher work day.

Unit 12 Vocabulary Words





















Summative assessment for Unit 12 will be on Friday, May 27th.

FOSSweb access

Students, don't forget to use the Fossweb website to complete homework, and learn more about the science we are exploring.

class username: minions

class password: mangahigh


Living Classrooms Field Trip

Tuesday, May 17th, 8am

802 South Caroline Street

Baltimore, MD

Stay tuned for details about an exciting field trip for our last UOI "Sharing the Planet".

School Closed for PDD

Friday, May 20th, 8am

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

Memorial Day: School Closed

Monday, May 30th, 8am