Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #2: Who we Are

Central Idea: Ideals and principles in our community are designed to maintain order and protect individual rights.

Key concepts: Form, Function, Responsibility

Related concepts: citizenship, rights, roles, respiratory and circulatory systems.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Rules and laws in government are developed to protect rights.
  • Systems work together for a common purpose.
  • Citizens have a responsibility to exercise their rights.

Our Learning So Far!

UOI/Language Arts/Science

Assalam-Alaikum Parents,

This is the second newsletter for our current UOI, "Who we Are".

Students have been busy in inquiry and activities to explore the central idea listed above. They have been exploring the key concepts of form and causation through the lines of inquiry and in science.

Students have explored the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights. They have unpacked the language of the Bill of Rights and explained the amendments in their own way through creating explanatory posters. Students identified the fundamental rights listed in the Bill of Rights and applied then to everyday situations.They also explained why the rights in the Bill of Rights are important to citizens.

We will continue the UOI with students identifying what rule of law means, investigating that the government must pass and follow fair laws and investigate the due process of law.

Students have also been working on Daily 5, specifically Read-to-Self, Read-to-Someone, and Work-on-Writing. Students completed their first vocabulary unit this week and will continue with Unit 2 next week. We also explored figurative language , specifically similies and worked on main idea and details of a text.

In Science, students have also been exploring the concept of form and causation.

Students explored "How are nutrients transported to cells in a plant?". They observed the veins in leaves, planted wheat seeds to observe the development of leaves and investigate their functions. They investigated the form of a vascular plant, conducted an activity to explore if moisture escapes through a plant's leaves, and the process of transpiration. They learnt about how the plant's vascular system moves fluids and nutrients through the plant.


5th Grade

Students have been working on Place Value and Decimal Fractions. Students investigated multiplicative patterns on a place value chart, specifically the following standards:

  • patterns of zeroes in an answer when multiplying a number by powers of 10.
  • patterns of decimal placement when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10.
  • using whole-number exponents to show powers of 10
  • read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.

6th Grade

Students have been working on Ratios and Unit Rates. Students have explored representing and reasoning about ratios, specifically the following standards:

  • understand that a ratio is an ordered pair of numbers which are not both zero.
  • use ratios to describe the relationship between two quantities.
  • given a ratio, identify equivalent ratios. Use tape diagrams and the description of equivalent ratios to determine if two ratios are equivalent.
  • use tape diagrams to find an equivalent ratio when given the part-to-part ratio and the total of those two quantities.
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Links to Specials Newsletters

UOI Summative

Students will work individually to create three fictional scenarios as examples of how due process protects a citizen’s rights.

Students will also create an informational pamphlet or brochure using an informative writing process. This teaching tool will help the audience learn their due process protections and how American citizens are protected from those with authority over them.

Subject Specific Summatives

All subject specific summatives can be found on ManageBAc.

Students have a unit vocabulary test every two weeks. Words and practice activities can be accessed through ManageBac (follow the link in the homework assignment) or students can use their Vocabulary Workshop books.

Math quiz and test dates are specific to the grade level, and can also be found on ManageBac.

IB Learner Profile Passports

I would like to recognize the following students for exhibiting IB LP "Principled" by turning in their completed passports on time:

Amr Boushaba

Ahmed Rana

Mashallah, congratulations guys!

The LP attribute for October is Inquirer.

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

IB describes Inquirer as:

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Classroom Adab: "Who we Are"

Who we Are:

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Fifth and Sixth Grade is an age where children start to go through many changes, physical and emotional. The personalities at this stage are like a sponge and they develop a sense of themselves individually. Socially, fifth and sixth graders see the world as more realistic and start to compare their abilities with their peers. Peer pressure can be a factor when making choices.

Building a positive classroom community is an important part of our class. Alhamdulillah, as a Muslim school, we are fortunate to be able to teach and practice the adab and etiquette of Sunnah with our children. Making correct choices is important.

Another important aspect of classroom community is the teaching healthy gender interactions. Students will at times work together in class, during group work or discussions. Students are reminded of correct behaviors when interacting with each other as young Muslims. Throughout the school year, we will be working on healthy social interactions and choices.

It would be helpful if this conversation was also continued in the home. Please take some time to talk to your child about this.

Jazkallah Khair

More Class Pics!

Upcoming Field Trip

The first field trip of the year will be to The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C on Thursday, October 13th, insha Allah. The bus will leave school at 8.30 am and return at 1.30 p.m. Students should be dressed in formal uniform, and bring a brown-bagged snack and lunch.

Please send back to school the field trip form by Wednesday, October 12th.

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Monday, Oct. 10th, 3pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

Come support the school and expand your child's library at the annual Scholastic book fair! You can access our class wish list by following this link:

You will also find a basket of books from the classroom wish list at the book fair. For each book that you purchase from a teacher wish list, you will be entered into a raffle to win a book basket. The online book fair runs through 10/22/16.

Jazakallah Khair!

National Archives Museum Field Trip

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 8am

Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20408