Grade 5 & 6 News

Newsletter #1: How we Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: The style and structure of leadership affect the way decisions are made.

Key concepts: Form, Function, connection

Related concepts: structure, role, government systems

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What makes a leader
  • How decisions are made
  • Different structures and styles of leadership

What are we Learning this Unit?

UOI/Language Arts/Social Studies

  • Daily 5 Strategies.
  • organizing reader's notebooks.
  • determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Social Studies

  • Identify and compare forms of government and various distributions of power.
  • Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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.


Leadership in Islam:

This UOI, students will learn about leadership as it is very important in Islam to teach our kids leadership and try to improve their practice. Prophet Muhammad and his companions were and still are a great example of the leadership and how they lead to success although each one of them had a different personality.

Our kids are an Amanah, they need to be guided to the right way with love and patience. So please give them a chance to practice leadership at home, be responsible for their choices and make good decisions.



  • Read the first Juzaa from the Mushaf.
  • learn and participate the Noon Sakinah Rules (أحكام النون الساكنة والتنوين).


  • فريق المؤمنون: Memorize Surat Yassen.
  • فريق آل القرآن: Memorize Surat Al-Mulk.
  • فريق نجوم القرآن: Review the first half Juzaa from Juzaa Amma.


  • Discover the qualities of the leader from the Qur’an (Surat Saad from (17-26)), (Surat At-Tawbah 128).


  • What is the leader? (Form الشكل) and the qualities of the leader (Function
  • الوظيفة ) by using the Arabic words. (رحمة – عزة – قوة- حكمة). مواصفات القائد ووصف أنفسهم
  • Describe the daily routine and the qualities.
  • Students will be able to count from 1st to 20th.

Islamic Studies:

  • Describe prophet Muhammed as a leader and how he would take decisions (الشورى)
  • Perform the Wudu and Salah with all the verbal actions.
  • Study the leadership of Abubakr and Omar and the differences between their way of leading.


Students will review the Elements of Art (color, line, shape, texture, value, space, form) with a focus on LINE. In particular, students will explore:

  • How does line show personality? (Function)

  • What are different types of line techniques used in drawing? (Form)
  • How does your line type convey emotion or feeling?


Students will:

  • work on building stamina and endurance through running outdoors.
  • learn how to show good sportsmanship while participating in competitive games.
  • discuss this month's Learner Profile Attribute of being "PRINCIPLED" and how to implement those characteristic in PE.

Subject Specific Summatives

All subject specific summatives can be found on ManageBac.

Students have a vocabulary summative every two weeks. Students will be required to collect vocabulary words through daily reading and create a visual writing assignment with four of the words they collected. More details about the assignment will be sent home next week, Insha Allah.

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

IB Learner Profile Passports

The LP attribute for September is Principled.

IB describes Principled as:

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Throughout the month, students will be working on becoming responsible for their actions, and as leaders, what being principled means.

Please encourage your child to keep track of their passports and fill it in regularly. keeping track and completing the passport is great practice for being Principled.

All passports are due by Monday, October 2nd, 2017.

Khan Academy

This year, we’ll continue to use Khan Academy in class to personalize learning for all students.

Khan Academy is a free online resource that allows students to learn anytime, anywhere, with material that is uniquely appropriate for them. Students can explore new topics and strengthen their skills by doing practice problems and tutorials. As students learn, their activity feeds into reports that show important information such as strengths and weaknesses in a particular concept. By using Khan Academy, I’ll be able to provide a more personalized learning experience for your child.

If you’d like, you can set up a parent/guardian account and follow along your child’s progress in 5 quick steps:

  1. Log-in to Khan Academy with your child using the account information given in class

  2. Click on their Username → Settings in the upper right corner.

  3. Enter your email address in the “Parent Email” Field

  4. Check your inbox for an email from Khan Academy

  5. Follow the sign-in or log-in prompts to get started.

As a parent, you’ll be able to see what your child is working on. You will also have the ability to edit your child’s username and password.

Scholastic Book Club

When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. The more your child reads, the better they will do in school and in life.

Scholastic Book Clubs flyers are made for you and your child to shop for books your child will love to read. Each month, the Flyers are filled with trusted, excellent quality, age-appropriate books chosen by Scholastic for prices as low as one dollar.

Plus you will be helping our class when you order: Scholastic matches each order you place with FREE BOOKS for our classroom to share.

Please take some time to shop in the monthly flyer. Orders can be placed in one of two ways

1. Go online to:

Look up my name: Mrs. Abbasi

Or enter our Class Code:PBTMF

Follow the instructions to place your order online by the deadline.

2. Check off the books you want to order for your child and return the flyer with a check to Scholastic Book Clubs by the deadline.

The first deadline for orders is Thursday, September 21st.

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Formal Fridays

Friday, Sep. 15th, 8:30am

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Please remember to dress your child in their Formal Friday uniforms on Fridays.

Professional Day: School Closed for Students

Friday, Sep. 22nd, 8:30am

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Elkridge, MD