Friday, August 16, 2019

The Week of August 19, 2019

Are you ready for another great week at Ellis?  There's a lot of fun and learning awaiting you!

Our social studies research will include continued studies of the Fundamental Needs of Humans chart, westward expansion in the United States, and a review of European geography.  Language lessons will include some more sentence analysis work.  

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

- current event quiz
- activity 

You will also have a word study quiz on the following words:

Circle Group
ex- expressionless, extrinsic, extrusive, excruciate, extensive
in- inflate, innate, induced, incline, incisor 

Triangle Group
oa- coach, toast, throat, roach, float
o_e- pose, woke, tone, dose, mode

Square Group

change "y" to "i", add "ed":  worried, studied, buried, married, hurried
add "ed": played, stayed, delayed, dismayed, conveyed

Finally, please copy the following vocabulary words onto your work plan to prepare for a quiz on Monday, August 26th.

4th Grade Vocabulary Words

Fundamental- of central importance

Shelter- a structure that provides protection

Fauna- animal life

Vanity- pride in oneself or appearance

Textiles- a woven or knit cloth

Flora- plant life

Culturethe customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group

Folk Artthe traditional, typically anonymous, art of usual non-professional artists

Ornamentation- an object or action done to embellish one's appearance 

Material- relating to physical matter rather than spiritual or intellectual things

5th Grade Vocabulary Words

Gold Rush- a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.

Chisholm Trail- a cattle trail leading North from San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas It was used for about twenty years after the Civil War.

Black cowboys- Roughly 9,000 African American cowboys who had been freed from slavery to work in the American west.

Westward expansion- The movement of people towards the western United States during and after the Civil War.

Wright Brothers- achieved the first powered flight in an airplane they built themselves in 1903

George Washington Carver- An African American scientist who made an enormous impact on American life by inventing plastics, dyes, medicines, flour, and fertilizers from sweet potatoes and peanuts.

Alexander Graham Bell- invented the telephone in 1875.

Thomas Edison- An inventor best known for creating the first practical light bulb and electrical generating system.

Phonograph- a sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.

Transcontinental Railroad- A train route across the United States, finished in 1869.

6th Grade Vocabulary Words 

Eurasia- the large landmass that includes both Europe and Asia

English Channel- a narrow sea between Great Britain and France

Rhine River- a river that originates in the Swiss Alps mountain range and flows northwest to the North Sea

Mediterranean Sea- World’s largest inland sea

Population- the total number of persons inhabiting a country, city, or any district or area.

European Plain- a vast, flat area stretching from France’s Atlantic coast to the Ural Mountains.

Pyrenees- a mountain range that forms a border between France and Spain

Iberian Peninsula- located in southwest Europe, this landmass contains Spain and Portugal

Landform- a specific geomorphic feature on the surface of the earth, ranging from large-scale features such as plains, plateaus, and mountains to minor features such as hills and valleys   

Peninsula- an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it with the mainland.

There are a number of other special things happening this week.  They include:

Monday- Math MAP assessment
Tuesday- School pictures (free dress down day)
Thursday- Reading MAP assessment & PTA meeting at 6:30 in Ellis MPR

Finally, you will be receiving your first progress report of the year this Tuesday!  Please review it with your family, sign the front cover of the workplan, and return it to your teacher Wednesday.  Part of the report is found at  Feel free to contact me on the Remind app if you have any questions.

Enjoy your weekend!
Mr. Trent

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Week of August 12, 2019

Welcome to your second week of school!  I had such a great time last week getting to know you, and I am excited to see the wonderful fun and learning that will happen within our classroom walls during our year together!

This weeks marks the first week of our lesson schedule that will include small-group lessons and a Montessori workperiod.

4th grade social studies lessons will focus on the Fundamental Needs of Humans, 5th grade will investigate the political and physical geography of the United States, and 6th grade will use our map cabinets to identify important places found in Europe.  Your required assignments will include a follow-up activity based on your lessons.

Language arts lessons will be associated with sentence analysis work.  Your followup will require you to diagram sentences and identify adverbial phrases.  

Social Studies and Language Arts followup works are due by Friday.

In addition to your lesson followups, please complete the following online works by Friday:

1.  Your weekly activity.
2.  Your weekly current event article comprehension activity about three  brothers who have started a successful business. 

Finally, you will have your first word study quiz this Friday!  The following word lists will be written on the board for you to copy onto your workplan.  Your group will be listed on your workplan when you receive it Monday morning.  You will need to not only spell the words correctly but also place them into the correct category. 

Circle Group
pre: prequel, precede, premier, precise, presume
post: postscript, posterity, postulate, postmodernism, postmortem

Triangle Group
short o:  moth, dock, smog, robin, olive
long o: dome, coat, cove, roam, low

Square Group
drop e before adding ing: skating, waving, closing, writing, using
add ing:  moaning, dreaming, cleaning, mailing, looking

Be sure to keep track of your daily work on your workplan by writing "I Can" statements that explain the skill you are practicing.  It is also important that you are spending time on each of the subjects every day to keep a "healthy diet".  We will be having time for a daily journaling time where you can reflect on your time management skills, quality of work, and worktime choices.    

Enjoy your weekend,
Mr. Trent

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A Special Visitor

An anole has decided to come inside and spend some time in our classroom!  Ms. Marianna, Ms. Koral, and myself have seen it relaxing on the wall and taking a nap in the plant on our peace shelf.  Keep a look-out for it when you come to the first day of school!

a visiting anole finds a cozy place to sleep on the peace shelf

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Welcome Back, Bobcats!

Welcome back!  I'm so excited to start another school year here at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy!  We are busy planning a year of fun and learning that promises to be an amazing experience for everyone!

As we begin our year together, please take note of the following information to help you and your family familiar with our classroom procedures.

I look forward to seeing you at open house on Thursday, August 1st from 6:00-7:30!

Mr. Trent

Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019-2020 Supply List

Dear Upper Elementary Families,
As we prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we thought we would give you a heads-up on the supplies for the upcoming year.

*a pair of headphones (Dollar Tree)
*clear or mesh book bag
*4 plastic pocket folders that can be clipped inside of a 3-ring binder
*two-inch 3-ring binder
*1 lined composition book (primary-style with space above to draw)
*1 graph composition book
*1 protractor
*1 compass
*pencils (we recommend Mirado or Ticonderoga brands)
*1 pkg. colored pencils (Basic colors)
*1 package of washable markers basic colors
*1 pair of child scissors (Fiskars preferred)
*enclosed pencil sharpener
*pencil bag
*2 packs of small index cards lined (3 x 5)
*1 package of lined notebook paper (wide-ruled)
*tracing paper (either a roll or a tablet)
* watercolor paper
*sketchbook for art
**These are things that will be helpful to the entire class: glue sticks, construction paper, copy paper, paper towels, lined paper, Clorox wipes, vinegar, dry erase markers, plastic page protectors, Sharpies, pump hand sanitizer, ziplock bags, and ​tissues​!
Thank you,
Mr. Trent and Ms. Marianna

Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy Summer Break!

Congratulations on completing another year at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy!  The learning and fun we’ve shared this year will forever live in our memories!  I’ve enjoyed helping you with your studies over the past 9 months, and I am looking forward to more wonderful times in the classroom with you!

Enjoy your summer break!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Erdkinder Supply List

For those of you who are joining 7th grade next year, please refer to the following supply list to help you prepare for your first year of Erdkinder.

Erdkinder supply list (click to enlarge)