Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Learn Sentence Writing Skills with

Students have a weekly required assignment using the program.  This Language Arts-based website gives students the opportunity to practice important writing skills based upon their current strengths and needs.  The Quill program uses the research-based strategy of combining sentences to help the students improve upon their writing abilities.  Are you interested in the theory behind sentence-combining tasks?  Check out the following article:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Week of August 13th, 2018

It's shaping up to be a GREAT week at Ellis!  I'm so excited to share with you some fun lessons I've been working on and to see what interesting works you create.

making maps using the map cabinet

Social studies lessons will include using the map cabinets to create political and physical maps of the United States and Europe, as well as taking a look at westward expansion in the United States during the 1800's.  Your vocabulary words for these lessons are as found below.  They can also be found in your google classroom file.  Please copy these words and definitions onto your work plan Monday.  You will have a quiz on these words next Monday, August 20th.

Your language lessons will include working with verb moods, identifying transitive and intransitive verbs, and defining phrases and clauses.  This Friday you will have your weekly word study quiz on the following words. They will be written on the dry erase board in the classroom. Please copy them onto your work plan Monday.

Circle Group
pre: prequel, precede, premier, precise, presume
post: postscript, posterities, 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

In addition to your lesson follow-up work, you will have a number of other required assignments:
- lesson current event quiz and Power Words
-study for vocabulary and word study quiz

Last week's work plans will be collected as you enter the room Monday morning.  I will give you your brand new work plan at that time, as well.  Progress reports will go home Tuesday and are to be signed and returned to school Wednesday.

Finally, 4th graders please remember to submit your $20 deposit if you wish to participate in the upcoming field trip to New Ebenezer Camp.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Worktime Happenings

There are a lot of great works already happening in our classroom!

drawing maps using the map cabinet

creating a personal Fundamental Needs of Humans chart

timeline of the history of writing 

researching and creating cave paintings

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Week of August 6th, 2018

Welcome to the first full week of school!  We have been reviewing procedures and learning the layout of our classrooms so you will be able to start your Montessori work cycles this week!  Your math and science lessons will include exploring the fundamental needs of all humans and The History of Writing Great Lesson!  Your follow-up work from these lessons will allow you to think deeply about these huge concepts, and hopefully inspire you throughout the rest of the year!

In addition to your lesson followup work, you also have a number of other required assignments for language arts and social studies: assignment assignment
-copy and study word study lists for your test on Friday

All of your weekly required assignments are due when you enter the classroom Monday, August 13th.  This will give your teachers time to prepare your progress report that will be issued to you on Tuesday, August 14th.

Please remember to sign and return the "Back to School" paperwork that was recently sent home.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Welcome Back, Bobcats!

It was a GREAT first day of the 2018-2019 school year!  We spent a lot of time today going over classroom procedures and getting to know our classmate's and teachers.  It's going to be an awesome year!

The First Day of School