Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Week of December 16, 2019

It’s the last week of term 2, and there’s a lot to be looking forward to!  Your last vocabulary quiz of the semester will take place Monday.  It will include a review of some of your previously studied vocab words from the term.  You will not have a word study list this week because we will be taking the inventory to see what group you will be part of in term 3.

Required assignments this week will include a quill.com, a newsela.com current event, and a social studies work. We will also continue our novel studies with a focus on summarizing.

  Because Friday is the last day of the term, all required assignments are due that day. Please refer to your workplan for a list of any unfinished works.  I also ask that 6th graders look closely at their PowerSchool account to make sure all grades have been input properly.

We will celebrate the season together on Friday with our annual book exchange!  Don’t forget to bring your wrapped book for your secret partner!  Also, feel free to bring in a board game to play after we have our exchange.  We’ll end our day with the annual holiday sing-along in the schoolyard!

See you Monday,
Mr. Trent

Monday, December 9, 2019

Our Classroom Geogra-tree

Our classroom worked together to create a beautiful "Geogra-tree" filled with research about our beautiful Earth!  The tree contains ornaments showing flags of the world, stars stating statistics of countries, and a chain of paper showing how people around the world meet their fundamental needs.  Thank you to Ms. Betty for donating the tree to our classroom!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

The Week of December 9, 2019

I can't believe it is already the second week of December!  Holiday break is coming fast, but we have a lot of accomplish before the New Year. 

Our social studies lessons will include continued research of WWII and Latin American countries.  Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments by Friday.  

You will have a vocabulary quiz on the following term 2 review words on Monday, December 16th.  This is the last vocabulary quiz of the term!

Term 2 Vocabulary Review List
Grade 4

Legislative branch- passes laws for a nation

Executive branch- carries out and enforces the laws made by Congress

Judicial branch- interprets and applies the laws

ELECTORATE – Those eligible to vote

INCUMBENT – A person currently holding office

PARTY PLATFORM – Statement of the principles or beliefs of a political group

blockaded - To stop people or supplies from coming into or going out of a country

surrender - To agree to stop fighting because you know that you will not win

port - A coastal location that has a harbor in which ships can dock

truce - An agreement to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time





Term 2 Vocabulary Review List
Grade 5

Drought- a long period of dry weather with little or no rain

Dictator- a ruler with total power over a country and its people

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)- helped transform the Tennessee River Valley from poverty to productivity by building dams to control flooding and produce electricity.

ELECTORATE – Those eligible to vote

INCUMBENT – A person currently holding office

PARTY PLATFORM – Statement of the principles or beliefs of a political group

The Blitz (or The Battle of Britain) - Hitler sent his Luftwaffe to bomb British cities, primarily London, targeting civilians as a way of breaking the resolve of the English. 40,000 were killed but the British held.

D-Day- June 6, 1944, the Allied landing on France's Normandy beaches to begin the liberation of Europe.

Joseph Stalin - The communist leader of the Soviet Union.

U-boats - Short for Unterseeboote, German submarines.

Term 2 Vocabulary Review List
Grade 6

Panama Canal- a man-made feature located in the country of Panama. It is an important waterway that allows ships to easily travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean

Latitude and longitude- imaginary lines on a map that are used to find locations on Earth’s surface

Amazon River- the second largest river in the world that flows primarily through Brazil.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – A political subdivision for the purpose of electing U.S. representatives

CANDIDATE – Person who seeks or is put forward by others for a political office

CAMPAIGN – Course of action designed to influence voters in an election

arable- land that is suitable for farming

currency- a system of money in use in a particular country

deity- a god or goddess; or the creator and supreme being in monotheistic religion such as Christianity

diplomatic relations- a relationship between two countries in which they send representatives to work in each other’s countries

Finally, you will have a word study quiz on the following lists Friday, December 13th.

Arrow Group

Star Group

Swirl Group

This Wednesday through Friday is our 4th grade camping trip to the Burton 4-H camp on Tybee Island!  Those students who are attending are excused from the word study test, quill, and newsela assignments.  I look forward to camping with you!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent



Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Week of December 2, 2019

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!  I hope you had a restful holiday and are ready for a fun remainder of 2019!

This week we will be taking the second administration of the MAP Assessment.  We will do the Math section Monday and the Reading section on Wednesday.  Because of testing, your social studies lessons will be adjusted to ensure you have enough time to complete any followup required assignments.  4th and 6th graders will be editing the second half of "The Red Door" narrative and typing a final copy.  Please submit it using Google Classroom by Friday.  Everyone will have a weekly assignment on www.quill.org and www.newsela.com.

Your vocabulary quiz based on the words you were given before Thanksgiving break will take place Monday.  You will have a word study quiz Friday based upon the following words: (will be uploaded morning of 12.2.19).
Arrow Group

Star Group

Swirl Group


See you Monday,
Mr. Trent




Friday, November 22, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  Classes resume Monday, December 2.

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Week of November 18, 2019

November is passing so quickly!  There is a lot of fun and leaning planned for this last week of school of the month.  

Social studies lessons will focus on the War of 1812, researching the causes of WWII, and the governments of Latin American countries.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on identifying examples of metaphors.  4th and 6th graders will be writing the final section of "The Red Door" narrative!  Please be sure to complete your lesson follow-up work in a timely manner.  As always, you will have your weekly NewsELA current event and quill.org activities to complete.  In addition, please study the following words for a quiz Tuesday, Monday, December 2.


4th Grade Vocabulary List - War of 1812



Democratic ideas- beliefs that support democracy, such as freedom, justice, and equality



blockaded - To stop people or supplies from coming into or going out of a country



surrender - To agree to stop fighting because you know that you will
not win



port - A coastal location that has a harbor in which ships can dock



truce - An agreement to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time



fort - A strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live



James Madison – President of the US during the War of 1812



Francis Scott Key – US envoy who witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. This inspired him to write a poem which became the Star Spangled Banner (our national anthem)



War Hawks  -  Young group of politicians, representing mostly southern and western frontier states, coming to power in Congress in the 1810s.



Treaty Of Ghent  -  Signed on December 24, 1815 and ending the War of 1812

5th Grade Vocabulary List - World War II
Anti-semitism - policies, views, or actions that harm or discriminate against Jews



Allied Nations- those countries fighting against the Axis powers. i.e. Britain, France, USA, Canada, USSR etc.



Axis Powers- Japan, Germany and Italy



Joseph Stalin - The communist leader of the Soviet Union.



The Blitz (or The Battle of Britain) -  Hitler sent his Luftwaffe to bomb British cities, primarily London, targeting civilians as a way of breaking the resolve of the English. 40,000 were killed but the British held.



D-Day- June 6, 1944, the Allied landing on France's Normandy beaches to begin the liberation of Europe.



U-boats - Short for Unterseeboote, German submarines.



Auschwitz - The largest of Hitler's concentration camps, where 1 million Jews are believed to have lost their lives.



Manhattan Project - The codename for the U.S. project to produce an atomic bomb.



V-E Day -  Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945. The Germans surrendered.  



6th Grade Vocabulary List - Latin America Studies



arable- land that is suitable for farming



currency- a system of money in use in a particular country



deity- a god or goddess; or the creator and supreme being in monotheistic religion such as Christianity



diplomatic relations- a relationship between two countries in which they send representatives to work in each other’s countries



deportation- the action of removing  foreigner from a country



infrastructure- the basic facilities and installations that help a community run, including roads, schools, phone lines, power generation, etc.



investment- the act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result



regulate- control or supervise (especially a business activity) by means of rules.



indigenous- living or growing in a particular region or environment cartel- a combination of people who want to drive away the competition in their business.


You will have a quiz on the following word study lists on Friday, November 22.
 Arrow Group

 Star Group

Swirl Group   

Have a nice weekend, Mr. Trent