Friday, February 15, 2019

The Week of February 18, 2019

Are you ready for another great week at Ellis?  I hope so, because there are some exciting things happening in our classroom!

The week's lessons will include studying the turbulent 1960's in America, natural resources in Australia, and battles of the US Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on hyperbole. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.
You will have a vocabulary quiz Monday. The quiz will focus upon the vocabulary lists you were given last Monday.
Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.
Swirl Group:
aw- awesome, hawk, crawfish, brawl, scrawny
au - faucet, trauma, autumn, applaud, audience
Star Group:
Long e in first syllable- season, people, feature, reader, freedom
Long e in second syllable-  thirteen, indeed, increase, compete, healthy 
Arrow Group:
silent consonant -  soften, muscle, design, column, moisten
sounded consonant-  soft, muscular, designate, columnist, moist
Have a spectacular weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Week of February 11, 2019

Happy Friday to you! I have already planned a great week for you when you return from your restful weekend!

The week's lessons will include studying the Civil Rights Movement,an introduction to the continent of Australia, and editing/writing a final copy of the Civil War essays. Our novel studies will include a focus on figurative language. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.

The following are your vocabulary words for the week. Please study them nightly for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 18th.




Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.

Swirl Group:
oi- spoil, join, avoid, joint, hoist
oy-  annoy, oyster, voyage, royal, decoy

Star Group:
Long u in first syllable- beauty, toothache, chewy, Tuesday, jewel
Long u in second syllable- shampoo, raccoon, pollute, excuse, balloon

Arrow Group:
ation - sensation, information, preparation, altercation, ordination
ition-  acquisition, apparition, decomposition, requisition, extradition

Valentine's Day is on Thursday, and we invite you to bring in notes of friendship for your classmates. If you choose to participate, please bring in a Valentine for each person in both Ms. Marianna's and Mr. Trent's homeroom (a roster was provided to you to make sure you do not miss anyone). We will provide bags for you to decorate to hold your notes.

Have a restful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cooking with Single-Celled Organims

A special thank you to Ms. Marisa for helping us make yogurt!  We enjoyed it with strawberry jam today!


Friday, February 1, 2019

The Week of February 4th, 2019

Welcome to the first week of February!  It's going to be a wonderful week!

This week's lessons will include studying the Civil Rights Movement, exploring Canada using our country study charts, and using our research on the causes of the Civil War to write an essay outline. Our novel studies will include a focus on summarizing. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. You will have a vocabulary quiz Monday on the words you received last week. Please study the following word study lists for a quiz Friday:


Swirl Group:
ar- stark, barge, large, charge, scar,
or-  scorch, scorn, thorn, torch, chord

Star Group:
Long o in first syllable- loafer, bowling, soldier, postage, coaster
Long in second syllable- suppose, compose, approach, erode, awoke

Arrow Group:
Add ion to base word - exhaustion, distortion, adoption, addiction, abduction
Drop "e" before adding ion to base word-  circulation, creation, illustration, translation, acclamation


Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Week of January 28, 2019

The excitement of Charles Ellis Presents: The Timeline of Life has come to an end, and we are ready to get back to our "normal" schedule. This week's lessons will include studying the Vietnam War, exploring Canada using our country study charts, and preparing to write a 5 paragraph essay on the causes of the Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on setting. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. Your weekly vocabulary words are as follows:

4th Grade Vocabulary List


Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019


plantations, n. Large farms where crops are raised

slavery, n. The practice of forcing people to work without pay as enslaved people, and
denying them the freedom to decide how to live their lives

survival, n. The state of continuing to exist, especially in spite of difficult conditions

value, n. Usefulness or importance

wages, n. Money that is paid or received for work

conductor, n. A person who led or directed enslaved Africans to freedom during the Civil War using
the Underground Railroad

contributions, n. Money, materials, information, or labor given by someone to help
others

gourd, n. A plant whose hard-shelled fruit is sometimes dried and hollowed out to be
used as a tool

passengers, n. Enslaved Africans who traveled to freedom on the Underground
Railroad

rebellious, adj. Resisting, or fighting, being controlled by someone else


5th Grade Vocabulary List


Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019


Draft- Required military service for males 18 years-26 years during a time of need, if your number is picked you have to go


Geneva Accords- This document divided Vietnam at the 17th parallel


USS Maddux- U.S. ship that was reported to have been shot at by the North Vietnamese


Deferment- Getting out of or putting off war service


War Powers Act - Limited the President's ability to send troops


Henry Kissinger- National Security Advisor that worked with Nixon and secretly met with one of North Vietnam's negotiators to end the war


Kent State University - College students were protesting the war and National Guardsmen were brought in that fired into the crowd and killed 4 people


Containment- To keep and idea or thing isolated


Guerrilla Warfare- Military strategy used by Viet Cong that used hit and run tactics


Napalm- Gasoline based bomb that set fire to the jungle


6th Grade Vocabulary List


Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019


Rain shadow- an area on the side of a mountain away from the wind that receives little rainfall


Permafrost- permanently frozen layer of ground below the top layer of soil


Prime Minister- the most powerful political leader in Canada. He or she is the leader of the political party that has the most people voted in to be members of parliament.


Premier- the most powerful political leader in a province. He or she is the leader of the political party that has the most people voted in to be members of legislature.


Federal Government - A system of government in which individual states share authority with a central government. Examples include Canada and the United States.


Quebec- A province located in the east-central part of Canada. Predominantly French-speaking, it has sought independent from Canada at several points to preserve its cultural heritage.


Champlain- French explorer in Nova Scotia who established a settlement on the site of modern Quebec (1567-1635)


Iroquois- a family of North American Indian languages


Hudson Bay- an inland sea in northern Canada


French Canadian- a Canadian descended from early French settlers and whose native language is French

Please review the following word-study lists to prepare for a quiz this Friday:


Swirl Group:
ure- sure, cure, pure, unsure, assure
ur-  fur, burn, curl, hurl, surf

Star Group:
Long i in first syllable- pirate, brightly, science, island, highway
Long i in second syllable- advice, arrive, survive, describe, surprise
Arrow Group:
Add ion to base word - meditation, abomination, moderation, obstruction, defamation
Add ian to base word-  thespian, custodian, pedestrian, totalitarian, librarian

Enjoy your weekend!
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Parent Survey

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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Week of January 21, 2019

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"  
Martin Luther King, Jr.  


It's finally here:  musical week!  This year's Charles Ellis Presents musical is coming together nicely and promises to be a great one!  "The Timeline of Life" musical will take place this Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Ellis muti-purpose room.  Please tell everyone who is coming to bring either a blanket or lawn chair to sit upon!  Tickets are on sale now for $5 in the media center.  They can also be purchased the night of the show at the door. 

We will spend our week preparing for the show.  Because of this, I will not be assigning any required assignments.  This includes vocabulary and word study lists.  In addition, you will NOT have explorations Tuesday.  I’ve shared with you a collection of books about the timeline of life in your www.getepic.com account.  Feel free to check them out if you get a bit of time to do so. We will return to our regularly assigned works following the show next week.  

This Friday is an exciting day for two reasons:

1.  It is a dress-down day for $1.00 to benefit the Red Cross "Dollars for Disasters" program.  
2.  You've earned some "board game" time for your hard work raising money for the PTA Boosterthon Fun Run!  We've reached our classroom goal of at least 50 pledges, so feel free to bring in some boardgames Friday to enjoy with your classmates!

As they say in show business, "break a leg!"
Mr. Trent

2019 Ellis Boosterthon Fun Run at Daffin Park