Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Week of October 31

Are you ready for an exciting week?!?  It's MUSICAL WEEK!  We will be working hard to prepare for opening night of "God With No Hands" this Friday.  You can purchase tickets for $5.00 in the media center.  We will be traveling to Savannah Arts Academy Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to practice onstage.  We will not be switching classes this week, and we will not have classwork/homework.

On Friday, please be at Savannah Arts Academy at 6:15 to put on makeup and costumes.

I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween,

Mr. Trent



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dress Down Day

Friday, October 28th will be a dress down day for students and faculty.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gotta Dance!

Ms. Fe helps the students practice their choreography for the upcoming "God With No Hands" musical!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Wonderful Week of October 24

First, don't forget that there is no school Monday!  It is a teacher work day, and we will be continuing to hold conferences with parents tomorrow and throughout the week.

We are really going to focus on the musical this week...the big day is NEXT FRIDAY!  Because of this, we will not be having regular scheduled classes.  You will be staying in your homeroom classrooms every day this week.  In addition, you will not be having any homework or tests.  Our time will be filled with preparation for the musical.  We will also be taking the quarterly assessments.  These county-required tests will be helpful in determining your areas of strength and need.  We will use the results to help plan lessons this year.

I look forward to a musical week with you!
Mr. Trent

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mr. Trent's Class Cast List

Liquid 1- Annie
Liquid 2- Abraham
Liquid 3- Rae
Gas 1 & 2- Austin
Gas 3- Samantha
Lava 1- Cortlin
Lava 2- Logan
Lava 3- Peter
Solid 1- Marsadie
Solid 2- Walker
Solid 3- Rowan
Sun- Niamh

Congrats, everyone! I'm so excited to see you on stage!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

SMILE! Tomorrow is Picture Day!

Don't forget:  Tomorrow is picture day.  It is also an "out-of-uniform" day for students.

Earth Layers

Mr. Brandon helped us review for tomorrow's test by having us create models of inner earth using styrofoam blocks.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Scientific Method Fun!

Mr. Brian came to our class today to talk to us about the scientific method. He will be helping us prepare our science fair projects this year! We made some sodium bicarbonate rockets to practice the method in an exciting way.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ellsworth Kelly and the Fraction, Decimal, Percent Connection

Today, students used the work of American artist Ellsworth Kelly as an inspiration to create their own pieces of modern art. We then calculated fraction, decimal, and percent of each color they used to make their masterpieces!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mr. Trent's Class' "God With No Hands" Script


Here is the script we have created for our part of the musical.  This is a rough draft that we will revise over the next two weeks.
Setting:  A dark hot Earth. 
Lava 1:  I’m so excited to catch some gnarly lava waves!  Being a lava dude is awesome.
Lava 2:  Those volcanoes have been erupting and making some nice waves of lava and keeping the weather nice and hot.
Lava 1:  This is totally rad, dude!
Lava 2:  It seems like it’s been this hot forever.  I hope it stays this way for a long time.  I really enjoy this weather.
Lava 3 walks in
Lava 3:  Well, you better enjoy it while it lasts because I just heard on Ash Action News channel 96 that a change is coming.  Now that the volcanoes have stopped erupting, Earth is going to start to cool.
Lava 1:  You know, now that you say it, it does feel a little cooler.
Bossy solids walk in
Lava 2:  Who in the world are you?
Solid 1:  (mockingly) who in the world are you?
Solid 2:  We are new in town!  Now that the weather is cooling down, we came to take over this joint.  We are SOLIDS, bub bad um bum bum bum bum!
Lava 1:  I don’t think so!  We were here first!
Solid 3:  We are solids and we will crush you! 
Lava 2:  Bring it on!  We will melt you!
Hippy Liquids enter
Liquids:  (Chanting) Liquids for peace!  Say no to fighting! 
Solid 2:  Get out of here you peace-loving liquids!  Beat it!
Liquid 1:  Brothers and sisters, please stay calm.  There is no need to fight.
Liquid 2:  It’s all about love and peace.  We are on this world together and we must learn to get along.
Liquid 3:  God says that we must obey his laws and follow his will.  He gave us all rules to follow and task to fulfill.
Gases Enter (Dressed as Clowns) doing tricks
Solid 1- Who are these clowns?!
Gas 1- We are gases.  We are the joksters of the world, always bouncing around and never staying still.
Gas 2- Solids, you all are so stiff.  You never have any fun!
Gas 3- Here’s a joke:  What do you get when you cross some lava and a solid?  Give up?  An argument!
Solid 3- Are you trying to start something with us?
Lava 2- (sarcastically) ha ha ha, very funny gases!
All characters start arguing loudly. 
Liquid 3- STOP!  Look, the veil of clouds is being lifted! 
Piece of fabric is carried over the audience.  Lights shine.  Sun enters.
Liquid 2- Look, it’s our old friend the sun!
Gas 1-  We haven’t seen you in such a long time!  It’s great to see you again!
Sun- It’s so nice to see the Earth again.  I’ve been ashamed of all the fighting going on as the volcanoes were erupting.  But now I’ve come back to find the elements squabbling.  We must follow god’s law and obey the rules that were put in place so long ago.
Liquid 1- You’re right, beautiful sun!  We are liquids, we shall flow!
Gases 1- We are gases we shall float in the atmosphere!
Solid 1- We are solids, we will keep our shape.
Sun- Yes, beautiful, perfect elements: be proud of who you are and how you were made.  Follow the rules of your properties and our world will become something amazing!  I can once again smile upon my beautiful daughter Earth.
All sing “I Can See Clearly Now”

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Parent/Teacher/Student conferences are taking place over the next two weeks. If you are unsure of your assignment date and time, or you need to reschedule, please contact Ms. Carol or myself as soon as possible.  The Harvard Family Research Project has created a great resource to help you prepare for your upcoming conferences.  You can download a very informative borchure on the site...just skip down the part that focus on parents.

I'm looking forward to speaking to everyone!

The Wonderful Week of October 17th

Are you ready for another awesome week at Ellis!?  I hope so, becuase we have a lot planned!

In math, we will be taking a look at the connection between fractions, decimals, and percents.  We will use the art of the famous American artist Ellsworth Kelly as inspriation to create our own pieces of art using fractions, decimals, and percent concepts.   Be on the lookout for some math homework being sent home this week.  Remember, the work you do at home is just as important as the classwork you do.

In science, we will finish up our studies on plate tectonics.  Mr. Brandon will be here to talk to you about layers of the inner Earth.  Keep in mind your "Clean Your Plate" choice sheet is due this Friday.  One Friday, you will also have a test on plate tectonics.  Here is your study guide:


1.  The Theory of Continental Drift
a.  Created by Alfred Wegener in the early 1900’s
b.  States that all continents were once connected into one
supercontinent called Pangaea.
c.  Pangaea later broke into two separate continents called
Laurasia and Gondwana.
            d.  Proof of Continental Drift
                        - Continents seem to fit together like a puzzle
                        - Similar fossils have been found on matching coastlines
                        - The mid-ocean ridge is where the plates are pushing apart
form each other causing the continents to move.  The movement of the magnetic pole throughout the earth’s history has caused alternating stripes of magnetic minerals in the rocks found beneath the ocean.
2.  Layers of the Earth
            a.  Inner core- solid
            b.  Outer core- liquid
            c.  Mantle – slowly moving, molten rock
                        - Asthenosphere- area of convection directly below the crust
            d.  Crust (Lithosphere) – surface of the earth.  Broken into many
pieces
3.  Boundaries
            a. Divergent boundaries- plates moving away from each other
                        - mostly found beneath the ocean (mid ocean ridge)
            b. Convergent boundaries- plate moving towards each other
                        -continent/continent create high mountains
                        -ocean/ocean create ridges
                        -ocean/ocean create mountain chains with volcanoes
            c.  Transform boundaries- plates slide past each other horizontally
                        -cause earthquakes
4.  Earthquakes
            a.  Mostly happen at where crust is broken (faults)
            b.  The focus is the place inside the earth where the earthquake
originates
            c.  The epicenter is the place on the earth’s surface directly above
the focus
            d.  The severity of an earthquake is measured using the Richter
scale.  0 (mild) – 9 (severe)
5.  Volcanoes
            a.  Mostly found at ocean/continent convergent boundaries
                        -“Ring of Fire” – area where most volcanoes are found

Vocabulary Words

lithosphere- the solid, outer layer of the Earth that consists of the crust and the rigid upper part of the mantle.
asthenosphere- the soft layer of the mantle on which the tectonic plates move.
mesosphere- the strong, lower part of the mantle between the asthenosphere and the outer core.
continental drift- the hypothesis that states that the continents once formed a single landmass, broke up, and drifted to their present locations.
convergent boundary- the boundary formed by the collision of two lithospheric plates.
divergent boundary- the boundary between two tectonic plates that are moving away from each other
transform boundary- the boundary between tectonic plates that are sliding past each other horizontally
fault- a break in a body of rock along which one block slides relative to another
uplift- the rising of regions of the Earth’s crust to higher elevations
subsidence- the sinking of regions of the Earth’s crust to lower elevations


Finally, this Friday is Fall picture day!  Be sure to wear your best smile :)

See you Monday AM,

Mr. Trent

Book Fair!

It's almost time for the Book Fair!  Here's the schedule:


Fri, Oct 21 8:30am - 4:30pm
Mon, Oct 24 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Tues, Oct 25 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed, Oct 26 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thurs, Oct 27 8:30am - 7:00pm
Fri, Oct 28 8:30am - 4:30pm
Mon, Oct 31 8:30am - 12:00pm


Ms. Rebecca put together a great website to tell you more about the Book Fair.  Check it out!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Press Release- Charles Ellis Montessori Academy Presents: God With No Hands


The students and faculty at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy are proud to present the musical “God With No Hands”.   "God With No Hands" is a living timeline based on the Montessori great lesson of the same name that describes creation of the universe and the formation of the planet Earth.  The musical features many lively songs and skits all written by the students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at Charles Ellis. Primary rehearsals begin the week of  October 31st, with the performance on the November 4th at:00 pm at Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, GA.  For additional rehearsal and performance information, contact the production manager, Trent Kissinger, at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy (912) 201-5470 or trent.kissinger@sccpss.com.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Students Being Teachers

Today, students shared their expertise in finding least common multiples with classmates.

First Term Conferences

Date/Time request forms for the 1st term conferences were sent home today.  Please check your schedule, circle times that you are available, and return the forms to your child's homeroom teacher by this Friday.  We will send home a note stating the day and time of your conference.  Ms. Carol and I strive to work with your schedule, so please return your requests as soon as possible.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Week of October 10

Happy Monday!  I'm excited to get the ball rolling this week.  We will be starting two new units of study: Least Common Multiple & Plate Tectonics!

For our work in math with LCM, we will have a few lessons with homework.  Then, on Thursday, we will have a quiz on what you learned.  Check out this math.com site if you need a refresher.

In science, we will be talking about plate tectonics.  I have some really cool Montessori materials to help you understand the theory of continental drift.  You will also be working on a choice sheet called "Clean Your Plate" to help guide your studies of plate tectonics.  It will be due NEXT Friday.  Here is a copy of the powerpoint presentation you will see Monday:



 You will have a vocabulary test on Friday on these words:


lithosphere- the solid, outer layer of the Earth that consists of the crust and the rigid upper part of the mantle.
asthenosphere- the soft layer of the mantle on which the tectonic plates move.
mesosphere- the strong, lower part of the mantle between the asthenosphere and the outer core.
continental drift- the hypothesis that states that the continents once formed a single landmass, broke up, and drifted to their present locations.
convergent boundary- the boundary formed by the collision of two lithospheric plates.
divergent boundary- the boundary between two tectonic plates that are moving away from each other
transform boundary- the boundary between tectonic plates that are sliding past each other horizontally
fault- a break in a body of rock along which one block slides relative to another
uplift- the rising of regions of the Earth’s crust to higher elevations
subsidence- the sinking of regions of the Earth’s crust to lower elevations

Parent/Teacher/Student conferences are coming up next week.  I will send home conference request sheets this week.  Also, keep in mind that Scholastic Book Orders are due on Thursday.  Please pay with cash or make you check payable to "Charles Ellis Montessori".

I'm ready for another great week at Ellis!  I hope you are, too!

Mr. Trent

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Testing pH

Today, students tested the pH of various liquids.

Coming up: Career Week!

Career Speakers Day will be Thursday, November 10.  We need some parent volunteers to come in and share what they do for a living.  Presentations will last about 15 minutes, and we ask that parents speak to 3 classes.  Please contact Carla Cantrell in the guidance office if you would like to help (912-395-5472).

Accelerated Math

Students practice finding prime factorization of numbers using the Accelerated Math program. After completing practice problems, they use special responders to check their work.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home today. Please review, sign, and return them to school Thursday.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Scholastic Book Orders

I've sent home a Scholastic book orderform with my homeroom students today.  If you'd like to order some books, please return the form and payment (cash or check written to "Charles Ellis Montessori Academy) by Thursday, October 13.  You can also order online by following these instructions:

SIGN UP at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. On the parent page, click the "Register" button in the "First Time Here?" section. Register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code (HBZB3). This unique code ensures that your order is sent to the classroom.
SELECT the books you'd like to order -- choose from thousands of titles -- many more than in the monthly flyers.
SEND your order to me online by the due date and your child's books will be delivered directly to the classroom.
Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure.

Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer. But why not see for yourself how convenient it is to order online?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Would you like to be in a movie?

The movie "Chalk Talk" will be filmed at Ellis!  They are looking for kids age 9-12 to be in the movie.  Meet at the media center on Monday, October 10th at 4:00 PM if you'd like to audition.  Parents must be present for you to audition.  Check out the website for the movie for more info.

Soil Horizons

Ms. Fe shares an activity about soil horizons.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hello, Week of October 3rd!

I hope you enjoyed the COOL weekend. I'm excited to be able to open the classroom windows again to let the nice weather come on in!

Are you ready for another great week? I have some fun things planned for you to do. In math, we will review what we talked about with factoring, prime factorization, and finding the GCF of a set of numbers. We will have a quiz on these topic on Wednesday, so please review your notes and ask for further review lessons if you are still unsure about any of it. You will also be asked to complete another Accelerated Math activity. Please input this into the computer sometime this week to be graded.

In science, we will start out the week talking about the characteristics of soil found in different climate zones. Mr. Brandon will be back to do a lab about finding PH, and Ms. Fe will talk to you about soil, too. Your "Rake the Leaves" choice sheet is due on Friday. Also, we will be having our final test on soil Friday. Be sure to review your notes, followup work, and the study guide that I gave you last monday (I'll copy/paste it at the end of this blog posting for you).

I received a box of your In2Books books Friday afternoon! I'm sure you are excited to get them, get reading, and discuss them with your penpal. I'll be sure to give them to you on Monday.

We will have a firedrill on Wednesday to celebration National Fire Safety Week. Here is a fun quiz you can take to test your fire safety knowledge. Speaking of testing, have you asked your parents if they have tested their smoke alarm lately? I just checked mine two weeks ago, and the battery was dead!

Finally, for the month of October, we will have a NEW CLASSROOM PET! He will be waiting for you on the entry table when you arrive Monday morning.

See you tomorrow,
Mr. Trent


SOIL VOCABULARY


soil- a loose mixture of rock fragments, organic material, water, and air that can support the growth of vegetation
soil structure- the arrangement of soil particles
soil texture- the soil quality that is based on the proportions of soil particles
bedrock- the layer of rock beneath soil
humus- dark, organic material formed in soil from the decaying remains of plants and animals
leaching- the removal of substances that can be dissolved from rock, ore, or layers of soil due to passing of water
parent rock- a rock formation that is the source of soil

Soil Study Guide

Weathering (rock materials are broken down)
1. chemical weathering (weak acids, air)
2. mechanical weathering (ice, plants, abrasion)
Soil (loose mixture of rock, organic material, water, and air)
1. residual soil- remain above parent rock
2. transported soil- blown or washed away from parent rock
3. Soil Horizons (See diagram)
4. Soil and Climate
a. Tropical Rain Forest- Nutrient poor soil because of leaching, thin topsoil, and lush vegetation with great demand for nutrients
b. Desert- low rate of weathering means soil is created at a slower rate
c. Temperate Forest and Grasslands- Some of the most productive in the world because of high level of weathering (moderate rain, freezing temperatures).
d. Arctic- Slow soil formation. Little rain and cold temperatures cause animals/plants to decompose slowly. Little humus.
5. Soil Conservation
a. Ways to stop erosion (loss of topsoil)
i. contour plowing- plow across the slope of hills
ii. crop rotation- planting different crops from year to year to use less nutrients