Friday, November 30, 2012

Mighty 8th Air force Museum Field trip Reminder

Don't forget:  All permission forms and payment ($5.00) for the field trip to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum are due Monday.  The field trip will take place next Wednesday.  Please pack a lunch or purchase a school lunch before we leave for the trip.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Our Butterfly has Arrived!

The butterfly on our science shelf has emerged from its chrysalis!  We will release it at recess tomorrow!


Deep Ocean Currents

Today, Ms. Cathy helped us better understand deep ocean currents with an awesome lab.  Using a combination of hot, cold, and salty water we were able to create visual "layers" based on water density.  These differences in density are also found in our world's oceans and can cause deep ocean currents.




Monday, November 26, 2012

Exponent Practice

In class today, we played a game where we used a number cube to generate numbers in exponential form.  Don't forget: 5 squared is NOT the same at 5 x 2!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Week of November 26, 2012

Welcome back!  I hope you had an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving break!  We are entering my favorite part of the year; the time between Thanksgiving and winter break.  I'm looking forward to spending this fun tim of year with you...I hope you are, too!

In math, we will be talking about exponents.  We will start out by reviewing what you know about exponents and then play a fun game to get some practice.  You will have some homework assignments to complete on Monday and Tuesday night.  We will finish up on Thursday with an exponent quiz.   Here is a great guide you can use for some more practice with exponents:


In science, we will continue our studies of the ocean.  Over the next two weeks we will be talking about waves, currents, and tides.  At the end of your research I would like you to be able to explain what forces cause waves, currents, and tides.  I will present the following lesson on Monday:


Here is a copy of the notes we will take.  This note sheet will also serve as your study guide (you will have a test on this content next Friday).



THIS Friday, you will have a vocabulary quiz on the following terms:



To guide you along in your studies of waves, currents, and tides please complete three choices from this sheet.  It will be due next Friday.



This Friday is the last Friday of the month, so it is a FREE dress-down day!  What a great way to end the week!

Finally, I would like to emphasize that this week's grace and courtesy focus will be on PEACE.  You can show and spread peace in the classroom by:

- Acting appropriately during work time.
- Being aware of others' needs and being respectful.
- Managing your frustrations and disappointments appropriately.  

Please challenge yourself this week to make a conscious effort to spread peace at Ellis.

It's going to be a GREAT week!

Mr. Trent

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Progress Reports are Coming Your Way!

Progress reports have been sent home today, and there is a lot to review in them:

1.  Read the coversheet and sign it.
2.  Sign the Mighty 8th Airforce Museum permission slip.  The money ($5.00) isn't due until Dec. 2.
3.  Review the SRI report and sign it.  The fieldtrip will take place on December 5.
4.  Read the Montessori Education Society of Savannah holiday party invite.  RSVP by calling the number listed if you are planning on attending.  It should be a really good time!
5.  Peruse the grade reports for each subject.  The average (as of this morning) is printed at the top.  Individual grades for each assignment are printed next.  If there are any missing assignments  I've made another copy and attached it to the packet.  Please be sure to complete these assignments tonight and turn them in tomorrow to be graded.   
6.  Review the attached workplans taking note of what we've been studying.  Remember, homework should be written on the back daily.
7.  If you have any questions or concerns, please write them on the cover sheet of the report.

Please keep the entire packet stapled together.  We will keep them on file here at school and you are more than welcome to come in and review them at any time.

All progress reports must be returned to school tomorrow (Tuesday, November 20)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Week of November 19, 2012

Are you ready for a quick, two-day week?  We only have a few things to take care of this week before we start our Thanksgiving break on Wednesday.

On Monday, we will have our measurement quiz.  You will need to know how to convert measurements of both the metric and customary units.  You will NOT have to have the conversions memorized, I will give you a conversion sheet to use during the quiz.  Be sure to review all of your homework and classwork to prepare for it.

I will also give you your first progress report of the term on Monday.  Please share it with your family, sign, and return it.  Your family can write any questions they may have right on the coversheet of the report and I will get back to them ASAP.  Return the report to your homeroom teacher Tuesday.

On Tuesday, we will be taking our ocean topography vocabulary quiz.  Here are the words you will need to know:


abyssal plain- a large, flat, almost level area of the deep-ocean basin

continental rise- the gently sloping section of the continental margin located between the continental slope and the abyssal plain

continental shelf- the gently sloping section of the continental margin located between the shoreline and the continental slope.

continental slope- the steeply inclined section of the continental margin located between the continental rise and the continental shelf.

mid-ocean ridge- a long, undersea mountain chain that forms along the floor of the major oceans

ocean trench- a long, narrow, and steep depression in the ocean floor that forms when one tectonic plate subducts beneath another plate; trenches run parallel to volcanic island chains or to the coastlines of continents; also called a trench or a deep-ocean trench

rift valley- a long, narrow valley that forms as tectonic plates separate 

In addition to your quiz, your "Go Fish" sheet choice sheet is also due on Tuesday.  We will work on the required lab this week, so must pick two other assignments to complete.  Tuesday is also a dress down day for $1.00.  All proceeds will go towards charity.  Finally, if you are in my homeroom and you wish to order anything from the Scholastic holiday catalog, please submit all orders and payment to me Tuesday morning.  

I enjoy Thanksgiving because it gives us a chance to stop and think about what in our lives brings us joy and happiness.  I am thankful for being able to spend my days at Charles Ellis!  I hope you are, too!

Mr. Trent

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fun Times at the Burton 4-H Center

We had a wonderful time today at the Burton 4-H Center in Tybee! We got up close and personal with many sea creatures and reptiles. The highlight of the day was our time in the lab dissecting sharks! Can you remember the name of the two fins closest to the head of the shark? The first person to respond in the comments section below with the correct answer will get a prize!

























Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Measurement Stations

We've been busy exploring the metric and customary system of measurements. Tomorrow, we will be taking a look at using ratios to convert between units.



Burton 4-H Trip Reminder

Don't forget, tomorrow we are headed to Tybee Island to work at the Burton 4-H Center!  We will be taking a look at crabs and other critters found in the coast GA ecosystem.  We will also be disecting sharks!  Be sure to wear your uniform and some comfortable shoes.  If you are bringing a home lunch, make sure that you can eat it without the need of a microwave.  School lunchers will buy a bagged lunch before we leave in the morning.  I'm looking forward to an awesome trip tomorrow!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Week of November 12, 2012

Happy Veterans' Day!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  I spent my weekend attending Savannah's Geek End conference.  It was a lot of fun, and I learned some really neat things I would like to share with you throughout this year.

This week is promising to be great!  In math, we will use what we've discussed concerning ratios to help us convert between different units of measurement.  We will talk about both the customary and metric units of weight, capacity, and length.  I think you'll find that, by using ratios, doing measurement  conversions is a snap!  You will have some homework to complete Tuesday and Thursday  Wednesday and Thursday evening.  In addition, you will need to complete a Compass Learning activity of your choice by Friday.  This, and other class activities, will get us ready for a measurement quiz on Monday, November 19.  This LearnZillion site has a wonderful explanation of conversions of measurements.  Check out this great document for more practice with measurement:

In science, we will be diving under the surface of the ocean to investigate the many landforms found there!  Please study the following words for a test on Tuesday, November 20th.  Note:  This will be the last day before Thanksgiving break.



This picture may help you when you are studying your vocabulary words:

Click the picture to make it larger.

I will present the following PowerPoint as part of my introductory lesson on ocean topography early this week.


To help guide you in your studies, please refer to this "Go Fish" choice sheet.  You will need to complete THREE of the choices by Tuesday, November 20 (the last day before spring break).



In addition to this science work, you will also have to complete a journal (at least 5 thoughtful sentences) by this Friday based on under-sea landforms.

There are some other exciting activities going on this week, too:
1.  Our fieldtrip to the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee is this Wednesday.  Get ready to learn all about coastal ecology and shark anatomy!
2.  The cafeteria is hosting a Thanksgiving meal this Thursday.  You family is more than welcome to attend.
3.  Friday is school picture make-up day.  If you were absent for pictures, please come to school Friday prepared to have your picture taken.

I'll see you tomorrow,
Mr. Trent

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Week of November 5, 2012

I am back from the NSTA conference in Atlanta and ready to begin another fun-filled week at Ellis!  First, don't forget that Tuesday is election day and you do not have school.  Although, I will be at Ellis having parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to finishing up conferences this week.

In math, we will be talking about converting between fractions, decimals and percents.  Use the following notes to help you convert between the three.

I found an awesome game to help you practice HERE.  We will be using the following sheets to help us:



You will have homework to complete that will be due on Wednesday.  In addition, be ready to complete some fraction, decimal, percent classwork that will be graded on Thursday.  Remember, this week we will be making a transition from using TenMarks to using Compass Learning.  You will need to complete one math Compass Learning assignment of your choice by Friday.  Don't forget that we put your username on the inside of your journal (your password is "password).  Speaking of your journal, since we have one less day of worktime this week, i've excused you from completing a journal this week.

In science, we will be finishing up our research on landforms.  Your "Watch your Steppe" choice sheet is due on THURSDAY (Remember, it is NOT due Friday).  You will have your final test on landforms this Friday.  It will be based upon your landforms booklet you've completed and your vocabulary sheet.

I will not be at Ellis Wednesday morning so I can attend a workshop on Compass Learning.  I will also be out all day Friday to attend the Geek-End conference held here in Savannah.  I plan to share with you some interesting things I learn from attending these conferences.

I'll finish with some exciting news:  the playground renovation is complete!  We will get to check it out Monday at recess!


I'll see you tomorrow,
Mr. Trent

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hello from the NSTA Conference in Atlanta, GA!

I'm having a wonderful time at the National Science Teachers Association conference! I'm learning so many awesome ways to make science more exciting for you, and I can't wait to return and share them. I've been to workshops about science and technology, earthquakes, volcanoes, and minerals. I also met some people from the Tybee Island Marine Science Center who wish to visit our classroom and do some fun, coastal ecology activities. I even went to a writing course where I tried my hand at creating a diamanté and first/last poem about what we are studying. I picked up a lot of items I'm planning on giving away to some lucky winners when I see you on Monday! I will also introduce you to our new prehistoric classroom pet! Have a great Friday!