Monday, March 31, 2014

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent home Tuesday, April 1.  Please review them with your family, sign, and return them to your homeroom teacher by Wednesday, April 2.  Please note any questions you may have on the coversheet of the progress report.  You can also email Ms. Carol or myself at carol.nathan@sccpss.com or trent.kissinger@sccpss.com.

As always, your most up-to-date grades are available at any time by visiting the PowerSchool Parent Access Program.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Week of March 31, 2014

Get ready for an action-packed week at Ellis!  The highlight of the week will be our field trip to Riverstreet on Friday!  Be sure to bring your $3.00 and permission slip into your homeroom teacher by Wednesday.

Before we go down to the river, we have a lot to do on 49th street.  In math this week we will be reviewing the lessons we've had on ratios and proportions.  We will have three focuses:

1.  ratios

In addition to our daily classwork, you will also have homework Monday and Tuesday night from your "Putting It All Together" review booklet.  Your Compass Learning activities will also be tailored to your individual needs associated with ratios and proportions.  All of this work will help you prepare for a quiz on ratios and proportions this Thursday.

In science we will take a break from our regular choice sheet assignments to complete an informative essay about the similarities and differences between the inner and outer planets.  The following handout will guide you through the writing process:


In addition to the documents located in the handout, you will need to do some research in other places, too.  A lot of information can be found in the media center, on the Internet, and on our own Montessori shelf in the classroom.  To get you started, check out this great guide to our solar system created by the Sydney Observatory:

A Guide to the Solar System

We will work on this essay in class this week.  Your final copy must be submitted with your planning pages and rough draft by Friday, April 4th.  This essay will be counted as a test grade in science.  I'm looking forward to seeing your scientific writing skills!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Planting Seeds of Friendship


Today we joined Ms. Kirsten's class for some fun mentoring time.  We worked together to plant marigold seeds.  I can't wait to see our seeds grow!

We had fun planting marigold seeds with Ms. Kirsten's class!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lunar and Solar Eclipse Footage

Here is that great footage of a lunar and solar eclipse that I shared in class today.  Remember, information about eclipses will be one your test tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Massie Heritage Center Fieldtrip "A River Runs Through It"

Permission slips have been sent home for our next field trip to the Massie Heritage Center.  The trip will be Friday, April 4th.  We will start off at Massie for a quick overview of the importance of the Savannah River to Savannah and the surrounding region.  We will then board the buses and head on down to River Street for a walking tour of points of historical interest along the river.  Even if you've been to River Street a hundred times before, I promise you will see something you never have before!
After our tour, we will enjoy a nice picnic lunch by the Waving Girl statue.

Please return the permission slip and $3.00 to your homeroom teacher by next Wednesday.

The Waving Girl - Savannah, Georgia

Monday, March 24, 2014

The PTA Invites You to "Lunch With Me"

The PTA is sponsoring a "Lunch With Me" party this Friday from 12:15-1:15 in the multipurpose room.  All 6th and 7th grade families are invited to enjoy a lunch together!  Information about this fun event has been sent home today.  If you wish to participate, please sign and return the sheet by Thursday, March 26.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Charles Ellis Presents: The Story of Numbers

It's time to start preparing for this year's musical!  On May 16th, the 4,5,6 students at Charles Ellis will present the Montessori great lesson "The Story of Numbers"!  The show will be at 7:00 pm at Asbury United Methodist Church on Henry St. and Waters Ave.  Tickets will go on sale in the Ellis media center the week before the show for $5 each.


Ms. Carol's homeroom will be presenting the Mayan part of the lesson, and Mr. Trent's class will be presenting the Roman section.  Together we will create a 10 minute script and write one song for our portion of the show.  We will start researching and creating our skit in the next few weeks, but now please take a look at the above great lesson to familiarize yourself with it.

Once again this year, we are asking you to create the poster and tickets for the show.  See Ms. Tiia if you would like to enter a drawing into the contest.  One design will be picked for each.  All entries are due April 25.

I'm looking forward to an amazing numerical musical!

"The Story of Numbers" Montessori Great Lesson

The Week of March 24, 2014

Welcome to the last week of March!  If April goes as fast as March has, it will be May before we know it!  It almost makes my head spin!

This week in math we will continue our review of number sense by looking at the following topics:

- Fraction Computation
- Least Common Multiple
- Greatest Common Factor

You will have some homework to complete Monday and Tuesday night.  This homework will be in a handy-dandy review booklet that I've created for you.  The booklet has practice problems, a space for you to record your Compass Learning activities, and a list of online resources you can use to review what you've learned this year.  We will be working through this booklet in both math and science for the remainder of the year, so please keep it safe in your travel folder at all times.

Your first math quiz of the term will take place on Thursday.  It will include questions about decimal computation, fraction computation, least common multiple, greatest common factor, and identifying ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.  You can use your PIN folder and your math review sheets to prepare for this quiz.

In science, we will continue our work on the amazing relationship between the Earth, Sun, and Moon.  I will give you a lesson on eclipses that will help you further understand the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse.  Your "Lunar Lunchbox" choice sheet will be due on Friday.  You will also have a test on Friday based on your work with the Earth, Sun, and Moon.  Please use your study guide to help you prepare for this test.

On Monday, we will be taking the final science OAS.  While this is not graded, please try your best because it will help you identify areas in science that you need to focus on this last term of school.

Remember that your report card that was sent home last Friday should be signed and returned to your homeroom teacher Monday.  If required, please be sure to identify days and times your family is available for a 3rd term conference.

Finally, this Friday is a FREE DRESS DOWN DAY!

Enjoy your warm weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, March 21, 2014

Report Cards Issued

Report cards have been sent home today.  Please review them with your family, sign the cover sheet, and return it to your homeroom teacher on Monday.  You may keep the report card.  Third term conferences will be done on an "as needed" basis.  If requested, please identify the days and times you are available to conference.  If we have not requested a conference, but you wish to meet with us, please make note on the coversheet and we will schedule one for you.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Phases of the Moon

To help us understand the phases of the moon, we used cookies to create a model of the phases.

Moon Phase Cookies

Moon Phase Diagram

Animation of a lunar month

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Welcome Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring!  Check out this article from the International Business Times about the Spring Equinox that is taking place today.  Happy Spring!


Clockwise from upper left, the 2010 winter solstice, 2011 spring equinox, 2011 summer solstice and 2011 autumn equinox (for the Northern Hemisphere)  NASA

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Week of March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Savannah really shines this time of year, and I hope you've been enjoying all the festivities!

When we come back to school on Tuesday, be ready for some review work in math.  Each week we will be focusing on a different group of concepts that we've studied this year.  An overview of the weekly focuses can be found on our classroom calendar.  Over the next two weeks, we will be focusing on the following "Number System" topics:

1.  Decimal Computation
2.  Fraction Computation
3.  Greatest Common Factor / Least Common Multiple
4.  Graphing on a Coordinate Plane

In addition to classwork practice, you will have an opportunity to do a number of Compass Learning lessons that are tailored to your specific needs.   Because we do not have school Monday, you will only have math homework due Wednesday.  There will be NO MATH QUIZ this week.

In science, we will be studying the special relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun.  Such topics will include nuclear fusion, moon phases, and eclipses.


This Friday you will need to know the following words AND MOON PHASES for a quiz.  Please study hard for this quiz because it will be the first grade of the final term in math.  Note that the quiz date is incorrect on this sheet....a correct sheet will be given to you in class.


You will be having a test next Friday on the following notes.


To help you prepare for these tests and help you focus your studies, please complete the following choice sheet by next Friday.  Please note that the due date is incorrect on this sheet.  You will get a correct sheet on Tuesday in class.


I will be at a workshop all day Wednesday.  I expect an exceptional grace and courtesy report for the substitute in the classroom.

Ms. Carol and I will be sending home term 3 conference request forms in the near future.  Please identify the days and times you are available and return them to me ASAP.

Enjoy the rest of your Spring Break!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Check Out the New CRCT Review Page!

Just in time for your Spring Break down-time:  The CRCT Review Page!  Click on the button at the top of this website labeled "CRCT Review" for some great online resources you can use to get ready for the upcoming tests.

A Few Reminders About Tomorrow

Please keep the following item in mind for Friday, March 7, 2104:

1.  This is the last day of term 3.  ALL WORK IS DUE!
2.  Our final test for the term in science will take place.  Be sure to study your famous astronomers notes.
3.  There are two fundraisers for the American Diabeties Association taking place: dress down ($1.00) & a St. Patrick's Day dance during specials.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Scaling Down the Solar System

Our solar system is so large that it is hard to understand its vastness.  Today, we created a scale model of the solar system using a roll of toilet paper!  Using 100 pieces, we were able to demonstrate the distances between each of the planets, the astroid belt, and Pluto.

We created a scale model of the solar system using 100 pieces of toilet paper.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Week of March 3, 2014

Spring break is almost here!  We have so much to do before we get to relax next week...let's hit the ground running Monday morning!

In math we will finish up our work with statistics by making box plots.  Some people call them "box and whisker" plots because of how they look.

Steps to creating a box plot (click to enlarge)

We will be working with the data we collected with Mr. Vinay on Friday to create box plots!  Check out this video of you repressing cilia, algae, and the predators that prey on them.


Recreating a marine ecosystem as a means of data collection


You will have homework Monday and Tuesday evening as well as a Compass Learning requirement to complete.  This work will get you ready for a quiz on box plots on Thursday.  This is your last quiz of the term in math, so be sure you are prepared to get the highest grade you can.

In science, we will be finishing up our work with the astronomers we've been studying.  Please compete your "Planetary Pathways" choice sheet by Friday.  In addition, be sure to use your study guide to prepare for Friday's test on the astronomers.  

Please keep the following items in mind as you go through your week:

1.  In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, feel free to wear your favorite hat to school on Monday!
2.  This Friday is the last day of the term.  All work is due Thursday to give Ms. Carol and myself time to gather any remaining items Friday.  No work from the 2nd term will be collected after spring break.  Please log on to the PowerSchool Parent Access Program to see if you owe any work.
3.  Friday is a dress-down day for $1.00.  All donations will go towards the "Kiss A Pig" campaign for the American Diabetes Association.

Enjoy your weekend,
Mr. Trent