Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Peace Wordle

As part of our Montessori Education Week celebration, we started out day by creating a peace Wordle together.  Feel free to make your own!

Our Classroom Peace Wordle

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Week of Feb. 26, 2018

Happy Montessori Education Week!  This week we celebrate our school and the innovative education model of Montessori education!  There are a number of special events happening this week to mark this special occasion.  First, we will have guest speakers come into our classrooms to talk to us about science-based careers.  In addition, Thursday evening will be a celebration of cultures and Cosmic Education.  Please join us in the Multi-Purpose room from 6:30pm-8:00pm for cultural foods, dance, and viewing of student-created science projects.  Finally, feel free to dress as your favorite Montessori material!

This week's lesson will include continued practice with fraction computation, using algebra tiles to divide polynomials, investigate the reconstruction, The Vietnam War, and Canadian economics.  We will also meet once again in our novel study groups and work together to plan our research essay work.  

Your weekly followup work is due by Friday.  This includes your lesson followup work, Greek and Latin Roots work, current events journal, and 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com.  You should be reading for at least 20 minutes and studying your vocabulary words for 10 minutes each evening.  You will have a vocabulary quiz Friday. 

I will not be at school Friday, so progress reports will NOT be issued.

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent


mentor partner reading in the media center


Friday, February 16, 2018

The Week of February 19, 2018

I'm rested and refreshed from visiting Tybee Island with the 5th graders over the past few days, and I am ready for another fun week with you back at Ellis!

This week's lesson will include continued practice with fraction computation, using algebra tiles to divide polynomials, researching the American Reconstruction era, the Cold War, and the Canadian natural resources, marsh food webs, and the inner earth.   We will continue our writing workshops as we meet to start our next essays Wednesday and meet in our novel study groups on Thursday to continue reading together.  

Your weekly followup work is due by Friday.  This includes your lesson followup work, Greek and Latin Roots work, current events journal, and 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com.  You should be reading for at least 20 minutes and studying your word-study words for 10 minutes each evening.  You will have a word study Friday. 

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent


designing sky scrapers while mentoring Ms. Kirsten's students

5th Grade Camping Trip to Burton 4-H on Tybee Island

Our 5th graders had a WONDERFUL time on our overnight camping trip on Tybee Island!  Thank-you to everyone who made this trip a success!




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day came a day early in our classroom!  Because of the 5th grade camping trip taking place Wednesday, we decided to celebrate on February 13th!  It feels so good to see how much our classmates and friends care about us...it feels even better to tell someone how much you care!

Valentine's Day 

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Week of February 12, 2018

Get ready for an action-packed week at school!  With so much going on, it's important that you are keeping an eye on the calendar to make sure you are prepared for each day.

This week's lesson will include continued practice with fraction computation, using algebra tiles to multiply polynomials, investigate the battles of the Civil War, WWII, and the Latin American revolutions, Canadian geography, and the soil classification.  We have also come to the end of the writing process for our essays, so it's time to write our final copies!  

Your weekly followup work is due by Friday.  This includes your lesson followup work, Greek and Latin Roots work, current events journal, and 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com.  You should be reading for at least 20 minutes and studying your vocabulary words for 10 minutes each evening.  You will have a word study Friday. 

In celebration of Valentine's Day, we will conduct a Valentine exchange on Tuesday.  While participation is not required, it's a fun way to show your classmates how much you appreciate their friendship.  Please use a class roster when creating your Valentines to ensure that you make one for everyone. 

Our 5th graders will be camping at the Burton 4-H Center at Tybee Island from Wednesday through Friday.  If you are part of this trip, please start packing early to ensure that you have everything you need to make your camping trip the best it can be!  We will leave for camp after you arrive at school Wednesday and return before the end of the day Friday.  I will NOT be issuing progress reports this Friday, because I will be camping.  

Finally, please remember to return your signed progress report Monday morning.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

fraction computation using the fraction pieces



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

5th Grade Trip 4-H Trip Packing List and Schedule

What to Expect on your Field Trip to the Burton 4-H Center

Science Studies

This week students' science works have focused on topics including food webs and soil.  Hooray for science!

soil dissection lab

diagramming a food web

Monday, February 5, 2018

Cosmic Education & Culture Fest

You are invited -
Cosmic Education & Culture Fest
A Montessori Celebration
Thursday March 1
Beginning at 5:30 p.m.

PTA’s Science Week culminates in a celebration of
 Maria Montessori’s Cosmic Education
Students will share science investigations, experiments, and collections from 
5:30 – 6:30

Culture Fest to follow with International Music and Dances beginning at 6:30.  A Covered Dish Dinner to follow in the MPR Room

Children are encouraged in dress in traditional, cultural costumes for our Parade!

Please sign up HERE to donate a covered dish for the culture fest!

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Week of February 5, 2018

Happy February!  The groundhog has predicted 6 more weeks of winter...I predict at least 6 more weeks of fun and learning this term at Ellis!

This week's lesson will include continued practice with fraction computation, using algebra tiles to subtract polynomials, investigate the battles of the Civil War, WWII, and the Latin American revolutions, food webs, and the soil classification.   We will continue our writing workshops on Wednesday and meet in our novel study groups on Thursday.  The writing workshops will include some time to edit your rough drafts before we write a final copy.

Your weekly followup work is due by Friday.  This includes your lesson followup work, Greek and Latin Roots work, current events journal, and 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com.  You should be reading for at least 20 minutes and studying your word-study words for 10 minutes each evening.  You will have a word study Friday. 

6th graders, please remember to share you mid-term progress reports with your family.  Return them along with your weekly progress report Monday.  

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

6th Grade Mid-Term Progress Reports Issued Today

6th Grade mid-term progress reports are being issued today.  These reports are a print-out of the most up-to-date PowerSchool data.  Please review, sign, and return these reports Monday.  As always, you can log into PowerSchool anytime to see your child's current grades.

Worktime Happenings

animal kingdom research

using the Montessori Cultural Studies charts to research Latin American countries