Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Novel Studies

Small group novel studies have started this week!  Each week, Ms. Koral and I will discuss various genres of literature with you.  I have a number of books to share with you this year that you are going to really enjoy!  Our first books we will read include:

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
Finding My Hat by John Son
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Punished! by David Lubar
Just Juice by Karen Hess
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
The Stallion in Spooky Hollow by Ben Baglio
Oggie Cooder by Sarah Weeks

small group novel study

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Week of August 27, 2018

an introduction to the country study charts


We've reached the last week of the month!  I wish you a happy and learning-filled end of August.  

Social studies lessons will include country studies of Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia.  In addition, I will be presenting some information on the events leading up to the American Revolution and immigration in early 20th century United States.  Please be sure to complete your follow-up assignments in a timely manner.  Our language lessons will include our first novel study meetings!  I am so excited to work with Ms. Koral to create some fun activities based on some great literature!  Your novel study groups will meet weekly to read and discuss the stories.    

This Friday you will have a word study quiz on the following words.  Please be sure to copy them down onto your work plan on Monday.



Circle Group
pro- procrastinate, progressive, prohibition, proficiency, propensity 
con- controversial, consequential, confoundingly, conservative, contradictions 

Triangle Group
long u spelled "oo"-  smooth, gloomy, goose, loose, scoop
long u spelled "ew"- screw, jewel, knew, threw, stew

Square Group

add "ed":  dashed, pitched, crashed, watched, scratched 
double final consonant and add "ed":  bussed, grabbed, nodded, stirred, dropped

In addition to your lesson follow-up work, you will have a number of other required assignments:
www.quill.org lesson
-www.newsela.com current event quiz and Power Words
-study for your word study and vocabulary quiz

Last week's work plans will be collected as you enter the room Monday morning.  I will give you your brand new work plan at that time, as well.  Progress reports will go home Tuesday and are to be signed and returned to school Wednesday.


You will have a vocabulary quiz next Tuesday, September 4th based upon your works in social studies.  Here are the words that will be tested:



This Friday is a dress UP day to benefit the Oatland Island tornado clean-up!  Bring in a donation of at least $1 and dress up as your favorite plant or animal!

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent



Support Oatland Island Friday, August 31st! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Progress Reports

Your weekly progress reports are coming home today.  Please review, sign (at the bottom of the work plan page), and return them to your child's homeroom teacher tomorrow (Wednesday).  Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Week of August 20, 2018

Are you ready for another great week? I hope so because I have a number of fun lessons and activities planned for you to enjoy! 

Social studies lessons will include continued studies of European geography.  In addition, I will be presenting some information on the events leading up to the American Revolution and America's political connections to Central and South America.  Please be sure to complete your follow-up assignments in a timely manner.  Our language lessons will include continued work with verbs, moods, and phrases/clauses. 

This Friday you will have a word study quiz on the following words.  Please be sure to copy them down onto your work plan on Monday.


Circle Group
ex- expressionless, extrinsic, extrusive, excruciate, extensive
in- inflate, innate, induced, incline, incisor 

Triangle Group
oa- coach, toast, throat, roach, float
o_e- pose, woke, tone, dose, mode

Square Group

change "y" to "i", add "ed":  worried, studied, buried, married, hurried
add "ed": played, stayed, delayed, dismayed, conveyed

In addition to your lesson follow-up work, you will have a number of other required assignments:
www.quill.org lesson
-www.newsela.com current event quiz and Power Words
-study for your word study quiz

Last week's work plans will be collected as you enter the room Monday morning.  I will give you your brand new work plan at that time, as well.  Progress reports will go home Tuesday and are to be signed and returned to school Wednesday.


You will have a vocabulary quiz on Monday morning based upon your works in social studies over the past week.  Click HERE to view your list.

We will be taking the first administration of the Language Arts and Math MAP assessment this week.  Please enjoy a healthy breakfast each morning, and come to school ready to show what you know!

The first PTA meeting of the year is this Thursday at 6:30 in the media center.  I hope to see you there!

Families of 6th graders, please plan to attend one of the One-to-One device meetings this Thursday at 7:00 am or 6:00 pm.  Your child will not be issued a device unless you attend one of these meetings. 

Finally, 4th graders please review and return the forms for New Ebenezer Camp that were sent home on Friday.  Please email Ms. Kami if you have any questions about this trip.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent



mentoring students in Ms. Kirsten's Lower Elementary classroom

Thursday, August 16, 2018

6th Grade One-to-One Device Meeting Info.

Attention all 6th-grade students and parents:  we have scheduled an informational meeting (with two different time options) about the 1 to 1 device initiative.  A parent/guardian must attend one of the meetings with their student in order for the student to receive their Chromebook for the school year.  The meetings will take place on August 23 at 7:00 am or 6:00 pm in the Ellis Media Center.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Learn Sentence Writing Skills with Quill.org

Students have a weekly required assignment using the www.quill.org program.  This Language Arts-based website gives students the opportunity to practice important writing skills based upon their current strengths and needs.  The Quill program uses the research-based strategy of combining sentences to help the students improve upon their writing abilities.  Are you interested in the theory behind sentence-combining tasks?  Check out the following article:


Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Week of August 13th, 2018

It's shaping up to be a GREAT week at Ellis!  I'm so excited to share with you some fun lessons I've been working on and to see what interesting works you create.

making maps using the map cabinet


Social studies lessons will include using the map cabinets to create political and physical maps of the United States and Europe, as well as taking a look at westward expansion in the United States during the 1800's.  Your vocabulary words for these lessons are as found below.  They can also be found in your google classroom file.  Please copy these words and definitions onto your work plan Monday.  You will have a quiz on these words next Monday, August 20th.


Your language lessons will include working with verb moods, identifying transitive and intransitive verbs, and defining phrases and clauses.  This Friday you will have your weekly word study quiz on the following words. They will be written on the dry erase board in the classroom. Please copy them onto your work plan Monday.

Circle Group
pre: prequel, precede, premier, precise, presume
post: postscript, posterities, postulate, postmodernism, postmortem

Triangle Group
short o:  moth, dock, smog, robin, olive
long o: dome, coat, cove, roam, low

Square Group
drop e before adding ing: skating, waving, closing, writing, using
add ing:  moaning, dreaming, cleaning, mailing, looking

In addition to your lesson follow-up work, you will have a number of other required assignments:
- www.quill.org lesson
-www.newsela.com current event quiz and Power Words
-study for vocabulary and word study quiz

Last week's work plans will be collected as you enter the room Monday morning.  I will give you your brand new work plan at that time, as well.  Progress reports will go home Tuesday and are to be signed and returned to school Wednesday.

Finally, 4th graders please remember to submit your $20 deposit if you wish to participate in the upcoming field trip to New Ebenezer Camp.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Worktime Happenings

There are a lot of great works already happening in our classroom!

drawing maps using the map cabinet

creating a personal Fundamental Needs of Humans chart

timeline of the history of writing 

researching and creating cave paintings



Friday, August 3, 2018

The Week of August 6th, 2018

Welcome to the first full week of school!  We have been reviewing procedures and learning the layout of our classrooms so you will be able to start your Montessori work cycles this week!  Your math and science lessons will include exploring the fundamental needs of all humans and The History of Writing Great Lesson!  Your follow-up work from these lessons will allow you to think deeply about these huge concepts, and hopefully inspire you throughout the rest of the year!

In addition to your lesson followup work, you also have a number of other required assignments for language arts and social studies:
-www.quill.org assignment
-www.newsela.com assignment
-copy and study word study lists for your test on Friday

All of your weekly required assignments are due when you enter the classroom Monday, August 13th.  This will give your teachers time to prepare your progress report that will be issued to you on Tuesday, August 14th.

Please remember to sign and return the "Back to School" paperwork that was recently sent home.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Welcome Back, Bobcats!

It was a GREAT first day of the 2018-2019 school year!  We spent a lot of time today going over classroom procedures and getting to know our classmate's and teachers.  It's going to be an awesome year!

The First Day of School