Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Week of November 26, 2018

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!  I trust you had a nice time off, and I look forward to sending the next few weeks with you before we have off for winter break!  

Social studies lessons will focus on American westward expansion in the early 1800’s, the events immediately following the end of WWII, and continued studies of Latin America.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on onomatopoeia.  We will also be spending some time exploring the "Clock of Eras" in preparation for the upcoming "Charles Ellis Presents: The Timeline of Life" musical in January!  Please be sure to complete your lesson follow-up work in a timely manner.  

As always, you will have your weekly NewsELA current event and quill.org activities to complete.  Please study the following word study lists for a quiz this Friday.



Circle group:


-ize: commercialize, overemphasize, contextualize, revolutionize, departmentalize
-ify: dehumidify, demystify, petrify, recertify, typify


Triangle group:


Long o (ore): shore, adore, chore, deplore, forecast
Long o (oar):  aboard, coarse, board, oarsman, hoarder


Square group:


VCCCV: sandwich, luncheon, complaint, exchange
VV:  beagle, increase, displease, easel, weapon

Exciting news: We will begin working on our annual Charles Ellis Presents musical this week! I will give you a lot more information about this year’s production during our whole group meeting Monday morning. This week’s vocabulary list will include words from the musical theme: the Timeline of Life. Everyone will have the same words, and you will have a quiz on this list Monday, December 3.


The Timeline of Life Vocabulary List (all upper elementary students)


Monera are single-celled organisms that don’t have a nucleus. Bacteria make up the entire kingdom.

Protists are mostly single-celled organisms that have a nucleus. They usually live in water.

Fungi are usually motionless organisms that absorb nutrients for survival. They include mushrooms, molds, and yeasts.
Plants contain chlorophyll, a green pigment necessary for photosynthesis, a process in which they convert energy from sunlight into food. 

Animals are the most complex organisms on Earth. Animals are multi-celled organisms, eat food for survival, and have nervous systems. 

Amphibians are characterized by their semi-aquatic lifestyles (they have to stay near bodies of water, both to maintain the moisture of their skin and to lay their eggs)

Fish vertebrates that breathe using gills and are equipped with "lateral lines" that detect water currents and even electricity. 

Reptiles are characterized by their cold-blooded metabolisms—they fuel themselves up by exposure to the sun

Mammals are characterized by their hair or fur (which all species possess during some stage of their life cycles), the milk with which they suckle their young, and their warm-blooded metabolisms

Invertebrates account for a whopping 97 percent of all animal species; this widely varied group includes insects, worms, arthropods, sponges, mollusks, octopuses, and countless other families...all of which lack a backbone. 

Have an awesome remainder of your holiday,
Mr. Trent 














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