Friday, November 2, 2018

The Week of November 5, 2018

Welcome to November, our month of thankfulness!  There are so many blessings we have in our lives that we don't even think about on a daily basis.  It is my hope that we take some time over the next few weeks to stop and consider how lucky we are to have schools like Ellis, friends like our classmates, and so many opportunities to learn new things.  I am thankful for each and every one of you!

Social studies lessons will focus on the War of 1812, continuing researching the causes of WWII, and sharing the information you found out about Latin America using the country study charts.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on vocabulary.  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.  In addition, please study the following words for a quiz Tuesday, November 13.


4th Grade Vocabulary List - War of 1812


Democratic ideas- beliefs that support democracy, such as freedom, justice, and equality


blockaded - To stop people or supplies from coming into or going out of a country


surrender - To agree to stop fighting because you know that you will
not win


port - A coastal location that has a harbor in which ships can dock


truce - An agreement to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time


fort - A strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live


James Madison – President of the US during the War of 1812


Francis Scott Key – US envoy who witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. This inspired him to write a poem which became the Star Spangled Banner (our national anthem)


War Hawks  - Young group of politicians, representing mostly southern and western frontier states, coming to power in Congress in the 1810s.


Treaty Of Ghent  -  Signed on December 24, 1815 and ending the War of 1812

5th Grade Vocabulary List - World War II

Anti-semitism - policies, views, or actions that harm or discriminate against Jews


Allied Nations- those countries fighting against the Axis powers. i.e. Britain, France, USA, Canada, USSR etc.


Axis Powers- Japan, Germany and Italy


Joseph Stalin - The communist leader of the Soviet Union.


The Blitz (or The Battle of Britain) -  Hitler sent his Luftwaffe to bomb British cities, primarily London, targeting civilians as a way of breaking the resolve of the English. 40,000 were killed but the British held.


D-Day- June 6, 1944, the Allied landing on France's Normandy beaches to begin the liberation of Europe.


U-boats - Short for Unterseeboote, German submarines.


Auschwitz - The largest of Hitler's concentration camps, where 1 million Jews are believed to have lost their lives.


Manhattan Project - The codename for the U.S. project to produce an atomic bomb.


V-E Day -  Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945. The Germans surrendered.  


6th Grade Vocabulary List - Latin America Studies


arable- land that is suitable for farming


currency- a system of money in use in a particular country


deity- a god or goddess; or the creator and supreme being in monotheistic religion such as Christianity


diplomatic relations- a relationship between two countries in which they send representatives to work in each other’s countries


deportation- the action of removing  foreigner from a country


infrastructure- the basic facilities and installations that help a community run, including roads, schools, phone lines, power generation, etc.


investment- the act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result


regulate- control or supervise (especially a business activity) by means of rules.


indigenous- living or growing in a particular region or environment

cartel- a combination of people who want to drive away the competition in their business.


You will have a quiz on the following word study lists on Friday, November 9.


Circle group:


-al: ventral, elemental, acoustical, mythological, detrimental
-ial: congenial, finial, palatial, biennial, gubernatorial,


Triangle group:


Long i (ie): spied, fries, replied, cries, tie
Short i (igh):  sight, knight, flight, sigh,  might


Square group:


VCV: gravity, shrivel, vanish, benefit, column
VVCV: sneaker, leader, peanut, reason, meeting

Important note to 6th graders: Mid-Term progress reports will go home Friday. Please review, sign, and return them to your homeroom teacher the following Tuesday.

Enjoy your beautiful fall weekend, and don't forget to change your clocks back one hour Sunday morning!

Mr. Trent


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