Friday, December 7, 2018

The Week of December 10, 2018


Social studies lessons will focus on American westward expansion in the early 1800’s, the events immediately following the end of WWII, and a final review of our studies in Latin America. Our novel studies will continue with a focus on onomatopoeia.  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. 


You will NOT have a word study list this week.  Instead, we will take the mid-year spelling inventory that will help me decide what word study groups you will be in for the second half of the school year. 

Special information for 5th graders:  Your camping field trip to Tybee Island will take place this week from Wednesday through Friday.  You will not have a vocabulary list this week.  I will also give you special follow-up assignments you will be able to complete during your short week.  I will give individual work to those 5th graders who are not attending the camping trip.  Please be sure to sign up for the camping Remind group to get updates on our time on Tybee!  

Everyone else who will not be attending the trip:  I am expecting an exemplary report from the substitute when I return.  Please remember to follow the procedures we have in place, your days should pass smoothly.  I will  be giving you daily assignments that will be due to my by the end of the day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. This will include additional quill and NEWSELA works.   The works will be given to you each morning, so you will have the entire day to complete them.  I will include a coversheet indicating everything that needs to be completed for that particular day.  Ms. Koral will be there to assist you, if needed. 

Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, December 17.


4th Grade Vocabulary List

reservation: a tract of public land set aside for American Indians

skirmish:  a minor fight in a bigger war

Battle of Wounded Knee:  the last of many conflicts between the Lakota Sioux and the U.S. Government (1890)

Gold Rush:  The period of time in the United States in the mid 1800's when gold was discovered in California, causing thousands of people to move west in search of it.

Oregon Trail:  a wagon path that carried pioneers across the Great Plains to the Oregon Territory

siege:  military act of surrounding, blockading, and attacking a target

conquistador:  the title used to describe Spanish explorers of the New World

canal:  a man-made channel of water that connects one body of water to another

entrepreneur:  a person who organizes resources to bring a new or better good or service to market in hopes of earning a profit

cotton gin: a simple machine that separated cotton seeds from the sticky cotton fibers. 

6th Grade Vocabulary List

exchange rate:  how much one country's currency is worth compared to another currency

tariffs:  extra taxes placed on imported goods

embargo:  a ban on trade with another country

quotas:  limits based on the quantity of foreign goods entering a country

specialization:  the process of becoming an expert in a particular type of good or service

literacy rate:  the percentage of a country's adults who can read and write

gross domestic product:  the total value of goods and services produced by a country in a year

Black Market:  an illegal market functioning independently from a country's governmental control

Autocratic government:  a government structure where the country has a president, but he is a dictator with absolute authority. 

Columbian Exchange:  Foods and technologies that were brought from Europe during the time of the colonization of Latin America. 

Have an awesome weekend,
Mr. Trent



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