Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Week of January 7, 2019

It's gearing up to be another great week here at Ellis!  Plans for our musical, The Timeline of Life, are coming together.  We will continue our work on this exciting production through the week.  

Please be aware that we are returning to a "normal" work week with the following required assignments:

-1 language arts practice assignment
-1 current event comprehension assignment 
-1 Follow-up assignment from your social studies lesson (4th will focus upon the abolitionist movement, 5th will study the Cold War years, and 6th will begin a country study of Canada).

I'm excited to continue reading our novels as part of our small-group reading time.  I miss the characters in our books, and can't wait to see what happens next in the novels!  As we are reading, we will focus upon how the author uses point of view in telling the story.  

Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, January 14th. 

4th Grade Vocabulary List

Abolitionist Movement- effort by many groups and individuals to end slavery in the U.S.

William Lloyd Garrison- Published The Liberator (newspaper that called for the complete and immediate abolition of slavery by peaceful means); founded the New England Anti- Slavery Society 

Frederick Douglass- Famous speaker, writer, newspaper editor, and reformer who had escaped slavery; his intellect and demeanor were proof for many slaves, once freed, could function as independent U.S. citizens 
Underground Railroad- Network of abolitionists (like escaped slave Harriet Tubman), paths, and places that secretly helped slaves escape North of Canada 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin- Book published in 1852 that depicted the horrors of slavery; made slavery a moral issue for many 

John Brown’s Raid- In 1859, John Brown and fellow abolitionists attacked a federal arsenal in Virginia and tried to start a slave rebellion; he was hung for treason and became a martyr
Discrimination-  to make a difference in treatment or favor based on something other than individual merit.
Abolish-  to do away with something 

The Liberator- An anti-violence abolitionist newspaper first published in 1831, which is seen as the start of the abolitionist movement 
13th Amendment of the Constitution- officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States  

5th Grade Vocabulary List 

Communism- system where the government owns the factories and natural resources and controls the production of goods; people are not free 

Cold War- the state of tension without actual fighting between the United States and the Soviet Union, and which divided the world into two camps 

Iron Curtain- the imaginary dividing line between eastern and western Europe during the Cold War
Berlin Airlift- When U.S. and Allied airplanes delivered supplies to West Berlin every day for 321 days.
Aggression- attack against a person or country 

Blockade- surrounding an enemy’s territory in wartime to keep people and supplies from passing 

Nikita Khrushchev- premier of the Soviet Union and head of the Soviet Communist Party during the Cold War  

Cuban Missile Crisis- In 1962, the U.S. learned that the Soviet Union had built missile launching pads in Cuba.  

Joseph McCarthy- a Wisconsin senator who accused U.S. state department officials of being Communist.  
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)- Signed in 1949, it created an alliance between the U.S. and European countries to protect itself from Communist aggression.

6th Grade Vocabulary List 

Hudson Bay- located in Central-Eastern Canada 

St. Lawrence River- connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean  

Canadian Shield- a large geological region of Eastern and Southern Canada that has rocky, rolling landscape and thin soil.   It has an abundance of forests and mineral deposits.  

Great Lakes- 5 large bodies of water located along the border of the U.S. and Canada 

Ottawa- the capital of Canada, located in the province of Ontario 

Rocky Mountains- a major mountain system of the United states and Canada, extending 3,000 miles from Alaska south to New Mexico 

Tundra- a vast, level, treeless plain in the arctic regions. The ground beneath the surface of the tundra is frozen even in summer 

Extraction- The process of removing natural resources from the ground—like harvesting trees, mining minerals and gathering raw materials to be used in the production of products. 

Transportation corridor- route that makes travel and trade easier 

Transportation barriers- physical features that make it difficult to travel or trade
Please focus upon the following word-study lists for a quiz on Friday, January 11. Be sure to note your new group as stated on your workplan.
Swirl Group:
ire- fire, hire, tire, wire, spire
ier- flier, crier, pliers, drier, brier  

Star Group: 
Long a in first syllable- basement, pavement, bracelet, raisin, mayor
Long a in second syllable- complain, amaze, parade, remain, escape  
Arrow Group: 
Add ion to base word (double consonant at end of base)- discussion, confession, impression, expression, oppression
Add ion to base word (single consonant at end of base)-  collection, subtraction, construction, connection, selection  
Please sign up for a parent/teacher conference day and time, if you have not done so already.  Click HERE to choose your timeslot.  

4th grade students will be attending a fieldtrip to the Jepson Museum on Friday with Ms. Tiia.  Spending part of your Friday looking at beautiful artwork is an awesome way to end your school week!

Finally, it's time to officially kick off this year's PTA Boosterthon Fun Run!  This year's theme is Mind Spark!  Be sure to register using school code 955-248 at  This will allow you to start collecting pledges that will go towards updating our playground!  The Fun Run event will take place on Friday, January 18.  But, there is a lot of exciting things planned leading up to the main event!  Check out the schedule:

Ellis Fun Run Schedule (click to enlarge) 

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent 

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