Sunday, February 24, 2019

Special Events This Week!

It's going to be an exciting week here at Ellis because there are two special events taking place.  First, it’s International Montessori Week!  We will be celebrating with daily stories and pictures from the past focusing on the history of Montessori education around the world and in our own school!  Friday is also a dress down day, with all money raised going towards the Montessori Education Society of Savannah!

Secondly, Thursday, February 28th, is the PTA Culture Fest. Performances will start in the backyard at 5:30pm with a covered dish dinner following in the multi-purpose room. If you plan on bringing your family's favorite cultural dish to share, please sign up at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4faaaa23a0f58-culture2
Students are encouraged to wear cultural attire. Parents will need to bring something to sit on for the performance.


Maria Montessori visiting a school in India

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Week of February 25, 2019

It's here: the last week of February!  Let's bring the month to a close with fun and learning together!

The week's lessons will include studying the information age in America, Australia, and battles of the US Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on using context clues. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on March 4th. 6th graders: please note that you will be having a map quiz instead of a vocabulary quiz.



Here are your weekly word study lists.  You will have a quiz Friday, March 1st.

Swirl Group:
ou
- wound, blouse, lounge, crouch, sprout
ow - crowd, fowl, prowl, growl, drown
Star Group:
oi- moisture, poisoning, noisily, appointment, avoidable
oy-  voyager, loyalist, destroyed, annoying employable

Arrow Group:
long vowel -  athlete, breathe, humane, ignite, precise short vowel-  athletic, breath, humanity, ignition, precision
Enjoy your weekend, Mr. Trent

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Week of February 18, 2019

Are you ready for another great week at Ellis?  I hope so, because there are some exciting things happening in our classroom!

The week's lessons will include studying the turbulent 1960's in America, natural resources in Australia, and battles of the US Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on hyperbole. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.
You will have a vocabulary quiz Monday. The quiz will focus upon the vocabulary lists you were given last Monday.
Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.
Swirl Group:
aw- awesome, hawk, crawfish, brawl, scrawny
au - faucet, trauma, autumn, applaud, audience
Star Group:
Long e in first syllable- season, people, feature, reader, freedom
Long e in second syllable-  thirteen, indeed, increase, compete, healthy 
Arrow Group:
silent consonant -  soften, muscle, design, column, moisten
sounded consonant-  soft, muscular, designate, columnist, moist
Have a spectacular weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Week of February 11, 2019

Happy Friday to you! I have already planned a great week for you when you return from your restful weekend!

The week's lessons will include studying the Civil Rights Movement,an introduction to the continent of Australia, and editing/writing a final copy of the Civil War essays. Our novel studies will include a focus on figurative language. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.

The following are your vocabulary words for the week. Please study them nightly for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 18th.




Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.

Swirl Group:
oi- spoil, join, avoid, joint, hoist
oy-  annoy, oyster, voyage, royal, decoy

Star Group:
Long u in first syllable- beauty, toothache, chewy, Tuesday, jewel
Long u in second syllable- shampoo, raccoon, pollute, excuse, balloon

Arrow Group:
ation - sensation, information, preparation, altercation, ordination
ition-  acquisition, apparition, decomposition, requisition, extradition

Valentine's Day is on Thursday, and we invite you to bring in notes of friendship for your classmates. If you choose to participate, please bring in a Valentine for each person in both Ms. Marianna's and Mr. Trent's homeroom (a roster was provided to you to make sure you do not miss anyone). We will provide bags for you to decorate to hold your notes.

Have a restful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cooking with Single-Celled Organims

A special thank you to Ms. Marisa for helping us make yogurt!  We enjoyed it with strawberry jam today!


Friday, February 1, 2019

The Week of February 4th, 2019

Welcome to the first week of February!  It's going to be a wonderful week!

This week's lessons will include studying the Civil Rights Movement, exploring Canada using our country study charts, and using our research on the causes of the Civil War to write an essay outline. Our novel studies will include a focus on summarizing. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. You will have a vocabulary quiz Monday on the words you received last week. Please study the following word study lists for a quiz Friday:


Swirl Group:
ar- stark, barge, large, charge, scar,
or-  scorch, scorn, thorn, torch, chord

Star Group:
Long o in first syllable- loafer, bowling, soldier, postage, coaster
Long in second syllable- suppose, compose, approach, erode, awoke

Arrow Group:
Add ion to base word - exhaustion, distortion, adoption, addiction, abduction
Drop "e" before adding ion to base word-  circulation, creation, illustration, translation, acclamation


Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent