Friday, August 30, 2019

The Week of September 2, 2019

All eyes are on the tropics as Dorian slowly makes his way closer to the United States!  As of now, we are planning on having "business as usual" next week.  That being said, we will make any necessary changes to keep everyone safe.  Be on the lookout for email and call-outs about weather related issues if they do arise.  

Our social studies research will include studying the 13 colonies, the late 1800's in America, and continued research of Europe using the country study charts Montessori material.  We will also read the next chapter in our novel study books.  Some students will start a creative writing project that will give you a chance to create a magical adventure!

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

www.newsela.com current event quiz about the fire in the Amazon Rain forest
www.quill.org grammar activity

You will have a word study quiz on the following words Friday. Please write these words onto your workplan and study and throughout the upcoming week. It is important that you are writing your words down on Tuesday since you will have one less day to prepare for your quiz.

Circle group:

-er: promoter, analyzer, misnomer, sequester, milliner
-ier: amplifier, dehumidifier, intensifier, quantifier, emulsifier


Triangle group:

Long e (ee):  breeze, fleet, leech, sweet, weep
Long e (ea):  bleach, bleak, gleam, preach, spear


Square group:

singular: axis, crisis, ellipsis, oasis, thesis
plural: axes, crises, ellipses, oases, theses

Your vocabulary words this week will be about your social study lessons. Please copy and study the following words into your workplan. You will have a quiz on these words Monday, September 9th.

4th Grade Words



Stamp Act-  law that required colonists to buy stamps for paper goods and documents

Sugar Act- law that increased the price of sugar, molasses, and several other colonial goods

Parliament- the body of representatives that makes laws for Great Britain

Tyrants- a cruel and unreasonable ruler

Boycott- to stop buying or using goods or services from a certain company or country as a protest

Boston Massacre- an event in 1770 where five colonists were killed by British soldiers

Townshend Acts- law that taxed tea, glass, paper, paint, and lead

Engraving- a print made from an engraved plate, block, or other surface. 

Propaganda- information, often misleading or one-sided, used to promote a particular cause


Quartering Act- law requiring the colonies to provide housing for British troops in the colonies



5th Grade Words



Emigration- the act of leaving one’s country to settle in another

Immigrant- a person who moves to a new country

Assimilation- the process of fitting into a new culture or becoming like others in that culture

Refugee- a person who flees one country for another in search of safety. 

Visa- a legal permit to enter a country

Deportation- to force a citizen of another country to leave a country

Ellis Island- in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954

Steerage- the cheapest passenger accommodations aboard a ship. 

Persecution- the subjecting of certain people to cruel or unfair treatment because of their ethnic origin or religious beliefs

Pluralism- the existence of groups with different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds within one society.



6th Grade Words


United Kingdom- a small island nation located off the coast of mainland Europe.


Trade- the action of buying and selling goods and services


Climate- The average weather conditions in a certain place over many years.


Manufacturing-  make something on a large scale using machinery


Deposits- a natural layer of sand, rock, coal, or other material


Heartland- the central or most important part of a country, area, or field of activity.


Agriculture- the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.


Hub- a central airport or other transport facility from which many services operate


Urban- characteristic of a city or town.

Rural- relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town.

I hope you enjoy your day off on Monday!

Mr. Trent

Happy Birthday, Maria Montessori!


Happy Birthday, Maria Montessori!
Born August 31, 1870

Tomorrow is Maria Montessori’s birthday!  Today we take time to celebrate her life and legacy!  

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Week of August 26th, 2019

Our social studies research will include colonial life in America, The French and Indian War, and continued research of Europe using the country study charts Montessori material.  I'm most excited about starting our first novel study groups for the year!  I have many great stories to share with you, and I can't wait to get reading with you!

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

www.newsela.com current event quiz about Orlando Pride soccer star, Carson Pickett
www.quill.org grammar activity

Monday you will have a quiz on the vocablary list you were given last week. Click HERE if you need to see the list again.

You will have a word study quiz on the following words Friday. Please write these words onto your workplan and study and throughout the upcoming week.

Circle group:

-ly: thoughtlessly,  predominantly, conspicuously, mischievously, reluctantly
-ily: extraordinarily, momentarily, militarily, grouchily, ordinarily

Triangle group:

Short e:  edge, enter, scent, edit, center
Long e:  team, bead, eagle, heat, deal

Square group:

Present tense: forget, break, speak, drive, wake
Past tense: forgot, broke, spoke, drove, woke

Be sure to be checking our online classroom calendar page for important upcoming events. If you use Google Calendar, you can even sync it to your own account! Just click the tiny + at the bottom of the list of events.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Girls on the Run Info.


Girls on the Run is a program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We will be meeting Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:30.This season of Girls on the Run is set to start next Tuesday! There are only 7 spots left on the team, so if your 3rd-5th grade daughter is interested, register today! 

Parents of 3rd-5th grade girls: Click here to register your daughter for Ellis' Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry chapter.

For more information about Girls on the Run, please read the flyer here.




Friday, August 16, 2019

The Week of August 19, 2019

Are you ready for another great week at Ellis?  There's a lot of fun and learning awaiting you!

Our social studies research will include continued studies of the Fundamental Needs of Humans chart, westward expansion in the United States, and a review of European geography.  Language lessons will include some more sentence analysis work.  

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

- www.newsela.com current event quiz
- www.quill.org activity 

You will also have a word study quiz on the following words:

Circle Group
ex- expressionless, extrinsic, extrusive, excruciate, extensive
in- inflate, innate, induced, incline, incisor 


Triangle Group
oa- coach, toast, throat, roach, float
o_e- pose, woke, tone, dose, mode

Square Group

change "y" to "i", add "ed":  worried, studied, buried, married, hurried
add "ed": played, stayed, delayed, dismayed, conveyed



Finally, please copy the following vocabulary words onto your work plan to prepare for a quiz on Monday, August 26th.


4th Grade Vocabulary Words

Fundamental- of central importance

Shelter- a structure that provides protection

Fauna- animal life

Vanity- pride in oneself or appearance

Textiles- a woven or knit cloth

Flora- plant life

Culturethe customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group

Folk Artthe traditional, typically anonymous, art of usual non-professional artists

Ornamentation- an object or action done to embellish one's appearance 

Material- relating to physical matter rather than spiritual or intellectual things



5th Grade Vocabulary Words


Gold Rush- a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.

Chisholm Trail- a cattle trail leading North from San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas It was used for about twenty years after the Civil War.

Black cowboys- Roughly 9,000 African American cowboys who had been freed from slavery to work in the American west.

Westward expansion- The movement of people towards the western United States during and after the Civil War.

Wright Brothers- achieved the first powered flight in an airplane they built themselves in 1903

George Washington Carver- An African American scientist who made an enormous impact on American life by inventing plastics, dyes, medicines, flour, and fertilizers from sweet potatoes and peanuts.

Alexander Graham Bell- invented the telephone in 1875.

Thomas Edison- An inventor best known for creating the first practical light bulb and electrical generating system.

Phonograph- a sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.

Transcontinental Railroad- A train route across the United States, finished in 1869.


6th Grade Vocabulary Words 


Eurasia- the large landmass that includes both Europe and Asia

English Channel- a narrow sea between Great Britain and France

Rhine River- a river that originates in the Swiss Alps mountain range and flows northwest to the North Sea

Mediterranean Sea- World’s largest inland sea

Population- the total number of persons inhabiting a country, city, or any district or area.


European Plain- a vast, flat area stretching from France’s Atlantic coast to the Ural Mountains.

Pyrenees- a mountain range that forms a border between France and Spain

Iberian Peninsula- located in southwest Europe, this landmass contains Spain and Portugal

Landform- a specific geomorphic feature on the surface of the earth, ranging from large-scale features such as plains, plateaus, and mountains to minor features such as hills and valleys   

Peninsula- an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it with the mainland.

There are a number of other special things happening this week.  They include:

Monday- Math MAP assessment
Tuesday- School pictures (free dress down day)
Thursday- Reading MAP assessment & PTA meeting at 6:30 in Ellis MPR

Finally, you will be receiving your first progress report of the year this Tuesday!  Please review it with your family, sign the front cover of the workplan, and return it to your teacher Wednesday.  Part of the report is found at www.transparentclassroom.com.  Feel free to contact me on the Remind app if you have any questions.

Enjoy your weekend!
Mr. Trent




Friday, August 9, 2019

The Week of August 12, 2019

Welcome to your second week of school!  I had such a great time last week getting to know you, and I am excited to see the wonderful fun and learning that will happen within our classroom walls during our year together!

This weeks marks the first week of our lesson schedule that will include small-group lessons and a Montessori workperiod.

4th grade social studies lessons will focus on the Fundamental Needs of Humans, 5th grade will investigate the political and physical geography of the United States, and 6th grade will use our map cabinets to identify important places found in Europe.  Your required assignments will include a follow-up activity based on your lessons.

Language arts lessons will be associated with sentence analysis work.  Your followup will require you to diagram sentences and identify adverbial phrases.  

Social Studies and Language Arts followup works are due by Friday.

In addition to your lesson followups, please complete the following online works by Friday:

1.  Your weekly www.quill.org activity.
2.  Your weekly www.newsela.com current event article comprehension activity about three  brothers who have started a successful business. 

Finally, you will have your first word study quiz this Friday!  The following word lists will be written on the board for you to copy onto your workplan.  Your group will be listed on your workplan when you receive it Monday morning.  You will need to not only spell the words correctly but also place them into the correct category. 


Circle Group
pre: prequel, precede, premier, precise, presume
post: postscript, posterity, postulate, postmodernism, postmortem


Triangle Group
short o:  moth, dock, smog, robin, olive
long o: dome, coat, cove, roam, low

Square Group
drop e before adding ing: skating, waving, closing, writing, using
add ing:  moaning, dreaming, cleaning, mailing, looking


Be sure to keep track of your daily work on your workplan by writing "I Can" statements that explain the skill you are practicing.  It is also important that you are spending time on each of the subjects every day to keep a "healthy diet".  We will be having time for a daily journaling time where you can reflect on your time management skills, quality of work, and worktime choices.    

Enjoy your weekend,
Mr. Trent

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A Special Visitor

An anole has decided to come inside and spend some time in our classroom!  Ms. Marianna, Ms. Koral, and myself have seen it relaxing on the wall and taking a nap in the plant on our peace shelf.  Keep a look-out for it when you come to the first day of school!

a visiting anole finds a cozy place to sleep on the peace shelf