Friday, September 6, 2019

The Week of September 9th, 2019

I am so glad that Dorian decided to stay out to sea and spare our beautiful city of any damage!  I look forward to hearing all your hurricane stories when we return to school Monday.  That being said, we are simply going to pick up where we left off in social studies and language arts the week before the hurricane came.  Here is your updated plan for the week:

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 how Hurricane Dorian affected the Bahamas 
www.quill.org grammar activity

You will have a word study quiz on the following words Friday, September 13. 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 16th.

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.


Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Trent

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