Friday, November 22, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  Classes resume Monday, December 2.

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Week of November 18, 2019

November is passing so quickly!  There is a lot of fun and leaning planned for this last week of school of the month.  

Social studies lessons will focus on the War of 1812, researching the causes of WWII, and the governments of Latin American countries.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on identifying examples of metaphors.  4th and 6th graders will be writing the final section of "The Red Door" narrative!  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 activities to complete.  In addition, please study the following words for a quiz Tuesday, Monday, December 2.

4th Grade Vocabulary List - War of 1812

Democratic ideas- beliefs that support democracy, such as freedom, justice, and equality

blockaded - To stop people or supplies from coming into or going out of a country

surrender - To agree to stop fighting because you know that you will
not win

port - A coastal location that has a harbor in which ships can dock

truce - An agreement to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time

fort - A strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live

James Madison – President of the US during the War of 1812

Francis Scott Key – US envoy who witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. This inspired him to write a poem which became the Star Spangled Banner (our national anthem)

War Hawks  -  Young group of politicians, representing mostly southern and western frontier states, coming to power in Congress in the 1810s.

Treaty Of Ghent  -  Signed on December 24, 1815 and ending the War of 1812

5th Grade Vocabulary List - World War II
Anti-semitism - policies, views, or actions that harm or discriminate against Jews

Allied Nations- those countries fighting against the Axis powers. i.e. Britain, France, USA, Canada, USSR etc.

Axis Powers- Japan, Germany and Italy

Joseph Stalin - The communist leader of the Soviet Union.

The Blitz (or The Battle of Britain) -  Hitler sent his Luftwaffe to bomb British cities, primarily London, targeting civilians as a way of breaking the resolve of the English. 40,000 were killed but the British held.

D-Day- June 6, 1944, the Allied landing on France's Normandy beaches to begin the liberation of Europe.

U-boats - Short for Unterseeboote, German submarines.

Auschwitz - The largest of Hitler's concentration camps, where 1 million Jews are believed to have lost their lives.

Manhattan Project - The codename for the U.S. project to produce an atomic bomb.

V-E Day -  Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945. The Germans surrendered.  

6th Grade Vocabulary List - Latin America Studies

arable- land that is suitable for farming

currency- a system of money in use in a particular country

deity- a god or goddess; or the creator and supreme being in monotheistic religion such as Christianity

diplomatic relations- a relationship between two countries in which they send representatives to work in each other’s countries

deportation- the action of removing  foreigner from a country

infrastructure- the basic facilities and installations that help a community run, including roads, schools, phone lines, power generation, etc.

investment- the act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result

regulate- control or supervise (especially a business activity) by means of rules.

indigenous- living or growing in a particular region or environment cartel- a combination of people who want to drive away the competition in their business.

You will have a quiz on the following word study lists on Friday, November 22.
 Arrow Group

 Star Group

Swirl Group   

Have a nice weekend, Mr. Trent

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Week of November November 11, 2019

The 5th Grade overnight camping trip to Fortson 4-H was so much fun! I'm sure you classmates will have a lot to share with you about the trip!  I'm looking forward to camping with the 4th graders and 6th graders later on this year, too!

Because Monday is Veteran's Day, your weekly vocabulary quiz will be taken Tuesday, November 12th based on the words you were given last week.  You will NOT have a word study quiz this week, but you will need to complete your weekly assignments at and  In addition, 4th and 6th graders will need to complete week 9 of the "Red Door" writing activity.  We have a number of novel study groups who will be staring new books this week!

Have a restful long weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Week of November 4, 2019

Happy November! I enjoy counting my blessings this time of year. I feel truly lucky to visit Ellis each day and see all of the wonderful research happening in our classroom!

It's mid-term election time! Our social studies lessons this week will focus upon the election process and our responsibilities as a US citizen to be involved in the voting process. Your followup choices from your election lesson will be due Friday. As always, you will also have a weekly grammar assignment and a current event article assignment to complete. Our novel study focus will be about personification.

This week's vocabulary words will be associated with the mid-term elections. Everyone will have the same vocabulary list and a quiz on Tuesday, November 12.

ELECTORATE – Those eligible to vote

INCUMBENT – A person currently holding office

PARTY PLATFORM – Statement of the principles or beliefs of a political group

POLLING PLACE – Place where votes are cast

REGISTER – The process by which a persons’ name is added to the list of eligible voters

SUFFRAGE – The right to vote

POLITICAL PARTY – A group of people who join together because they share many ideas about  what government should do

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – A political subdivision for the purpose of electing U.S.  representatives

CANDIDATE – Person who seeks or is put forward by others for a political office

CAMPAIGN – Course of action designed to influence voters in an election

Your word study words are found below. Please glue your list to your workplan and study them for a quiz on Friday, November 8th.

Swirl Group

Star Group

Arrow Group
5th Graders attending the field-trip to Fortson 4-H camp from Wednesday through Friday: You will be exempt from all followup work this week EXCEPT your vocabulary quiz that will take place Tuesday, November 12. If you are not attending the trip, your followup work will be due as usual.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent