Friday, January 17, 2020

The Week of January 20, 2020

"The time is always right to do what is right" - Martin Luther King Jr.

Are you ready for another awesome week at Ellis? I hope so because we have a good one headed your way!

We will not have school Monday so we can celebrate MLK Jr. Day. When you return Tuesday, you will have a regular school day (there will be no explorations). Lessons this week will include novel studies and grammar practice using quill.com. Your newsela current event article is about the recent wildfires in Australia. Social studies lessons will be about The Korean War, the life of the American Indian during westward expansion, and Canada studies. You will NOT have a word study quiz this week. You will need to study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, January 27th.

4th Grade Vocabulary List

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


William Lloyd Garrison- Published The Liberator (a 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- a 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 fro 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- a route that makes travel and trade easier


Transportation barriers- physical features that make it difficult to travel or trade

This year's Boosterthon Fun Run was a smashing success. Not only did we make our school goal of $18,000, but we also achieved a 100% participation rate in our classroom! We have a number of incentives because of your hard work. First, we will have a pot-luck lunch on Wednesday. Feel free to bring in some food to share. On Thursday, you will be able to view a movie in the afternoon. Congrats on your hard work and generous pockets!

Finally, 6th graders will be attending the Mountain Film Fest on Friday, Jan. 24th. Be sure you have returned your permission slip to attend.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

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