Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Week of February 17th, 2020

Happy Presidents' Day!  

This week's social studies lessons will include investigations about the causes of the Civil War, the space race, and the political & physical geography of Australia.  In addition to the followup work assigned after these lessons, also be sure to complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignment.  

Please study the following spelling words for a quiz on Friday, February 21.

Arrow Group


 Plus Group


 Smile Group


Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, February 24th.

4th Grade Vocabulary List

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson- a skilled confederate general who earned his nickname during the battle of Bull Run.


Robert E. Lee- led the Army of Northern Virginia (one of the most successful Confederate armies in the Civil War).


Ulysses S. Grant- General of the Union armies during the Civil War.


Jefferson Davis- President of the Confederate States of America.


Abraham Lincoln- President of the United States of America during the Civil War.


Battle of Bull Run- The first major battle of the Civil War


Proclamation- a document that announces something officially or publicly. 


States’ rights- the rights and powers held by the state government, rather than the federal government


Emancipation Proclamation- issued on January 1, 1863, this order freed slaves in states that had seceded from the Union. 


Gettysburg Address- A famous speech Abraham Lincoln gave in 1863 at a dedication of a cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  It is considered to be one of the most inspiring speeches in American history. 

5th Grade Vocabulary List

Project Apollo- a series of space missions designed to send to people to the Moon

Neil Armstrong- the first man to step onto the moon in 1969

Information age- the period following World War II and leading up to the 21st century marked by new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business that dramatically changed American life

Sputnik- The first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.  It was launched in October of 1957 by the Soviet Union. 

Cosmonaut- Russian name for a traveler into space

Network- A group of radio or television stations, which broadcast many of the same programs, but in different parts of the one country

Prime time- the time on TV between 7:00 and 10:00 when the highest number of people are watching TV. This is when networks put on their best shows.

Satellite- an artificial body placed in orbit around the earth or moon or another planet in order to collect information or for communication

Interstate- one of a system of expressways covering the 48 contiguous states

FCC- “Federal Communications Commission, an independent U.S. government regulatory agency that oversees all interstate and international communications.



6th Grade Vocabulary List

Australia- the smallest continents on Earth located southeast of Asia. 


“Outback”- the flat, dry interior region of Australia


Ayers Rock (Uluru)- Australia’s most famous landmark.  It is a massive red sandstone rock formation located in the barren lands of central Australia. 


Great Dividing Range- Australia’s longest mountain range that divides the eastern coastal region from the inland desert region. 


Great Victoria Desert- the largest desert in Australia that is located in the southern and western part of the continent


Coral Sea- lies along Australia’s northeast coast.  It contains several small island called the Coral Islands.


Great Barrier Reef- a living coral reef that extends more than 1,400 miles along Australia’s northeast coast.


Ecosystem- all the living things, from plants to animals to microscopic organisms, that share an environment.  


Arable- land that is suitable for farming


Mount Kosciuszko- Australia’s highest mountain peak

Have an amazing weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Week of February 10, 2020

Congratulations on a wonderful performance of Charles Ellis Presents: The Kingdom of the Great River!  The audience absolutely loved your musical creation and enjoyed learning about the systems of the human body.

This week, we can get back to our "normal" schedule...hurray!  Social studies lessons will include discussions about women's suffrage, the civil rights movement, and environmental issues in Canada.  Please complete you weekly quill.org grammar practice assignment and newsela.com current event comprehension activity.  You will have a vocabulary quiz on Monday based upon the words you were given last week.

Please study the following word study sorts for a quiz on Friday, February 14th:

Arrow Group

 Plus Group

 Smile Group

Have a lovely week,
Mr. Trent