Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Research in Action

While researching the history of the Hope Diamond during a lesson on minerals, some students found a Library of Congress video explaining its interesting past by the curator of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  You can view the video HERE.

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Monday, August 29, 2011


Looking for something fun to do on the weekends?  Check out the WCWM? (What Can We Make?) open studio program at the Jepson Center's Melaver Studio.  Included with your paid admission to the museum, you are fee to explore your creative side by using found materials and the studio's assortment of art supplies to create amazing pieces of art!  The studio is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-2pm.  You can find out more information about this, and other programs, at the Telfair Museums Youth website.

Meet Mr. Brandon

Mr. Brandon shares a bit about his work and life. Welcome to our classroom!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Welcome to the second full week of sixth grade!

Get ready for a great week at Ellis. This week we will be focusing on minerals in science.  Your followup work will include a number of choices that will be due next Friday.  Here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation I will show in class:

In math, we will be looking at using data to create eye-catching bar graphs.  You will be having math homework some nights this week; be sure to listen carefully so you know what is required of you.  You will also get a chance to meet Mr. Brandon, out resident scientist from Savannah State University! Be looking forward to other surprises throughout the week.

 BONUS: This Friday, September 2nd, is another OUT OF UNIFORM DAY!

See you Monday AM,
Mr. Trent

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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Scientific Method

Today, we conducted a lab in surface tension to review the scientific method.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Don't Forget...

Please remember to have your "First Week" packet reviewed and signed by your parents.  These papers are due to your homeroom teacher this Friday.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Getting to Know You!

It's exciting to meet new friends! Today we spent some time telling others about ourselves by making personalized license plates!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Welcome Back!

It was great to see such a good turn out for open house at Ellis!  I enjoyed both meeting new people and seeing former students.  I can tell it's going to be an exciting year in our classroom.  I look forward to getting the year underway on Monday at 8:45!  See you then!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

School Supply List

Here is the supply list for 6th graders for the 2011-2012 School year. Please try to have all your supplies be the end of the first week of school.

- 2 “3 subject” notebooks (have these by the second day of school)
- 2 “2 inch” binders with clear plastic covers
- 1 “½ inch” binder with pockets in the front and back
- 1 “3 hole punched” folder with pockets
- 1 box of pencils
- Colored pencils/crayons
- White glue or glue sticks
- Navy blue or black ink pens
- 2 packs “wide-ruled” loose leaf paper
- Index cards
- Clear/mesh book bag
- Protractor
- Supply pouch (to clip into your 2 inch binder)
- Handheld pencil sharpener
- 8 dividers for binders
- Comfortable slip-on shoes (such as slippers or crocs)
- Chlorox Wipes
- Pocket Thesaurus (Can be found at The Dollar Store)

Please let me know if you have any trouble finding these supplies.