Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays!

I’m wishing you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your break with your family and friends.  I’ll see you again on January 3rd.

Mr. Trent

Holiday Happenings in our Classroom 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Mr. Trent's homeroom Term 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mr. Trent's homeroom families:  Please use the following link to sign up for term 2 parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to speaking to you after we return from holiday break!

The Week of December 17, 2018

We've made it to the half-way point in the school year!  I'm looking forward to a short and fun week with you before we spend the holiday break with our friends and family.

This week we will participate in the Project WET River of Words Poetry project.  River of Words is a yearly publication of poems and artwork that are inspired by watersheds.  We will explore different types of poems and you will create your own River of Words poem.  If you choose to do so, you can submit your poem for possible publication in the 2019 edition of River of Words!  We've had some Ellis students' works highlighted in the book, and I'm excited to see if we have any current students among its pages, as well!

Other than the poem, the only other required assignment you will have is your vocabulary quiz on Monday.  Your words can be found in your Google Classroom account.  Remember, 5th graders do not have a vocabulary list because of the Tybee 4H camping trip.

Most importantly, all works from the second term are due by Wednesday, December 19.  Any works from the second term that are not handed in by holiday break will be marked as incomplete.  6th graders will receive a zero in the grade book for incomplete works.  Please refer to your workplan and/or powerschool to see if you are missing any required assignments.

Finally, our book exchange will take place Wednesday after our annual holiday sing-along.  Please bring a wrapped new or like-new book for your secret pal.  Be sure to put a tag on it stating who it is to and from.  Friday is also a dress down day for $1.00.

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hello from Tybee Island

The 5th graders are having a great time at the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island.  Our days have been filled with fun on the beach, marsh, and in camp!  We've explored coastal ecology and animals (by dissecting sharks)!  We also had a chance to sing some campfire songs and make s'mores...inside because of some rainy weather.  We may be leaving tomorrow, but the memories we've made over the last two days will last forever!

5th grade camping trip to Tybee Island Burton 4H Center

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Week of December 10, 2018

Social studies lessons will focus on American westward expansion in the early 1800’s, the events immediately following the end of WWII, and a final review of our studies in Latin America. Our novel studies will continue with a focus on onomatopoeia.  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. 

You will NOT have a word study list this week.  Instead, we will take the mid-year spelling inventory that will help me decide what word study groups you will be in for the second half of the school year. 

Special information for 5th graders:  Your camping field trip to Tybee Island will take place this week from Wednesday through Friday.  You will not have a vocabulary list this week.  I will also give you special follow-up assignments you will be able to complete during your short week.  I will give individual work to those 5th graders who are not attending the camping trip.  Please be sure to sign up for the camping Remind group to get updates on our time on Tybee!  

Everyone else who will not be attending the trip:  I am expecting an exemplary report from the substitute when I return.  Please remember to follow the procedures we have in place, your days should pass smoothly.  I will  be giving you daily assignments that will be due to my by the end of the day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. This will include additional quill and NEWSELA works.   The works will be given to you each morning, so you will have the entire day to complete them.  I will include a coversheet indicating everything that needs to be completed for that particular day.  Ms. Koral will be there to assist you, if needed. 

Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, December 17.

4th Grade Vocabulary List

reservation: a tract of public land set aside for American Indians

skirmish:  a minor fight in a bigger war

Battle of Wounded Knee:  the last of many conflicts between the Lakota Sioux and the U.S. Government (1890)

Gold Rush:  The period of time in the United States in the mid 1800's when gold was discovered in California, causing thousands of people to move west in search of it.

Oregon Trail:  a wagon path that carried pioneers across the Great Plains to the Oregon Territory

siege:  military act of surrounding, blockading, and attacking a target

conquistador:  the title used to describe Spanish explorers of the New World

canal:  a man-made channel of water that connects one body of water to another

entrepreneur:  a person who organizes resources to bring a new or better good or service to market in hopes of earning a profit

cotton gin: a simple machine that separated cotton seeds from the sticky cotton fibers. 

6th Grade Vocabulary List

exchange rate:  how much one country's currency is worth compared to another currency

tariffs:  extra taxes placed on imported goods

embargo:  a ban on trade with another country

quotas:  limits based on the quantity of foreign goods entering a country

specialization:  the process of becoming an expert in a particular type of good or service

literacy rate:  the percentage of a country's adults who can read and write

gross domestic product:  the total value of goods and services produced by a country in a year

Black Market:  an illegal market functioning independently from a country's governmental control

Autocratic government:  a government structure where the country has a president, but he is a dictator with absolute authority. 

Columbian Exchange:  Foods and technologies that were brought from Europe during the time of the colonization of Latin America. 

Have an awesome weekend,
Mr. Trent

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Holiday Book Exchange

Each student in our homeroom is invited to share a special gift by participating in this year’s holiday book exchange! On Friday, December 7th we will be partnered with a secret pal in our homeroom class. Each student will then give a new (or like new book) to their pal during a gift exchange on Wednesday, December 19. Please indicate if you would like to participate in the book exchange activity by returning the form that was sent home with this week's progress report.  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Symmetrical Snowflakes

We met with out mentoring buddies recently to investigate different types of symmetry.  We then created snowflakes that demonstrate bilateral and radial symmetry to decorate the classroom!  It’s asymmetry snowstorm!

Symmetry snowflakes 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Week of December 3, 2018

Welcome to the first week of December!  I appreciate all the birthday wishes on Friday!  Your cards and nice words really made my day special!  

Social studies lessons will focus on American westward expansion in the early 1800’s, the events immediately following the end of WWII, and systems of government in Latin America.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on onomatopoeia.  Please be sure to complete your lesson follow-up work in a timely manner.  Monday will be your vocabulary quiz on the words list you were given last week.  

As always, you will have your weekly NewsELA current event and activities to complete.  Please study the following word study lists for a quiz this Friday.

Circle group:

-tion: operation, creation, decoration, illustration, imitation
-sion: explosion, erosion, allusion, invasion, expansion

Triangle group:

Long o (o_e): whole, impose, envelope, console, quote
Long o (oa):  poach, encroach, croak, groan, bloat

Square group:

two syllables: towel, poison, tinfoil, tonight, turnip
three syllables:  procedure, advantage, nutrition, unwieldy, completely

It's also time to begin work on this year's production of "Charles Ellis Presents: The Timeline of Life"!  Our script committee will meet this week to get the ball rolling.  Mark your calendars for the night of the show:  Thursday, January 24.

While you have your calendar in front of you, add the following items for this week: 

Thursday, December 6 - Math MAP Assessment
Thursday, December 6 - PTA Festival of Lights (6:00 pm at Ellis)
Friday, December 7 - Language MAP Assessment
Friday, December 7 - 6th Grade Scoliosis Screening

Enjoy the rest of your warm and rainy weekend,
Mr. Trent