Wednesday, 5/8: Spelling + Bee, Vocab + Relay, Tom Sawyer

Tomorrow’s Test: What? Already? Spelling, Vocabulary, Tom Sawyer

“Spelling, 5/8.” (8) For 1-4, write the wrong one correctly or write “all correct” if they are.

  1. a) scissers  b) fragile  c) congestion  d) all correct
  2. a) digestion  b) infraction  c) insision d) all correct
  3. a) insignia  b) critique  c) hypocrit d) all correct
  4. a) decisive  b) designate,  c) criticism d) all correct
  5. “breakable” = _____
  6. “Cut away ish” =_____
  7. (2) “judgement” = _____

Spelling Bee. All words so far are included! Highest percent accuracy = Winner! 75% accuracy to receive extra credit.

“Vocabulary, 5/8.” gratify, cacophony, wreak, rapt, effusive, nigh, saunter, conjecture, vogue, pliable

  1. Tom went behind the limestone “waterfall” in order to use his candle to light it up to _____ Becky.
  2. A zero ____(s) much more damage on your grade than just an F.
  3. Young brains are very ____ and can be easily influenced.
  4. The end of the school year is ____; please don’t give up now.
  5. After Cherry told Dally to get lost, he just smiled and ____(ed) away.
  6. Batman’s butler Alfred is not a very _____ person. He is always very calm and reserved.
  7. In Tom’s day, the _____ was to wear shoes with the toes curled up.
  8. There was much _____ in Tom’s school about what was in the Master’s mysterious book.
  9. With dozens of little kids playing and screaming, the birthday party was rather _____(ous).
  10. The boys were ____ as Tom explained his marvelous plan.
  11. The roots of this word mean “foldable.”
  12. The roots of this word mean “jumbled sound.”
  13. The roots of this word mean “together throw thing.”
  14. The roots of this word mean “to pour out.”

Vocab Relay. True/False Stylie.

  1. Cacophony would be rather calming to most people.
  2. Wreak is usually used in a negative way.
  3. If were in a hurry, you would saunter.
  4. Transfixed and rapt are similar in meaning.
  5. If it is Wednesday, Thursday is nigh.
  6. The top of your desk is pliable.
  7. Alyce (Beetle) was very effusive with her emotions.
  8. The root of the word conjecture means “to throw.”
  9. Vaping is very vogue right now.
  10. Most people would be gratified to win the lottery.
  11. There will probably be cacophony at the end of the last day of school.
  12. A’s wreak destruction on your grade.
  13. People usually get effusive at things like weddings and funerals.
  14. Most people would be rapt watching someone saunter.
  15. Gymnasts’ bodies must be pliable.

Tom Sawyer Quiz. (6)

  1. (slang) “slathers” = “a raft” (p158) a) True.  b) False.
  2. (slang) “comb a body” =  smother you with love  (p160)  a) True.  b) False.
  3. (dialect) “shadder”  = shatter or break  (p161)  a) True.  b) False.
  4. (slang) “tackle” = attempt (p163)  a) True.  b) False.
  5. If the lawyer promised not to reveal Huck’s name, why is Huck still worried about Injun Joe? 
  6. The picture was included with chapter 24. Of whom is it a picture?  

Thursday, 5/2: Spelling, Vocab + Relay, Tom Sawyer

Assembly Schedule (3rd period). 45 minute periods.

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling (like today’s practice), Vocab + SAWs (mostly like yesterday), Tom Sawyer.

“Spelling, 5/2.” Write the correct pair. NOT THE LETTER; THE WORDS! NOT COLLABORATIVE!

  1. group/center   a) corpse/core  b) core/corpse  c) corps/corp  d) corps/core
  2. nugget/rank   a) cernel/kernel  b) colonel/kernel  c) kernel/kernal d) kernel/colonel
  3. hero/inactive   a) idole/idol  b) idel/idol  c) idle/idol  d) idol/idle
  4. Cheerios/#25489   a) serial/cereal  b) cereal/cerial  c) cerial/serial  d) cereal/serial
  5. most important/administrator   a) princapal/princaple  b) principal/principle  c) principle/principal  d) principal/principal
  6. who is/who owns    a) whose/who’s  b) who’s/whose  c) who’se/who’s  d) who’s/whos’
  7. it is/it owns   a) it’s/its  b) its’/its  c) it’s/its’
  8. belongs to them/location   a) their/they’re  b) there/their  c) their/there  d) they’re/there

Yesterday’s Spelling Bee Results:

  1. Period 1: 4 mistakes. (87% accuracy) +3
  2. Period 6: 5 mistakes. (67% accuracy)
  3. Period 2: 8 mistakes. (65% accuracy)
  4. Period 5: 11 mistakes. (63% accuracy)

“Vocab, 5/2.” diverge/converge, marked, incognito, tedious, exacting, folly, vindictive, auspicious, novice, abstain, distinct, attribute, multicultural, facilitate, economic

  1. The economy was strong; it was a(n) _____time to open a new business.
  2. Sometimes the work is _____, but it is important and it still needs to be finished. (Not exacting.)
  3. He was a _____ in the kitchen, so his first recipe didn’t come out very tasty.
  4. After their divorce, he became _____(ly) more bitter and mean. (Not vindictive.)
  5. Tom Sawyer’s pranks are simply youthful _______.
  6. During the period before Easter, you are supposed to ____ from something you enjoy.
  7. Draw a picture of two lines converging and then diverging. (What shape does it make?)
  8. * In a debate, the moderator’s role is to _____ the discussion by asking appropriate questions.


Tom Sawyer. (8p) You may write the CAPITAL letter.

  1. How did the boys get back from the island?
  2. “It ain’t much — a cat does that much.” Does what? a) care. b) eat. c) dream. d) play. e) all of the above.
  3. “There must ‘a’ been an angel there.” a) Aunt Polly, about Tom’s dream. b) Aunt Polly, about how an angel must have kept Tom safe. c) Sid, about Tom’s dream.  d) The minister, about the boys’ adventure.  e) NOTA.
  4. What makes Tom feel like the “guiltiest of villains”? a) Fooling the whole town. b) Getting hugged by Aunt Polly. c) When Sid doesn’t believe him. d) Stealing all the stuff they took to the island. e) NOTA.
  5. Why does Tom think he can do without Becky now? a) He likes Amy Lawrence better anyway. b) He was so popular now after his return. c) He’s tired of her being so fickle. d) He’s found someone new. e) NOTA.
  6. Which one of these is NOT Alfred Temple? a) The boy Becky tries to make Tom jealous with. b) The kid Tom beat up in Chapter 1. c) Becky’s previous boyfriend. d) The boy Becky says this to: “Go away and leave me alone, can’t you? I hate you!” e) He is all of these.
  7. Why does Becky dump Alfred? a) Because he’s boring. b) Because he’s mean. c) Because he’s too nice. d) Because Tom hates him. e) NOTA.
  8. What makes Aunt Polly forgive Tom for lying about his “dream”?

Chapter 20. Tom is “noble”!

Monday, 4/29 (27): Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #30, Spelling, Tom Sawyer

Copy homework into planner.

“Spelling 4/29.”(7)

  1.  friendly : hostile :: active : _____
  2.  its, whose, ____
  3. (2)  Sacramento : ______ :: Mr. Calandro : ______
  4.  It is said that many stereotypes sometimes start with a _____ of truth.
  5. (2) _______ books are ______?  (Must get both.)


SAWs, 4/29.
economic (adjective): financial, related to money
multicultural (adjective): related to more than one culture
attribute (noun): skill, feature
attribute (verb): give credit for
facilitate (verb): to make a process easy or possible
distinct (adjective): different or noticeable

Each twice. Attribute 3x; 2 for the noun def. and 1 for the verb def. 11/11= +3, 10/11 = +2, 9/11 = +1.



Debrief Test #30.

Tom Sawyer, Chapter 16: The Plan. Also, Smoking.

Friday, 4/26: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #30

Prep Sheet for Test #30. Reload test to get latest changes.
Spelling Warm Ups: ___/5  ___/5  ___/6   ___/8     Spelling 3x: ___/10     TS Quizzes: ___/7  ___/12  ___/5
Vocab h/w: ___20    Vocab Practice: ___/13  ___/15   ___/15    Giver Project:  ___/60  or  ___/75
Other Extra Credit:



Mental Floss.

  1. What word is missing? begin, inch, chapel, elastic, ___  ___  ___, cellar, arisen, end
  2. Wacky Wordy:
    NO NO NO
  3. Wacky Wordy: GWETORUSTD (Hint: $)
  4. The cost of making only the maker knows,
    Valueless if bought, but sometimes traded.
    A poor man may give one as easily as a king.
    When one is broken, pain and deceit are assured.
    What am I?
  5. The following clues make a pun on words that start with mis-.
    Example: This young woman could lead the orchestra. (bad behavior) Answer: Misconduct.

    • a) This young woman is in great shape. (an outsider)
    • b) This young woman is very generous at Christmas. (a doubt you might have)
    • c) This young woman showed me where to go. (lied to me)
    • d) This young woman knew exactly what I meant. (she didn’t really)


Test #30. Doodle Theme: A NEW kind of amusement park.

Monday, 4/22: Homework, Debrief Test #29, SAWs, Tom Sawyer, Spelling!

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 4/22.”

prevention (noun): the act of stopping something from happening
critical (adjective): using careful judgement about the good and bad parts of something; disapproving. Also: vital or important.
pursue (verb): to follow; to engage into form; to create
alter (verb): to change
approach (noun): method





Debrief Test #29. hrrmm…


“Spelling, 4/22.” Bonus: What spelling rule do this week’s words follow?

  1. refusal : cooperation :: childishness : _____
  2. rewrite : revision :: story : ______ 
  3. purpose : function :: guideline : _______
  4. locker : storage :: _____ : security
  5. soldier : obedient :: artist : _____

Tom Sawyer, Chapter 12; The Cat and the Painkiller. Patent Medicines?


Wednesday, 4/17: Gramma, Vocab + Relay, TS (duh)

Tomorrow’s Test (Wha’? Already?!): Gramma (see Monday’s practice), Vocab, (duh), Tom Sawyer.

“Gramma, 4/17.” (12p.) Copy and label.  noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, interjection, conjunction

He was a very scary bear, and we beat a hasty retreat from his lair.

“Vocabulary, 4/17.” (12p)
swagger, sullen, inundate, indifferent, spiteful, repentant, becoming (adj), vivacious, incantation, vanquish


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. After he realized how much he hurt Aunt Polly, Tom was genuinely _____ for once.
  6. After he was arrested for fighting, the soldier was reprimanded for “conduct (un)_____ an officer.”
  7. The students liked the teacher because she was ______, exciting, and rarely boring.
  8. His e-mail account was ______(ed) by so much spam, that it crashed the server.
  9. (3) When Tom’s “army” _____(ed) Joe’s,  he walked with a cocky ________, which he thought was very ______ for a “general” like himself.
  10. *After 25 years, the brothers finally ____(ed) their conflict and made up.

Vocab Relay 2.0! True or False? Each mistake = +2 seconds.

  1. Indifferent means uninterested.
  2. A pirate might walk with a swagger.
  3. When you are sullen, you are happy.
  4. Spiteful and indifferent are similar in meaning.
  5. The root of the word vivacious means life.
  6. If you are repentant, you are proud of yourself.
  7. If somebody tells you that your outfit is becoming, it’s a compliment.
  8. Inundation only happens with water.
  9. A motto and an incantation are similar.
  10. Vanquish is a verb.
  11. Giving a thumbs down means you are indifferent.
  12. Being called vivacious would usually be a compliment.
  13. If you were repentant, you would swagger.
  14. If you vanquished someone, you might swagger.
  15. Noah needed an ark because of an inundation.
  16. A magician might use an incantation.

Tom Sawyer Quiz, 4/17.” (10p)

  1. (3) 
    Explain what’s happening here. Who are the two men who aren’t dead? Why does one appear to be begging or praying?

(7) Label a-g with the appropriate names from p66-67.


Chapter 10: “The Dire Prophecy of the Howling Dog!”

Time? Movie.


Friday, 4/12: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #28

Prep Sheet for Test #28. Reload the test to get the latest version.
Interview: ___/100   TS KBARR: ___/20     TS Quizzes: ___/7 ___/5  ___/2
Vocab h/w: ___/20   Vocab Practice: ___/12  ___/12 ___/10
Other Extra Credit: Gramma: +___ Period 1 gets +3 for Gramma Relay (add to your Gramma EC), Periods 2 and 5 get +1 for Gramma Relay. +2 or +1 for 10/10 or 8,9/10 on SAWs.


Mental Floss.

  1. What is the next thing in this sequence. 1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ____. Fill in the blank correctly.
  2. What North American state is round on both sides and high in the middle? (haha)
  3. Following are groups of three words. Can you figure out the common link within each group? Example: hurricane, potato, needle. (Answer: eyes)
    a) computer, onion dip, poker game
    b) bowling alley, dress-maker, wrestling match
    c) dentist, oil field, basketball practice
    d) April, locker room, brides-to-be
    e) pelican, legislature, person in debt
  4. Make the matchstick dawg face the other way by moving only 2 matchesHis tail must still point up!





Test #28. Doodle Theme: Dog Party.