FRIDAY, 8/23: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #1

Grab a clicker as you come in the door. Write your number in your notebook: “Clicker #23.”

Clicker Practice:

  1. Please click  G.
  2. Please click B.

I will be recording your clicker number as you work on the test.

You will CIRCLE the ANSWER on the test sheet AND CLICK it in.


Prep your Test Sheet for Test #1:
Vocabulary Homework: ____/20
Warm Up: ___/5  Vocab Practice: 8-20___/10   8-21:____/10   8-22:___/10  Adjectives:___/6
Other Extra Credit: Period 6 gets a +3 for “vocabulary relay.”


Mental Floss.  Brain teasers and trick questions to scrape the mucous off your brain before the test. Purely extra credit. NO penalty for wrong answers, so you may as well guess. Write the answers at the top of your test sheet. If it looks like a trick, it probably is.

  1. You have two coins that total 15 cents, but one of them is not a nickel. How is that possible?
  2. What is the volume of dirt in a hole 6 feet long, 8 feet deep, and 4 feet wide?
  3. A farmer had seventeen sheep; all but nine died. How many are left?
  4. What heavy six letter word can you take one letter away from and have eight left?
  5.  You are in a mountain cabin, and it is freezing and dark. The cabin has an old gas lantern, a wood burning stove, and an oil burning heater. You have only one match. Which do you light first?
  6. A fish weighs 10 pounds plus half its weight. How much does it weigh? (Not a trick; just math.)


Test #1. Circle the correct answer. NOTA = None of the Above.

Finished early? Your choices:
1) Doodle on the back of the test – Theme: The messiest room you can imagine. The theme is optional; you may doodle about whatever you want. If I like it you get extra credit.
2) Trackword –  Read the directions! Write your numbered list of words off to the side or on the back of the test.
3) Read something.
4) Nap. Just don’t snore.
5) Stare blankly (and silently) into space.

Thursday, 8/22: Test #1 Preview, Vocab + Relay, Adjectives, Outsiders

Extended Homies Schedule.

Back-to-School Night Tonight. You stay home!

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocabulary, Motto, Delinquent, Outsiders.

 “Vocabulary, 8/23.” (9) Write the word.
  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. (un)_______(able)
  4. _______
  5. Even though he may not be “book-smart” he has a lot of ____ about the world.
  6. Some people called him weird, but he preferred to be called a (non-)______(ist).
  7. The old man was considered the ____ of the village because of all his experience and wisdom.
  8. From what Ponyboy says, we can ____ that he and his oldest brother Darry do not get along very well.
  9. “It’s just because you’re the baby–I mean he loves you a lot.  Do you ____?” (Not fathom.)
  10. Her outlook on life was very _____ after the accident that killed her brother.



Adjectives answer the question “What Kind?” about nouns!

What kind of bear was he????


“Adjectives, 8/23.” (6) COPY each underlined word and say adjective or not.

  1. She has such a soft voice!
  2. I can hardly hear her.
  3. A French chef in New York chisels ice sculptures.
  4. Machine parts are used to form mechanical structures.
  5. She is a pretty savvy poker player.
  6. She has a lot of basketball savvy.


The Outsiders.
Preview Questions from Tomorrow’s Test:

  1. What is it about our narrator that drives his brother Darry crazy?
  2. As used in The Outsiders, the word hood is short for _____.


1st, 2nd and 3rd person narrators.

What is required to make a story?

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.