Friday, 8/24: 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 Ups: 8-21___/10   8-22:____/12   8-23:___/9  Adjectives:___/6
Other Extra Credit: Period 5 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.


Tuesday, 5/29: YEE #8, Message to 6th Grade

Copy homework into planner… for the final time!

YEE #8.   Use your own paper. NDP in upper right corner.
Title: YEE #7. Use 4-digit dates for #1 and #2. Copy only the ones that say “Copy.”

    1. First Independence Day (M,D,Y):
    2. Pearl Harbor Day (M,D,Y):
    3. (Copy.) 10% of 250 = _________
    4. (Copy.) 24/40 = ______% = ______(letter grade)
    5. a) ______ books have been sitting b)_______ for a long time; I hope c)______ coming back soon.
    6. Choose a sentence below, copy it, and label each word with its part of speech.

Homer tripped very awkwardly, and hit his fat head on the door.
Beetle bravely endured their anger and cruel taunts in silence.
He was a very scary bear, and we beat a hasty retreat from his lair.

“AlternaYEE, 5/29.”

  1. Figure out the animals! (Example: hair control foam = moose.) The animal’s name must be spelled correctly.
    • a) run away or escape
    • b) first you get a parking ticket, then you get this
    • c) very exposed
  2. What one three-letter word can be placed in the blanks below to make four different words?
    ___less ___ure ___orse ___ing
  3. George Washington’s wife was sweeping when George Washington’s wife slipped and got wet. How many w’s (or W’s) in all?
  4. Which word in the English language, beginning with “P”, is singular until an “S” is added to the end and it becomes a plural, but reverts back to a singular word if another letter “S” is added to the end?
  5. What do all the words in this list have in common? Lead, Sow, Bass, Wind, Tear, Object
  6. What gets bigger the more you take away from it, but smaller the more you add to it?



Message to 6th Grade.  Singles or Partners (2x content) — NOT 3+.
Due by FRIDAY. It’s only homework if you don’t finish in class. We will grade them in class on Friday!


  • StoryboardThat! Comic (10+ panels)
  • Prezi?
  • Web Site?
  • Google Slides (15+)
  • Quiz (20+ questions.)
  • ???

  • Three Expectations vs. Reality
  • Three Good Things About Laguna
  • Three Pieces of Advice
  • One Euphemism.
  • Upbeat and Funny
  • Proofread!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • All Content Items (15)
  • Mechanics (20)
  • Effort (10)
  • Creativity (15)
  • Total: 60

StoryboardThat! People:
If you have already used the site, log in with the account you already created. Just join this class too and save it there. If you are a Noob:

  1. Click the link below, and choose “I’m a new user.”
    Join StoryboardThat
  2. Click on the Google Button and sign in with your username and password.
  3. Click I am a Student.
    a) The School is Laguna-MS.  b) The key is laguna. and  c) use your real first name and last initials.
  4. If there are two of you, make sure both partners know the username and password!
  5. Scroll down to “Manage my Classes.”
  6. Join the appropriate class that begins with 2018-.
  7. The password is “cheese.”
  8. Click Create Storyboard.

HERE are some photos of Laguna to use in your project.

HERE is an example from last year.

Friday, 5/4: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #32

Prep sheet for Test #32:
Gramma: ___/10  ___/10  ___/10     TS Quizzes: ___/7  ___/11  ___/5    TSSQ: ___/20
Vocab h/w: ___20   Vocab Practice: ___/13  ___/13   ___/14    Giver Project:  ___/60  or  ___/75
Other Extra Credit: SAWs? Magnanimous? Spelunker?


Mental Floss.

  1. If you multiply together the number of fingers on one person’s right hand with another person’s with another person’s until you get the product of the fingers on the right hands of everyone in the world, what is the most likely product? For instance, one person has 5 fingers, and his friend has 5 fingers. The product is 25. Another person with 5 fingers would make the product 125. This goes on until everyone’s finger number is multiplied. What’s the answer? Estimate what the final product would be. ( Current world population is about 6.8 billion. Alert: MATH )
  2. Wacky Wordy: GWETORUSTD (Hint: $)
  3. Each sentence below contains a word whose letters can be rearranged to answer or describe the sentence.
    • a) Bit of brush.
    • b) Opposite of unite.
    • c) Craft that might tip in the ocean.
  4. A man asks his two sons to do a chore. When they finish, he gives them twenty five cents.  What time is it?  (haha)
  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 #32.

Doodle Theme: A new kind of amusement park.


Friday, 4/27: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #31

Prep sheet for Test #31
Gramma: ___/10 ___/10 ___/12    Tom Sawyer: ___/10     TSSQ:___/15
Vocab h/w: ___/20    Vocab Practice: ___/13 ___/13 ___/13
Other Extra Credit: +1 or +2 for SAWs.


Mental Floss.

  1. There was a man who fell over 50 stories, without anything to slow his descent, and landed without any injuries, alive. How did he survive?
  2. 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?
  3. What word is missing? begin, inch, chapel, elastic, ___  ___  ___, cellar, arisen, end
  4. Wacky Wordy:
    NO NO NO
  5. Tom Sawyer Anagrams:
    a) Tall Pun Yo   b) Hamsters Cool (Technically a title, not a name.) c) Put Off Term
  6. Although much water you see,
    by definition, “desert” fits me.
    In the winter I double in size,
    but staying away is a word for the wise.
    I am very windy, that is a clue,
    What am I? Good luck to you. (Alert: geography.)



Test #31. Doodle Theme: Dog Party

Friday, 4/20: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #31

Prep sheet for Test #30:
TS KBARR: ___/20     TS Quizzes: ___/6  ___/6
Vocab h/w: ___/20   Vocab Practice: ___/13  ___/13 ___/10
Other Extra Credit:  +3,+2, or +1 for each Gramma that had 9+ correct.


Mental Floss.

  1. What sort of story begins with a limb and ends with a finish?
  2. Two men got lost while exploring in the desert. Each man had a compass. One headed due East, and the other headed due West. Two hours later, they met. How?
  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 matches. His tail must still point up!
  5. There was a road around a circular lake. A man and his brother each started in the same place and drove around the lake at exactly the same speed, but in opposite directions. The first brother went clockwise around the lake at 40 mph, and the trip took him an hour and 20 minutes. The second brother went counterclockwise around the lake–also at exactly 40 mph–but his trip only took him 80 minutes. Each traveled exactly the same distance: 53.33 miles. How is that possible?


Test #30.

CHOICE G should be INTERJECTION, not Preposition.

Doodle Theme: Prank.

Friday, 4/13: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #29

Prep Sheet for Test #29:
Husker Du: ___/5 ___/7 ___/6 ___/6
Vocab h/w: ___/20
Vocab Practices: ___/12 ___/10 ___/10
Flying Machine: ___/12
KBARR: ___/40
Other Extra Credit: Period 2 +3 for vocab relay, all others +1. +2 for 10/10 on SAWs.



Mental Floss.

  1. This sounds impossible, but it can be done. Take one from twenty nine and leave thirty. (No negative numbers.)
  2. What is the next thing in this sequence. 1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ____. Fill in the blank correctly.
  3. You have just fallen 15 feet out of a window, completely naked! Directly beneath you is an enormous, spiky cactus. You haven’t hurt yourself! How come?
  4. What North American state is round on both sides and high in the middle?
  5. If George Washington were alive right now, what would he be most famous for?
  6. Fill in the blanks with four words, such that the first and the fourth are the same, while the second and the third are homonyms.  A prison guard ______ ______, and a jeweler ______ ______.


Test #29. Doodle Theme: The House of the Future!

Friday, 3/23: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #28

Extended Homies Schedule.

Prep sheet for Test #28:
Husker Du: ___/30  Vocab h/w: ___/20
Vocab Practices: ___/12  ___/13  ___/12
INTERVIEW: ___/100       KBARR: ___/40  (Periods 2 and 5: n/a.)
Other Extra Credit:


Mental Floss.

  1. For each pair of words, move one letter from one word to the other to make a pair of synonyms.  Example: boast — hip.  Move the S and you get boat — ship. The movement could go either way.
    a) open — cop      b) cave — curt       c) cares — pest
  2. What book can an author never really finish writing?
  3. George Washington’s wife was sweeping when George Washington’s wife slipped and got wet.  How many w’s in all?
  4. When is 30 plus 30 equal to 1?
  5. Change the position of just one of the words below so that all the words are in an alphabetical sequence:
    llama, phoenix, hyena, alligator, beaver, elephant, tortoise, antelope




Work on your Giver B>M paper.