Wednesday, 10/16: Transitions/Sentence Scramble, Vocab, TMA

“S and T, 10/16.” Try to punctuate correctly!

  1. –however  –many books  –I would like  –I don’t have  –to read  –enough time
  2. –nevertheless  –seems effective  –more research  –to see  –the medication  –must be done  — if it’s safe
  3. –in fact  — at all  –a beast  –a gentle giant  –is not  –that llama  –he is


“Vocabulary, 10/16.” Checking SMYK’s.

  1.  (Lawyer’s Office) “This is the letter A. It’s the first letter of the alphabet. So much for the initial consultation. Further advice requires $1000.” ______
  2. (Giant wave and huge storm.)_____
  3. (Mickey being pulled along by the aroma of a cake.) _____
  4. (Pic of willow tree bark and bottle of aspirin.) _____
  5. responsible : disreputable :: calm : ____ (Bonus: Add -ing to another vocab word, and it becomes a 2nd correct answer!)
  6. I cannot ____ someone who cheats. He or she will face consequences.
  7. Winning the lottery is not always the _____ people think it will be.
  8. Some people think it’s a good idea to build a giant fence to try to _____ the flow of illegal drugs and immigrants.
  9. On the last day of school, the screams of joy will _____ in the hallways.
  10. He bought his computer from a(n) ____ dealer, and when it broke the next day, they told him he was out of luck. (Not sham.)
  11. We must all ____ by the same rules.
  12. The word midwife is a ______ of the Middle English words meaning “with woman.”
  13. * Many of the the company’s factory workers have been ____(ed) by industrial robots.


“TMA Quick Quiz, 10/16.”  (5)

  1. Why does Jane make Beetle wait outside while she works?
  2. Why do the villagers not like the midwife?  She’s ______.
  3. Why do the other villagers taunt and tease and abuse Beetle?
  4. What event prompted Beetle to start watching through the windows and learning from Jane?
  5. What seems to be Beetle’s main emotion so far?

Tuesday, 10/15: Welcome Guest Teacher, Transitions, Vocab, TMA

“Transitions, 10/15.” (9) Choose the best Transition for each.
furthermore, first, third, in fact, until then, consequently, in contrast, second, then, however, but, nevertheless

  1.  I know Pedro quite well. _____, Pedro happens to be my best friend.
  2. Jackie studies all the time; ______, Billy never studies. (Not however. Not but either.)
  3. First, Mary went to the store, and _____ she went to visit her mother.
  4. (2) The medication seems effective. _____, more research must be done to see if it’s safe. _____, it’s best to avoid it.
  5. (3) ______, I will boil the water. ______, I will brew the tea, and ____, I will serve it.
  6. Write a sentence using the word nevertheless. (Bonus if it is about Beetle.)


“Vocabulary , 10/15.” (14p)  * = AW.


  1. _____ “Where’s the ‘Any’ key?”
  2. _____ (Bonus for this guy’s name.)
  3. _____
  4. _____ (Bonus for what this type of bandage is called. Further bonus if you actually spell the word correctly.)
  5. (2) Which two vocabulary words this week have prefixes that mean not?
  6. The codeine in your cough syrup is a ______ of the same plant that is used to make heroin.
  7. Their relationship was rather _____, with many ups, downs, and in-betweens over the years.
  8. Which vocabulary word has a prefix that means again?
  9. Unlike the Socs, the greasers were considered to be _______ characters
  10. The carpenter we hired to build the shed was very ______; it was a well-built shed.
  11. Give an example of a derivative of the word child.
  12. *_____   13.*(un)_____


The Midwife’s Apprentice.

  1. Do a 1-1-1-1 for chapter 2 “The Cat.”
  2. Read chapter 3 “The Midwife” and DO ONLY THE CURIOSITY QUESTION for chapter 3.
  3. Read chapter 4 and be prepared for the quiz tomorrow.
  4. If finished with all that, do you SMYK’s and/or Your EC Vocab.


Monday, 10/14: Homework, AW’s, Click and Debrief Test #8, TMA

Copy homework into planner.
KBARR Responding is NEW and DAILY this week! 4×4 = 1+1+1+1 x 1+1+1+1.

  • 1 Summary Sentence= What happened.
  • 1 Reaction Sentence = What you thought and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • 1 Prediction Sentence = What you think will happen next and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • 1 Curiosity Question = What do you just want to know more about just because it seems kinda kewl.


“AWs, 10/14.” I know you’ve already had diminish, but I also know you have the memories of goldfish.

estimate (noun) a rough calculation
regime (noun) a government in power
displace (verb) to force from one’s home or homeland
diminish (verb) to make smaller; to become smaller
stable (adjective) not easily changed

6. (2) There is much debate about whether the United States should use its power to ____ _____(s) in other countries that are cruel to their people, or whether we should stay out of other countries’ problems.
7. Children should be raised in a _____ environment.
8. They don’t know the exact amount, but one ____ is 5 million dollars.
9. The strength of the army was greatly _____(ed) by outbreaks of disease.


Test #8:
Clicker Up: Click in the answers you marked on Friday.   Debrief.   Collect.


TMA. 1-1-1-1 after.


Friday, 10/11: Welcome Guest Teacher, Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #8

Prep sheet for Test #8:
KBAR: ___/20  
Vocabulary H/w: ___/20    
Vocabulary Practices: ___/13   ___/14   ___/12
Other Extra Credit: 




Mental Floss.

  1. What is the longest sentence in the world?
  2. How can you make the following equation correct without changing it at all? 8 + 8 = 91
  3. What property do 1, 2, 6, and 10 all have that no other whole number has?
  4. How can you add 2 to 11 and get 1 as the correct answer?
  5. How many numbers are there on a standard die?
  6. “Hannah,” said Bob, “I can poke my head through a hole this big.” He then made a hole with his thumb and index finger. The hole was no wider than a quarter. Hannah was sure she would win the bet, but Bob poked his head through the hole he made by his thumb and index finger and won the bet. How?
  7. What do all the words in this list have in common? Lead, Sow, Bass, Wind, Tear, Object (Not a trick. Hint: Say them all to yourself.)


Test #8. Doodle Theme: Time Travel!

Thursday, 10/10: Sentence Soup, Apostrophes Pretest, Vocab + Relay, TMA

Tomorrow’s Test: Apostrophes, Vocab, Outsiders, TMA. Also remember to be on your best behavior for the guest teacher tomorrow… Or else!

“Sentence Soup, 10/10.”

  • scruffy tangled the sack to the bag found in she up the scrawny orange soggy crept and cat


“Apostrophes Pretest, 10/10.” Clicker Up!

  1. _____ llama was selected for the fair.  a) Charles’  b) Charles’s  c) Charle’s   d) NOTA
  2. I got all ____ on my report card.  a) A’s  b) As  c) ‘A’s  d) NOTA
  3. The _____ lounge is usually off-limits to students. (More than one.)  a) teacher’s  b) teachers  c) teachers’s  d) teachers’  e) NOTA
  4. _____ llama is that?  a) whose  b) who’se  c) who’s  d) NOTA
  5. I think that llama is _____.   a) they’re  b) theres  c) their’s  d) theirs  e) NOTA
  6. The ____ softball team mascot is a llama.  a) women’s  b) woman’s  c) womens’s  d) NOTA
  7. I think ____ going to be OK. a) there  b) their  c) they’re  d) NOTA
  8. I saw at least five _____ in Las Vegas.   a) Elvis’s  b) Elviss  c) Elvises’  d) Elvises  e) Elvi   f) NOTA
  9. The ______ live next door to us.  a) Jones  b) Joneses  c) Jones’  d) Jones’s  e) NOTA
  10. The _____ was the best decade for music.   a) 70’s  b) ’70’s  c) 70s  d) ’70s  e) NOTA


“Vocab, 10/10.”
blog-content bunny 

  1. ______
  2. ______
  3. ______ (Not dire.)
  4. The boy ______(ly) rode his bike into the busy street.
  5. The lawyer’s argument was so _____ the jury acquitted his client.
  6. The clown _____(tion) filled the parking lot with tiny cars.
  7. compelling : boring :: rare: _____
  8. “Now, now, don’t be ______. Speak up!”
  9. Most stores these days don’t ____ over the price.
  10. His _____ facade hid a very dangerous person.
  11. gossipy : discreet :: safe : ______
  12. The only noun on the list: ______





The Midwife’s Apprentice.  Takes place ca. 1300.

What’s a midwife?
What’s an apprentice?
What was life like in 1300? We’re going to find out.


After each chapter (usually) we will stop and do a 1-1-1-1:
1 summary sentence, 1 reaction sentence, 1 prediction, 1 curiosity question.

  • Summary = What happened.
  • Reaction = What you thought and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • Prediction = What you think will happen next and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • Curiosity Question = What do you just want to know more about just because it seems kinda kewl.