Friday, 2/21: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #23

Prep Sheet for Test #23:

KBARR and Extra Credit is all I need!

Mental Floss.

  1. Serena needed to go to the store to buy some ingredients to cook with. She started writing them down: butter, milk, eggs, duct tape, cashews, toilet paper, oranges, vinegar, lemon juice…     What was Serena making?
  2. Why can’t a man marry his brother’s wife’s mother-in-law? (Assume she’s not dead.)
  3. How many numbers between 1 and 799 can be divided by 2? (Alert: Math!)
  4. What color is represented by this “word”  BRLEUDE
  5. Wacky Wordy:   CLOU__ __
  6. An infinite number of mathematicians are standing at a counter ordering root beer. The first asks the man for half a pint of root beer, the second for a quarter pint, the third an eighth, and so on. How many pints of root beer will the man need to fulfill all mathematicians’ orders? (Alert: math.)


Test #23. Doodle Theme: A PERFECT Life for ALL.


Thursday, 2/20: Spelling + Bee, Commas, Vladek

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling (just like today), Commas (just like today), Husker Du (S/CD/CX), Vladek.

“Spelling, 2/20.” 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


Spelling Bee! How far will your class get before it makes a mistake?

  • Best ratio of correct/not correct wins! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.


Correct Top Part of Commas Sheet. Make sure you have your sheet tomorrow for the test!


“Commas, 2/20.” 1-6: Choose A-I for the comma rule needed for each sentence.  I = No commas needed.  Use your pink sheet. 7-10: Choose the correct comma combo. You may write the LETTER.

  1. I asked my BFF the llama with the big ears what she wanted for lunch.
  2. This easy fun exercise will help you with your llama woes.
  3. Rachel Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.
  4. I didn’t want to wake you up until I had to.
  5. She wanted to tame the wild llama but it was too much for her.
  6. Zoltan that llama doesn’t belong there!
  7. As the llama goddess she regulated the course of the heavenly bodies and controlled the alternating seasons.  a) llama,  goddess, bodies,  b) goddess,  c) goddess, bodies,  d) goddess, regulated,  bodies,  e)  OK as is.  f) NOTA
  8. There was no question that the llama’s painting a huge colorful and ugly mural was the worst entry in the art exhibit. a) question, painting, huge, colorful,   b) painting, huge, colorful, mural,   c) huge,  colorful,  d) huge, colorful, mural,    e) OK as is.   f) NOTA
  9. Sid waited for the llama to arrive so he could get a ride in his hot new Camaro.  a) arrive,  b) arrive, ride,  c) arrive, hot,  d) OK as is.  e) NOTA
  10. Because the llama missed the bus he was late for his very important appointment.  a) Because,  b) bus,  c) bus,  very,  d) OK as is.  e) NOTA



Finish Vladek and Discuss:

  1. Art Spiegelman has said that the final page of Maus II really has at least three endings. With your group, discuss what stories they might be endings of. Be ready to point out which panels or images end each story.
  2. When MAUS was published, the Washington Post said, “…impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics.”  What do you think about that? Do you think it’s true? Could MAUS have been anything but a comic and been as powerful?  Why or why not?

Wednesday, 2/19: Spelling, Commas, SRI

“Spelling Practice, 2/19.” (7)

  1. Dally was Johnny’s _____.
  2. Do you understand the ____(s) of dividing fractions.
  3. The word ____ comes from the French word for body.
  4. Please check the ____ number on the device you are trying to get help with.
  5. (3) ____ books have been sitting ____ for a long time; I hope ____ coming back soon.

Correct Pink Sheet

“Commas, 2/19.” (10) Put ’em where they go by writing the word that comes before + the comma. Like this: sea,
Also write (A-H) which rule you followed to place the commas. Some sentences may need more than one comma for more than one reason. If no commas are needed, write NA.

  1. Lloyd the llama author of a best-selling book and renowned rocket scientist was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Poetry.
  2. The llama that she rode to the wedding looked very pretty.
  3. Please no smoking food or beverages in the classroom!
  4. Sid waited for the llama to arrive so he could get a ride in his hot Camaro.
  5. We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!



Get a Chromebook. Log in. Open Chrome. Come here to


Click the blue RI icon. Follow the directions.


Here is the chart of YEAR-END Proficiency Ranges.


If you finish early, work on Pink Sheet, 600 words, or reading ahead in Vladek.

Tuesday, 2/18: Homework, Spelling, AW’s, Debrief Test #22, 600 Words, Vladek

Copy homework into planner. Prep Commas Homework Sheet.

“Spelling 2/18.”(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.)

“AW’s, 2/18.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. They say nothing is _____ except death and taxes.
  7. There is now a(n) ________ of 500 inches of snow in the Sierras.
  8. The roots of this word mean “against to say.”
  9. The roots of this word mean “out to hold.”
  10. The prefix of this word means “hand.”

Debrief Test #22. Hrrmmm. Better…



Friday, 2/14: Paperwork, Mental Floss, “Test” #22, Turn in Interviews

Prep sheet for Test #22.

Add up all your Bonus Credit for the week.

I’ma come for KBARR.

When you are finished with the test, finish, proofread, creatively title, and share your interview with me. THEN you may doodle, Trackword, etc…

If your Chromie is below 50%, plug it back in!


Mental Floss.

  1. Try to figure out the noun or adjective that is common to all the items each group.
    • a) person, clock, cliff
    • b) feather,  torch,  low-calorie
    • c) fishing rod, actor, checkout counter
  2. The following not only describes a famous monument, but is an anagram for its name. What is it?
    Built to Stay Free.
  3. Cross out six letters and you’ll find an easy word. What is the word?  SBAIXNLETATNERSAS
  4. A donkey behind another donkey,
    I’m behind that second donkey,
    But there is a whole nation behind me.
    It is a murder you can describe in a word: ______
  5. For each, find a three-letter word that ends the first word and begins the second word.
    a) birth _ _ _ light       b) knock _ _ _ line


TEST #22


Don’t forget your CONCLUSION.


I was very thankful to be able to hear more about my grandpa’s past.   [No Way?! Really?!?]

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I had a lot of fun doing the interview, but to my mom she thought I was being awkward around grandma. I learned from grandma that life can have it’s ups and downs, but if you work hard and meet new people, you can start a good relationship with friends and family. My grandma also gives pretty good advice for mostly anything which I really love about her.



“Elder Interview”  (Hrrmmm.)

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“My Grandpa and his Jealous Chihuahua”   (LOL)