Friday, 9/14: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #4

Prep sheet for Test #4:
KBARR: ___/40      NVA: ___/9  ___/9 ___/9     Outsiders Quiz: ___/6
Vocabulary Homework: ___/20   Vocab Practices: ___/12  ___/12  ___/12
Other Extra Credit:  Period 6 gets +3 for winning Vocab Relay. All other periods get +1 for finishing under 1 minute.


Mental Floss.

  1. Sue is both the 50th best and the 50th worst student at her school. How many students attend her school? (Not a trick, just math.)
  2. You have six sticks that are vertical on the floor like this:
    |  |  |  |  |  |
    Add five more sticks to make nine. You may not move any of the original 6 sticks.
  3. An archaeologist uncovers an ancient tomb, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.  Two, unclothed, long-dead bodies are found in the tomb.  One is an adult male, the other an adult female.  Both bodies are perfectly preserved, although dry and leathery with age.  The archaeologist takes one look and exclaims: “It’s a miracle! I have found Adam and Eve.”  How did the archaeologist know this at a glance?
  4. Here is a question on international law: If an international airliner crashed exactly on the U.S.-Mexico border, where would they be required to bury the survivors?
  5. Removing an appendix is called an appendectomy, removing tonsils is called a tonsillectomy. What is it called when they remove a growth from your head? (haha)
  6. What is the next thing in this sequence. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ____.  See if you can fill in the blank correctly.

Test #4.

Doodle Theme: FUN!


Friday, 9/7: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #3

Prep Test Sheet for Test #3. (Reload the test to get the revised version.)
KBARR: ___/30
         Vocab:  ___/6  ___/10   SMYKs: ___/6   Verbs: ___/10
Other Extra Credit:


Mental Floss.

  1. In a certain city, 5% of all persons in town have unlisted phone numbers. If you select 100 names at random from the city’s phone directory, how many of the people selected will have unlisted phone numbers?
  2. How many animals of each species did Moses take aboard the ark with  him? (Note: It asks how many animals, not how many pairs.)
  3. Using the words DROVES and NEWS write seven words using each letter once.
  4. How many times can you subtract 6 from 36? (Alert: math.)
  5. If everybody in the world jumped off a cliff, would you? Why/not? (No credit without correct reason!!)
  6. Which is smallest? nobis, nettikt, wrothag, useom, irgafef


Test #3.

You know what to do when you are finished.
Doodle Theme: Alien Invasion!


Friday, 8/31: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #2

Prep sheet for Test #2.

Adjectives: ___/5  ___/6  ___/5   KBAR: ___/40  (10 + 10 + 10 + 10)
Outsiders Quizzes: ___/6  ___/8
Vocabulary Homework: ____/20     Vocabulary Practices: ___/11  ___/12  ___/11
Other Extra Credit:
Period 2 gets +3 for “vocab relay.”
All other classes get +1 for “vocab relay.”
If you knew “Kal El” = +1.
If you knew “quadruped” = +1.


Mental Floss.

  1. A boat has a ladder hanging off the side that has six rungs. Each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15 minutes. High tide peaks in one hour. When the tide is at its highest, how many rungs are under water?
  2. Show how it is possible to name the capital of each and every one of the United States in less than a minute.
  3. Which is correct, “bigger of two halves” or “biggest of two halves”?
  4. Johnny’s mother had four children. The first was April, the second was May, and the third was June. What was the name of her fourth child?
  5. There are ten sheep walking in a straight line across a field. What numbered sheep can look back and say he is the third from the last in line?
  6. A house painter paints numbers on all the new houses in a neighborhood from 1-100. How many times does he have to paint the digit 9? (Not a trick; I’m just betting you can’t count.)


Test #2.


Finished early? Your choices:
1) Doodle – Theme: “Weird Planet.” The theme is optional; you may doodle about whatever you want. If I like it you get get extra credit.
2) Trackword. 10 words = +1, 20 = +2, etc.
3) Read something.
4) Nap. Just don’t snore.
5) Stare blankly (and silently) into space.

Have a tremendous 3-day weekend!

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