Friday, 9/2: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #2, 3-Day Weekend

Prep sheet for Test #2:
Adjectives: ___/9  ___/5   ___/5
KBAR total for the week: KBAR: ___/40 
Vocabulary Homework: ____/20
Vocabulary Practices: ___/12  ___/12  ___/12
Other Extra Credit: Period 3 claims +3 for Vocab Relay.


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.
Please Note: Choose E for #5. None of the answers is correct, so make sure you pick E.

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!



Thursday, 9/1: “Slang” Due, Adjectives, Vocabulary + Relay, Show not Tell, Outsiders

Please put your Slang Paragraph in my assistant’s basket.
Thank. You.

Tomorrow’s Test: Adjectives, Vocabulary, Outsiders, Husker Du?

“Adjectives, 9/1.” (5p) Adjective or not?

  1. A savvy Kal-El  knew just what to do. (Solo Bonus: who is Kal El?)
  2. The running criminal was finally tackled.
  3. The running criminal was finally tackled.
  4. “He liked fights, blondes, and for some unfathomable reason, school.”
  5. “He liked fights, blondes, and for some unfathomable reason, school.”

“Vocabulary, 9/1.” (12p) Write the word. #10 is NOT a vocab or SAW word.


  1. _____ (Be prepared to explain why.)
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. laugh : happy :: _____ : hurt
  5. I tried to act cheerful, but it was just a __. I was really depressed inside.
  6. If you make the Scholar List you are a part of the educational _______.
  7. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still ______(ed) me.
  8. (2) After ______(ing) the video of the crash, the authorities concluded that pilot error was a ______ in the accident.
  9. It would be ironic for a pilot to be scared of heights.   True / False
  10. The root cred, as in incredulous and incredible, means to _______.
  11. Wow! That was a(n) ____ roller coaster!!  a) awesome  b) incredulous  c) aloof  d) ironic  e) cheese




Next Writing Assignment:

“Don’t tell us that the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.”
-Samuel Clemens

cool, pretty, fun, scary, weird, ugly
What does each of these things LOOK like?

These are actually opinions, NOT descriptions! (Yes, I know they are technically adjectives.)
What’s “cool” to you could be “gross” to me or your mom!
You need to show us what this looks, sounds, tastes, smells, feels like!

Describe in detail what this might LOOK/SOUND like:
Compare two examples

“My Room is Such a Mess” due next Thursday, 9/8.
Show me the most nightmarish room imaginable. I want to feel, see, hear, taste (ewww), smell everything.
1 page (350+ words), ink, ndp, title, mess(y), gross, disgusting, dirty, stinky, etc.


The Outsiders!

  • setting?
  • point of view?
  • conflict?

Read on.

Friday, 8/26: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #1

Homies: Fire Drill! Slightly shorter schedule.


Prepare sheet for Test #1. Look in your notebook for your warm ups this week. Vocabulary Homework: ____/20
Warm Ups: 8-23____/12   8-24:____/12   8-25:___/12
Other Extra Credit:

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 AND Click. Click AND Circle. Circle them all, then Click. However you want to do it; just make sure you do BOTH!
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 get extra credit.
2) Trackword –  Read the directions!
3) Read something.
4) Nap. Just don’t snore.
5) Stare blankly (and silently) into space.