Wednesday, 5/8: Spelling + Bee, Vocab + Relay, Tom Sawyer

Tomorrow’s Test: What? Already? Spelling, Vocabulary, Tom Sawyer

“Spelling, 5/8.” (8) For 1-4, write the wrong one correctly or write “all correct” if they are.

  1. a) scissers  b) fragile  c) congestion  d) all correct
  2. a) digestion  b) infraction  c) insision d) all correct
  3. a) insignia  b) critique  c) hypocrit d) all correct
  4. a) decisive  b) designate,  c) criticism d) all correct
  5. “breakable” = _____
  6. “Cut away ish” =_____
  7. (2) “judgement” = _____

Spelling Bee. All words so far are included! Highest percent accuracy = Winner! 75% accuracy to receive extra credit.

“Vocabulary, 5/8.” gratify, cacophony, wreak, rapt, effusive, nigh, saunter, conjecture, vogue, pliable

  1. Tom went behind the limestone “waterfall” in order to use his candle to light it up to _____ Becky.
  2. A zero ____(s) much more damage on your grade than just an F.
  3. Young brains are very ____ and can be easily influenced.
  4. The end of the school year is ____; please don’t give up now.
  5. After Cherry told Dally to get lost, he just smiled and ____(ed) away.
  6. Batman’s butler Alfred is not a very _____ person. He is always very calm and reserved.
  7. In Tom’s day, the _____ was to wear shoes with the toes curled up.
  8. There was much _____ in Tom’s school about what was in the Master’s mysterious book.
  9. With dozens of little kids playing and screaming, the birthday party was rather _____(ous).
  10. The boys were ____ as Tom explained his marvelous plan.
  11. The roots of this word mean “foldable.”
  12. The roots of this word mean “jumbled sound.”
  13. The roots of this word mean “together throw thing.”
  14. The roots of this word mean “to pour out.”

Vocab Relay. True/False Stylie.

  1. Cacophony would be rather calming to most people.
  2. Wreak is usually used in a negative way.
  3. If were in a hurry, you would saunter.
  4. Transfixed and rapt are similar in meaning.
  5. If it is Wednesday, Thursday is nigh.
  6. The top of your desk is pliable.
  7. Alyce (Beetle) was very effusive with her emotions.
  8. The root of the word conjecture means “to throw.”
  9. Vaping is very vogue right now.
  10. Most people would be gratified to win the lottery.
  11. There will probably be cacophony at the end of the last day of school.
  12. A’s wreak destruction on your grade.
  13. People usually get effusive at things like weddings and funerals.
  14. Most people would be rapt watching someone saunter.
  15. Gymnasts’ bodies must be pliable.

Tom Sawyer Quiz. (6)

  1. (slang) “slathers” = “a raft” (p158) a) True.  b) False.
  2. (slang) “comb a body” =  smother you with love  (p160)  a) True.  b) False.
  3. (dialect) “shadder”  = shatter or break  (p161)  a) True.  b) False.
  4. (slang) “tackle” = attempt (p163)  a) True.  b) False.
  5. If the lawyer promised not to reveal Huck’s name, why is Huck still worried about Injun Joe? 
  6. The picture was included with chapter 24. Of whom is it a picture?  

Tuesday, 5/7: Spelling, Vocab, Tom Sawyer

Checking definitions.

“Spelling/Roots, 5/7.” Roots correction: frac/frag = to break

  1. “cut things” = _____
  2. “beneath judge person” = ____
  3. “together pile up thing” = _____
  4. “into cut thing” = _____
  5. “into mark thing” = _____

“Vocabulary, 5/7.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. When Tom testified at the trial, the audience was “______ in the ghastly fascination of the tale.”
  6. Tom and Joe _______(ed) out to the playground, and casually lit up their pipes.
  7. Although there was a lot of ______, nobody actually knew what happened.
  8. Poofy hair and big shoulder pads were in _____ for women in the mid ’80s.
  9. The court jester performed for the_____(ication) of the king.
  10. The shoes were new, so the leather was not very ____ yet.
  11. Some groups of people are preparing for the end of the world, because they think the end is _____.
  12. The hurricane _____(ed) destruction on the poor island.
  13. The sub didn’t have much control over the class, and there was quite a(n) ____ when the principal walked in.
  14. When the boys came back from “the dead,” Aunt Polly ____(ly) hugged and kissed Tom, and then embarrassed Huck by doing the same to him.


Tom Sawyer Quiz. You may write the capital letter.

  1. Which of these quotes comes from the scene in Picture 1?  a) “Why, Tom Sawyer, we wouldn’t be alive two days that got found out.”  b) “Thomas Sawyer, where were you on the seventeenth of June, about the hour of midnight?”  c) “I reckon he’s a goner.”  d) “Little hands, and weak–but they’ve helped Muff Potter a power…”  e) NOTA
  2. “Little hands, and weak–but they’ve helped Muff Potter a power, and they’d help him more if they could.” (p151) Why is this ironic?
  3. Which of these did the prosecution NOT use as evidence that Muff did it?  a) The fact that the knife was Muff’s.  b) Muff’s guilty behavior at the scene.  c) Muff washing up in the creek.  d) Injun Joe’s eyewitness account.  e) They used them all.
  4. At the beginning of the trial, what was Muff’s lawyer’s strategy for defending him? 
  5. “Tom was out late that night and came to bed through the window.” (p151)  Where did he go? 
  6. Who is the one with a club in Picture 2?

Tom Sawyer: Buried Treasure!

Friday, 5/3: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #31

Prep sheet for Test #31:
Spelling Warm Ups: ___/7  ___/7  ___/7   ___/8     Spelling Sentences: ___/10     TS Quizzes: ___/6  ___/5  ___/8
Vocab h/w: ___20    Vocab Practice: ___/12  ___/12   ___/8
Other Extra Credit: SAWs? ____  pun?____  homophones/vain?____


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. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Figure out what the animals are! (Example: a dull person  = boar.) Write the ANIMAL!
    a) first you get a parking ticket, then your car gets ____   b) hair-control foam    c) to run away or escape
  5. You have 27 marbles. You have 4 cups. You must put an odd number of marbles in each cup. How?


Test #31. Doodle Theme: Transportation.


Thursday, 5/2: Spelling, Vocab + Relay, Tom Sawyer

Assembly Schedule (3rd period). 45 minute periods.

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling (like today’s practice), Vocab + SAWs (mostly like yesterday), Tom Sawyer.

“Spelling, 5/2.” 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

Yesterday’s Spelling Bee Results:

  1. Period 1: 4 mistakes. (87% accuracy) +3
  2. Period 6: 5 mistakes. (67% accuracy)
  3. Period 2: 8 mistakes. (65% accuracy)
  4. Period 5: 11 mistakes. (63% accuracy)

“Vocab, 5/2.” diverge/converge, marked, incognito, tedious, exacting, folly, vindictive, auspicious, novice, abstain, distinct, attribute, multicultural, facilitate, economic

  1. The economy was strong; it was a(n) _____time to open a new business.
  2. Sometimes the work is _____, but it is important and it still needs to be finished. (Not exacting.)
  3. He was a _____ in the kitchen, so his first recipe didn’t come out very tasty.
  4. After their divorce, he became _____(ly) more bitter and mean. (Not vindictive.)
  5. Tom Sawyer’s pranks are simply youthful _______.
  6. During the period before Easter, you are supposed to ____ from something you enjoy.
  7. Draw a picture of two lines converging and then diverging. (What shape does it make?)
  8. * In a debate, the moderator’s role is to _____ the discussion by asking appropriate questions.


Tom Sawyer. (8p) You may write the CAPITAL letter.

  1. How did the boys get back from the island?
  2. “It ain’t much — a cat does that much.” Does what? a) care. b) eat. c) dream. d) play. e) all of the above.
  3. “There must ‘a’ been an angel there.” a) Aunt Polly, about Tom’s dream. b) Aunt Polly, about how an angel must have kept Tom safe. c) Sid, about Tom’s dream.  d) The minister, about the boys’ adventure.  e) NOTA.
  4. What makes Tom feel like the “guiltiest of villains”? a) Fooling the whole town. b) Getting hugged by Aunt Polly. c) When Sid doesn’t believe him. d) Stealing all the stuff they took to the island. e) NOTA.
  5. Why does Tom think he can do without Becky now? a) He likes Amy Lawrence better anyway. b) He was so popular now after his return. c) He’s tired of her being so fickle. d) He’s found someone new. e) NOTA.
  6. Which one of these is NOT Alfred Temple? a) The boy Becky tries to make Tom jealous with. b) The kid Tom beat up in Chapter 1. c) Becky’s previous boyfriend. d) The boy Becky says this to: “Go away and leave me alone, can’t you? I hate you!” e) He is all of these.
  7. Why does Becky dump Alfred? a) Because he’s boring. b) Because he’s mean. c) Because he’s too nice. d) Because Tom hates him. e) NOTA.
  8. What makes Aunt Polly forgive Tom for lying about his “dream”?

Chapter 20. Tom is “noble”!

Wednesday, 5/1: Spelling + Bee, Vocab, Tom Sawyer

“Spelling, 5/1.” (7)

  1. (3) He saluted the _____, who had been in the Marine _____ for 25 years, and who was the ______ reason behind he himself becoming a Marine.
  2.  (2) it is : ___ :: who owns : ___
  3. antagonist : protagonist :: villain : _____
  4. John murdered the Cheerios and then he offed the Captain Crunch and then he snuffed out the Wheaties. John is a _______ killer. Get it? This is a joke on which pair of words? (Bonus: What kind of joke is it?)

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

  • All 19 words spelled correctly = +3, 18 = + 2, 17 = +1.  Every 5 past 19 = +1.
  • If no class reaches 17, the class with the highest number gets +2.
  • You have 3 minutes to study up.

“Vocabulary, 5/1.” Once each. One SAW.

  1. “Two roads ____(ed) in a yellow wood…” I took the one less traveled by.
  2. During the period before Easter, you are supposed to ____ from something you enjoy.
  3. The A he received on the first test was a(n) _______ beginning to the quarter.
  4. The morning after Doc Robinson’s murder, the entire town ____(ed) on the scene of the crime.
  5. After he started studying for the tests, he saw a _____ increase in his grade.
  6. His fake nose and mustache combo was a pathetic attempt to go ______.
  7. Since they believed Injun Joe had sold his soul to Satan, they thought it would be ______ to mess with him.
  8. (2) It was a little____ to watch the _____ practice the same basic move over and over.
  9. (2) As Examination Day approached, Mr. Dobbins grew more and more _____, and was ______ about punishing any wrong answer. (The order matters.)
  10. *In the interview, he _____(ed) all his success to listening to his 7th grade English teacher.

Tom Sawyer. (5p)

  1. In the third paragraph of chapter 17, what does it mean when it says Becky “soliloquized”?
  2. Which of these is the caption that was under this illustration in the original edition?  a) “It’s a Miracle!”  b) “Poor Huck”  c) “The Dead Boys”  d) “Tom’s Proudest Moment”  e) “Trouble is Coming”
  3. (2) “Well, Tom Sawyer, he licked me once.” (p 118b, 109w) Why did this person say this? Why was no one impressed?
  4. In the second-to-last paragraph of ch. 17, what does Mark Twain mean by the word “sold”?



Tom Sawyer: I saw it all in a dream! Becky and Tom break up AGAIN! Chapter 18-19.

Tuesday, 4/30 (26): Vocabulary, Husker Du, Tom Sawyer, Spelling Pretest?!

Bonus Homophones:
Spell all three correctly for +3!
Bonus #2: (2) The roots of the word homophone mean _____  _____.

“Spelling Pretest, 4/30.” (9)

  • Number your paper 1-9. Listen and spell each word correctly. Trade and grade.

“Spelling Practice, 4/30.” (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.

“Vocabulary, 4/30.”  Once each including diverge/converge. The last one is a SAW.

Tom Sawyer Quiz.

  1. (2) The boys had two reasons to be thankful after the big storm. What were they? (Not “they weren’t dead.”)
  2. What made it an “extremely satisfactory day” playing Indians?
  3. (2) “Two of the savages almost wished they had remained pirates.”
  4. How did Tom keep the the boys from leaving the island when they got homesick?

Chapter 17: Pirates at their own funeral!