Tuesday, 12/1: Vocabulary

Historical Fiction Narrative Tip: Remember your plot diagram! Set the scene, reveal the problem, work through it, solved! (or not.)

“Warm Up, 12/1.”
You can actually see backwards in time any day or night. You don’t need any sort of contraption either.  Try to guess how.  Any semi-reasonable, complete-sentence answer gets credit. Go.

Vocabulary, 12/1.”
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. It was hard to believe that such a big voice _____(ed) from such a little girl.
  6. The fact we can shoot baskets with our used handouts means that once we use them, they are ______.
  7. He was a very ______, very confident public speaker; he never got nervous in front of a crowd.
  8. Kids who learn to be _________ are better able to cope when things go bad.
  9. “That’d be a _____. Time doesn’t permit that sort of a mess–a man meeting himself.”
  10. valuable : expendable :: hysterical : ______
  11.  “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” is an old French saying. It is also seems like an example of a(n)______.
  12. Draw picture that represents the word infinitesimal.

  13. Bonus: Turn the word paradox into an adjective by adding an ending.
  14. Bonus: Give an example that illustrates the idea of #11. Hint: Mr. Calandro is the 6th principal I have had at Laguna, but the school is still pretty much the same.



“A Sound of Thunder.”

Write a prediction for what you think the title of the story means.

Read aloud.

Monday, 11/30: Copy Homework, Vocabulary Ratings, Paradoxes, SoT

Copy homework into planner.

Go over Test #13.

If time… Paradoxes (Thanks to Wikipedia!)

“Is the answer to this question no?”


Exception paradox: if every rule has an exception, then there must be an exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.
Variation: The only rule is that there are no rules.

“Practice moderation in all things. Including moderation.”


“A Sound of Thunder”

by Ray Bradbury

“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
“Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.”

Pick one of the quotes and explain what you think he means.



Friday, 11/20: Vocab Relay, Paperwork, Test 13.

Have a great Thanksgiving vacation!
KBARBlog Makeup: If you have a KBAR score of 25/40 or less, do 4 days of reading/blogging during the break to replace that ugly score.

Vocabulary Relay. (Except per. 5: 56 seconds.)

Prep sheet for Test #13:
NVA Warm Ups: ___/3  ___/3  ___/8  ___/8
Vocabulary h/w: ___/20     Vocabulary Warm Ups: ___/11  ___/11  ___/11
Other Extra Credit: (Might include +1 for Guillermo, +1 for moss, +1 each  for extra “Although/If” sentences. Vocabulary Relay Winners get +3.)


Mental Floss8thgradeprez.

  1. Which one of the following does not belong with the others? Why? (Not a trick. Must get both parts correct.)
    binoculars, eyeglasses, goggles, handlebars, jeans, pliers, scissors, shoes, tweezers
  2. Where can you finish reading several books before you finish even one sentence?
  3. How many sides does a circle have? Explain.
  4. I have three of the same digit. Put together they make twelve. The digit is not 4. What digit is it?
  5. Their are for mestakes in this teaser. Name all the errors.
  6. What year was the above picture taken?

TEST #13.  Doodle Theme: The Ultimate Vacation!

Shoot ‘Em Up!


Thursday, 11/19: NVA, Vocabulary, MWA

Tomorrow’s Test: NVA, Vocabulary, MWA, Husker Du.
NVA Study  Tip:

  • the ____  = noun
  • Mr. Morton _____(ed).  = verb
  • We began _____ing. = verb
  • He was a ____ bear. = adjective

“Warm Up, 11/19.”

  1. Write a sentence that uses the word meddling as a noun.
  2. Write a sentence that uses the word meddling as a verb.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the word meddling as an adjective.
  4. Will might love Alyce.   N/V/Adj?
  5. We were behind, but still in the running.    N/V/Adj?
  6. Alyce has more savvy than she thinks she does.    N/V/Adj?
  7. Feel the love everybody!    N/V/Adj?
  8. I bought new running shoes.    N/V/Adj?


“Vocabulary, 11/19.”

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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. The book was a ____ of all the author’s best stories and other writings.
  6. The trail _____(ed) through the woods and then ran out.
  7. compliment : taunt :: MYOB : _____
  8. Guillermo’s project was almost finished, and then his mother started to _____ with it.
  9. Many times organizations try new things and make major changes without testing the ____ of the changes.
  10. Jane the Midwife _____(ed) into the room and quickly took charge of the situation.
  11. I never forgave her for her ______.


The Midwife’s Apprentice
Book Dedication: What does it mean?

Bonus Question: This is a large bowl of moss. What was it used for in the middle ages?

Read On!



Wednesday, 11/18: NVA? Vocabulary, MWA

“Warm up, 11/18.”

  1. Write a sentence that uses the word love as a noun.
  2. Write a sentence that uses the word love as a verb.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the word love as an adjective.
  4. You savvy pretty well.  N/V/Adj?
  5. Your mouth had better stop running.   N/V/Adj?
  6. The running of the bulls was exciting.   N/V/Adj?
  7. To pass this class you need some savvy.   N/V/Adj?
  8. He’s rich because he was a savvy investor.   N/V/Adj?


“Vocabulary, 11/18.” (11p) You will use words more than once.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. He was always very _____ about doing his homework just right every time.
  6. The holiday season is a time for _____  and for quiet family gatherings. (2?)
  7. Since there was no specific topic, the discussion _____(ed) on for hours and never got anywhere.
  8. “Will, so happy with twice the _____ he expected (from Tansy), made sure to tell everyone” about how much help Alyce was.
  9. They say that remedy works, but nobody has tested its _____ in treating a cold.
  10. Please don’t be late; leave yourself _____ time to get here before it starts. 
  11. He didn’t know how to do the job he was assigned, and he _____(ed) around for a few days before he asked for help.


The Midwife’s Apprentice
“MWA, 11/18.”

  1. Write a good sentence about chapter 12 – The Inn that begins, “Although Alyce…”
  2. Write a good sentence about anywhere in the book that begins, “If Alyce…”