Monday, April 30, 2012


  • Root Word Activity (10 per day for Meets score.  Quiz on Friday.  If you remember 90% of the words, you'll ACE it.  
  • Read for 1/2 hour...focus on your memoir this week
  • Characterization Sheet:  7T only.   PLease begin the sketch of Mr. Pottle and list 2-3 traits on the sheet
Math:  pg 303 #22-34
Social Studies:  page 137 # 1, 2; finish final draft of narrative if not already done
Science: question packet and new vocabulary
Other:  music- begin Jazz research

Thursday, April 26, 2012


  • Read for 1/2 hour
  • Have your "peculiar, interesting" person in mind
  • Complete the "Characterization" sheet:  7L only.
Math: page 306 #1-11
Science:  7L-carpal tunnel questions
                7T- vocab for central nervous system due Monday
Social Studies:  final draft of Narrative due Friday

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Homework- Wed. 4/25

Science: 7L- none  7T- do questions 1-7 on worksheet
Math - worksheet
ELA- read for 30 minutes
SS- work on Narrative- be ready for peer or teacher conference tomorrow

The District Speech Contest will be held at 6:00 p.m., Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Come support Lauren who earned 1st place today at the School Contest.  Congratulations, Lauren.   Notes may be used at this level but are encourage memorize as much as possible. Lauren, you should arrive by 5:30 p.m.

The regional contest will be held at 6:00 p.m., Bangor Christian School, on 1476 Broadway in Bangor, Thursday, May 10, 2012. The top 2 students from the district contest will compete at this event. These speeches must be memorized, as notes are not allowed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


  • Read for 1/2 hour at home
  • Extra Credit: Optional! Research a bit about the Greek god Chronos. Take a few notes. Tomorrow be prepared to share with your class. You could toss a slide show together if you are so inclined.
  • Complete your WN list of people you know
Math: page 301 #14-16- for d use bottom of graph for x-axis
Social Studies: be ready for peer conferences in class tomorrow
Science: question 7 on page 176

Our school speech contest is tomorrow! Yay! Best wishes for Karli, Casey, Danielle, and Lauren!! Haley is our alternate!!

Contest begins at 8:30ish.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids.

Watch Adora deliver her speech.

  • her voice and expression
  • her rate of speaking
  • her use of drama
  • her use of her face...her body...hands...her body language
  • her poise...Does she look relaxed, confident, convincing?

Monday April 23rd Homework

Science: none
ELA: read 30 minutes; practice for speech contest if you are a finalist
Math: pages 300-301 #1-10
SS: 1st draft of narrative due by the end of class Tuesday

Friday, April 13, 2012

Crazy but beautiful, the language we speak!

The English Plurals -by George Carlin

The English Plural
according to ....

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes;
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese;
(there's more!)
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen ?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet ?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth ?

Then one may be that, & three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose;
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother & also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his & him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis & shim !
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England.

We take English for granted,
but if we explore its paradoxes,
We find that quicksand can work slowly,
boxing rings are square;
A guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
Why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing,
Grocers don't groce & hammers don't ham ?

Doesn't it seem crazy that ...
you can make amends but not one amend ?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends ...
and get rid of all but one of them,
What do you call it ?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught ?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables,
what does a humanitarian eat ?
Sometimes I think all people who speak English
Should be in an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what other language do people recite at a play,
and play at a recital ?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship ...
We have noses that run & feet that smell;
We park in a driveway & drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance & a fat chance be the same,
while a wise man & a wise guy are opposites ?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
in which your house can burn up as it burns down;
In which you fill in a form by filling it out,
& in which an alarm goes off by going on.
And in closing ....
If Father is Pop ....
how come Mother's not Mop ? ? ? ?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


  • Deliver your speech 3x at home.
  • Record yourself-Watch it with a family member or peer to gain insight on your recorded speech. Photo Booth is the program to use for your recording.
  • Tomorrow you will deliver your speeches in the same group.
  • Use the Speech Checklist to help you know what a good speech looks and sounds like.
Math: vocab 108-114

Science: review paper

Social Studies: none

Other: bring permission slips for Ryan's Story back by Friday.

Monday, April 9, 2012


  • memoir choice?
  • Write Comment on this Post about your Memoir. See sample.
  • Read for 1/2 hour tonight
  • Practice reading your Introduction with flair!
  • You'll deliver your speech tomorrow for practice...small group
  • multiple choice, t/f, concept mastery 1, 3, 4, 6, 8
  • test on Thursday
  • vocab 95-107 due Tuesday
  • do even questions on worksheet for extra practice
SS: 5-3 worksheet

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday's Homework

ELA: watch video and comment (see thursday), work on speech 30 minutes and read 30 minutes
Science: questions on page 42 and 44
Math: vocab 95-107 due Tuesday
SS: answer question 5 on page 127

Thursday, April 5, 2012


  • Classroom Speeches: Round 2 due tomorrow. Transitions added.
  • Read for 1/2 hour tonight.
  • Writer's Notebook: Narrative Pyramid due (round 1)
  • Watch the video below before Monday.
    Please leave a Comment: In friendly letter form, write to your classmates. State how you would score her speech for Content and Delivery. Use a four point scale. Support your scores with details.


Science: answer questions on anabolic steriods
Math: page 259 #47-57
SS: page 127 # 3, 4, 6

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 4th homework

ELA- continue working on speech, narrative pyramid, read for 30 minutes
Science- finish questions 9a, b, c
Math- page 161 #17-28
SS- read section 5-2 (pages 123-127)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 3rd Homework

  • work on Speech
  • Read for 30 minutes
Science: none

Math: page 253 #22-24

SS- none

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2nd Homework

ELA: work on speech, read for 30 minutes, work on Narrative Pyramid
Science: read pages 37-42
Math: 1-20 on A+ math worksheet
SS: finish summary paragraph for section 5-2

Play Pumps

Here is a Youtube video about the Play Pumps that were mentioned in class.