Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!  Be safe.

Debate Permission Slip (Debate Team Only)

Science
Your take-home quiz is due tomorrow.
You have a quiz on radioactive decay tomorrow.  Review your notes, homework, and pages 135-138 in your textbook.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Homework Number 2-4 (10/28/2016)
Debate Permission Slip (Debate Team Only)

1. Our trip to High Rock is on Monday.  Please dress for the weather.

2. Extra Credit (for Mr. Parise): You will earn an automatic grade of 100 for submitting an essay on the following topic by Monday: "Is the United States the Land of Liberty?"  

The winner of the contest will be presented with a certificate and a gift card.

Math
Buckle Down Book
page 52, numbers 44-49


Science
Read the “Applying Science” box on page 138.  Complete “Identifying the Problem” and “Solving the Problem” (1 and 2).  Show all of your work.

Please complete the take-home quiz on superposition.

Quiz Tuesday: radioactive decay

ELA
If you have not finished the new version of your plot diagram, it must be done by Monday.

On loose-leaf, write the first and last lines of your story.  Skip lines.

Bring in two new pocket folders.

Social Studies
Explain both of the quotations from today’s class.  Restate each quotation in your own words and explain why you agree with one of them more than the other.  (Write one paragraph.)

Thomas Hobbes:  “People are naturally nasty and brutish.  We need a strong government to prevent constant violence and chaos.”  

John Locke:  “People are not naturally good or bad. We become who we are as a result of our decisions and our experiences.  A government’s job is not to control us but to protect our rights and freedoms.”  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Homework Number 2-3 (10/27/2016)

Math
Complete the worksheet on complex fractions.

Science
Please reread the top of page 137 and then copy the graph on the top right of the page into your notebook.  Use a ruler and be sure to neatly label all of the parts.  


In your own words, describe what happens during the process of radioactive decay.  Use the graph to support your writing. (Write one paragraph.)

ELA
You have no new homework tonight.

Social Studies
Essay Question: “What challenges did the colonists face in the early American colonies?”

Your essay is due on Friday:

  1. Cover with title, name, and class
  2. Published piece (100 points)
  3. Draft (25 points)
  4. Planning page (25 facts)
  5. Research sheet --10 facts (50 points)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Homework Number 2-2 (10/26/2016)

Debate Permission Slip (Debate Team Only)

Math
You have no new homework tonight.

Science
Read pages 135-138 in your textbook.  Use the text to write definitions for the following terms in your science dictionary:
Absolute age (should already be in your dictionary)
6. radioactive decay
7. half-life
8. parent isotope
9. daughter product
10. radiometric dating

ELA
In your notebook: Based on the lessons we've completed in class, what are six things your short story should be graded on?  Explain in a paragraph.

Social Studies
Essay Question: “What challenges did the colonists face in the early American colonies?”

Your essay is due on Friday:

  1. Cover with title, name, and class
  2. Published piece (100 points)
  3. Draft (25 points)
  4. Planning page (25 facts)
  5. Research sheet --10 facts (50 points)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Homework Number 2-1 (10/25/2016)

Debate Permission Slip (Debate Team Only)

Math

Science
Read pages 128-133.  Answer questions 1,2, and 5 on page 133 in your notebook.  Write as many sentences as you need to answer each question.

Please add the following words to your science dictionary if you have not done so already.
1. relative dating: putting layers of rock in order (oldest to youngest or youngest to oldest) without figuring out the exact age in years
2. strata: layers of rock
3. stratigraphy: the study of layers of rocks (allowing you to figure out the relative age of rocks)
4. absolute age: the exact age of something (in years)

  1. principle of superposition: the oldest layers of rock are on the bottom and the rocks get younger as you work your way up

ELA
Study the meanings of the Word Generation vocabulary words from this week and last week.

Social Studies
You should have the following items tomorrow.

  1. Ten facts on your research sheet or on loose-leaf.
  2. Your planning page with the introduction and body sections (everything except for the bottom triangle) filled in.
  3. A first draft of an introduction, written on loose-leaf.  Your heading should be at the top of the paper.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Homework Number 1-28 (10/24/2016)

Math
Complete the OOO Worksheets.
Study for the test on Wednesday.
Prepare to present your timeline.

Science
ONE: Read pages 128-129 and your class notes to help you describe the relative age of the rock layers on the bottom left of page 129. Use your class notebook for help.

(Write one paragraph in your notebook).

TWO: Please add the following words to your science dictionary if you have not done so already.
1. relative dating: putting layers of rock in order (oldest to youngest or youngest to oldest) without figuring out the exact age in years
2. strata: layers of rock
3. stratigraphy: the study of layers of rocks (allowing you to figure out the relative age of rocks)
4. absolute age: the exact age of something (in years)

  1. principle of superposition: the oldest layers of rock are on the bottom and the rocks get younger as you work your way up

ELA
Use each of today's vocabulary words in a sentence.  Complete this work in your vocabulary notebook.

Social Studies
705: You are only required to complete the introduction section (top triangle) of the graphic organizer.  Come to class with a strong thesis, ready to work.  Catch up on the homework from Friday, which will be graded when I collect your essay.  Right now, most of you have a zero.


Essay Question: “What challenges did the colonists face in the early American colonies?”

Complete your writing plan and bring it to class tomorrow  (50 points).  Please use the handout.  Remember to cite your sources.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Homework Number 1-27 (10/21/2016)

Math
Complete the Test Preview sheet (two pages).
You have a test on integers this coming Tuesday.
Your timeline is due on Monday.

Science
Read pages 120-127 in your science textbook and answer questions 1-3 in your notebook.

ELA
Please complete the character development sheet (from yesterday) about an enemy of your main character.  Write in your notebook.

Social Studies
Use the textbook (skim pages 72-87), your class notes, and the book you selected today to identify challenges faced by colonists in North America.  List 10 specific challenges in your notebook.  Cite the source for each challenge. (Use the worksheet I gave you in class.)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homework Number 1-26 (10/20/2016)

Math
1. Review all rules for positive and negative numbers.
2. Complete the worksheets on mixed and signed numbers.
3. Integer Test on Tuesday
4. Timeline due Monday

Science
Your acid rain research paper is due tomorrow:

  1. Cover
  2. Published piece
  3. Draft
  4. Planning page

ELA
You have no new homework tonight.

Social Studies
Read pages 70-71 in your textbook.  
Please answer questions 1-3 on page 71.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Homework Number 1-25 (10/19/2016)

Math
Integer  test on Tuesday.
Complete the sheet on Fractions with Signed Numbers.

Science
The final copy of your science report on acid rain is due Friday:
  • cover
  • published piece
  • draft 
  • planning page
(Scroll down for more detailed instructions.)

Quiz tomorrorw on erosion  (Study your science dictionary and the two handouts.)


ELA
What lesson does "The Pale Man" have in common with "The Monkey's Paw"?  Explain in a paragraph with evidence.

Social Studies
Read pages 78-81 in your textbook.  Examine the green “Primary Source” box on page 79 and answer the two questions.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Homework Number 1-24 (10/18/2016)

Math
Complete All Operations with Integers worksheet.
Your timeline is due on Friday.
Test Tuesday: Integers

Science
  1. Use pages 101-109 of your textbook to help you complete pages 37-39 of your workbook.
The material on these sheets is on your quiz. (You probably did most of this work during class.)


  1. Add the following words to your Science Dictionary:
19. erosion, 20. mass movement, 21. creep, 22. slump, 23. glacier, 24. deflation, 25. abrasion 26. runoff, 27. stream

Quiz Thursday: (Fill in the blank vocabulary) Study the material from workbook pages 37-39 and your science dictionary

Your Acid Rain Research Report is due on Friday (cover, published piece,draft, and planning page.) Detailed instructions and a rubric are found below.

NOTE: You may continue to work on the draft of your acid rain research paper (see below) if you have time, but you WILL NOT receive a zero if you do not have the draft completed by tomorrow.


Science Essay Rubric
20 points: Your essay is written in paragraphs and follows a clear plan of organization.  You skillfully       addressed the entire task.
20 points: Your essay uses content vocabulary in a meaningful way.
20 points: Your essay is neat and complete (including a cover).
20 points: Your essay includes clear evidence of editing, revising, and rewriting.

20 points: Your essay demonstrates attention to spelling and writing conventions.


You may use any website that you find useful.  Try doing a Google search.  End your search with the words “for kids”  (example: “acid rain for kids”).

Sample Writing Plan:

  1. (Paragraph 1) Introduction: Introduce the topic, give background, and make a claim/thesis.
  2. (Paragraph 2) Body 1: Explain what acid rain is and how it is damaging the monument or building you are studying
  3. (Paragraph 3) Body 2: (Challenge/Optional) Give a more detailed description of the science behind chemical weathering and acid rain.
  4. (Paragraph 4) Body 3: Discuss what could be done to protect or restore the monument that you are studying.
  5. (Paragraph 5) Conclusion: Restate your claim/thesis, restate the most important points, and write a closing sentence.



ELA
Copy Word Gen vocabulary and definitions into your vocabulary notebook.

Social Studies
Read pages 54-57 in your textbook.  


Write a paragraph that describes the challenges faced by settlers in an American colony.  Use evidence from the Settler Game (from class) and your textbook to support your writing.

Quiz tomorrow: 20 states, 7 continents, 5 oceans, and early exploration (draw lines showing the path of the explorers)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Homework Number 1-23 (10/17/2016)

Math
1. Accentuate the Negative
page 69, number 25, letters a-j

2. Please complete the Division Integer Worksheet.

Science
Writing Assignment: “How is acid rain damaging the world’s monuments and what can people do to stop this process?”  A draft for this assignment is due on Wednesday.  Type or write on loose-leaf.

Reread page 112 in your textbook.  Please complete your writing plan (on the sheet provided) for your Acid Rain Research Paper.  You must attempt to plan each section.  Use the guide below for help.



You may use any website that you find useful.  Try doing a Google search.  End your search with the words “for kids”  (example: “acid rain for kids”).

Sample Writing Plan:

  1. (Paragraph 1) Introduction: Introduce the topic, give background, and make a claim/thesis.
  2. (Paragraph 2) Body 1: Explain what acid rain is and how it is damaging the monument or building you are studying
  3. (Paragraph 3) Body 2: (Challenge/Optional) Give a more detailed description of the science behind chemical weathering and acid rain.
  4. (Paragraph 4) Body 3: Discuss what could be done to protect or restore the monument that you are studying.
  5. (Paragraph 5) Conclusion: Restate your claim/thesis, restate the most important points, and write a closing sentence.

Quiz Thursday: Erosion of Earth's Surface (Study classwork and homework each day.)

ELA
Explain in a well-written paragraph in your classwork notebook what our Word Gen article for this week has to do with America being the "Land of Liberty."

Social Studies

Use pages 38-51 of your textbook to help you construct a Timeline of Exploration.  (Use this as your title.)  Include at least five dates.  Under your timeline, please summarize the information about exploration in a paragraph. This homework should be completed on graph paper.

Map Quiz on Wednesday: 20 states and early exploration
(Draw lines to show where the explorers came from.)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Homework Number 1-22 (10/14/2016)

Math
Complete the worksheet on multiplying integers (column 1 and 2 sign only, complete column 3, and column 4 is extra credit.)


Science

  1. Read page 112 of your textbook.  Pick one of the monuments listed or a different monument of your choice.   (Write down the name of the monument.)
  2. In a paragraph, describe the way that acid rain damages monuments.  Use evidence from the text.

ELA
On a sheet of loose-leaf paper.  Use the vocabulary words from the "Monkey's Paw" and the "Pale Man" in sentences.

Social Studies
Read “Forced Labor” on page 50.  Describe the way that Native Americans were treated on Spanish plantations.  Then, write a paragraph that includes evidence from the text.


Quiz Wednesday: early exploration and 20 states

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homework Number 1-21 (10/21/2016)

Math
Blue Book
page 89, numbers 5-16, 35

Please complete the worksheet on Integers.

The timelines are due on Monday.

Science
We want to test two types of soil to see which soil is best for growing bean plants.  Identify the following:

  1. The investigation/science question
  2. The independent variable
  3. The dependent variable
  4. Three constants

ELA
Why do you think the narrator of "The Pale Man" was sent away to the hotel?  Support your answer with two text details.  Please write in your notebook.

Social Studies
Read pages 46-47 in your textbook.  
  1. Who conquered the Aztec Empire?  When?
  2. Who conquered the Inca Empire? When?
  3. Compare and contrast Cortes and Pizarro with Christopher Columbus.

Answer each question in your notebook.  Use as many sentences as you need.