Friday, October 20, 2017

Homework Number 1-29 (10/20/2017)

Math
Complete Part 2 of your Review Sheet for Integer Test.

There is a unit test on integers this Tuesday.

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


ELA
Read "Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House," by Billy Collins in the poetry packet.  Underline five unfamiliar words, find their meanings, and write them in your notebook.

Social Studies
Use your class notes, textbook (skim pages 73-87), and  information from the internet to identify challenges faced by colonists in North America.  List 10 specific challenges in your notebook.  Identify the source for each challenge.  

You may begin the body sections of your essay plan if you are ready.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Homework Number 1-28 (10/19/2017)

Math
Complete the first page of the review sheet.

The unit test on integers is now on Tuesday.

Science
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.
(Write one paragraph in your notebook).

Remember to update your science dictionary. This is not homework. Put the words in your dictionary whenever you have a chance.


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

ELA
In the poetry packet you received last week, read "Those Winter  Sundays" by Robert Hayden.  In your notebook, answer this question with a well-written paragraph:

"What is the speaker tell us about his father?  How does he feel about his father now?"

Support your answers with at least two pieces of textual evidence.

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

Complete the introduction section of your writing plan.  Be sure that you have a clear specific thesis statement.  Write the essay question on the top of the page.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Homework Number 1-27 (10/18/2017)

Math
Complete the worksheet on multiplying and dividing integers and signed numbers.
Integer Unit test on Tuesday.

Science
Read “Index Fossils” on page 125 of your textbook.  Use the charts to complete the “Explain” task in Figure 8.

ELA
Make-up night: Check Pupil Path and make up any homework or assignments you may have missed.  Due tomorrow.

Please return all lunch forms if you haven't already.

Social Studies
Read pages 72-74 in your textbook.  List and number three specific challenges (use quotes and cite the text) faced by colonists in the Southern Colonies.  (List the challenges in your notebook.)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Homework Number 1-26 (10/17/2017)

Math
Complete the worksheet on fractions and signed numbers.
Integer Unit test on Tuesday.

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

Open-dictionary vocabulary quiz tomorrow.

ELA
1. Complete the questions from Monster.  Answers are due tomorrow on loose-leaf.
2. Find a synonym and antonym for each of this week's focus words, and use these synonyms and antonyms in sentences (in notebook).

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

Map Quiz tomorrow:
World Map (4 points each)
1. Label the five oceans.
2. Label the seven continents.
3. Label the United States of America.
4. Draw a line with an arrow that starts where explorers came from and ends where they landed.

United States Map (3 points each)
1. Label 10 states that touch the Atlantic Ocean.
2. Label Canada and Mexico.
3. Label the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

4. Label the Gulf of Mexico.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Homework Number 1-25 (10/16/2017)

NOTE: Mr. Menditto has asked that all students please bring in their lunch forms if they have not already done so.

Math
Complete the worksheet on practice problems containing signed numbers.

Science
Read pages 1-3 of the Baseline Performance Task packet.  Then, calculate the averages on page 3 and complete the graph on page 4.

You will have an open-dictionary vocabulary quiz this week.  Be ready.


ELA
Complete the questions sheet for Monster.  Your answers must be written on loose-leaf.  This due on Wednesday (10/18).

Social Studies
Read pages 54-57 in your textbook.  


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

Quiz Wednesday: 10 states along the Atlantic Ocean, 7 continents, 5 oceans, and early exploration (draw lines showing the path of the explorers)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Homework Number 1-24 (10/13/2017)

Math
Complete All Operations Integer Worksheet.

Your timeline is due on Tuesday.

Science
Writing Assignment: “How is acid rain damaging the world’s monuments and what can people do to stop this process?”  This assignment is due on Monday.  Type or write on loose-leaf.  Use page 112 for help. (50 points)

acid rain link


Pick ONE of these options.
Sample Writing Plan: Two Paragraphs
  1. Identify the topic and give background about chemical weathering and erosion. (25 points)
  2. Describe what is happening to your monument and what could be done to help protect it. (25 points)


Sample Writing Plan: Essay

  1. (Paragraph 1) Introduction: Introduce the topic, give background, and make a claim/thesis. (10 points)
  2. (Paragraph 2) Body 1: Explain what acid rain is and how it is damaging the monument or building you are studying (10 points)
  3. (Paragraph 3) Body 2: Give a more detailed description of the science behind chemical weathering and acid rain. (10 points)
  4. (Paragraph 4) Body 3: Discuss what could be done to protect or restore the monument that you are studying. (10 points)
  5. (Paragraph 5) Conclusion: Restate your claim/thesis, restate the most important points, and write a closing sentence. (10 points)

ELA
Please finish Monster by Monday.

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, 7 continents, 5 oceans, 20 states


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Homework Number 1-23

Math
Complete number line timelines are due on Tuesday.

Accentuate the Negative
page 69, number 25 division problems

Science
  1. Read pages 101-109 of your textbook.


  1. Add the following words to your Science Dictionary:
mass movement


19. mass movement
20. creep
21. slump
22. glacier
23. deflation
24. abrasion
25. runoff
26. stream

"The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost



Due on Monday
Writing Assignment: “How is acid rain damaging the world’s monuments and what can people do to stop this process?”  This assignment is due on Monday.  Type or write on loose-leaf.  Use page 112 for help. (50 points)

acid rain link


Pick ONE of these options.
Sample Writing Plan: Two Paragraphs
  1. Identify the topic and give background about chemical weathering and erosion. (25 points)
  2. Describe what is happening to your monument and what could be done to help protect it. (25 points)


Sample Writing Plan: Essay

  1. (Paragraph 1) Introduction: Introduce the topic, give background, and make a claim/thesis. (10 points)
  2. (Paragraph 2) Body 1: Explain what acid rain is and how it is damaging the monument or building you are studying (10 points)
  3. (Paragraph 3) Body 2: Give a more detailed description of the science behind chemical weathering and acid rain. (10 points)
  4. (Paragraph 4) Body 3: Discuss what could be done to protect or restore the monument that you are studying. (10 points)
  5. (Paragraph 5) Conclusion: Restate your claim/thesis, restate the most important points, and write a closing sentence. (10 points)

ELA
All students must finish Monster by Monday, October 16th.

In your notebook, answer the following question: If you could, would you wish on the monkey's paw?  Explain why or why not?

Social Studies
“Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain?  Should we still celebrate Columbus Day each year?”  


On loose-leaf, prepare a short speech that answers the question.  Organize your speech like an essay:
  1. Give the topic and background
  2. Make a claim
  3. Provide evidence
  4. Explain how your evidence supports your claim
  5. Restate your claim in a conclusion
(Number each part on your loose-leaf.)

Use your research sheet (classwork: 25 points) to include evidence. Staple your speech (homework: 25 points) on top of the research sheet.  I will collect and grade both sheets.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Homework Number  1-22 (10/11/2017)

Math
Complete the worksheet on Integers.
Think about timelines.  (Pick a topic.)

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
The first draft and the published piece of yesterday's in-class writing is due tomorrow.  Make sure your published piece has a cover and the draft and the rubric are stapled on the back.

You must be finished read Monster by Monday, 10/16.

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.  The third question should be answered in a paragraph.)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Homework Number 1-21 (10/10/2017)

Math
1. Think about Timeline.
2. Blue Book: page 89, numbers 5-16 and 35
3. Complete the worksheet on Integers.

Science
Using your Investigation Design Diagram, write a clear hypothesis for the Soil Fertility Experiment (cups of soil).  Write your hypothesis in the space provided on the diagram and use the “If, then, because” format.  

Make sure that this entire diagram is filled out.  We will use it during class tomorrow.


ELA
Rewrite the essay we did in class today.  First draft and published piece (with a cover) are due on Thursday (10/12).

All students must finish reading Monster by Monday, October 16th.

Social Studies
Read “Columbus’ Diary” (on the left) and Encounter (on the right) of pages 38-40 in your packet.  Use these documents to answer the questions on page 41.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Homework Number 1-20 (10/06/2017)

Math
Buckle Down
page 22, numbers 1-4
page 23, numbers 5-12 and 21
page 24, number 29

Please finish the worksheet on Adding Integers
Science
We will plant seeds in the sand and soil cups that you prepared in class.  Based upon your observations and what you know about soil, write a paragraph that explains which cup (sand or soil) will be better for growing a bean plant from a seed. (notebook)

ELA
Read to page 180 in Monster.  Summarize your reading in a paragraph.  Please write in your notebook.

Social Studies
Your Indian/Native American project is due on Monday.  Follow the guidelines below.



Indigenous Cultures of North America Project Guidelines
By Monday of next week, you must turn in the following:
  1. A completed packet (classwork: 50 points)
  2. A one-paragraph description (draft plus published copy) of one group of North American Indians that you researched; under your writing, identify the books and websites that you used (homework: 50 points)
  3. A poster or artifact that presents an interesting display about one group of North American Indians (quiz grade: 100 points)  NOTE: I will not accept any poster on loose-leaf or computer paper.  Your poster must show obvious effort.  Make sure that your name is on the front of your poster.

Poster Rubric
25 points: clear labels and spelling
25 points: neat and attractive artwork on poster board, construction paper, or watercolor paper
25 points: a subject that improves our understanding of the culture you chose to study
25: punctuality (your work is completed on time)

(If your work is late, the highest grade you can earn is a 75.)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homework Number 1-19 (10/05/2017)

There are still two students in 707 and six students in 705 who have not returned a signed trip slip.  Please bring the material in by Tuesday.  Late slips and money ($3) make it difficult to prepare for our trip.  Please think of the entire class.

Thank you.


Math
1. Complete Numberline Worksheet Number Two (problems 3-10).
2. Complete the worksheet on Addition with Two Colored Chip Model.

Science
Read pages 94-99 of your science book.


Use pages 98-99 to write a paragraph that describes the way that soil is formed.  In your description, describe two of the factors that influence the way that soil develops.  (Use the paragraphs that have red subheadings for help.)

Quiz tomorrow: the rock cycle

ELA
1. Use the vocabulary words from "If" in sentences.  Each sentence should reflect your understanding of the word's meaning.
2. In a paragraph in your notebook, make a connection between a piece of advice in "If" and the character of Steve in Monster.  Support your idea with specific evidence from both texts.

Social Studies
Homework Number 1-19
Pages 25-26 of your packet must be filled out by Friday.  Record 10 specific facts about your Native American culture group (for example: Woodlands Region) in the boxes on pages 25-26.  Be sure to identify the sources (books and websites) in the space provided.


Make sure that you have the material that you need to complete your poster.  Start working on the poster so that it is finished by Tuesday.

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