Homework 3/31

Math– complete the Looking at Graphs worksheet

Sign Up for the Market Watch Stock Market Game

  • You will have to create an account using your school or personal email and use that to login to Market Watch.  
  • website– www.marketwatch.com/game/5s-2017
  • password: 5S2017 or 5S 2017 (you might have to put the space in there)
  • Once you put in the password, you should automatically be in our game.  Where you typed in your password should now say something like ‘Trade Now’.  Follow the instructions/method that I showed you in class in order to purchase your stocks.  Play around with the site a little bit and most importantly, try and have fun!



Figure out which 3-4 stocks you would like to spend your $100,000 dollars on and let me know how many shares of each stock you would like to purchase.

(Remember, take the stock price for today and multiply it by how many shares you would like to buy)

  • Google something like Facebook Stock Price and the price will show up as well as the SYMBOL (should be right below the price) for the stock that you’ll need to use on the Market Watch website.


We went over all of this in class today so being able to sign up and purchase shares will be a good indicator of who was paying attention and who was not.

Enjoy your weekend!


Homework 3/30

***Update, I will be teturning tomorrow so we will address any concerns over missing assignments then.  I will be updating the gradebook tonight and we’ll go from there.  Obviously in my absence things have been a bit different and that will absolutely be taken into consideration this quarter, however, so will the amount of student work assigned and produced in my absence.


Writing– choose one of the topics below to write about this evening. 4-5 paragraph persuasive essay…

Choose one

  • Do cats or dogs make better pets?
  • Which season is more fun, summer or winter?
  • Who is the most popular singer/actor?
  • Should students have 3-day weekends every weekend?
  • Should students get paid for good grades?
  • Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?
  • Should students have recess everyday?
  • Which holiday is the most fun to celebrate?

Use all the strategies we’ve learned and try to convince the reader that your perspective is correct!

ALSO, make sure that you completed and submitted your E Book vs. Textbook essay from pg. 253 in the Common Core English Workbook.

Math-  continue working on Education Galaxy at your own pace

5B WB pages 39-42


Social Studies– Is the Earth Getting Warmer packet? (possibly a download link below that I put up a few days ago, I’m not exactly sure which was assigned).



Thanks again for your patience and I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!

Homework 3/28

This is what Miss Pimental assigned although it does not mean that the work I wrote on the blog yesterday will not be due at some point in the next week or two…


Social Studies- complete the Paradise Lost packet q/ the questions

(The Variety of Maps section as well) ***I’m not entirely sure what she means by this although the packet is available to download below.


Math- 5B Textbook, pg. 73, #s 18-21 and Let’s Practice #s 1-4


Writing- continue w/ your persuasive essay on E Books v. Textbooks, the question on pg. 253

***prepare for your debate on whether athletes should get paid or not although this might switch to a debate about E Books vs. Textbooks, it just makes more sense)


Reading- independent non-fiction reading, 45 minutes, 1 page of notes properly labeled on a fresh page w/ the date at the top (will be collected)

Study for your Spelling (both words and definitions) ***again, not entirely sure what she means by this



I will be coming by to collect all the class and homework since I’ve been out tomorrow so please be sure to have everything turned in and done to our Q3 standards if you would like full credit.  

I am also checking your Education Galaxy assignments tonight so I hope you did the diagnostics yesterday! 🙂  



Persuasive Strategies PowerPoint & Extra Resources

Just some more additional guidance…short little Power Point and an additional rubric they already have.


Homework 3/27

Hi, so tomorrow I will be meeting with Mr. Shultz and will be collecting all of the class/homework that has been submitted thus far in my absence.  From what I understand from Miss Pimental, many students did not complete the E Books v. Textbook Persuasive writing assignment nor the Common Core Workbook pages as instructed, something that I will be collecting and students will be working on further until completed to the high standards we have set for ourselves.  

That aside, I’m going to post below a variety of different assignments that can be completed at your own pace over the course of the rest of the week and into early next week; I’ll hopefully know by this evening when I’ll be returning to class; all I can say is that right now my absence has been far too long.

The assignments posted below do not have specific due dates although I would like for them all to be completed by next week at latest.

I have also been posting supplements on my blog along with helpful Math and Geography resource videos in an effort to supplement what you may not be receiving in class.  My hope is that you are reading this website and using the links that I provided (see the E Books v. Textbooks links, for example) to help supplement your persuasive essays.  I was told only four or so students actually did the work and my assumption is that the majority of the class did not look over any of those links for quotes, statistics, or any other supporting data and strategies that we’ve been discussing all quarter in order to back up your personal opinions and thoughts on the matter.  Remember, just because I’m not present in the room with you does not mean I do not get daily reports as to what is going on behavior and work-wise so please follow Miss Pimental and the blog for at this moment it is the best resource you have available to you.

The first items listed are what Miss Pimental assigned for tonight…after that I will post assignments that I expect to be completed at your own pace over the next week or so.  Again, I’ll be in the building tonight collecting all the work that was handed in while I’ve been out so I will update the gradebook accordingly.  If you have been slacking in certain areas, now is your time to step it up!!

Lastly, PLEASE use the Math resources thread that I posted a few days ago as it has many links showing you how to divide decimals.  Also, the geography videos are extremely helpful in showing students how our Earth has evolved over time not just geographically but also in term of human populations.

Once I return the dates of these assignments will be more specific but I plan on still doing the same work so it’s okay to get started.  If you have any other specific questions, just let me know…thanks!


Education Galaxy Tonight you should be completing both the Language Arts and Math diagnostics on the Education Galaxy website.  I will be checking to see if you did the assignment in the morning.

***I just emailed everyone their username and passwords…if you have a problem logging in please let me know asap.  Thanks!




Writing– complete your E Books v. Textbooks persuasive essays using information, quotes, and data from the links that I provided for you the other night.  I was not happy to hear that only a handful of students did the work today!  I will be collecting every single page from your Common Core books showing me that you did all the organization work leading up to your rough drafts!

You MUST USE THE LINKS I PROVIDED ON MY BLOG PAGE to support your point of view.  If you are not using the skills and strategies we’ve discussed in class, what is the point?  I really want us to continue our debates but if we cannot do them constructively using facts, we are no better than the approval rating for our current Congress! 🙂 .  Below is another organizer to help you get things started (though this is all in your CC Books).


Math- attached below is  a very strong supplemental resource in addition to the ones I posted a few days ago showing students how to divide decimals.  These assignments will be done in class and for homework over the next week or so along with what we’ll be doing in the book.

  • DOWNLOADMultiplying and Dividing Decimals OPEN AND SEE  (page 3 shows students step by step how to divide two decimals)
  • In the meantime, you can also work on and practice with the following worksheets related to Chapter 9, Lesson 5: Estimating Decimals

These attachments below are related to the book.  The Enrichment problems are more challenging.



DOWNLOADParadise Lost Question Sheet

Paradise Lost Amazon Reading Packet

FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS (all download links below)  

These assignments will be done in class and homework.  If I return this week, I’ll have a better idea of how to space things out, but expect this along w/ our Map Making project to be the bulk of the rest of Quarter 3 Social Studies.

Again, these assignments above are work that will be assigned in the upcoming days and over the weekend so you can get a head start if you want to!

***Our Map Projects will be on hold until I figure out the date that I will be returning to class.

Current Event

Just another incredible video showcasing the power of water and the potential dangers a rise in sea level will have on our coastal cities within the next 50-100 years!  Imagine Manhattan and all it’s buildings just crashing into the sea in an instant…our planet is an incredible wonder and blessing to cherish and behold.  

Homework, 3/23/2017

Yes, I wrote a lot below but that’s because I have not been in school this week attending to a personal family matter.  The work is a mix of classwork and homework and so students should already have a head start on much of what is written below.  Furthermore, I felt it important to provide context to my students regarding both the History and Writing assignments.  This was not to overwhelm them, rather, I did a lot of the legwork for them by providing them context and the research so they can primarily focus on their writing.

If you have any questions just let me know, but I don’t feel that after talking with Miss Pimental, anything below is too much for the long weekend.  Some short Math, the 5 paragraphs of persuasive writing in your CC Book, and a simple packet for History.  The MLK packet should also be close to completion (if not finished in class).  Again, we’ll go over the subjective nature of those questions upon my return next week.

Lastly, please use my post from last night regarding Dividing Decimals.  I provided a variety of different links as reference for students who may be struggling on this particular concept.  Rest assured, though, that when I return next week we will cover all of this material in depth so that my kids stay on the advanced track that they’ve been on all year long.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding and if there’s anything else I can do for you just let me know.  Thanks.


Reading– 45 minutes in your independent non-fiction book, no notes required, this is the honesty system we’re working on this weekend

  • Please also complete the MLK Packet so we can discuss some of the more controversial/subjective questions that are in it when I return next week.


Math- Redo pg. 67 from your 5B Textbook (Miss Pimental said you did not show your work as instructed and as the PARCC requires, not to mention Mr. S has required all year long), #s 1-13

  • 5B Worksheet pgs. 40-42 on Dividing Decimals (very simple concept, please use yesterday’s post that provided numerous videos on how to divide decimals).



There is one somewhat confusing question, #9, regarding Japan.  I think what they are looking for is that Japan is a nation that is aging quite rapidly which is one of the major reasons why they’ve invested tens of billions of dollars in robotics.  People in Japan are also getting older but the other issue is that younger people are focusing more on their careers and not starting families, that is why they are the only nation listed above that has a negative birth rate per year – a major problem for a nation that is trying to modernize and stay a major power in the world!

You can either try answering #9 as best you can OR just skip it, that’s okay with me, but I’d like if you can give it a try based on the hints I gave you above.

Japan is a nation that also relies heavily on the fishing industry and so many people are employed in that profession along with business and the electronics industry.  Also, more than any nation above, Japan is suffering from a lack of place for people to live!  There is simply no room to build apartments so I encourage you to go on YouTube and take a look at how small some of the homes Japanese residents reside in…it’s quite remarkable how efficiently they live in such a small space!  The older people live (in Japan there is great respect for their elders), that means their homes are rarely every resold to a younger family ready to start their own lives. 

So an aging population combined with more young people moving to the cities and you can see why there is this growing problem of how people will be living in the (near) future.  

Use this example about Japan above and apply it to the other nations on the chart.  Think about it in terms of the United States as well- as we’ve discussed all year long, people will always struggle and fight over resources, that’s just a historical fact.  The Earth can only support so many people as well.  

What can do we do to help?  Do you have any solutions to the problem of overcrowding?  To refugees being stuck in tent cities for years and even decades?  Isn’t it easy for these people to lose all hope at a normal life without our help?  I’m just curious what you have to say on Monday aside from your answers in this packet.  Think outside of yourself for a moment this weekend and really use the Internet as it was originally intended: a LEARNING tool. 🙂

***below is one of the largest refugee camps in the world


Below are various links to supplemental Geography videos, many of which I’ll be showing in class but are available here for you to browse at your convenience.  Some are better than others so I tried to label them.

  • https://youtu.be/D_dIrFiHn9c (Why do we study geography?  This video should be shown first, it’s most informative, and students should have taken notes on it during class)
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iha3OS8ShYs (this WONDERFUL link shows how Europe changed over the past 1000 years, how borders moved, countries disappeared, were created, etc….SPECIFICALLY FOCUS ON THE YEARS AFTER 1900 AND UP THROUGH 1990 and the collapse of the Soviet Union)….we study history and Geography EXACTLY FOR THIS REASON, because time is immutable, it does not stop even after we die…countries and borders are just lines on a map but can easily be crossed or ignored…ASK YOURSELF, HOW HAS EUROPE CHANGED IN THE PAST 1000 YEARS? WHAT COUNTRIES DID YOU SEE EARLY ON IN THE 1000s but no longer existed into modern times?  What else are you noticing?  This is why geography is important, because borders help create identity but sometimes those borders keep people inside that don’t necessarily belong or fit within a culture (i.e. Israel and Palestine, Ukraine and Russia, Chechnya and Russia, etc.)…borders are a good and bad thing…(you don’t have to discuss this, just show the video if you’re comfortable). 



Writing– please complete the Lesson 12: Writing an Opinion Piece exercise you’ve been working on over the past couple of days.  All pages from 235 through 253 should be completed, including the written 5 paragraph rough draft that is described at the bottom of 253.  We started this section in class a few days back so you should not be doing the entire section over the weekend all at once; if you are, that means you have not been using your time wisely :-\  Anyway, just in case, I’ll type up the question below…REMEMBER, THIS IS A ROUGH DRAFT so please don’t go crazy spending hours and hours on this, I’d just like students to have a foundation that we can build from starting when I return next week.  

  • The Writing Assignment at the bottom of page 253 goes on below…

“Some people feel that printed books will one day be a thing of the past.  They believe that in the future, all books will be electronic, read on computer screens, and electronic devices.  Are printed books in danger of disappearing?  Will they someday belong only in museums?  Would that be a good thing or not?

  • Write FIVE paragraphs stating your opinion about whether or not printed books should be replaced with electronic books.  Indlude research about the cost, benefits, and effectiveness of both.  Be persuasive!”
    This is why pre-planning and doing your own research is imperative when trying to persuasde someone.  Just the other day I read that millenials (people my age and younger!) are more interested in purchasing hardcover books than digital copies!  How interesting is that?  

Who would have thought?

Now it’s YOUR TURN to research.  What are some positives of schools that are going digital only?  There is plenty of research out there regarding schools that have done away with traditional textbooks in favor of using tablets in the classroom.  What are some of the pros/cons of that?  What do you think?

I’m going to leave this part of the research up to you.  I’ll provide links below but it’s up to you to pull data and information, quotes and statistics that you can use in your 5 paragraph persuasive essay.  This is NOT an opinion piece, you MUST SUPPORT YOUR PERSPECTIVE using evidence from the sources provided to you here.

You of course don’t have to read all of these articles, rather, just browse them and pull out facts and data that you can incorporate in your own essay.


OPTIONAL HISTORY ASSIGNMENT (I’m not sure if the sub gave it out to you this week)


I was not in school yesterday but it was brought to my attention that students were given a geography worksheet covering certain animal species that may exist in or around the country of Kenya.  Attached below is a copy of that worksheet just in case.

  • DOWNLOADWildlife Grid Kenya Geography (this is also related to Math in the sense of X and Y axis (the first number students should look at is the X and the second the Y, for example the question regarding the beaver, it’s grid reference, and whether or not it’s found in Kenya…

The first thing you do is to look for the symbol for the beaver somewhere on the other side of the worksheet.  If you look, the beaver is found in Ethiopia, NOT Kenya so the answer would be no.  As for the grid reference, the answer should be written as (63-64, 22-23).  I know it’s not ideal to have 2 numbers for an X-Y axis, but that’s how the worksheet is set up (the animals fall between two numbers, that’s the only reason why).  

So that’s how that particular worksheet should be answered…simple.

Homework 3/22/2017

ReadingRemember to write out the definitions and 1 synonym and 1 antonym for each of the 10 spelling words that I wrote on the blog on Monday.  This will be due tomorrow.  If you did not complete this assignment already, you may do so in class tomorrow.

  • We will have a Quiz on these words when I return next week so be ready!


Continue working MLK packet up to the Rosa Parks section, complete sentences, good answers, really think about what they are trying to say (we’ll go over this in detail when I return)

Writing– begin/continue in your Common Core  English Workbooks, Lesson 12, Writing an Opinion Piece…you should have already started this the other day.  Complete up to page 241

  • In class you were also supposed to write a 4-5 paragraph response to the Robert Clemente quote that Miss Pimental providied you.  If you did not complete this in class, please do so tonight.
  • I know we have our debate coming up on whether college athletes should get paid.  Organizing that information will be Homework for tomorrow (we won’t have the debate until I return, either)

Math– You should be working on dividing decimals…

5B Textbook pg. 65, #s 14-19 (show all work)

5B Textbook pg. 67, #s 1-3


  • Below are a few links that show students how to divide two decimals using long division.  


History– none until I return (today you should have watched a video on the basics of Geography)


I’ll likely be back in school Monday or Tuesday.  In the meantime please do not give Miss Pimental a hard time as I know you will all be on your best behavior.  🙂