5-1 Vacation Homework and Class Notes

**There are still students who have to take exams. Tests and quizzes will be returned after vacation.

VOCABULARY: Write sentences and 3x each using Unit 11 vocabulary. This homework is to be done on loose leaf. Any students who were absent between April 10th to April 12th will have to take the Unit 10 spelling test and vocabulary quiz when they return on April 24th.

*In class, we did pages 110-114 in the vocabulary workbook.


SCIENCE: Sea turtles project is due April 24th. Directions are listed below: 

Spring Break Science Project: Due April 24, 2017.

April 22nd is Earth Day! This is a time when people celebrate and protect the environment. One of the environmental issues the world faces is animal extinction. Among the various species endangered are sea turtles.

For your project, you are to write a 2 to 3 page report about one of the sea turtles listed below:

Pick one and discuss in your essay:

  • Kemp’s ridley sea turtle
  • Loggerhead sea turtle
  • Leatherback sea turtle

Pick one type of sea turtle and write an essay answering the information below:

  1. Discuss how many of that species of sea turtles are left on Earth, and where they primarily live. Describe the turtle’s natural habitat, its diet, and what it needs to survive.
  2. What are the reasons those sea turtles are becoming endangered? Explain the negative effects the ecosystem would face if all types of sea turtles went extinct.
  3. Name two wildlife organizations that are trying to save all sea turtles. Explain how people can help save and protect sea turtles.

Important Science Project Instructions:

The title of your essay is the name of the sea turtle that you chose to write about.

Your essay must have an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The essay is to be double spaced, 12 size font, and in Times New Roman.  For the students without printers, please come in with a note from a parent informing that you were unable to print your project. If there is no note from a parent, I will deduct points from the report. 


**SCIENCE NOTES BELOW: These are new lessons we learned in class. Copy these notes into your notebook. These notes are not a part of your science project.

Slow and Fast Changes (READ TB pgs C18-C19)


  • Sinkhole–is land above rocks that are worn out and suddenly the land sinks into a hole.
  • Sinkholes and landslides can happen at any moment.
  • Landslides are caused by erosion, earthquakes, and volcanoes.  
  • Landslides are large movements of land that tumble down a steep slope.
  • Examples of landslides: mudslides and avalanches
  • Weathering is caused by water, wind, and actions of plants and animals.
  • In erosion, worn out rocks  are moved by wind, water, ice or gravity.

READ TB pgs C24- C25 Building Up Earth’s Surface


  • Deposition–is the dropping, or releasing, of sediments that have been moved from one place to another.
  • Sand is sediment made from rocks or shells that have been grounded into fine grains.
  • Meanders–smooth zig-zag shapes of a river or road.
  • Sediments are set down by meanders or when rivers flood.
  • Alluvial fan is a fan-shaped landmass that forms after a river rushes down a steep slope, then slows over a flat plain.
  • A delta is a low plain that forms where a river enters an ocean.


MATH: Students were given a math worksheet on Area & Mixed Numbers. Below are the class notes to help you solve the problems. Copy these notes into your notebook if you do not have them already. Please come in with any questions on Monday, and I will help you.

Area & Mixed Numbers’ Notes:

-To find the area of a rectangle, you multiply the rectangle’s length and width measurements. The formula you use is LENGTH x WIDTH. When multiplying mixed numbers, you have to change each fraction into an improper first. Then multiply the improper fractions together and then change your answer back into a mixed number.

**A math example is attached to this post. Try your best in answering the equations. We will go over them on Monday, April 24th.


SOCIAL STUDIES: Write two current events. Go online and print out a New York Times article about a political or global issue. The article must be from this month and year (April 2017). I do not want a newspaper article from earlier this year or last year. If you do not have internet access, you can buy a New York Times newspaper from the supermarket or pharmacies. Your assignment: Read the newspaper articles then write a summary for each, as well as your opinion on the global or political issue. (One paragraph will be your summary and the other paragraph will be your opinion on the issue. Each report should be two paragraphs in total). Since you are writing two current events, I want two separate reports about two different newspaper articles. Type the reports and attach the newspaper articles to them. 

***For the students without printers, get your article from an actual newspaper and write your report on loose leaf. However, please come in with a note from a parent informing that you were unable to print your project. If there is no note from a parent, I will deduct points from the reports. 

**This is a way for you to learn what is going on in the world and for you to begin sharing your thoughts on the issues.

**Classwork: Here are the notes we took in class. Make sure to write them in your notebook if you were absent. We are now learning about Canada.

  1. Notes: Ontario’s more populated location is southern ontario (Toronto is in Ontario).
    1. Canada’s federal government is located in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario.
    2. French is the official language of Quebec.
    3. Canada’s two largest cities: Toronto and Montreal
    4. Canada is a union of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Each province has its own capital. It also has its own government, which shares power with Canada’s central government.
    5. Toronto was founded in 1793, and originally named York.
    6. Jacques Cartier founded Canada by claiming the land for France.
    7. France and Britain fought for land for 80 years. In 1759, the British gained Quebec.
    8. St. Jean Baptiste (John the Baptist), the patron saint of French Canadians.
    9. Canada’s head of government is the prime minister.
    10. The head of state in Canada is the monarch of Britain
    11. The head of state is a ceremonial figure, while the head of government–the prime minister–leads the government and is part of Canada’s central legislature.
    12. Federation = a union of states, groups, provinces, or nations.
    13. Francophone = a person who speaks French as his or her first language.
    14. Quiet Revolution = a peaceful change in the government of Quebec.
    15. Separatist = a person who wants Quebec to become an independent country.


RELIGION: Any students who were absent on April 10th will be taking the Chapter 9 religion test on the day you return to school.


JOURNEY’S READING: Students who were absent must get the notes we took from a friend. We read textbook pages 153-162 in Journey’s and answered these questions:

      1. Where does the story take place? 
      2. What kind of turtle is Max looking for? 
      3. How many Kemp ridley turtles are left on Earth? 
      4. What steps does Max take after he finds a turtle? 
      5. Do you think Max’s actions and observations will help the rescue team save the turtles life? Explain.
      6. What is the normal temperature of a sea turtle? What was the temperature of the turtle Max found? 
      7. On pgs 157-158, Name a few of the scientific words used on these pages. How do those words clarify the turtle’s chances of survival?
      8. What species of turtles does Richie’s motel have? 
      9. What are some of the dangers Yellow-Blue could face if he wasn’t placed in the Sargasso Sea? (propellers, fishing nets, and boats).
      10. Write a paragraph explaining why you think people, such as Max, help endangered species.


CREATIVE WRITING: In honor of Earth Day, students had to write 1 to 3 paragraphs about them being a scientist who is helping the environment. They had to explain what type of scientist (doctor, veterinarian, botanist, marine biologist, engineer, zoologist, etc) and what their day would be like at work. The students had to relate the story to an environmental issue, such as pollution or animal extinction.

For students who were absent, your assignment was to write 1 to 3 paragraphs discussing what actions you would take to help the environment this Earth Day. If you would like, you can do the writing assignment we did in class instead.