Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. I am Mr. Dodson, and this is my 31st year teaching in Mt. Diablo. Please bookmark this page, since you will need to visit this page quite often during the school year.
Week of August 16
This is a brain teaser to get you thinking. See if you can figure out what is unusual about this paragraph.
A Most Unusual Paragraph
This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching.
...Reminder that back to school night is Wednesday, August 29
1. raucous- rowdy 9. elaborate-explain, give more detail
2. renounce- give up 10. insolent-rude
3. fresh- using bad language 11. enormously: huge, big
4. simultaneous-happening at the same time 12. deprive- not allow
5. reformation-complete change 13. anxious-nervous
6. ashtray 14. solemnly- quietly, meditative.
7. awed- wowed...OMG 15. haggard: exhausted appearance,
8. incredulous-disbelief, skeptical
1.Write each word in alphabetical order.
2. Write each word in a sentence, and star your best sentence.
Reading: You must have a chapter book, and read 75-150 pages per week. Keep track of reading in your agenda.
Brainpop: Go to Ed1stop : Username: dodsonr_stu Password: roomd5...click on "Subscription" link. Scroll down to Brainpop. Search for the "Business letter" movie. Watch the video and then email your answer to : email@example.com
Week of August 20
Auto-biographical sketch due by Tues.
Business letter to country due by Friday.
You must decorate envelope with the country flag or flag colors.
Brainpop: Business letter. Email your results.
Be sure you have a chapter book, and that you are reading 10+ pages per day. Keep track in your agenda. (BWP) The B stands for Book title. W: a Word you come across while you are reading. P: page number. Write down what page you are on.
Signing in to Google Classroom:
Period 1,4,5: Code: d6vett
Period 2,6,8: Code: oph783
Week of August 27
Back to school night: Wednesday 6:30-8:00
Vocabulary/Photo: Go to Google Classroom and complete assignment. We will go over how to do this in class.
Crossword Puzzle: Turn in by Friday.
Top Secret Question of the Week: List the top 10 countries in the world by population. Write on binder paper and turn it in or email your answers.
1. China - 1,384,688,756
Countries and Capitals test Thurs or Fri. Review and practice the countries and caps of North America. 1,384,688,986
Week of September 4
Membean vocabulary: 45 minutes. Quiz on Friday.
1. acquaintance-s.o. you know . 9. debris-garbage
2. embarrassment- awkward . 10. scrutinize-examine closely
3. contemplate- consider, think about. 11. epidemic-widespread disease
4. adolescent-teenager 12. dismantle- to take apart
5. pillaging - looting, destroying . 13. minuscule - very tiny
6. hallucination - illusion 14. incentive - motive , reason to do s.t.
7. cringe - wince, tremble . 15. Sch*war*zen*egg*er
8. reluctant- hesitant, cautious.
Letters to sports team: due by Friday.
Crossword Puzzle: Due by Friday.
Reading: 75-150 pages . Book Talk due dates will be discussed in class.
Top Secret Q. of the Week: Using your agenda, what dates in August, when written numerically, are palindromes?
For example: July 10, 2017: 7-10-17
Email answers or write them on binder paper and put in the homework box.
Week of September 10
Vocab words: Put in ABC order, and use words in sentences. You can combine more that one word per sentence.
On GC, create slides using 10 of the 15 words with pictures and definitions.
Brainpop: 9/11. Use Ed1stop Username: dodsonr_stu PW: roomd5
Watch movie. Email your quiz results.
Crossword: due by Friday.
Book Talks begin this week: Check white board for your due date.
GC: Watch 7 Billion video. Create a slide with your five favorite facts.
Top Secret Q. of the Week: How do hurricanes get their names?
Week of September 17
Membean: 45 minutes Quiz on Friday.
1. conspicuous: easily seen 9. oblivious - unaware
2. inconspicuous: Not easily seen 10. fiasco - complete disaster
3. anticipation - hope for 11. hoax: trick, prank
4. vigilant - alert, watchful 12. verdict: coming to a decision.
5. intimidate - fill s.o. with fear. 13. berated: criticize angrily , scold
6. lingering - take one's time, dillydally 14. vermin: rats, rodents, that carry disease.
7. sarcastic - harsh remark 15. grotesque: hideous, ugly
8. subtle - difficult to understand
Crossword: Due by Friday
Business letter: Sports team: Due by Friday.
Reading: 75+ pages. Write in your agenda.
Brainpop: Human evolution. Take quiz and email results.
Top Secret Q. of the Week: What year did the Golden Gate Bridge and Oakland Bay Bridge first open, and what was the cost for cars to cross the two bridges?
Email your answer, or place it in the Q. of the Week box in the classroom.
The Evolution of Homer:
Week of September 25
Spelling/Vocab quiz on Friday.
Go to GG. Pick 10 of our 15 words to do photo slides and definitions/sentences.
Crossword Puzzle: Due by Friday.
Reading: 75+ pages. Book Talks. Check white board for due date.
Week of October 1
If you have a box of kleenex/tissues for the class, bring em in please. Thanks...
Also, there is a can food drive going on, so if you're reading this at home, throw a can of food in your backpack..
(WOF)Words of the fortnight
1. overwhelming (overpowering , to surge over and submerge) 9. plummeting (falling down, descending)
2. preliminary (prior, first) 10. integrity (being honest, polite)
3. miscellaneous (a mixture, a junk drawer at home) 11. obscure (hard to see)
4. procrastinate (wait til the last minute, goof off) 12. Chihuahua(dog or st. in Mex.)
5. traumatic (painful to remember) 13. ventriloquist (able to throw your voice)
6. oracle (a wise one giving advise) 14. phenomenon (something extraordinary)
7. privilege (special advantage or right) 15. Phoenix (cap of Arizona)
8. rendezvous (agree to meet at a later time)
Membean: 45 min/week
Reading: Book talks: Read 75-150 pages per week.
Crossword: World Capitals/or #39
Brainpop: Nobel Prize: Email quiz results.
Nobel Mini Report: Due Friday.
TSQOW: The United Kingdom drives on the left hand side of the road. What other countries besides the UK drive on the left? Email your answers, or put your answer in the shoebox in the back of the class.
Top 10 Evolution
Thanks to Nevaeh and the San Francisco 49ers, our 1,4,5 Core have 49er stickers, eye black stickers, and one pair of 49er earrings.