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Word of the Day Challenge #1for Week of 5 May: to thrive

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

zinniasThe zinnias bloomed quickly this year because they thrive in sunshine.

thrive verb

-to grow or develop; to gain wealth or value; to advance towards a goal due to circumstances


1.1.  State two synonyms for the VERB thrive. Use

1.2. Take a screenshot of the graphic for  “thrive” from and post it in your WODC googledoc.

2. Use one of the synonyms (verb form) in a sentence within the context of your AFC issue.

3. Change one of the verb synonyms from the word web on into a NOUN. Use the noun form in a sentence within a Scientific context (ecology/e-column). 

4. Now explain your understanding of the word, “thrive”. Use your own words. YOU MAY NOT USE A DICTIONARY. YOU MAY NOT COPY FROM A DICTIONARY – this is plagiarism and will result in a zero grade. 

   Sentence starter: The word “thrive” means __________________, for example _____________________. 


Word of the Day Challenge #3 for Week of 21 April: denotation vs connotation

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Law has different meanings depending on who uses it and how it is used.

The denotation of a word is the literal meaning. The denotation of law is the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties

The connotation of a word is an idea or feeling the word gives. Connotations can be positive, neutral, or negative.

1. Luckily the law arrived and the gang took off.
2. The bully said, “My word is law around here.”
3. The laws are made to keep the peace.


A. Identify the connotation of the word law in each blue sentence as positive, neutral, or negative. Explain your choice (refer to other words as context clues). 

B. Explain the denotation of the word law in the context of each sentence.


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Use the CRAAP test to evaluate your online sources of information

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014


*The CRAAP test was created by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico(2009).

Currency:  How timely is the information?

When was the information published?

When was the information last revised or updated?

Is the information out-of-date for your topic?

If a website, are the links functional?

Relevance:  Does the information meet your needs?

Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?

Can you determine who the intended audience is?

Is the information too simple or too complicated for your needs?

Did you look at a variety of sources before determining what you will use? 

            (Corollary to your Librarian ranting about not leaving things go to the last minute!)

Authority:  The source of the information.

Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?

Can you find the author’s credentials, or information about the source if no author is given?

Can you tell if the author/source has the necessary qualifications to write on the topic?

Is there current contact information, such as a publisher address or e-mail address?

Does the URL (.com, .edu, .gov, .net, .org) reveal anything about the author or source?

Accuracy:  How reliable and correct is the information?

Where does the information come from?

Is the information supported by evidence, such as citations, active links, bibliographies, and/or footnotes? 

Has the information been edited or reviewed?

Can you verify the information presented by personal knowledge or other sources?

Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

Purpose:  The reason the information exists.

Does the information educate? entertain? sell? persuade?

Does the author/source make their intentions or purpose clear?

Can you determine if the information presented is fact? opinion? propaganda?

Does the point of view appear objective or impartial?

Are there political, religious, ideological, cultural, institutional or personal biases?




Word of the Day Challenge #2 for Week of 21 April: dedication

Monday, April 21st, 2014

dedicate  verb

1. to give a lot of time and energy to something (verb)

2. the inscription written in a book (dedication = noun)

3. the opening ceremony of a new bridge, hospital, building, etc.


1.Which meaning of dedicate is used in the paragraph below?

Sir James Matthew Barrie, or J.M. Barrie, was both a novelist and playwright. He is most famous for writing the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Barrie donated the rights of the play and the book to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1852. The hospital is dedicated to children’s healthcare.

2. Use the other 2 meanings of dedicate in sentences of your own.

3.1. What part of speech are English words that end in the suffix -tion, such as dedication?

3.2. List 3 other English words that end in -tion that could appear or be used in your AFC project (there is one in this post already). 

3.3. Choose TWO -tion words from your list and write clear, meaningful sentences for each in the context of your AFC issue.

3.4. How dedicated are you to your AFC cause, i.e. what action are you prepared to take to solve the specific problem as expressed in your research question?

4. Making inferences. Explain how the image below illustrates the expression “to dedicate oneself to something or someone.”

These concepts you must understand and be able to apply by 26 April

Monday, April 21st, 2014


Common Terms
  Use these terms to explain the First Law of Ecology.
  • Ecology – the study of the interrelationships of living organisms and their environment
  • Environment – all the living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic or physical) conditions that act on an organism and affect its chances of survival
  • Abiotic Factors – non-living or physical factors e.g. temperature, amount of water, amount of oxygen, amount of light
  • Biotic Factors – living factors e.g. amount of food, predators, parasites, competitors
  • Community – all the organisms in a particular area at a given time
  • Population – the number of a particular species in an area at a specific time
  • Habitat – the area in which an organism lives
  • Ecosystem – a natural unit of living and non-living parts that interact to produce a stable system in which the exchange of materials between living and non-living parts cycles
  • Biome – A biome is a large, easily differentiated community unit arising as a result of complex interactions of climate, other physical factors and biotic factors. Examples of biomes are tundra, temperate grassland, desert and tropical rainforest.
  • Biosphere – The biosphere is the collective interaction of all the biomes on the Earth.

Can you hear these terms being used in a Scientific context in the video?



Ecology Vocabulary for the Quiz

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Dear Students

Here is the link to the quizlet with many of the academic and technical words you need to understand and use during the Ecology unit this quarter









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Word of the Day Challenge #1 for Week of 21 April: down

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

A. Please put the kitten down

B.  Why do you feel so down


1. What type of sentence is each?

2. Add the appropriate punctuation.

3. Write your own sentences using the two different meanings of down.

4. What part of speech is the word “down”?


5. Does LOOKING DOWN mean looking towards the floor or looking sad? 

6. Study the picture. Which meaning of ‘looking down’ is appropriate in your opinion? Explain.


Challenge for Week of 7 April: Language Use, Conventions, Sentence Fluency

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A. Correct the sentences below.

Check capitalization, proper nouns, punctuation, articles and homophones.

1. this is the second weak of may.
2. how do you show you’re teacher you appreciate him or her.
3. many kids will bring they’re teacher a apple?

4. geyser is a whole in the Earth wear hot water and steam erupt

5. Bicycles are one of the most efficient ways in which Energy is converted to movement!

B. Identify the bold words as common nouns, proper nouns, adjectives or verbs.

(i) The White House is the home of the president of the United States. The president lives in the White House. He also has his offices there. The White House is in Washington, D.C.

(ii) Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night. But kids need more. Children need about 9 to 11 hours of sleep every night. Sleep helps support your growth and keeps you healthy.

(iii) Many Cinco de Mayo celebrations include traditional Mexican food. Chips and salsa, tacos, and enchiladas are all popular foods that are eaten on Cinco de Mayo. Music is also a big part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Mariachi bands play traditional Mexican folk music. Many people dance in the streets and in parades.

C. Choose any 3 sentences to correct for structure, word choice, punctuation, spelling, tense usage, concord, missing articles, wrong/missing prepositions, incomplete sentences/sentence fragments, clarity of expression, etc. Include a brief explanation of what the error(s) is/are in the sentence that you corrected. These sentences come from your own PPR essays.

1.  Most people think the People Power Revolution as a failure.

2. So the people makes People Power Revolution.

3. Poverty is also one of the problem that needs to be addressed in the Philippines.

4. After all the decisions Marcos made. 

5. The Filipinos wanted Marcos out of the government because he had done a lot of bad things to them. 

6. At the end of the revolution, Marcos was evicted to his position. 

7. Poverty still present after People Power Revolution. 

8. The People Power Revolution was a popular demonstrations to overthrown Marcos dictatorship. 

9. The husband of GMA were accused of racketeering. 

10. from 1965 till 1969 he led the Philippines.

11. For instance, the revolution gave citizens too much power, In fact Joseph Estrada was forced out of government although Estrada was a democratically elected president and Estrada’s corruption was proven not guilty after trial at the Philippine court.

12. This means that the poor’s and middle people’s incomes are decreasing.

Getting to grips with the ecology unit

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Copy these diagrams into your Science notebooks.

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Evaluating Research Questions

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


How would you rate these research questions? Bad or Good? Why?

In which of these questions do you think the researcher feels invested to find the answers? Which of these questions seem to be of personal interest to the researcher? Which of these questions show that the researcher has enough background knowledge in order to ask a focused question? Those are always GOOD research questions. 

1. What are Gender Equality Principles (GEP)?

2. Why do people move from country to country?

3. How do the birth and death rates of LEDCs and MEDCs affect population growth?

4. Why is there more poverty and hunger in Africa than in North America?

5. How do changes in temperature, precipitation patterns and snowmelt affect water availability?

6. Will we save water by slowing down urban development?

7. How can reform of urban design result in a reduction of greenhouse gases and a cleaner environment?

8. What effects do migration have on the spread of infectious diseases?

9. If oil companies were to invest in alternative energy sources, would more people have access to these?

10. How can solar energy as a free energy source be harnessed to aid people living in poverty and hunger?

CHALLENGE: Develop your Research Question based on

a. your personal interest in the issue and a specific aspect of that issue (it’s a good idea to write out why you chose the issue and how it is of personal interest)

b. your curious nature – a need to find answers/solutions (if you already know the answer, why research?)

c. your existing knowledge of the issue and issues related to it (do some reading about the issue to find out about aspects of it that have/could have an impact on your life and look for empathetic factors so that you can relate to the lives of others as well)