Sunday, September 28, 2014

Alcohol Death and Reading for Information

Police are investigating the death of 19-year-old Rutgers University student Caitlyn Kovacs, who was pronounced dead in the hospital less than 20 minutes after friends carried her out of a frat house "in distress" at 3 a.m. on Sunday. The hospital thinks her death "may have been alcohol-related."

The Daily Targum, the student paper, reported that Kovacs "passed out" in the Delta Kappa Epsilon house. DKE headquarters says the chapter is cooperating with authorities. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office told it did not intend to file charges related to the incident.

Kovacs was a sophomore majoring in animal sciences, who was "bubbly" and "happy" according to her friends. Rutgers has made grief counselors available to students in the wake of her death.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 

Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Police
  2. Death


Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Why do you think the girl was drinking enough to cause death?

  1. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.

  1. What is the transferable vocabulary word #12 ?

  1. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?

Transferable Vocabulary:

  1. Abandon: give up completely
  2. Abundant: Available in large quantities

Write down each transferable vocabulary word and write your own original sentence using that work.  Next, tell me a class where you might see that work in your reading.

Chicago Smash and Grab and Reading for Information

Chicago police believe "an organized group of criminals" is responsible for five smash and grab burglaries in the last week and a half at Near North Side stores, where hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise has been stolen.

"They wear surgical gloves and dust masks and hoodies," said Area Central Sgt. Edward Wodnicki. "We think this is an organized group of criminals that are really loosely tied and have come up with a decent scam."

All the burglaries have occurred from 3:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. "Certainly a couple of these are unquestionably the same crew. . . We see the vehicles," Wodnicki said. "Most of these are where the bad guys pull up in a couple of cars and a whole bunch of guys break in the front door and grab and go."

In many of the cases, the thieves are gone by the time alarm company has notified police and officers arrive at the scene, Wodnicki said. Another thing that has frustrated investigators is older cameras at some of the shops, which have left police with very grainy photos and videos. But police have a pretty good idea of the vehicles used by the burglars: A mid-90s brown or gold Cadillac, a maroon Pontiac minivan and a red minivan. But Wodnicki said a "bunch of other vehicles" have also been used. In the latest burglary, thieves broke into an Old Town high-end resale shop early Monday and made off with about $100,000 worth of high-end purses, police said.

Police were called to the 1600 block of North Wells Street at about 5 a.m. after a burglar alarm sounded at the store, said police. When investigators arrived they found shattered glass in front of the Luxury Garage Sale store, 1658 N. Wells St., officials said. On Sept. 15, thieves rammed their car through the glass front doors of the upscale Oak Street apparel store Moncler and made off with several racks of coats. The burglary occurred around around 3:50 a.m. at 33 E. Oak St. on the Gold Coast.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 

Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Chicago
  2. Believe
Shows Action


Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Why do you think it is so hard to catch this ‘crew’?

  1. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.

  1. What is the transferable vocabulary word #7?

  1. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?

Transferable Vocabulary:
  1. Abandon: give up completely
  2. Abundant: Available in large quantities

Write down each transferable vocabulary word and write your own original sentence using that work.  Next, tell me a class where you might see that work in your reading.

Marijuana Applications and Reading for Information

Illinois received 369 applications for medical marijuana business licenses, which means about 1 in 5 applications will win approval to open grow houses and retail centers in the state. The state received 211 applications for dispensaries — retail shops for medical marijuana — and 158 applications for grow centers. Illinois will allow 60 dispensaries statewide and 21 grow centers. Bob Morgan, statewide project coordinator for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, said the number of applications, which were due Monday, was higher than anticipated.

“We were pleased to see that our expectation of a competitive process played out so well,” Morgan said, “so we can choose the best applicants.”

The next step will be to go through thousands of pages of documents, Morgan said, identifying any missing information and informing applicants, who will have seven days from notification to update applications. Teams of reviewers will look at the applications blind — applicants submitted redacted and unredacted versions — to award points.

Morgan said the state aims to have licenses awarded by the end of the year. Illinois’ medical marijuana law was signed in July. Neil Khot, a technology professional from Hoffman Estates said one of the most tedious tasks leading up to the application deadline was redacting the necessary information and making photocopies.

Khot applied for five dispensary licenses for locations in Schaumburg, Naperville, St. Charles, Bartlett and Arlington Heights. He said he worked on the applications for a year. “The last two weeks have been crazy,” Khot said. “I worked straight for three continuous days hardly sleeping, maybe an hour or so at night. … I have a good team of six to eight people supporting me too. It was not easy.”

Khot said he thought the applications were appropriately thorough, though. He thinks it’s fair that the state will review applications blindly at first, he said. Still, it took him two days to block out all the necessary information and photocopy his five applications, which averaged about 400 pages each.
Khot hopes the state will award licenses soon, he said.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 

Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Illinois
  2. Received
Shows Action


Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Why do you think Illinois received so many applications to open medical marijuana businesses?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. What is the transferable vocabulary word #5?
  4. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?

Bears vs. Packers Reading for Information

Aaron Rodgers urged Packers fans to relax. Maybe they will after this one - the 700th regular-season victory in team history.  Rodgers threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and Green Bay shook off one of its worst offensive performances in years with a 38-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon.

The Packers (2-2) scored on their first six possessions to build a 38-17 lead. They racked up 358 yards after being held to 223, their lowest total since 2008, a week earlier in a 19-7 loss at Detroit. They intercepted Jay Cutler twice in the third quarter to pull away from the Bears (2-2). That gave Green Bay five straight wins at Soldier Field, including the NFC title game four years ago and a playoffs-or-bust finale for both teams last season.

Rodgers called on Packers fans to take a deep breath during the week, and he gave them reason to exhale with this performance.  ''I just wanted to remind everybody that it's a long season, and at some point, we're going to get this thing figured out,'' Rodgers said.  He had all the answers in this one, which allowed Green Bay to join the Bears (732) as the only teams with at least 700 regular-season wins.

Rodgers posted a 151.2 rating for the game, completing 22 of 28 passes, and had all the time he needed with five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen sitting out because of an illness.  He threw two touchdown passes each to Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, and a fifth got called back by a penalty. That happened early in the third when a scrambling Rodgers got hit by at least one defender while unleashing an awkward, wobbly 34-yard pass that somehow connected with Davante Adams in the end zone.

The Bears basically matched Green Bay score for score before Cutler threw those interceptions. He wound up passing for 256 yards and two TDs but fell to 1-10 lifetime against Green Bay, counting the postseason.  Matt Forte ran for 122 yards on 23 carries. Martellus Bennett had nine catches for a career-high 134 yards, but Chicago came up short after back-to-back wins at San Francisco and the New York Jets.

Chicago had the ball on the Green Bay 24 when Cutler hit cornerback Tramon Williams in the chest with a pass. The ball ricocheted to Clay Matthews, who returned it 45 yards. That led to an 11-yard scoring pass from Rodgers to Nelson, making it 31-17.  Another interception set up another TD for the Packers. This time, Brandon Marshall went long when Cutler expected him to cut back toward the quarterback.  The pass went right to Sam Shields, who crossed the field on a 62-yard return to put the ball at the 11. Chicago's Jonathan Bostic got called for a hold, negating a field goal by Crosby to start the fourth quarter, and Rodgers hit Cobb from the 3 to make it 38-17.  The Packers took a 21-17 lead to the locker room after the two teams combined for 508 yards. Chicago missed a touchdown by inches when Bennett got stopped just short of the end zone on an 8-yard catch. Cutler thought Bennett reached across the goal line before getting taken down, but the call was upheld after a review.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Urged
Shows Action


Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Why do you think Rodgers asked his fans to relax?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. What is the transferable vocabulary word #7?
  4. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?

Monday, July 14, 2014

These Free Productivity Planners Help You Focus and Stay Organized

Monthly Action Planner

Use when: You're doing your monthly planning and review – this planner can be used with either the Action Planner Series or the Weekly Project Planners.

The Action Planner Series

Use when: You're planning your day or week.

The Weekly Project Planners

Use when: You're tired of time-based planners and want to get clarity on what needs to be done.

The Blog Post Planner and Calendar

Use when: You want to brainstorm and plan your blog posts.

Productivity Heatmap

Use when: You're trying to figure out when you're the most productive.

The Productivity Jumpstarter

Use when: You have no idea what you should be doing and are tired of running in circles.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Special Assignment TOD 601 + SST 602

Combine the following clusters into a single sentence using conjunctions and punctuation.
Read the sentences from the article as you write.  You will have to take a position at the end.

a. A Harris County, Texas grand jury will decide what charges to file against a father
b. The father is 55
c. He is accused of fatally shooting a 17 year old male.
d. The father discovered the 17 year old male in the bedroom of his teen daughter.

a. County investigators stated that the suspect’s daughter is  age 16.
b. County investigators stated that the suspect’s daughter let the boy inside.

a. The father grew concerned when he heard noises coming from the girl’s bedroom.
b. The father heard the noises in the early hours of the morning.
c. The father decided to investigate.

a. The father discovered the boy.
b. The father and the boy had an altercation.
c. A single gunshot was fired.

a. After the boy was shot, the father was taken to a hospital.
b.  The father was taken to a nearby hospital.
c. The father suffered from a possible panic attack.

a. The accused was not arrested.
b. The accused was not charged with a crime.

a. Police say he initially denied knowing the boy.
b. Police say his daughter initially denied knowing the boy.

a. The father called 911.
b. Before the police arrived, the father and the boy got into an argument.
c. Before police arrived, the boy appeared to be reaching for something.

Literature Focus
  1. What is the main idea or reason why the grand jury is deciding on pressing charges in this case?
  2. Why do you think the father (from the above information) might not have been charged already?
  3. What is a synonym for the word ‘fatally’ in the above clusters?

Writing:  By citing 2 – 4 clusters from 1-8, explain your position on the topic: Should the father be charged with murder? Be prepared to share your ideas.

Student stated a position. (10 points)
Student cited three clusters with quotation marks. (60 points)

Student’s citations match their position. (30 points)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Messenger 290 -

1. Page 290 Why does the narrator go to Ritchie’s house first?
2. Page 291 Why do you think Ed does not go right into Ritchie’s house?  Cite a line which supports your answer.
3. Page 292 Do you think Daryl has been in many fights?  Cite a line which supports your answer.
4. Page 293 What does Daryl say that “condescending”?
5. Page 294 What does the idiom “Keith cools down…” mean on this page?
6. Page 295 According to Keith and Daryl, why doesn’t Ed need to watch Ritchie’s house?
7. Page 296 Why do you think the narrator says “I’d slice it open and climb through to the next one.”?
8. Page 297 How does Ed recognize Ritchie in the dark house?
9. Page 298 How does the narrator ‘imagine’ Ritchie’s kitchen? (4 ideas)
10. Page 299 According to Ed, what 5 things does Ritchie’s life consist of?  You may cite the lines for the answer.
11. Page 300 – 301  How does Ritchie know that Ed is following him?  Cite the line which answers this question.
12. Page 302 How does Ed know that the Doorman (his dog) is going to come into the room?
13. Page 303 – 304 Why does Ritchie call himself “one of the laziest bastards on earth”?
Literature Focus:
1. What is the main idea or reason Ed was given Ritchie as a mission?
2. Write the line which contains the word condescending on page 293. “There’s no need…”
3. Condescending means: having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority.  Who is displaying this feeling on page 293?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Work

41 Students have already turned in their winter packet by email.  85 students should email in their work or have it ready to turn in on Monday.

You may cut and paste these questions, or just write them out from this web page.    You may email them to me, too.  Thanks, BH.  There are 14 pages to complete.  Each is worth 100 points.

Page 1 (Apostrophes)

Apostrophes are used to show that letters have been left out of words that have  been combined to make a shorter contraction. The apostrophe is usually placed right  above the place where the letters have been left out.
Example: cannot = can’t (the apostrophe goes where the second n and the o are missing)

Write a contraction for the phrases below:

 1. are not = aren't (Example)
 2. you are =
 3. we are =
 4. they are =
 5. he is =
 6. she is =
 7. you will =
 8. I am =
 9. will not =
 10. is not =

Now, write the phrase that each contraction represents.

 1. what’s = what is (Example)
 2. I've =
 3. we’ll =
 4. don’t  =
 5. could’ve =
 6. where’s =
 7. won’t =
 8. they've   =
 9. here’s =
 10. shouldn't =

Write a sentence that uses at least two contractions.


Page 2 (Conjunctions)

Joining sentences with a coordinating conjunction requires a comma.  Pick one of the coordinating conjunctions and combine the sentences found below.

To help you remember the coordinating conjunctions, think of the words “FAN BOYS”.
For And Nor But Or Yet So  

 Combine the sentences using a comma and a coordinating conjunction.

1. I don’t want to argue with you. I don’t want to give in.  
2. She had a lot of friends. She was a friendly girl.
3. I had a kitten. I lost him.
4. He studied for the test. He got a good grade.
5. Jim can boil eggs. Sally can make toast.
6. We can go to Disneyland. We can go to Sea World.
7. Dan moved to Michigan. He moved home again.
8. They didn’t want to be late. They hurried.
9. Jill runs a mile every day. She swims on Fridays.
10. You can choose vanilla ice cream. You can choose chocolate.


Page 3 (Pronouns)

Demonstrative pronouns point to something specific that can be either near or far in distance or time. The demonstrative pronouns are: this (singular – to point out something that is near in either distance or time). that (singular – to point out something this is far away in either distance or time). these (plural – to point out some things that are near in either distance or time). those (plural – to point out some things that are far in either distance or time).

Circle the demonstrative pronoun in each sentence.
1. This is my favorite teddy bear.
2. Would you like some of these?
3. Those years at the lake were the best times of my life.
4. That is the toy I would like to buy.
5. These are absolutely delicious!

Choose the correct demonstrative pronoun to complete each sentence.
6. ____________________ (These/This) are the shoes I like.
7. ____________________ (This/That) car over there is the best one.
8. ____________________ (These/Those) books right here are mine.
9. ____________________ (That/Those) store across the street sells clothes.
10. ___________________ (Those/This) students over there are my friends.
11. I’ve been looking for a turkey, and I’d like to buy________(that/those) one.
12. __________________(This/These) is the year we’ll win the championship!


Page 4 (Pronouns)

Circle the pronoun in each sentence. On the line in front of each sentence, write “S” if the pronoun is a subject pronoun or “O” if the pronoun is an object pronoun.


1. Steven gave me the letter.
Me= Pronoun, so you would circle it.  In this sentence, 'Steven' is the Subject, and 'Me' is the Object. You would put O in front of the line.  Here is a link to a Subject vs. Object page, if you need help

2. You can sit down by the table.
3. They are going to watch a movie at the new theater.
4. Nikki and Sierra can go with us tomorrow.
5. We have been friends for many years.
6. It is inside the pocket of the blue backpack.
7. The teacher gave me the library book.
8. Jenny’s mother brought her a sandwich for lunch.
9. She played with the new puppy all day.
10. You went to the party on Saturday night.
11. Maurshay will give you the book next week.
12. Park the bicycles in the rack and leave the keys for us.
13. He called the store, but everyone was on a lunch break.
14. Joshua's dad gave us a ride to the baseball game.
15. I usually study for a few hours the night before a test.
16. Jerry and Mark went to the school play with them on Monday.
17. Send me a copy of the report in the mail.
18. He never said goodbye before going on the month-long trip.
19. We ate dinner at a nice restaurant before returning home.
20. Naomie  baked him a delicious strawberry cake.


Page 5 (Pronouns)

Pronouns can help you simplify sentences that would be very complicated otherwise.

Use pronouns to rewrite the sentences below.

1.  Stephen put on Stephen’s skis and used Stephen’s poles to push Stephen forward.
Example: Stephen put on his skis and used his poles to push himself forward.
2. The old woman opened the door to the old woman’s house and placed an envelope in
the old woman’s mailbox.
3. Michelle visited her brother Mark with Michelle’s son and Michelle’s daughter.
4. Andrew lost Andrew’s notebook when Andrew visited Marie at Marie’s house.
5. The farmer milked the farmer’s cows and then carried the cows’ milk in a pail.
6. Paul’s sister opened Paul’s sister’s purse, took out Paul’s sister’s lipstick, and
carefully put it onto Paul’s sister’s lips.
7. Jennifer’s grandfather gave Jennifer a coin from Jennifer’s grandfather’s pocket, and
Jennifer gave Jennifer’s grandfather a big hug.
8. While talking on Peter’s cell phone, Peter dropped Peter’s cell phone, and Peter’s cell
phone had to be replaced.
9. The shaggy dog shook after taking the shaggy dog’s bath, throwing water off the
shaggy dog’s fur and onto the shaggy dog’s owner, who was trying to dry the shaggy
dog off.
10. Jenny made a ham sandwich, and then Jenny ate the ham sandwich.


Page 6 (Pronouns)

Do some wishful thinking for yourself, your family, and your friends.
Complete the sentences below using the wishful form “were.”

1. If I______________________________________________________________.

2. If my friends________________________________________________________.

3. If my ____________________________________________________________.

4. If our grandmother_________________________________________________.

5. If my teacher______________________________________________________.

6. If his dad_________________________________________________________.

7. If they___________________________________________________________.

8. If my best friend___________________________________________________.

9. If we ____________________________________________________________.

10. If my family and I_________________________________________________.

11. If the school principal______________________________________________.

12. If your parents___________________


Page 7 (Verbs)

Complete each sentence by writing the correct form of the verb to be.

 1. Our teacher, Mr. Anderson, ______________________ absent last Friday.

 2. Antonio  _______________________ not feeling well today.

 3. Raymon and Turbo ___________________________ playing soccer tomorrow.

 4. I ______________________ happy today.

 5. You ______________ my best friend!

 6. Last year you ___________________ in the hospital for an operation.

 7. The weather _________________ rainy today.

 8. We _______________ eating dinner last night when the doorbell rang.

 9. Aunt Virginia ________________ my favorite aunt.

 10. They __________________________ visiting their grandma next month.


Page 8 (Verbs)

Lie: to lie means to recline your body. Lie is the correct present tense form  of the verb. However, lay is the correct past tense form of the verb. That’s right,  lay. It’s no wonder it gets confused with the verb above, since the past form is  the same as that verb’s present form.

I need to go lie on my bed.
Last night I lay on my bed, unable to sleep.

Choose “lie,” “lay,” or “laid” to complete each sentence.

1. Before I went to bed, I __________ (lie, lay, laid) my clothes out for tomorrow.
2. Every afternoon, we _________ (lie, lay, laid) on the bed for a nap.
3. When they’re cold, they _________ (lie, lay, laid) a blanket on their legs.
4. All of last week I __________ (lie, lay, laid) in bed feeling sick.
5. Our pet dogs like to __________ (lie, lay, laid) under the table.
6. Yesterday, the boys __________ (lie, lay, laid) their backpacks outside.
7. While we meet, they __________ (lie, lay, laid) their purses on the couch.
8. Susanna and Maribel often __________ (lie, lay, laid) on the floor to make posters.
9. Last night we all __________ (lie, lay, laid) awake until midnight.
10. Yesterday, our teacher __________ (lie, lay, laid) on the ground, injured.


Page 9 (Nouns)

The regular plural form of nouns is made by simply adding  an “s” to the end of the word.

If the noun is singular, write the plural form. If the noun is plural, write the singular form. 
1.  car   
2.  hair   
3.  plants   
4.  table   
5.  chair   
6.  lakes   
7.  animals   
8.  baseball   
9.  house   
10.  desks   
11.  video   
12.  students  


Page 10 (Sentence Types)

1. Declarative sentences are making a statement, perhaps to provide information.
 A period (.) is the proper ending punctuation for a declarative sentence.
2. Interrogative sentences are asking a question.
 A question mark (?) is the proper ending punctuation for an interrogative sentence.
3. Exclamatory sentences express emotion or excitement.
 An exclamation point (!) is the proper ending punctuation for an exclamatory sentence.

• Decide whether the sentence is making a statement,   asking a question, or expressing emotion.
• Add the proper punctuation to the end.

1. There are 33 students in my class_______

2. What time does the class start ________

3. The house is on fire _______

4. The shop on the corner sells notebooks and paper______

5. Each class will have an assigned time to go to the library______

6. My dad said he is going to double my allowance ______

7. Why aren’t you coming on the field trip______

8. How long will it take us to get to the museum _______

9. I returned the books to the bookcase_______

10. Where is the school office ______

11. What is your favorite sport _______

12. James scored the winning touchdown _______

13. Mom is making my favorite meal for dinner ______

14. Is Emily your best friend _______


Page 11 (Adjectives)

Adjectives describe nouns. They give information about something or someone that we can discover with our senses. They tell how he/she/it looks, feels, sounds, smells, or tastes.

 For each sentence, choose the adjective that makes the most sense
 to complete the sentence. Write it on the line.

1. The dog's ears are _______. (tasty/floppy)

2. My dad's pizza is_________. (delicious/sharp)

3. The party is _________. (ugly/fun)

4. The ________ man has no place to sleep. (poor/fluffy)

5. My slippers are _________. (soft/angry)

6. Grandma’s perfume is_________. (frilly/smelly)

7. Sabria's music is ___________. (generous/energizing)

8. The movie is _____________. (dramatic/furry)

9. Our home is __________. (challenging/comfortable)

10. The school is ________. (salty/large)

11. The party was _______. (old/noisy)

12. Brian's car is _________ (crunchy/fast)

13. Our friends have a _______dog. (friendly/bumpy)

14. The weather is ___________. (chilly/smooth)

15. My new shoes are ________. (long/fashionable)

16. The genius is ________. (intelligent/rectangular)

17. The city library is _______. (useful/chewy)

18. We have a __________ horse. (brown/scaly)


Page 12 (Verbs)

Rewrite each sentence, adding the appropriate ending to the adjective to make it  either comparative (comparing two or more things with –er ending) or superlative
(ranking as the highest or lowest of three or more items with –est ending).

1. He was (tall) than his brother.
2. Our car is the (fast) of all.
3. Her lunch is _(good) than mine.
4. Jennifer is (sleepy) than Mike.
5. Our dog is the (fierce) on our street.
6. The sun is (bright) than the moon.
7. Bob has the (big) feet in the classroom.
8. Elizabeth is (silly) than Elona.
9. The kitchen is (dirty) than the bathroom.
10. The science book is the (heavy) of the texts.
11. The kitten is (cute) than the puppy.
12. Old teachers are (crabby) than new teachers.
13. Oranges are (sweet) than grapefruits.
14. Jill is the (quiet) student in the room.
15. Using a printer is (fast) than writing by hand.
16. Black is the (dark) of all the colors.
17. Heidi’s hair is (soft) than Malcolm’s hair.
18. Chili peppers are (spicy) than bell peppers.
19. Metals are (shiny) than non-metals.
20. My glass is (full) than my brother’s glass.
21. The tuba is the (low) brass instrument.
22. Ballet is (difficult) than tap dancing.
23. The trumpet is the (loud) brass instrument.
24. Veronica is the (thin) dancer in the show.
25. Tiffany is (cheerful) than Jessica.
26. Gwen’s handwriting is the (small) of all.
27. Terrell’s hair is (curly) than Camille’s hair.
28. This movie is the (long) one I have ever seen!
29. This painting is (colorful) than that one.
30. Sharks have (sharp) teeth than rabbits.
31. Glasses are (fragile) than cups.
32. The first comedian was the (funny) of all.

Page 13 (Adjectives)

Adjectives describe nouns. They give information about  something or someone that we can discover with our senses.  They tell how he/she/it looks, feels, sounds, smells, or tastes.

 Read the sentence. Circle the adjective. On the line after the sentence, write the noun that is being described.

1. The popsicles the children ate were sweet.

2. Victoria wore her frilly dress to the party.

3. Scott and Kenny played an awesome video game.

4. Our cousins drove here in their ancient car.

5. The dirty laundry was piled up on the floor.

6. Our ferocious dog bared its teeth at the intruder.

7. The box up on the shelf was dusty.

8. The towels had a clean smell after hanging in the sun.

9. Jimmy’s hat has a wide brim.

10. Her cousin is a fast swimmer.

11. The animals in the zoo were hungry.

12. After walking all day, his feet were tired.

13. She couldn’t believe what a boring day it was.

14. I ran a comb through my straight hair.

15. The house is majestic on the hillside.

16. Carrie’s shoes are uncomfortable.

17. Disneyland is a magical place for children.

18. Intelligent students pay attention in class.


Page 14 (Prepositions)

A preposition shows a relationship between ideas in a sentence. Prepositions usually answer the questions where or when. They often tell the location of a person or an object in time or space. The preposition usually introduces a phrase  that has several parts: the preposition itself; an article (like a, an, or the); and a  noun which is called the object of the preposition.
Sometimes, there may be a possessive noun, like Steven’s, or a possessive pronoun, such as her, their, or my, instead of the article. There may also be  adverbs or adjectives in the phrase.

Underline the prepositional phrase in each sentence. Circle the preposition.
1) My grandparents enjoyed boating on the beautiful lake.
2) Spiders do not usually build webs in a busy area.
3) Dancing on a public stage can be a frightening experience!
4) The high-definition television fell onto the dirty street.
5) My soccer team played well during the championship tournament.
6) Sandwiched between the canned goods and the milk, the bread was smashed.
7) The summer shone brightly in the afternoon.
8) My favorite restaurant is next to the enormous shoe store.