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__Mathematics__:

Reminder: The Problem of the Week is graded on EFFORT, not correct response. A VALIANT attempt should be made to solve the problem and all steps should be shown.

__Problem of the Week (choose one).__Creating a chart and using the guess and check/logical reasoning strategy works. Solving algebraically is not expected or required. However, if you enjoy this strategy, feel free to use it. :-) Making a chart and using guess and check strategies will also work.Reminder: The Problem of the Week is graded on EFFORT, not correct response. A VALIANT attempt should be made to solve the problem and all steps should be shown.

Reminders: TRY the Problem of the Week--it is graded on an awesome EFFORT! The "trade in" policy for a higher level POW is always in effect.

1. Math review due Friday, May 19th. Go to the EOG link in the left hand column. Click on the "EOG Practice Math Test (homework)" link. You will solve #1-22 for this Friday and #23-44 for next Tuesday. You need to use the RIDD strategy for each problem and show ALL of your work! Work is required for credit. You do not have to print the practice test--you can organize your work on paper neatly (numbering each problem and using the RIDD strategy). If you prefer to print it, that is fine, too. Let me know if you have any questions BEFORE the assignment is due.

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__Option 1__Problem of the Weeks have concluded for the year.

__Option 2.__Problem of the Weeks have concluded for the year.

__Math Contract REMINDER:__

Math contracts provide additional practice for skills learned in class. Remember that

__ALL__work needs to be shown to earn full credit. Math contracts submitted without work will be returned for a re-do.

Work = Credit

NO work = NO credit

__Science__:

**--Due Thursday, May 25th: Science EOG practice.**Go to the EOG link in the left column. Click on the Science EOG review homework. You may print out the practice if you would like, but it is not required. You need to make sure you have the letter answers for each question/item written down so you can check your work on Thursday.

--Left up as reference:

**Due Wednesday, May 17: Complete the "ALTITUDE and Temperature" science notebook entry.**Students already received data and graph paper for this investigation.

Focus Question: How does altitude affect temperature?

Prediction, Data (glue in data, glue in completed triple line graph of elevation and temperature), Claims and Evidence (two to three, evidence must be specific and reference the graph), Conclusion (was the prediction correct and how you know), Reflection (next steps, new questions).

I left the assignment up for students who were absent:

--Due Wednesday, May 10: Complete the "Latitude and Temperature" science notebook entry. Be sure to include the following components:

- Focus question: How does latitude affect temperature?

- Prediction

- Data

a. List of cities in order from northern hemisphere to southern hemisphere (northern hemisphere is from the highest degree to the lowest, equator, and then the southern hemisphere is from the lowest degree to the highest degree).

b. Create a bar graph of the data (northern hemisphere first with highest to lowest latitude, equator, southern hemisphere with lowest to highest altitude). Latitude will be labeled on the x-axis and the temperature will be labeled on the y-axis.

- Claims and evidence (2-3 claims statements with evidence)

- Conclusion (was your prediction correct and how you know)

- Reflection (3-5): any new questions you have and any next steps to extend/enhance the investigation

* We went over this assignment already in class on Friday (May 05) *

--This assignment was due on Friday, May 05: Weather instruments foldable: Go to http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-instruments.htm. Read the information about weather instruments. Create a foldable that includes each of the weather instruments from your reading. Remember to put the information IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Have fun, meteorologists!

Previous Problem of the Weeks:

From the week of September 12:

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__Option 1__What is the least number that leaves a remainder of 3 when divided by 5, a remainder of 2 when divided by 4, a remainder of 1 when divided by 3, and a remainder of 0 when divided by 2?

**Option 2.**What is the greatest number of tables that you could use to serve dinner to 55 guests so that each table has a

__different__number of guests?

From the week of September 19:

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__Option 1__I am a number between 60 and 80. I have a remainder of 3 when divided by 4. I have a remainder of 1 when divided by 7. What number am I?

**Option 2.**Suzanne manages a bookstore and earns $23,500 per year. This amount is $2,500 more than twice as much as she earned when she first started working at the store nine years ago. How much did she earn when she first started working?

From the week of September 26:

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__Option 1__Your eccentric Aunt Isabel sends money to each niece and nephew on his or her birthday. She gives each child $10 on his or her first birthday. On each birthday thereafter, you and your cousins get $20 more than on the birthday before. How old will you be when you have received a total of $4,000 from Aunt Isabel? How many different ways can you solve the problem?

From the week of October 03:

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__Option 1__I have exactly 12 coins in my pocket worth exactly $1.00. I might have nickels, dimes, and/or quarters. What combination of coins might I have? Find all the possibilities.

Idea: Use a chart of help organize your work. :-)

From the week of October 10:

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__Option 1__Brandon's and Eric's lockers at school are side by side. The product of their locker combinations is 812. What are the two locker numbers? How many different strategies can you use to solve the problem?

__Option 2.__Two boxes of salt and a box of sugar cost $6.60. A box of salt is $1.20 less than a box of sugar. What is the cost of a box of sugar?

From the week of October 24:

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__Option 1__Lima beans come in 3-pound and 5-pound bags that cost $1.15 and $1.63 respectively. How many of each should you buy to have

__at least__17 pounds of lima beans at the

**lowest**cost? HELPFUL HINT: Create a table to organize your work.

From the week of October 31:

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__Option 1__Max and his two brothers, Sean and Kennedy, received a sum of money. Max received three times as much as Sean. Max received $400 more than Kennedy. If Sean received $280, what was the total amount of money the three brothers received?

From the week of November 07:

__Option 1.__At the Office Minimum store, Blake bought five books and nine file folders. He gave the cashier $50 and received $2.05 in change. If each book cost $6.35, what was the cost of each file folder?

From the week of November 14:

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__Option 1__The cost of an angelfish and a goldfish was $8.00. Adam bought 6 angelfish, 2 goldfish, and a swordtail for $34. If the cost of an angelfish and a swordtail was $10.50, what was the cost of a goldfish?

From the week of December 06:

**Option 1.**For the triplets' birthday, mom and dad baked a 6 x 6 one-layer cake frosted on ALL sides and on the top. Gina, Tina, and Dina want to make certain that the cake is divided fairly among them. How can the cake be divided into three continuous pieces so that each triplet gets the same amount of cake AND same amount of frosted sides as her sisters? Hint: Draw a picture to help you solve the problem.

From the week of December 13:

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__Option 1__The student store sells school supplies, hats, and T-shirts with the school name printed on them. At the end of each month, an inventory is taken to find out what needs to be ordered. The person who counted the hats and T-shirts cannot remember exactly how many of each there were, but he does remember two facts. Fact #1: There were four times as many T-shirts as hats. Fact #2: There were 54 more T-shirts than hats. "No problem!" you tell him, "With this information, I can figure out how many T-shirts and how many hats were in the store." What's the answer? Remember to follow the POW steps to solve the problem.

From the week of January 03:

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__Option 1__Using only quarters and dimes, what is the least number of coins that would give you a total of $7.15? HINT: Show

__all__options you try in an ORGANIZED chart. Remember to show ALL four steps of the POW process (listed under the "homework" headline above) to receive full credit.

From the week of January 10:

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__Option 1__A rope is 20.85 m long. Two pieces of 1.85 m each are cut from it, and the remainder is cut into 7 equal pieces. How long is each of the 7 equal pieces of rope? Hint: Draw a picture to help you.

From the week of January 23:

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__Option 1__A pineapple and four oranges cost $8.40. The pineapple costs $5.90 more than an orange. Find the cost of the pineapple. Hint: Make an organized chart to show your work.

From the week of February 06:

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__Option 1__In a shop, there are 25 bicycles and tricycles. There are 63 wheels in all. Find the number of bicycles and tricycles in the shop.

From the week of February 13:

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__Option 1__June bought five mechanical pencils and some pens at Staples. Each mechanical pencil cost $4. Each pen cost $10 less than five mechanical pencils. If June spent $90, how many pens did she buy? Hint: Make a chart to help organize your work.

From the week of February 20:

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__Option 1__Takashi spent 1/3 of his money on a jacket. He spent 1/4 of the remaining money on a pair of boots. If the pair of boots cost $35 less than the jacket, how much money did he have in the beginning? Hint: Remember, if you are finding 1/3 of a number, you can divide by 3. If you are finding 1/4 of a number, you can divide by 4 or multiply by .25. :-) You can make a chart to help organize your work. EFFORT counts!

From the week of February 27:

**Option 1.**Anne, Bridget, and Sasha shared a sum of money. Anne took 1/3 of the total amount, and Bridget took 1/4 of the remaining money. After both of them had taken their share, Sasha took 1/2 of what was left. If Anne took $160, how much did Sasha take? Hint: You can use a model or organized chart to help you.

From the week of March 06:

**Option 1.**Nick the Knight came upon an ancient castle inhabited by a very strange wizard. The castle has 12 huge doors, each guarded by a fierce dragon and numbered 1 through 12. The wizard has a strict rule about the use of the doors:

Knights may enter through any door except number 1. They must take note of the number of the door as they enter because they are only permitted to leave through a door whose number is a factor or a multiple of the number of the entry door. Knights may not exit through the same door as they entered. If a knight tries to leave through the wrong door, the dragons are to throw him in the moat with the crocodiles. In how many ways can Nick safely enter and exit this castle?

From the week of March 13:

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__Option 1__At a movie, 1/4 of the people in the theater were men, 5/8 were women, and the rest where children. If there were 100 more women than children, what was the total number of people in the theater?

Note: Try it! Making an organized table and/or is a great strategy to use when solving the problem.

From the week of March 20:

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__Option 1__There are many adults and children shopping at the Food Tiger supermarket. Three tenths of the people in the Food Tiger supermarket are children. There are 84 adults.

a) How many people (children and adults) are in the supermarket altogether? and

b) How many more adults than children are there?

Note: Making an organized table and/or using models are great strategies to use when solving the problem.

From the week of March 27:

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__Option 1__There are a total of 800 novels and nonfiction books at the Books a Zillion book store. 2/5 of these books were novels. Each novel was priced at $7. Each nonfiction book was priced at $5. How much money would the owner of the book store make if she sold 3/8 of the novels and 2/5 of the nonfiction books?

From the week of April 24:

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__Option 1__Christopher had 90 pencils and pens. After giving away 1/3 of his pencils and 10 pens, he had an equal number of pencils and pens left. How many pencils did he have in the beginning?

From the week of May 01:

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__Option 1__A painting measures 30 in. by 20 in. The border around the painting is 3 in. wide. Find the area of the border.