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Homework AssignmentMonday, June 3, 2019 at 7:35 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) Why had the Philippines been considered out of reach to early humans?
2) What recent discovery has proved that theory wrong?
3) When and where did Armand Mijares discover the first fossil?
4) What was the fossil?
5) Why did Mijares decide to look for additional fossils in the same location?
6) What did Mijares find?
7) What did the fossils reveal about the early humans?
8) Why is Mijares planning to seek out additional fossils?
9) Why is Mijares proud of the discovery?
10) What does the presence of the fossils demonstrate?

Fossils Of New Human Species Unearthed In The Philippines

Paleontologists had long believed that ancient humans used land bridges to migrate from one country to another. Hence, Luzon, the largest of the 7,641 islands that comprise the Philippine archipelago in the Western Pacific Ocean, appeared to be entirely out of reach for our ancestors. Now, there is evidence that a previously unknown human species managed to overcome the ocean currents and settle on the island between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago — around the same time as our species, the Homo sapiens and our closest ancestors, the Neanderthals, dwelled on Earth.

Homework AssignmentMonday, June 3, 2019 at 6:39 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) What happens to most space rocks that hit Earth every year?
2) Why are researchers worried about asteroids that might land on Earth?
3) What has NASA been working on since 2016?
4) What did NASA announce on February 13, 2019?
5) What does DART stand for?
6) Where will DART head to in 2021?
7) When will it meet up with asteroid Didymos?
8) What is DART's mission?
9) Why was Didymos selected to test the planetary defense system?
10) What is the Hera mission designed to do?
11) What firsts will the Hera mission accomplish?
12) Why is Ian Carnelli excited about the Hera mission?

NASA's DART Mission Will Test Our Planetary Defense Capabilities Against Asteroids

Experts estimate that Earth gets bombarded with thousands of pieces of cosmic debris each year. While most burn up in the atmosphere, a few hundred survive and hit the planet's surface annually. While the impact of the space rocks, which come hurtling down at rapid speeds, has thus far been minimal, the possibility of an asteroid landing in a densely populated area and causing severe damage cannot be ignored.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) What has led to the rise in the demand for window washers?
2) How much do some window washers make hourly?
3) Why is the job prone to accidents?
4) What is Ozmo?
5) How does Ozmo clean building windows?
6) What helps Ozmo understand the layout of the building's exterior?
7) How does Ozmo know to get out of the way in case of an unexpected event?
8) What makes Ozmo environmentally-friendly?
9) How efficient is Ozmo in comparison to humans?
10) Why is Ozmo's introduction good for human window washers?
11) Why have past efforts to automate window washing not been successful?
12) What do Ozmo's creators hope to do with the robot's capabilities once it has mastered window cleaning?

Meet Ozmo, The Environmentally-Friendly Window Cleaning Robot

The exponential growth in skyscrapers worldwide, most of which feature large glass panes to highlight the breathtaking views, has led to a high demand for window washers. Though the specialized job, which earns workers as much as $35 an hour, can be lucrative, dangling alongside multi-story structures is dangerous, and accidents are not uncommon.  However,  if Israel-based start-up Skyline Technologies has its way, the dangerous chore may soon be assigned to  Ozmo, an intelligent window cleaning robot, with humans supervising from the safety of the ground.

Homework AssignmentTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 5:45 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) What historic event led to Jeff Bezos's fascination for the moon?
2) What is the name of Bezos' spaceflight company?
3) What is Blue Moon?
4) How will Blue Moon be powered?
5) Why will Blue Moon release satellites into the moon's orbit?
6) When does Bezos hope to launch Blue Moon on its mission to the moon?
7) How does Bezos envision space colonization?
8) According to Bezos, what will future human settlements resemble?
9) What are the two hurdles that need to be solved before humans can settle in space?
10) What solution does Bezos offer for each?
11) What is Bezos hoping to do for future generations?
12) What is Bezos doing to encourage young people to think about the Earth and humanity's future?
13) What is the first "space mission" Bezos wants kids to embark upon?

Jeff Bezos Unveils Plans To Send The First Commercial Manned Mission To The Moon

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world's wealthiest person, was just five years old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface on July  20, 1969.  However,  he has never forgotten the grainy black-and-white footage from the historic moment.  Since then, the moon has always been the center of the entrepreneur's space-faring ambitions  which are channeled through his self-funded spaceflight company, Blue Origin. On May 9, 2019, at a special conference held in Washington, DC,  Bezos came one step closer to fulfilling his dream of sending a mission to the satellite, when he unveiled a mock-up of  a flexible lander capable of carrying both humans and cargo to the moon.

Homework AssignmentFriday, May 24, 2019 at 5:48 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When is Memorial Day?
2) Why is the holiday observed?
3) What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
4) Why did General Logan decide to observe Decoration Day?
5) What did Logan do on that day?
6) When did the Southern States start celebrating the day?
7) Why did US lawmakers decide to change Memorial Day to the last Monday of May?
8) How has the change in day affected the celebrations?
9) Who introduced the 'National Moment of Remembrance Act?'
10) What does the law require Americans to do?

Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

On Monday, May 30, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. The Federal holiday that is observed annually on the last Monday of the month is highly anticipated by all, for various reasons. To students, it signifies the end of the school year and the start of a long lazy summer break. For adults, the holiday is a reminder to firm up vacation plans and host barbecue parties.
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    eleian1234Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:12 am
    1 ) Monday, May 27 2 ) Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. 3 ) Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service. 4 ) designating May 30 as a memorial day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion. 5 ) On 3 March 1868, Logan issued General Order No. 11, which called for a national day of remembrance for Civil War dead. This order served as the basis for what became the national holiday of Memorial Day.

    Homework AssignmentFriday, May 24, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
    1) When is Memorial Day?
    2) Why is the holiday observed?
    3) What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
    4) Why did General Logan decide to observe Decoration Day?
    5) What did Logan do on that day?
    6) When did the Southern States start celebrating the day?
    7) Why did US lawmakers decide to change Memorial Day to the last Monday of May?
    8) How has the change in day affected the celebrations?
    9) Who introduced the 'National Moment of Remembrance Act?'
    10) What does the law require Americans to do?

    Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

    On Monday, May 30, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. The Federal holiday that is observed annually on the last Monday of the month is highly anticipated by all, for various reasons. To students, it signifies the end of the school year and the start of a long lazy summer break. For adults, the holiday is a reminder to firm up vacation plans and host barbecue parties.

    Homework AssignmentFriday, May 24, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
    1) When will Memorial Day be celebrated this year?
    2) What is the purpose of the holiday?
    3) Who held the first Memorial Day celebration?
    4) Why did General John A. Logan decide to declare Memorial Day a national holiday in 1868?
    5) What did Logan call the holiday?
    6) How was the first national Memorial Day celebrated?
    7) When did the Southern States begin celebrating the holiday?
    8) What do some of the Southern States do to honor perished Confederate soldiers?
    9) Who began the tradition of wearing artificial red poppies on Memorial Day?
    10) Who makes Buddy Poppies?
    11) Why did the US Congress decide to move Memorial Day to the last Monday in May?
    12) Why did former President Bill Clinton sign the National Moment of Remembrance Act?
    13) What does the law urge Americans to do on Memorial Day?

    Honoring Our Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

    Memorial Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, May 29 this year, is one of the most important holidays in the American calendar. Observed annually on the last Monday of the month, it honors the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though the tradition is believed to have been started by local communities in the late 1800’s, the first official Memorial Day celebration is credited to Waterloo, New York. On May 5, 1866, the town’s residents organized a community-wide event to pay respects to perished soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags.

    Homework AssignmentMonday, May 20, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
    1) What are the two things that are unique about France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron?
    2) What is the name of Macron’s party?
    3) What did he promise to do if elected?
    4) Who was Macron’s main opponent?
    5) What political party does she belong to?
    6) What did she promise the French people if elected president?
    7) According to the author, what will determine how much Macron is able to accomplish during his five year term as president?
    8) What may happen if the Socialist party candidates get re-elected to Parliament?

    Emmanuel Macron Is France's Youngest Leader Since Napoleon Bonaparte

    On May 7, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest leader since 35-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor in 1804. The former economy minister is also the first president in modern French history who does not belong to the country’s two mainstream political parties — the conservative Republicans and the left-wing Socialists. Macron, who quit the government in 2016 to form Centrist party, “En Marche!” (“On the Move”), identifies himself as a radical outsider and promises to overhaul the country’s “failing” political system and revive the shrinking economy.

    QuizFriday, May 17, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Mr. Serranoafter completing the comprehension question and playing the vocabulary game take this quiz!

    Elections In The World's Largest Democracy Is A Fascinating Process

    In most democratic countries, all voters go to the polls on a single, predetermined day.  However, this is not the case in India, the world's largest democracy and the planet's second most populous country after China. In this diverse subcontinent — which boasts 22 official languages, 200 regional languages, and over 6000 dialects across its 29 states and 7 Union territories —  voting is an elaborate process, conducted in seven stages over a period of 39 days. Held every five years, this year the general elections began on April 11, 2019 and will continue until May 19, 2019,  with the final results announced on May 23, 2019.

    Homework AssignmentFriday, May 17, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
    1) For how long do Indian elections last?
    2) How often are elections held in India?
    3) What are the dates for this year's elections?
    4) What does the general election allow residents to do?
    5) How many seats does a party need to win to elect the prime minister?
    6) What makes India's election process complex?
    7) Who are the leaders of India's two major political parties?
    8) Why do poll workers need five weeks to manage the elections?
    9) What electoral rule adds to the challenge of the voting process?
    10) What did election officials have to do this year to ensure every eligible voter could cast a ballot?
    11) Why do the ballots feature emoji-like drawings alongside each candidate's name?
    12) From where do the political parties get the drawings?
    13) How much are the 2019 elections expected to cost?
    14) What is the money spent on?

    Elections In The World's Largest Democracy Is A Fascinating Process

    In most democratic countries, all voters go to the polls on a single, predetermined day.  However, this is not the case in India, the world's largest democracy and the planet's second most populous country after China. In this diverse subcontinent — which boasts 22 official languages, 200 regional languages, and over 6000 dialects across its 29 states and 7 Union territories —  voting is an elaborate process, conducted in seven stages over a period of 39 days. Held every five years, this year the general elections began on April 11, 2019 and will continue until May 19, 2019,  with the final results announced on May 23, 2019.

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