ODYSSEYWARE: SAMPLE ONE - 10 points (Notice how each step is explained in words and numbers.)

Explain how to add the following fractions.  - 1 4/6 - 7/12

First I would change the mixed number -1 4/6 into an improper fraction. - 10/6

Then, I would find a common denominator . . . 12.

I would need to multiply the numerator and denominator of the first fraction by two . . . -20/12.

Now the problem is -20/12 + (-7/12). I would add the numerators. -27/12

Next, I would divide -27 by 12 and get -2 3/12.

That isn't in simplest form, so I would divide by 3/3 and get -2 1/4 as the sum.

 ODYSSEYWARE: SAMPLE TWO - 10 points (Notice the questions have multiple answers to encourage a discussion.)

Write three discussion questions based on your reading assignment and then respond to them.

Q1: Why do you think the wolf was so upset with the three little pigs?

A1: Maybe they had been stealing his food. Maybe they had been teasing his children. Maybe he was just a bully. Maybe he was just hungry and wanted to eat them.

Q2: Why did the wolf only use his breath to destroy the pigs' houses?

A2: He wasn't very strong. Maybe he was obeying rules that he couldn't "touch" the pigs' houses. He thought his breath had a special power. Possibly because he wasn't very smart.

Q3: Why didn't the pigs work together and build just one house?

A3: They didn't really get along with each other until the very end of the story. Maybe because they didn't live close enough to each other to communicate easily. They each wanted their own room and didn't want to share space with the others. They didn't even think of it as an option because they were each used to living alone and each had his own special talent for building.


How would you classify the fossil fuel, petroleum, in terms of a resource? Justify your answer in two or more complete sentences.

Petroleum is a nonrenewable fossil fuel. It is not renewable because there is a finite amount of petroleum deposits. Once they are used up, there is no way to make more.