Eureka Apprentice: Nov 2

Writing Assignment

*CATCH-UP WEEK* Please make sure you are caught up this week or you will feel behind the rest of the year. And remember, writing class is required so if you don’t get writing class work done, you can’t go to journeyman and masters classes.

This week you are writing your topic sentences for all 4 of your pages of notes that you have taken. Remember to get a full sheet of paper and fold it into 4 rectangles and add the box in the middle. (We’ll call this a 4-square sheet) Write a complete sentence in the middle box of each one (you will have 4 total) with what it is about. For example on the first one about a biome: “My favorite biome is the desert.” or “Deserts are fascinating things to learn about” or “I learned a lot of things about the desert”. Do this with all 4 pages of notes (biome, ancestor, lines, Asia).

Make sure you have a page of notes AND now a 4-square sheet for all 4 topics and bring them all to class:

  • Biome
  • Ancestor
  • Lines
  • Asia


Do all of the following:

  1. Watch the following videos about plants and how they grow:
  2. Draw color pictures of the following in your commonplace book:
    • Life cycle of a plant
    • Parts of a plant
    • What a plant needs to live
  3. Print and read the following talk by Pres. Russell M Nelson “The Power of Spiritual Momentum”.  Mark your favorite parts and come to class prepared for a discussion.  (See Become for more specific things to study.)
  4. Choose one of the following scientists and sign up for an in-class presentation on him/her in this doc. Study the person you chose and write down 10 interesting facts about them that aren’t on the notecard, including how they impacted the world with what they discovered or built. Using the 10 interesting facts you learned, prepare a creative and interesting presentation for class on him/her. Come prepared to present it to the class.
    • John Muir
    • Wilhelm Rontgen
    • Thomas Edison
    • Alexander Graham Bell
    • Nikola Tesla


Choose one of the following and be prepared to share in class:

  • What is your favorite plant?  Create a piece of art that represents why you like it and what it means to you and bring what you made to class to show. If you can, bring a real example of your favorite plant to class.  Spend at least 1 hour on this piece of art.
  • Choose a science experiment from one of the following sites or from a science book at home or from the library that has to do with plants or seeds.  Do the experiment at home and bring it to class to explain and show. You will all have a chance to present your experimental findings, so come prepared.
    • You will receive
      • 2 Vanbucks for an easy experiment
      • 4 for a more complex experiment 
      • 6 for an experiment that you did 3 or more times to see if your results stayed the same 
      • 10 if you did a complex experiment 5 or more times and charted the results.


Plants need 5 things to grow: air, water, light, nutrients and space.  If one of those aren’t in place, the plant will die.  Pres. Nelson teaches us 5 things that we can do to maintain spiritual momentum and help us continue growing towards Jesus Christ.  Those things are:

  • get on the covenant path and stay there
  • discover joy in daily repentance
  • learn about God and how He works
  • seek and expect miracles
  • end conflict in your personal life. 

Choose the one of the five that Pres. Nelson talked about that speaks to you or that you need to understand better.  Reread that part of his talk and ask yourself the 5 types of questions about that section.  What applications of what you learned can you implement in your life this week?  Do that thing all week and see how much of a difference it makes.  Come prepared to share what you learned (and if it’s not too personal) what you experienced.  

As you study and apply, ponder on Pres. Nelson’s promise and what it means to you and your family, “My dear brothers and sisters, with all the pleadings of my heart, I urge you to get on the covenant path and stay there. Experience the joy of repenting daily. Learn about God and how He works. Seek and expect miracles. Strive to end conflict in your life.  As you act on these pursuits, I promise you the ability to move forward on the covenant path with increased momentum, despite whatever obstacles you face. And I promise you greater strength to resist temptation, more peace of mind, freedom from fear, and greater unity in your families.”

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