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December 16, 2005

Happy Holidays!

Left up on the monitor this morning: the spelling test that Becky put together for her fourth-grade class to take on their last day before the holiday break. I offer it to you as the sort of innocent, inclusive, and happy cultural document the Bill O'Reillys of the world would grind beneath their white-fur-trimmed jackboots.

And Mr. O'Reilly, I'll be posting the answer key after all her students have handed it in, so don't worry if you get stumped.

Spelling Test
name _______________

Bubble in the sentence that contains the misspelled word.

1.
° Old St. Nicholas will visit on Christmas Eve.
° We will write a New Year's resolushun in 2006.
° Correct as is.

2.
° I wish for pease in the world.
° On New Year's Day, many people enjoy watching college football.
° Correct as is.

3.
° Santa claus is coming to town.
° Divali is a celebration of light.
° Show some Yuletide cheer this holiday.

4.
° Find joy this season.
° Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.
° Correct as is

5.
° How will you celebrate the winter season?
° Show good wil to your classmates.
° Correct as is

6.
° kwanzaa and channukah are celebrated in more than one day.
° 'Eid al-Fitr comes right after the fasting of Ramadan.
° Correct as is.


7.
° Will you stay up until midnight on New Year Eve?
° Not everyone has a Christmas tree.
° Correct as is

8.
° Kwanzaa is based on 7 principles.
° The last day of vacation is January 2, 2006
° Correct as is.

9.
° The Yule log comes from last year's tree.
° Wintir is the coldest season.
° Correct as is

10.
° Conifers stay green all year long.
° Summer solstiss is the longest day of the year.
° Correct as is.

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Comments

I am deeply, deeply disturbed.

By the use of "bubble" as a verb meaing "to fill."

Posted by: carpundit at December 16, 2005 09:21 AM
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'Eid al-Fitr comes right after the fasting of Ramadan.

For 4th graders? Only in California! (Or maybe here in Toronto, or in a New York City PS.) I'm so impressed.

Posted by: SneakySnu at December 16, 2005 09:30 AM
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I have to second Carpundit's point about "bubble" cum verb. Dear Lord! I mean, I know I'm a traditionalist, but Yikes!

Posted by: Hungry Hyaena at December 16, 2005 12:27 PM
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You said "bubble cum."

Posted by: Chris Clarke at December 16, 2005 12:34 PM
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=v= Budding pedants could argue with #2 on the grounds that "pease" is a valid plural of that legume that we're often asked to visualize as whirled. But overall I'm terribly offended that Festivus was left out, and I will be writing a letter to my local school board forthwith!

P.S.: I learned about "pease" from De La Soul.

Posted by: Jym at December 16, 2005 01:19 PM
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