Are you brave enough to escape the Maze of Doom? I guess we'll have to wait and see. Throughout the summer, I'll send you a problem. It's up to you to find the solution...and your way out of the maze. Good luck.
You continue through the maze...
You see someone lurking in the shadows ahead of you. "Do not take another step," says the mysterious figure. "If you want to move forward, you have to answer my questions correctly...."
1. What number makes the equation below true?
35 ÷ ? = 7
2. A total of 30 players will play basketball at a park. There will be exactly 5 players on each team. Which statement correctly explains how to find the number of teams needed?
A. Add 5 to 30 to find 35 teams.
B. Divide 30 by 5 to find 6 teams.
C. Multiply 30 and 5 to find 150 teams.
D. Subtract 5 from 30 to find 25 teams.
Entrance to the Maze of Doom
Beware all who enter.
You enter the maze.
It's dark, with only enough light to see what's right in front of you. You step in and slowly follow the path.
To defeat the troll, answer the questions below...
Excerpt from My Grandma Talley
by Nadine Oduo
1 It’s easy to forget about soil. You have to look down on the ground to see it. Even then, soil may not seem to do very much. But, there’s more to soil than you might think. It isn’t just dirt that gets on your shoes.
2 Trees and plants need soil to grow. Very few fruits, vegetables and grains would live without it. Many animals need soil, too. They eat the plants that grow in it. Some animals even live in the soil. Can you imagine a world without soil?
3 Most soil comes from rocks. Over many years, weather causes rocks to break apart. The pieces get smaller and smaller as time goes on. Soil forms when bits of rock mix with things like dead leaves and dead bugs.
"decoder" = A person who unscrambles a message or code
4 Not all soil is the same. Soil comes in many colors. Some soil looks and feels different than other soil. The color and feel of soil often changes as you dig deeper into the ground. You can learn a lot by seeing and touching soil. In a way, soil is like a secret decoder.
5 The color of soil can sometimes tell you where you are. For example, red soil can be found in Arizona. Grey soil can be found in Nevada. Black soil can be found in Texas. Water also affects the color of soil. Wet soil is usually darker than dry soil.
"silt" = A type of mud
6 The feel of soil can tell you about its ingredients. Soil contains different amounts of sand, silt and clay. Soil in a forest might be gritty, which means more sand. Soil in a meadow might be smooth, which means more silt. Soil in a garden might be sticky, which means more clay.
7 Did you know that squeezing soil can tell you about the weather? If soil crumbles between your fingers, then the weather has probably been dry. If soil is wet and sticky— yuck!—then it might have rained not too long ago.
Here are the questions. Below the questions, you'll find the place to write in your answers.
1. The passage explains all aspects of soil except:
A. what it feels like
B. how much sand is in it
C. what it smells like
D. what lives in it
2. According to the text and photos in the passage, what do the photos show about the difference in the soils from Arizona and Texas?
A. The soils are different depths.
B. The soils are different colors.
C. The soils have different plants.
D. The soils have different ages.
3. Read these two sentences from paragraph 5:
"Soil in a forest might be gritty, which means more sand."
"Soil in a meadow might be smooth, which means more silt."
Which statement describes the relationship between these two sentences?
A. The sentences make a comparison.
B. The sentences describe two steps in a process.
C. The first sentence explains the reason for the second.
D. The second sentence gives the cause of the first
4. According to the passage, by squeezing soil you can tell if:
A. it has been raining
B. there are animals living in it
C. someone has been playing with it
D. it comes from Arizona or Texas
5. Read this sentence from paragraph 6 of the passage: "If soil crumbles between your fingers, then the weather has probably been dry." Based on the text, the word crumbles means:
C. washes away
D. falls apart