Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Catfood and Fractions?

Find this post at your room's blog. Leave a comment there or at voicethread.

Here are the posters from today's math congress. I hope you will go to voicethread and leave a comment. We have a class account. spmath@yahoo.com
and the password is room## where you have math. In your comment talk about the strategy and what you understand. You need to pick a picture to talk about at voicethead, then comment.

Or you can comment on these slides from today's class.

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Have a great day off. Please comment and complete your growing post!!

Here are the slides from today.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Your first Growing Post

Welcome to your first Growing Post.

A Growing Post is 1 post. You will edit it over and over again making additions to it. This post is worth marks. You will be expected to show your knowledge of fractions and learn how to blog at the same time. Have fun and do not leave things to the last minute.

  1. Create a post and call it ****'s First Growing Post.
  2. Label it growingpost, fractions (write it exactly like that please)
  3. In the body of your post please answer the following question. You need to use words and a picture. Which set of fractions is larger 1/2 + 1/6 or 1/4 + 7/12. I would recommend that you use the idea of clocks to show your understanding.
  4. Find your picture of your final project "The Bike Race Fundraiser" at flickr
  5. Once you are at flickr and find your picture save it to your desktop or where ever you save your pictures. You should label it ***bikerace. Then upload it to the blog. Once it is there you will have to select it (double click) then cut it and put it into the right spot at in your post. Tell us 2 things about your bike race.
Thus ends part one of the growing post. Stay tuned for part 2!! (This work is due by Monday)
(update Friday Oct. 19)
Here are some more things to do
6. Do a google search for fraction games. Find a good site and write a review of the game. Tell everyone what is good about this site. You also need to create a link to the site.
7. Go back to your picture of the bike race. Tell us all about how you calculated the Km positions at a twelfth, sixth and a third. did you see any patterns?
8. What are 2 different ways to find a quarter and 3/4 of a number. Use one of the following 16, 22, or 110.

Happy weekend

Tuesday October 23
Your final tasks
9) Write a fraction question and answer it. It has to be a question like one you have had on a test. You may answer it in pictorial or word form.
10) Mark your own Growing post and one other persons growing post. Use the following guide. Paste it in as a comment. Be honest. You may mark a persons work from another room. You may not mark a person's post that has already had a person mark it. Look before you comment.

Scoring Guide

Title /1
Label /1
Question 3 /5
Question 4/5 /3
Question 6 /5
Question 7 /3
Question 8 /5
Question 9 /5
Question 10 /7

Total /35
Most importantly in the comment tell the student what they did well and what they could improve upon next time. Thanks for commenting.

Good luck. the final due date is Friday. You will have to be done by Monday to receive a mark.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Blogging on Blogging

Welcome to your first post. Please create a post and title it *****'s Blogging on Blogging.

In the body of the post....
Answer these 3 questions.

What was the hardest thing about this unit?
What do you understand now that you did not understand before?
If you had to teach your parents something about fractions what would it be and how would you do it?

Finally at the bottom of the post in the small rectangle called label could you please label this post bob817, bob816, bob841, bob873 depending on your room number

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Slides for October 11 Test tomorrow

Here are the slides for today. Please choose a slide or slides to comment on. This is excellent studying material for tomorrows test.

Thanks Harbeck

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Slides for October 10

Here are the slides from today. Please leave a comment behind and talk about the math information that you are comfortable with. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Today's Slides October 9

Please leave comments on the following things.
Choose slide 1 or 2 and describe how you decided which was greater.
On slide 3 explain what the pattern is and how many subs need to be ordered for 11 people?
On slide 4 please show an example of what 4 goes into 9 is and is NOT.

Thanks for commenting.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Weekend homework

At your class blog please answer the following:

Explain which fraction is larger than another. Show your answers in comments at your classroom blog.

This is a voicethread. Please listen to the instructions

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A time for Scribes

Mr. Kuropatwa introduced me to the world of Scribe Posts. It is an essential part of the Grade 8 Math Classroom. You will be expected to write one scribe post every 30 classes or about 4 a year. That doesn't sound like to much does it.

A Scribe post is

The assignment is simply to post a brief summary of what happened in class each day. A different student is responsible for the daily scribe post and they end their post by choosing the next scribe. The first scribe is a volunteer. The teacher's daily involvement is limited to updating a post called The Scribe List which is at the top of the links list in the sidebar of the class's blog.

To complete a scribe post the student must

Write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was away sick, or missed class for any other reason, can catch up on what they missed. Over the course of the semester, the scribe posts will grow into the textbook for the course; written by students for students. Remember that as each of you write your scribe posts. Ask yourself: "Is this good enough for our textbook? Would a graphic or other example(s) help illustrate what we learned?" And remember, you have a global audience, impress them.

Here are examples of good scribe posts Pythagoras Scribe One Day In Math Algebra Masterpiece

Here are some scribe posts that have made The Scribe Post Hall of Fame.

When you are done your scribe post choose another student to be the scribe and label your post scribepost.

Choose a question

What patterns do you see in this string. Describe how you see in this string. Can you find 3 or more?

Todays test asked 1/2 +1/3 does not equal 2/5. What evidence did you use to convince me?

Leave a comment. Thanks (58 comments yesterday. Lets have more today.

Monday, October 01, 2007

How do you share 17 subs between 22 people?

Please leave a comment behind at your class blog. What did these people do right and what would you change.

In your comment please talk about

  • fractions show division
  • the size of the whole matters
  • friendly and unfriendly fractions