Saturday, December 20, 2008

Pay It Forward Parent Information.

This is the note that was sent home with the students about the Holiday "Pay it Forward" assignment. Thanks for allowing your student to participate.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Grade 8 students at Sargent Park School are being asked to ‘pay it forward’. Students will be watching the movie Pay it Forward on Friday, December 19th. The main message in the movie is that just one person can make a difference. Over the winter break, students are asked to perform a random act of kindness…just because.

Excerpt from the movie:
"You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how
they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It three more people. Each. So, nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven." He turned on the calculator, punched in a few numbers. "Then it sort of spreads out, see, to eighty-one, then two hundred forty-three, then seven hundred twenty-nine, then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?"

Some possible ideas include:
• Volunteer at a soup kitchen, hospital, care home
• Clean up your community/school yard/park
• Donate Food/Clothing/Toys/Books/
Christmas gifts
• Collect new and used toys and donate them to a hospital
• Help deliver Christmas hampers
• Make and deliver treat bags for children in hospitals (include pens, notepads, stickers, puzzles, candy, etc)
• Send care packages for soldiers / write letters to soldiers
• Become a pen pal with a senior citizen
• Shovel your neighbour’s driveway (or your own)
• Volunteer to baby-sit for free
• Write ‘Thank you’ notes to people who have helped you
• Leave cards or notes in mailboxes, on windshields, or hanging from doorknobs

These are just possibilities. Students are asked to be creative and try to make a difference in someone’s life.

Students are asked to capture their act of kindness on video or in a photograph.
After the holidays, they will be sharing their experience with the class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Lee or Mr. Harbeck.

The Grade 8 Team

Pay It Forward

On behalf of all of your Grade 8 Teachers I would like to thank you for making the Christmas season Happier for so many people. You rallied the school and we donated over $500 in pennies to Pennies to Heaven. We collected 8 full garbage bags of winter clothing and filled Mr. Penner's truck with items for the Christmas Cheer board. Your pamphlets, posters and assemblies made the difference this year. So once again THANK YOU.

Now for your next assignment.

Pay It Forward. We watched the movie on Friday and you were given the task to "Pay It Forward" over the break. You will create a blog post showing what you did. You can upload a picture or movie of your "Pay It Forward" action.

Both the picture and movie upload buttons can be found on the toolbar at blogger. You do not need to upload to youtube.

You need to label your post payitforward and complete the following questions in the body of the post:
  • After viewing the movie Pay It Forward you are being asked to do the same. Think of ONE act of kindness you would like to do for either a person youknow or a stranger. the goal is to make a difference in someone's life. Think about the following steps:
  • Who are you going to help?
  • What are you going to do?
  • Where are you going to do this?
  • When are you going to do this?
Those questions should be answered in the first paragraph of your post.

You then will place the picture or movie following that paragraph.

Finally I would like you to use the following questions to reflect on your "Pay it Forward" action.
These questions will help you create a second paragraph.
  • What happened?
  • How did you feel?
  • How did the person/people react?
  • Did you ask the person/people involved to "Pay it Forward"?How did the person/people react to this?
  • If you did not ask the person/people to "Pay It Forward", how come?
Your final paragraph need to answer this one question....
  • Can one person make a difference?
Thanks for Paying it forward. This is due before you arrive back at school in January.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pre Quiz help

Here are some questions that are going to be on your test on Monday. Hope you find them.



A number is divided by seven and then decreased by nine.

Six less than a number divided by 4 is 25.

20 questions. 30 minutes. Good luck see you tomorrow

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Great Big Book Of Algebra Chapter 2

I have finally figured out what I want your second chapter to be in your GBBOA. I would like you to create a conversation between two people talking about combining like terms and the distributive property. You will use xtranormal to finish this chapter. Ok here we go.

In your post The Great Big Book of Algebra underneath your poems you will create Chapter 2. Here you will type out a script between two people having a conversation.

Biff "Hey how is it going"
Mortimer "It is going fine"

You get the picture!!

Now these two people are having a conversation about two algebra questions. The questions are:
  • n+3-5n+12
One person thinks the answer is -6n+15. Is the person right or wrong. In the script please show the steps to solve the statement and what the mistake was.

The second question is:
  • 2 + 4(3n+8)
One person again thinks that the answer is 12n + 10. Is the person right or wrong. In the script please show the steps to solve the algebraic statement and tell what the mistake was.

  1. REMEMBER you need to still be in your original post.
  2. You need to call this Chapter 2 Combining like terms and the Distributive Property
  3. You need a script typed into the chapter between two characters. They will be talking about the two questions above.
  4. You need to create an xtranormal movie to be the end of your chapter. Please use the script of you chapter to be the script in the movie. You then can cut and paste the blog text into your movie!!
  5. This is due December 19th. Add a label to your post XTRANORMAL

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Ah a little computer homework. Please play the following game. It is a game of battleships. Please have a notebook handy. You will be expected to write out 3 questions from the game. For each question please show the step by step process of solving it.

Here is a second matching game. Please do the same as the first game. While you are playing select 3 questions and show how you arrived at the answer. You now should have 6 questions in your notebook.

This is a movie and a quiz. Please watch the movie and then take the quiz. You need to have 4 questions solved and put into your notebook. You will be expected to leave a short comment behind at the blog. In your comment please leave a complete how to of a solution to one of the questions that you have solved today.
Thank you and that is all. Please leave a comment behind and enjoy your computer math class.

Distributive Property

Here are todays notes

Distributive Property
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Here is the class

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The Great Big Book Of Algebra Chapter 2

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Well you are going to. You are going to use this application xtranormal. To make the movie... well that would be telling. You will need to sign up and figure out how to use the application. I will show you how later in the week but you can test drive this program with your poetry.

Your movie will be talking about combining like terms. You will create a movie that will involve characters having an argument or a conversation about combining like terms.

The program is as easy as typing a script and allowing the characters to talk. Play around and you will have the official assignment on Wednesday.

Here is my quick movie. It took 10 minutes. Yours should be more interesting than mine.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Help your blog mentors.

Over the past few weeks there have been mentors commenting on your posts. These preservice teachers from the University of Regina also have blogs. It would be great if you took the time to leave comments behind at their blogs.

Remember not everyone has the same sense of humor as you. It is important that you think before you comment. Thanks for blogging with me and being some of the best commentors ever.

Here are your blog mentors

Jocelyn Skogberg

Nicole VanCaeseele

Sara Thibeault

When nobody comments it is hard to stay motivated and want to learn. Part of the reason we blog is to have others read our posts. You would be amazed at how many people read your posts. Most of them do not leave you a comment behind. It is like preforming for this audience below. All empty seats.

These preservice teachers gave you an audience. Now it is your turn. Please leave comments when you read their blogs. Be their audience. Fill the stadium that is their learning blog and motivate them to learn.

Thanks in advance. You really are the best blogging classes ever.

Words to Algebra Part 1

Here is the video of today's class.

Here are the slides of today's class.
Words To Algebra1
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Great Big Book Of Algebra

In other years this would have been called a Growing Post. This year I am calling this blogging assignment The Great Big Book of Algebra. It's inspiration came from a cartoon called Stanley Tiger Tales. Here it goes. Remember only one post for this assignment. You will need to edit often to complete the assignmet.

The Great Big Book of Algebra

Warning this is a long post with lots of information. READ the whole thing before choosing anything to do!!!

This will be one post that you will create over time. You will be expected to do many things and have it published on a certain days. You can do the entire assignment in a few days or really think and do it over the entire period of time.

Blogger Labels will be

1. your blogger name
2. intpoetry
3. greatbigbook

The Great Big Book of Algebra is due on December 19th 9:00. (or at least some parts are!!)

Chapter 1 Integer Poetry.
You need to create 5 Integer poems. The poems topics are:

  • Adding Integers
  • Subtracting Integers
  • Partitive Division
  • Quotative Division
  • The "Rule for Multiplying" integers (Ron's Rule, Pratts Law, Mel's Rockpile etc)

This chapter on Integer Poetry is due on Friday. They must be published not saved in Draft. Make sure you have all the needed materials to complete this assignment.

There are many different types of poems out there. I am going to show you a few. You need to use 3 different types of poetry in your first chapter.

Haiku: Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry which combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences. A haiku poem is three lines in length. The first line is 5 syllables: the second is seven syllables: the third is five syllables.

Life Lesson

The fierce wind rages
And I see how trees survive -
They have learned to bend.


Homing geese, still winged,
Sliding down shafts of sunset
To join their shadows.

Another form of Japanese Poetry is called Tanka

Tanka: Tanka is another type of Japanese poetry and is almost like an extension of the haiku. The tanka is a 5 line poem.

Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables
Line 4: 7 syllables
Line 5: 7 syllables


Debris in the wind
Indiscriminately blinds
Eyes searching a path.
To turn one's back to the wind
Reveals but where one has been.

Cinquain: Cinquain poems are five lines in length. There are two main forms.
Line 1: One word topic (noun)
Line 2: Two describing words (adjectives)
Line 3: Three action words (verbs)
Line 4: A four-word phrase
Line 5: A synonym or equivalent for the topic

Growling, feeding, razing
Predator from the ancient past

Line 1: Topic (2-syllable word or words)
Line 2: 4 syllables describing topic
Line 3: 6 syllables expressing action
Line 4: 8 syllables expressing feeling
Line 5: 2 syllables - a synonym for the topic

I touch
Two curving things
The barrel of this pen,
The slow uncertain winding of
This verse.

Free Verse Poetry

Free verse poetry is free from the normal rules of poetry. The poet may choose to include some rhyming words but the poem does not have to rhyme. A free verse poem may be just a sentence that is artistically laid out on the page or it can be pages of words. Some forms of free verse separate, or split, phrases and words between lines. Punctuation may be absent or it may be used to place greater emphasis on specific words. The main object of free verse is to use colorful words, punctuation, and word placement to convey meaning to the reader

Heroes Are
courageous collaborators,
originators of opportunities,
champions of coincidence or circumstance.
heroes act through intelligence
and at other times
through ignorance.

Picture: A picture poem, is a poem made of letters or words which create an actual picture or form on the page.


I were a
kite on high
I could fly up to the sky
Up to the blue sky
High a cloud
I wish I were
A kite

Diamante: Diamante is the Italian word for diamond. The poetic form takes the shape of a diamond when it is completed. A diamante is a seven line poem.
There are two patterns to choose from. Pattern one develops one topic. Pattern two starts out with one theme and in the middle begins to move toward an opposite theme.
Line 1: Choose a topic (noun)
Line 2: Use two describing words (adjectives)
Line 3: Use three action words (verbs)
Line 4: Use a four-word phrase capturing some feeling about the topic
Line 5: Use three action words (verbs)
Line 6: Use two describing words (adjectives)
Line 7: Use a synonym for an ending word (noun)

Example 1: This poem expresses one theme about a pop singing star.

Famous, successful
Singing, dancing, shouting
Mesmerizing the adoring audience
Performing, working, reaching
Frenzied, dazzling

Line 1: Choose a noun as your title and an opposite word (an antonym) for the ending word of your poem
Line 2: Use two adjectives (describing words) for the title (line 1)
Line 3: Use three verbs (action words or "ing" words for the title
Line 4: Use two words to express the title noun - then two words to express the opposite ending noun. The theme changes in this line.
Line 5: Choose three action words for the ending noun
Line 6: Use two words to describe the ending noun
Line 7: Use one word - the antonym (opposite) you decided upon in line one

Frisky, buoyant
Warming, sparkling, reveling
Nonsense, comedy -- witchery, absurdity
Haunting, piercing, confusing
Doubtful, lonely

This will stretch your creative thinking. It is OK to do the picture poem on a piece of paper and hand post a picture of your work.

This ends Chapter one. Good luck and happy poetry writing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hmm How did this get here???

That probably will be on your test tomorrow. If you are smart you will pass the information along to as many people as you can!!! It pays to pay attention to the blog.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Multiplicative Inverse

Here is a ustream of the class today.

Here are the slides from today's class
multiplicative inverse
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Division on Integers Part III

Here is part of the lesson today. Sorry the machine was not cooperating today.

Here are the slides. See you on Monday

Division Of Integers Part 3
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Division of Integers Part II

Here is the class from today

Here are the slides from today
Division 2
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Guess what you are doing next...

Hey what language is that anyways?????

Dividing Integers

Here is the ustream of the class.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

November 17th Sub Instructions

Hi as you can see I am not at school today. Please be good for Ms. Hay. If you are really good you can ask her stories about when she was a grade 8 student and I was across the hall from her math classes.

First item of business. Correct your quiz from last week. Ms Hay will hand out the quizzes. Pass them to a neighbor to mark. The photo below is the quiz with the answers. Make sure you correct this quiz when you get it back. You must show the work and explain what you did wrong. Ask a neighbor if you do not know.

Ms Hay must have your mark by the end of the class. You will receive 0 if you have not given it to her.

Now Part 2. You have homework to do today. You must complete page 6 in the green booklet. The questions deal with order of operations and integers. You also need to do page 51 in your yellow booklet.

  • remember to box off
  • after you box off you only have one integer coming out of each box
  • Pull down the order of operations sign
  • Do not forget the rules when adding and subtracting integers.
You can also do the question a bit differently. You can include the order of operation sign in the box off. A + becomes a (+1) and a - becomes a (-1).
  • box off including the order of operations sign
  • change the order of operations sign to a positive or negative 1
  • do the multiplication inside the box
  • only one integer comes out of the box
  • add the integers that come out of the box.
Mark your quiz then correct your quiz. Please complete all of your homework.

Scribes make sure there are scribes.

Thanks for being such great Sargent Park Students.
This is the Blogger Video It is the same as the Youtube and to be used as a backup.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Order of Operations and Integers

Here is today's class. Have a good weekend.

Here are the smartboard notes

Oops And Integers
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mel's Rockpile Theorem of Multiplying Integers

Here is a broadcast of today's lesson.

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Please complete this survey for a class in the United States.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Multiplying Integers and Ron's Rule

Here are the slides and notes from today

Here are the slides

Monday, November 10, 2008

Multiplying Integers Part 3

Here are your notes for today. Enjoy the show.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Today's Lesson on Multiplying Integers

Here is a screen capture of today's lesson.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Multiplying Integers

Here are the notes for multiplying integers.

816 Mult Int Part 1
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Here is the lesson with 8-41.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Square Brackets and Integers

Here are your notes from today.

Integer Square Brackets
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Monday, November 03, 2008

Order Of Operations and Integers

Here are today's notes from class. Thanks for working so hard.

Integers Order of operation
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lets finish this story!!

I am impressed with the completion rate of your stories. Many of you have them uploaded. Now for part 2.

  1. You need to continue your story and have 2 more integer adventures. One talking about subtraction and another about mixed operations (both adding and subtracting).
  2. You can end your story there or leave it open for more chapters.
  3. Once you have finished this draft, you need to read 3 other stories. You must leave behind a comment at each story. The comment has to tell the author how you improve the story,
  4. or what confuses you in the story
  5. and how the author can add detail to make parts of the story make more sense.
  6. As an author you need to read the comments and edit your story.
  7. You need to leave a self comment behind telling others what changes you made.
If you need an example of a comment go here. That comment is amazing. Work hard and enjoy math.

Thanks for making this assignment a success. I hope you liked it because POETRY IS NEXT!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Homework and Movies

Instructions for the 28th day of October 2008.

BE GOOD..... and do some math at the same time. Here is what you will be doing.

In your yellow books you will have to do many questions. You will do pages 47 & 48 questions 1-60 on 47 and 1-10 on pg 48. You need to do 5 questions using Algebra or Integer Tiles. The rest must be done in your notebook. You will copy down the question, then rewrite the question by adding the opposite then solve. This is the same homework as yesterday.

Here is the movie that Ms. Hay showed you in class. It is pretty small so I am adding a youtube video as well. You can maximize it and see the images much better.

Here is the youtube video. In two parts.
Part 1

Part 2

When you are done this assignment.... Yeah right there is a lot of work here you can work on your integer story.
  1. You need to read 3 peoples stories.
  2. You must leave comments behind on how they can improve their writing. It would be nice if you dug deeper than just grammar and capital letters.
  3. Think about the story itself.
  4. How can it be improved.
  5. Do we need to know more about the character, setting and theme?
  6. What would you do?
  7. Every story needs to have 3 comments. Use your dashboard to make sure you have commented enough.

When you have read your comments from your peers you need to edit your story. Once you have edited your story you need to leave a personal comment behind and tell us how you improved your story.

Now for skills. Hi 841 we have a game to mark. Please watch this video to learn how it is going to be done.

Here is the movie on Youtube.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Leapfrog Madness

I was shown this today. Please help me I am having trouble. You need to move the frogs to the other side. Click the picture to go to the site.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Here are today's notes. Remember there is a quiz tomorrow.

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Skills Math Assignment

This is your skills assignment. Please make sure that they are done ontime.


Animate this!!

You can go to a site called Go Animate and make animations like this.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

An Integer Adventure Story

Your next assignment for me will also be a "Writers Workshop" piece for your Language Arts. You are going to write me an adventure story. Or just a story. You will be marked on your use of language and math content. This story will not be done after this assignment. As we learn more about integers you will be expected to add more to your story.

Story Assignment Part 1
  1. Create a story. Part of your story has to be a character that must succeed at completing challenges or quests.
  2. Each of the challenges or quests must deal with adding integers. How you navigate your characters to each challenge or quest is up to your imagination.
  3. Each part of your story must be a minimum of 5 sentences long (minimum paragraph size).
  4. Each quest or challenge must be a picture of an integer question. You must solve each question in a different way, algebra tiles, number lines, I have I owe, and standard math.
  5. You must insert the pictures of your math work with your story.
  6. Your story is not done. It will continue as we progress through the integer unit. Next week you will have to talk about subtracting integers and then we will get into multiplying and dividing of integer..... but that is the future.
  7. Part 1 is due on Monday October 27 9:00 AM.
  8. You need to label your story post, display name, wworkshop, intstory. Make sure you use commas to separate labels and use all lowercase letters with no spaces.
Here is an example of what a former student did.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Integers Oct 22

Here is a movie that will continue you on your integer journey.

Here are the days notes.
Oct 22 Integers
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Integers Oct 21

These are the notes for today. Make sure to do all your homework and then play a few games.

Integers Oct 21
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Here is a game using integers. It will be good practice for today.

This game deals with venn diagrams. You have to place the integers in the correct spots so that everything adds up to 0. This one is tricky. Good Luck.

Here is another game that needs you to add positive and negative integers.

Monday, October 20, 2008

What makes a good comment?

What is a comment? Why do we comment? I would like to commend the multitude of students that have been leaving comments behind at students blogs. I appreciate the time you take reading and being an audience for your fellow students. I have a few concerns though.

When one comments would it be possible to use some proper grammar. I would love to see capital letters, periods and sentences. You are doing such an awesome job. Proper grammar would make your comments even better.

What does it take to make a good comment. Is leaving a smilie and a few words enough? This is a tough question. I need you to read and comment but you also need to leave content behind. Is it possible to read the post and add to it. How would you make the post better.. Are there links that would explain the content to the reader better than the scribe has left behind.

Do not stop commenting but could you please write in sentences, add content and then read another post from another room. You are the most impressive group of bloggers I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. You make me proud everyday. Thanks for commenting and being part of a learning community. Lets set the bar high and do an even better job.

Yeah Integers

Here are today's slides for you to use.

Integers1 Oct 20
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Here is a movie and a quiz to get your brain thinking about integers. Leave a comment behind please.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hey here are today's notes

Tomorrow is a test. You need to know theoretical probability, experimental probability, probability trees and a few other things. You do not need to know about independent and dependent probability.

Here are today's slides

Probabilty October 15
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Probability Notes from Class

Here are the notes from October 10

Probability Notes Oct. 10
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Here are the notes from the rest of October

Probability October notes
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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Probability Gumball Experiment with Unicubes

Here is the image for today's scribe. Keep up the excellent work. I am very impressed with the first set of scribes

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Probability Game

Here is the game from today's class.

It is a live link. Go and play the game. Make the game fair and unfair.

Monday, October 06, 2008

First Blogging Assignment

I should of done this earlier. Sorry it took so long.

You need to create an introductory post for the blog. We will use this post to introduce ourselves to the procedures of making a post and moving around your post.

The first thing you need to do is put labels on your post. Always use your profile name as one label and the assignment as the other label. Separate your labels with a comma. My labels would be Mr. H, mmm.

The second thing you do is to create a title for your post. Please call this @@@@@'s Measures of Central Tendency.

The third thing you will need to do is to type from your large piece of paper the definitions of Mean, Median, Mode and Range.

The fourth thing you will do is to create an image for each of the measures of central tendency. You can make them in paint or do them on paper and take a picture with your camera. You will need to upload them and put them in the right spot. Pictures always get put at the top of a post. Cut and paste them into their proper spots.

Following the pictures please make links for Mean, Median, Mode and Range. A different link is required for each one. To make a link have to browser tabs or windows open. In one find a link that is understandable for grade 8 students. Copy the url and get ready to paste it. In the second window have your post open. Highlight the word you want to be the link and click the link button on the toolbar. Paste the link into the pop up link box.

The final part of the assignment is to go to youtube. You will need to search for mean, median, or mode. Perhaps a search for measures of central tendency will work. Find an appropriate video that teaches something about the math we are learning. Copy the embed code and go back to your blog post. In your post write something like Here is a video on MMM the MMM is to help you in the next step. Change your blog viewer from Compose to Edit Html. Scroll down in the post window until you see MMM. Hit enter 3 to 4 times and paste your embed code in. You now have an embeded video on your post.

Before you publish you need to make sure the post looks good. Click the preview option and see if the post is "pretty" enough to publish. Try to get rid of formating errors and empty white spots. When your post looks great hit the publish button.

The best part about blogging is audience. You are creating a post for all of your classmates at Sargent Park to read and for people all over the world to read as well. Leave comments behind on other students blogs. Positive comments and helpful hints will motivate all of us to do a better job.

Good luck students. These posts are due on Friday October 10th.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Online Probability Tutor

Tonight's homework comes to us from Alberta. This is a great little activity on Probability. Click the picture and go to the site. After the introduction click lessons on the menu and then find Lesson 19. Here you be given a guided tour of probability. Once you are done the lesson....

... you will be able to practice calculating theoretical probability on the worksheets you have for homework.


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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Need Dice

Ok it is really sad that I have to do this but so many of you do not have dice at home. What do you do for fun. Ask for board games for your birthdays.

Click the dice and you will be linked to a site that has a virtual dice. Add the total of the two rolls to get the sum. Record these sums in a list.

When you get to the link click the dice to access the virtual dice.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Problem Solving

Here is a problem from a great mathematician. Can you solve it? How many different ways are there to get the answer? Lets find out. Consider this question KRYPTO on steroids.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Be prepared. Test tomorrow!

Take a short Quiz
or this one

Here are the questions handed out in class today. Some of them will be on your test.

1. Vinnie received a 300 piece jigsaw puzzle for his birthday. The following times indicate how long it took him to complete the puzzle the first six times he did it:
54 min, 36, min, 34 min, 29 min, 27 min, 28 min
  • What is the Range?
  • Which measure of central tendency best shows the average, mean median or mode in theis question.
  • Explain your answer.
2. Create a set of data where you would use the mean to find the average. Now add more data so that a different measure of central tendency would be more accurate now to show the average. Explain your two sets of data.

3. Kenny recorded the number of baskets he made out of ten attempts during each basketball practice. After 9 practices his results were:
4, 7, 5, 6, 3, 7, 2, 3, 7
  • What are the mean median and mode.
  • Which measure of central tendency best describes these data? Explain why.
4. Create a set of 5 numbers that has a mean and median of 6. Show all your work.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Test Problems

Here are your voicethreads from today. Please leave comments behind if you do not understand how students solved the problem. Leave comments behind if you like how students solved the problems.





Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday Homework

Here are todays slides
View SlideShare document or Upload your own.

Getting ready for the test of Thursday. You need to created a 4 x 4 magic square. Please use the integers 1-16 to make all the rows and columns vertically, horizontally and diagonally add up to the same sum.

What patterns do you notice in the square? Are yours the same as other peoples patterns? Can't answer this question go to the chat box and put in your pattern and see if anyone else has something different.

Mean Median and Mode

The image is a link. Click it and you can check out if you have a correct answer.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Game Stimulation

After you complete your homework stimulate your brain with this parking lot game. You need to get the yellow car out of the parking lot. Remember you have a test on Thursday.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Monday September 15

Hi everyone. I am not here for the morning but I am here on the blog. Mr. Angeles will get you through the morning. All work is to be completed for tomorrow. Please work hard to get it done on time.

1. Krypto. Todays numbers are 1, 12, 6, 11, 8, 4 = 9 For those of you who do not remember the rules you need to use the red numbers to create the number 9. Remember the order of operations and remember to write out your equations horizontally if possible.

2. Similar to the triangle questions we have been doing in class you are now going to make a Magic square. You may only use the integers 1-9 and all rows horizontally, vertically and diagonally need to have the same sum. If you think you have a correct answer you can ,at home, with the following link.

3. Please find the Mean Median Mode and Range for the following sets of data:

The image is a link that will allow you to check your answers.

Two more problems for today...
4. The number of minutes that trains were late to arrive at a station was recorded.
  • Find the Mean Median and Mode
  • Which measure would you use to argue that too many trains are late each day?

5.The table below gives the number of accidents each year at a road intersection.
  • Work out the Mean Median and Mode
  • A road safety group want to get the council to make this junction safer.
    Which measure will they use to argue for this?
  • The council don't want to spend money on the road junction.
    Which measure will they use to argue that safety work is not necessary?

All images have links for you to go to the webpage and check if you are correct. Do not forget to use the chatroom tonight if there are any difficulties and work hard.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekend game

Try this over the weekend. Make the red rectangular prism disappear. Good luck it is harder than you think.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Mean Median and Mode

Sorry for the delay. Here is the activity from class.

Former Students explanation of Mean Median and Mode.

Part 2 of the movie because you liked part one so much!!

Song about Mean Median and Mode

Monday, September 08, 2008

Meet the Teacher 2008

Dear Parents and students this year is going to be an exciting one. I am looking forward to teaching your students math and having them engage in 21st Century learning. What is 21st Century learning. I define it as using the communication technology that your students love so much and having it be used to complete math assignments.

I want your students to communicate math as much as possible. I hope they will use their cellphones, videos, blogs and wiki's to learn in a fun safe environment.

Here is a movie that I created to introduce you to math in Room 17.

Parents and Students last year I started the year off with this post. It is still valuable and a good read. Enjoy the year.

Every year there is an opportunity to meet the parents of my students. I get to explain how my course is run and what expectations I have of the students and of parents.

Assessment in the course this year for the first term is based on test and quiz scores, journalling, completion computer units, mental math activities and interaction with the classroom blog.

I like to give the parents a heads up on the positive aspects of blogging and the importance of the students being responsible for their actions.

Blogging is a very public form of communication. Bud Hunt, a teacher in the U.S. has these guidelines for his students. I will use them too.

  1. Students using blogs are expected to treat blog spaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for our blog. While we encourage you to engage in debate and conversation with other bloggers, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of this school.

  2. Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on our blog. Our blog exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your phone number or home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.

  3. Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.

  4. Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a different source.

One form of blogging work is Scribe Posts.

Scribe Posts

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.

Students will be expected to contribute one scribe post every 30 classes or about 4 times a year.

Examples of Scribe Posts from last year.

LaraMae did a scribe post during our algebra unit. Her scribe included a picture that accuratly depicted a piece of paper that had been folded into 5 columns filled with notes. It was awesome.

Norielle through the use of one image described and explained how to find the surface area of a cylinder.

Josh showed how to find the volume of geometric solids in tremendous detail.

The Scribe Post Hall of Fame showcases the best Scribe Posts from around the globe. Our student figure prominantly on this site.

Another way we use our classroom blog is to create Growing Posts.

Growing Posts

Growing posts are like unit reviews. Each growing post starts off as one post by the student answering one question about a concept. Each day the students have to answer a new question and add it to their post. At the end of the unit they will have a comprehensive resource of material needed to study for tests or complete assignments.

Here are some excellent Growing Posts

Sometimes students strive for enrichment. Here is an example of intrinsic creativity
Aldrin's Fraction Growing Post

Dion's Growing Post

The Growing Post Hall Of Fame was created to allow student work to be displayed for the world to see. I am proud of the work that students did last year and am looking forward to this years inductee's.

This years classes will participate in many activities that will prepare them for their future. As parents enjoy their ride through the Sargent Park Math Zone of Room 17. If you dare come along for the ride with them!!

I showed the students this video today. Watch it and see where the world might... is going. It was made by a teacher K. Fisch from Colorado.

Did You Know

Mr. Harbeck