Monday, December 19, 2011


Here are your E-portfolio URL's





Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Here is today's homework. Please calculate the sale price, discount and total price for 4 of the 10 items.  Please show all of your work.  Don't forget to comment on the video of the last post if you want to.

How would you react to this .....

How would you respond to this video? Think long and hard and then leave a comment here at this post and at the video if you like. Powerful stuff.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pay it Forward Peer Reflection and Comments

This is a two part assignment. 
Part 1 The following has to be done at the your blogs;
  • Leave a comment for 3 of your peers on the blog about their Pay it Forward experience.
  • Choose 3 classmates from a different homeroom.
  • Once an individual has 3 comments, you must choose another student to leave feedback. 
  • When everyone has completed this each student should have a minimum of 3 comments each.
  • When you have received comments please return to your post and read the comments.  Reflect on what other people have said and respond to their comments.
Here are the links for each classes Pay it Forward posts.





 Part 2 of this assignment Is to be handed in either typed or on looseleaf.
  • Based on the act of kindness completed by your peers, answer the following questions about their experience. You will answer the following 4 questions for 3 different Pay it Forward blogposts.
  1. Who was involved in the act of kindness? (giving and receiving)
  2. What act of kindness was completed?
  3. In your opinion, who benefited from this act of kindness?
  4. What can YOU learn from their experience?
  • After reflecting on the Pay it Forward experience, describe how you think these acts of kindness can make a difference in your community.
Due Friday December 2nd

Thursday, November 24, 2011

We Day What a Blast

Here is a slideshow of the photos taken at We Day on November 23rd this year.  It was a truly amazing event and Sargent Park students learned so much and had so much fun.  Keep on being Difference Makers.

Here is your video about I Will.... Short Version

Here is the same video but a slightly longer version

I hope all of you will continue to make a difference.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Welcome to Term 2

Here is the slide of today's math homework. Please use a grid and a calculator to complete the questions.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Your Graphing Post

Graphing Post

1. Use your notes to list the different types of graphs.  Please list the advantages and disadvantages of each graph.

2. How can graphs be misleading.  Show 3 ways.

2a) The following chart shows Pizza Sub Sales over a month.  What 2 graphs would show the information accurately?
2b) If you were selling Pizza Subs would you continue? How does your graph explain your answer.

4. Below you see 2 different examples of graphs showing healthy choices sold at the canteen.  If you had to convince Mrs Mota that we should continue selling healthy choices which graph would you choose?

4a) Change each graph so that your information looks even MORE impressive.  You may not change the data just the graphs.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Pay it Forward 2011-12

Welcome to your first 2 Minutes to make a Difference  and We Day Assignment.  This will start you on your journey to make a 2 minute movie by the end of March.  Here is your assignment.


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
·        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
·        AND LOTS, LOTS MORE!!

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


Title (Your Name)'s Pay it Forward
Labels payitforward, 2minutes2012, username

Your blog post is broken down into 4 parts.
Part 1
What is "Pay it Forward". To complete this part please edit and revise the paragraphs that you wrote after watching the movie. 

Part 2
What was your Pay It Forward act of kindness?
Why did you choose this activity?
Who did you help?
What did you do?
When did you do you act of kindness?

You need to document your act of kindness.  Please make sure you have a photo or video of you "Paying It forward".

Part 3
How did your act of kindness go?
What Happened?
How did you feel?
How did the person or people react?
Did you ask the person or people to "Pay It Forward"?
How did they react to your request?
If you did not ask the person to "Pay It Forward" how come?

Part 4
Why is the idea of "Pay it Forward" important?
Has your act of kindness made a difference?

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Halloween for Hunger... The Results

Today is November 1st and the students have returned from Halloween for Hunger.  Over half of the students participated.  I am very impressed.  These students decided to forgo candy at houses to ask for donations to Winnipeg Harvest.  We have great kids.  One of their comments this morning was...
"The people in the neighborhood were all saying WE LOVE Sargent Park Kids".  Well so do I.

I set the bar high when I asked these students to participate.  I asked them to try to get 1400 items for harvest.  They almost made this goal.  They brought in 1281 items for Winnipeg Harvest.  It is all sitting in my computer lab.  Tomorrow we will package it up and send it up the street to the food bank.

Way to go Sargent Park.  You are truly amazing.  Great group of kids and fantastic team of teachers pushing you to bigger and better things.  Keep it up... soon we will be doing more great things. 

Here is a movie of the students creating a wall with 1300 items of food.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

We Day Part 1

Tomorrow we start our journey to We Day. But today we have a last math poverty assignment. You need to take your World Poverty Chart and create a Box and Whisker Plot.  You need to use 3 different number lines.  One will have an interval of 2, one an interval of 5 and one an interval of 10.  You will use the same data of Upper and Lower Extremes, Upper and Lower Quartiles and the Median for each graph.  Make sure to title your 3 Box and Whisker Plots and do not touch the number line with your box.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Box and Whisker Plot

Here is the data to plot for tomorrow.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Graph Test Tomorrow

Here is today's practice test.  Tomorrows test will look similar.  Remember to label all axis, title each graph and show work for Mean Median and Mode.


Here is the video of the cinnamon bun making.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

3 Graph Homework

Here are todays slides from class.

Poverty math 2
View more documents from spmath.

Remember to make 3 graphs one for the larger percent countries (choose 5 countries), one for the lower percent countries (choose 5 countries) and the final one combines the two other graphs.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Measures of Central Tendency

Here are your notes from today with the data about your total calories. Please have this work done and your graphs complete by Tuesday.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Graphing Information

Today in class we talked about calories and graphs.  Here are the links you need to complete it.

Calorie counters

Your homework is to calculate you caloric intake for today or yesterday.  You also need to recreate the two graphs in your handout on the grid paper provided.  Please make sure you follow the graphing conventions.  Use all of the paper and see you tomorrow.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Your First Post and it is about..... proportion

Welcome to your blogs.  Your first post will be a wrap up of your proportion unit.  You need to have a review of all the work you have done.  None of this will be new.  Consider it the first chapter in your exam review!! Yep I said the "E" word EXAM!! It will also remind you of all the fantastic things you can do to make a blog post pop instead of being boring.

Task 1 

Please define
  • ratio
  • rate
  • proportion
Good definitions have pictures, words and examples.

Task 2 
Copy these questions into your post.  Answer them using proportion statements.
  1. 5 hours to travel 360 miles is about _____mph
  2. As a playgroup worker, if I increase the amount of apple juice I am serving at the playgroup from 25 ml to 100 ml, how much should I increase the the orange juice to, to keep the quantities in the same proportion? The orange juice is 50 ml to start with.
Task 3
What are the three ways you can prove that equivalent ratio statements are true?
3/4 = 12/16  or 4/9 = 16/32

Task 4
Find a video about using proportion and embed it in your post.  Make sure you select the small size of the video. 

Task 5
We are starting to engage in discussions about social justice.  What do you think about this image below.  Use the link to copy it into your post.  Then answer the questions

  1. Does this seem fair? 
  2. With what you know about proportion look and read what is in the image above.  Does it seem just and fair? Why have you made this choice? 
  3. What would you have done if you were the judge?
Title your post _______'s Proportion Post
Label your post username817 (Bif817, Mortimer814 etc) and proportion post (two words lower case)

Due Date Friday October 14th

Think about Proportion and Justice

Does this seem fair? With what you know about proportion look and read what is in the image below.  Does it seem just? What would you have done if you were the judge? I welcome your comments.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Turkey and a Pink Proportion Booklet

Ah Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks and even more importantly a time to finish your Pink Proportion BookletHere is what is required to have it completed

  1. Cover Running Proportion Booklet
  2. Tab 1 What is a Proportion
  3. Tab 2 All of your calculations for the Running walking and jogging 10m and changing this into 100, 400, 1 mile and 1255m
  4. Tab 3 What is rate and unit rate have 2 examples of using rate to compare values (salsa questions) and 3 other random rate questions.
  5. Last tab Recipe question.  Choose a recipe that serves 4 to 6 people and change it to a recipe that would feed 10.  Show the original recipe and the changed recipe. Every ingredient needs to change!
Here is a recipe that will make your teeth fall out it is sooooo good.

Pumpkin Pie with Toffee-Walnut Topping

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    Today in class we did some practice work for our test tomorrow.  If you use a word ratio the questions fall into place and are simpler.  Practice Practice Practice.  Here is the link to the page you need to download the questions.  They are circled in red in the image below. 

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    X-country running

    We have done many classes on running.  We are winding this unit down over the next two weeks.  One of my objectives was to see how far the Cross Country Team could run during their season.  Working on this will be our questions today.
    How far have runners trained in your room since the beginning of the year?
    How far have runners trained in Grade 8?
    How far have runners trained in Grade 7? 
    How far have runners trained in Grade 9?
    How many total kilometers have all the runners run since the beginning of the training season?

    Where is Auburn Ontario? How far is it from Winnipeg to Auburn?
    Where is Bellville Ontario? How far is it from Winnipeg to Bellville?
    Once you have collected your data you need to write the following:
    • 6 part to part ratios
    • 3 3 part ratios
    • 6 part to whole ratios
    • 6 part to part to whole ratios
    Here is a video on Ratios.

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Here is your homework for the long weekend.  Do the homework book pages 12,13,14,15 and the following two questions.

    How do we check these proportion statements to see that they are correct.
    Also using your running and walking 10 m information do the following work.
    Comments at the blog please.

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Walk run jog

    Big Sur Mud Run 2011

    Today in the hall we walked, ran and jogged 10m.  For each event you recorded a time.  Using  that time predict your finish times for the following distances.

    You should be calculating your answer 2 different ways.  Wow that is 24 proportion statements and calculation..... Good thing it is raining outside!!!!!!!!!

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Proportion Homework

    Hey everyone here is today's question.

    9 Bananas cost $1.35. How much would 16 Bananas cost? Solve this question 2 different ways.  How do you know your answer should be correct?


    Please leave answers behind in a comment! Cya Tomorrow

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    What is your running stride length?

    Syncro Stride

    Last class we calculated our walking stride length.  Today we need to calculate our running or jogging stride length.  Here is your assignment.

    1. What is your walking stride length?(size of one walking step)
    2. What is your jogging stride length? (size of one jogging step)
    3. How many strides does it take to walk 100 m?
    4. How many strides does it take to jog 100 m?
    5. How many strides does it take to run 100m?
    How many strides does Usain Bolt take to run this race? What was his average stride length?

    All questions need to be answered using a proportional statement.  Please include a word ratio and the appropriate math work.

    Good luck.

    Terry Fox Math

    October 8, 2005 - Terry Fox Statue

    We have a Terry Fox Run on Friday before our Welcome Back Day.  Here is a video about a young adult who has cancer.  This is why we are raising funds on Friday.

    Here is some information taken from the Terry Fox Foundation Website

    In 1980, when Terry Fox decided to run across Canada on a prosthetic leg to raise funds for cancer research, he knew he faced an immense challenge. After running an average of a marathon a day for 143 days, Terry was forced to stop when cancer recurred in his lungs. His Marathon of Hope came to an end but the spark he had lit in the hearts and minds of Canadians ignited into a cancer crusade that has lasted more than three decades.
    Your math for today involves 2 questions.
    1. How far did Terry Fox Run in 1980?(Set up a proportional statement)
    2. If he had stayed healthy and maintained his rate of a marathon a day, how many days would it have taken him to travel across the country? (Set up a proportional statement)
    3. To date in the 31 years after Terry's tragic death his runs have raised $550 million dollars.  How much do they raise annually? (Set up a proportional statement.)
    Please leave your answers behind in a comment and in your math notebooks.

    Friday, September 09, 2011

    What is your walking stride length?

    Today in class we learned about proportional statement.  In each statement you needed 2 equivalent fractions (ratios).  You showed how to prove they were equivalent 2 different ways.

    Using the information from today's class please figure out the length of just one stride or stride length.
    Remember that there are 80 squares in the sidewalk, each square is 145 cm  and the total sidewalk is 11600 cm.

    You counted your number of steps or strides, you know how long the sidewalk is so.... how far is one stride or your stride length ?

    Please leave your answer in the comments below this blog post and in your notebook:)

    Thursday, September 08, 2011

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Today in the Afternoon classes we went outside and measured the sidewalk from one green x to the next.  You were asked to find a measurement for this distance.

    What was the distance between the two x's?
    What method did you use to measure the distance?
    What did you use to calculate your answer (tools used)?

    Leave a comment behind with your answer.  Please ensure that your room number is there too.  (i.e. Carlo 816)

    Where the sidewalk ends

    Wednesday, September 07, 2011

    Cross Country Loop

    How far is it around the Sargent Park X-Country Loop?
    How did you calculate your answer?
    What are other possible ways to calculate the distance?

    Leave your answers in the comments!

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    A Time to Reflect 2 Minutes 2011

    Hey everyone.  This will be your assignment on June 15th this year.  It should not take a long time to get done.  Good luck and congrats on your great movies.  

    This post is worth 25 marks of your movie project. Please do it properly.

    cc licensed flickr photo shared by ...-Wink-...
    1. Please embed your Google Doc, Version 1 and Final cut of your movie. 
    2. Please relect and talk about the changes you made between the first and final cut of your movie.  Were the student comments helpful in making your final cut better?
    3. How did you find your expert? List 3 important points your expert added to your movie. What did you learn from your expert?
    4. If you did not find an expert tell us why you were unsuccessful.  Be honest.
    5. What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project.  What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
    6. What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
    7. Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?
    8. How will you make a difference in the future?
    9. label your post 2minutes2011, reflection
    This reflection is due by June 16.

    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Manitoba Marathon Details

    Hey everyone here is the information for the students running the Manitoba Marathon on Sunday June 19th. The first spread sheet is the times I expect you to run and when you need to be at your relay station.

    This spread sheet is for students needing rides to the relay exchange stations.

     Here is the site for the Manitoba Marathon.  It has many useful sections about getting to your relay exchange on time.

    Winning Boys Junior High time last year was 3:15 and for the Girls it was 3:42.  More than one team are ready to run faster than these times.  Good luck on race day.  Do not forget your number!! Plan ahead. Drive to your relay exchange and expect delays due to traffic changes in the city.

    Run FAST

    Here is the note I sent home to your parents if you lost it

    Dear Parents

    The time has come.  Friday will be our last official practice.  The students have attended many 7:30 and 8:00 practices.  All of them are ready to do the relay on Sunday June 19th.  They have done their part now it is your turn to help out.  Students will be bringing home a bag of goodies today.  In this bag you will find:
    1. Marathon information booklet
    2. Marathon Spreadsheet
    3. Their Race Number
    4. 4 pins

    All of this material is important for next Sunday.  Please take time to read the Marathon Information Booklet.  There is valuable information about everything you might be curious about for the race on Sunday.  Some pages to pay attention to are:
    • Page 18 if you are running the first or last legs of the relay.  Great info about parking
    • Page 25 a full map of the race course and where all the exchange points are
    • Pages 33 to 35 are full of relay race information from parking to helpful hints

    Please read this book. 

    I have provided you with a marathon spreadsheet.  This shows all the teams participating in the relay this year.  The spreadsheet has be created using estimated times from practice runs.  It is not totally accurate.  I have erred on the side of estimating too fast.  This means that for some of the later runners I may be out by up to 20 minutes.  Expect to be at your relay check point for up to an hour before some runners arrive.  Times will change due to weather conditions and because of injuries to runners.  I have provided you with:
    • time to arrive at the exchange point
    • estimated time to complete the relay section
    • arrival time at the next exchange point

    Please make sure to arrive at the right time.  You will have difficulty finding parking and getting to the exchange zones.  It is a good idea to scout out routes ahead of time.  Please be prepared. Being on time is so important.  If you do not show up and a runner has no one to pass the chip to the race is ruined for the other 4 athletes.

    Each student gets a relay number our numbers are 5786 TO 5794.  This number must be worn on the front of the shirt.  The four pins in the kit are to fasten the number to the shirt. If a student is also running the half, both numbers must be worn.  At the relay exchange zones there are sign posts with numbers.  Stand in between the sign posts that are appropriate (i.e. 5600-5700). The runners will exchange the chip and look for each other in these numerical zones.  ***** All runners must wear the relay exchange number attached to the belt at all times.  This is how we are timed and scored. We will not get a time if this belt is not worn by all students***** 

    Thank you for allowing your child to participate.  The goal of this club is to develop life long runners.  All the students are amazing.  So here are my last few pieces of advice:
    • Please wake up your child with plenty of time to get to the race. It is on Sunday and they will need lots of encouragement to wake up!
    • Feed them food but not too much food.  A bowl of oatmeal and bananas would be plenty for what they need to do.  There are snacks and drinks on the course.
    • Know where the exchange point is.  Getting their on time is very important. The whole relay team is counting on you.
    • If you are picking up other students or getting picked up, please know the phone numbers of all people concerned.
    • Most of all enjoy the experience with them.  They have worked so hard and come so far.  Share their accomplishment.

    This has been a remarkable season.  Over 50 athletes trained and 45 are participating on Marathon Sunday.  We will be the largest Junior High team in the province.  Congratulations and thanks again.  Do not hesitate to call me at the school or email me.  I will get back to you as fast as I can.

    Chris Harbeck
    Marathon Coach and Runner

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    Hey the Final Drafts are here

    Congratulations for so many of you in completing a 2 Minutes to Make a Difference Final Version.  Here they are in a playlist.  Your marks will be coming soon.

    It would be great if you left comments behind at all the videos.

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Final Version of your 2 Minutes Video

    So the time has come to upload your final copy of your 2 Minutes Video.  The upload proceedure is the same as before.  You just need to change a few things:
    1. Title Your movie title and FINAL VERSION
    2. In the Description please have all of your GROUP MEMBERS and a 3 SENTENCE description of your movie
    3. Labels are spmath, 2 Minutes2011
    4. Category is Education
    Here is a screen capture of what you need.

    The deadline for final projects is on Wednesday at Midnight.  Don't forget to comment.

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    Weekend Homework

    Here are today's questions

    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Graphing AlgebraIntroduction

    Hey all you fantastic Math Students. Sorry I am unable to help you out today.  Here are a few videos to help explain the work today.

    Get a Textbook and turn to Chapter 9. This is what we are learning today.  You will also need some Graph Paper and your Notebook.

    Here is the first video that will explain the first part of todays lesson.  It is 8 minutes long. Please follow along in the textbook and take the notes that are necessary.  Stop the video at any time so that you can get all the information. The videos can be played from home if you still are experiencing difficulty.
    Algebra Introduction 1 (8 minutes)

    These are some screen captures that might be helpful to you.

    Now play the second movie.  It is not as long.

    Algebra Introduction 2 (6 minutes)

    Your Homework