Thursday, December 12, 2013

Let It Begin Pay if Forward 2014

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, 2minutes2014, 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?

Monday, December 09, 2013

Percent Post Wrap up

You should have already created 2 parts of this post.

1. Introduction to percents where we copied our notes on how to find key percents.  
  • 50%
  • 10%
  • 1%
  • 25%
  • You also need to define what a percent is.
2. You need to have 3 images showing Representing Percents.  You choose the 3 but you could
  • 180%
  • 12 3/4 %
  • 0.7%
3. You need to explain how to convert from Decimals to Percents to Fractions.  Choose 3 sets
  • 26%
  • 7/10
  • 0.024
4.  Percent of a number is the next part of this exercise.  Show how you could solve the following using mental math and a calculator.
  • 20% of 60
  • 0.1% of 40
  • 250% of 400
5. Combining Percents is the last part of this post.  You need to explain Discount, Sale Price and Total Price with taxes.  I also need you to explain what is a better deal 50% off or 25% off of an already reduced price of 25%. This can be done using the following questions,
  • Question 3 on page 148 or question 7 on page 149. 
  • Show you know on page 148
 All good posts need to have links and a video to capture our attention.  Find a good video on percent that helps us understand it more.  Embed it in this blog post.

Labels for this post are as follows, understanding percent, combining percents, decimal fraction percent, converting percent.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Percent Homework

Here is your homework:)

Have a great weekend. Oops do not forget to do your Homework Book pages 36 and 37.

Oh yeah and be sure to be signed up at your class blog. That is all

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Introducing Pythagoras

Hello Class. Today I am unable to attend school. My voice has left me and I am unable to teach.  Thankfully for you I have the blog to keep you company.  Today we are learning about Pythagoras and his magical theorem.

Job 1 Get some grid Paper Cut a right triangle that has sides of 3 cm, 4 cm, 5 cm.

Job 2 Cut a the square of 5 out of paper, cut the square of 4 out of paper, cut the square of 3 out of paper, colour each a different colour and try to make a right triangle out of them. (remember your test on this one)

Job 3 Use the textbook to figure out what the Pythagorean Theorem is?

Pythagoras said that the sum of the square of side A plus the square of side B equals the square of side C.

Job 4 How can you use your squares to make sense of the Pythagorean Theorem?
You might......
Show what you think is the Pythagorean Theorem is by gluing the triangle and the coloured squares onto a piece of white paper with the triangle......

Watch this Video It might help.

Now be ready to talk and explain what Pythagoras meant using his Theorem.  Are there any other uses of this idea? Leave a comment behind if you are confused or need help.  Also check the chat box to see if others are having difficulty or if you need help too.

Hey try this!!!
For those of you looking for some extra work.... try the paper folding activity in this video.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Weekend Math Homework

Hi everyone Here is your math Homework.  All of you have been emailed the textbook pages.  Please have 3.1 and 3.3 complete.

3.1 Do Questions 1,2,3,4,6,8,9,11,13,16,17,20,21

3.3  do questions 1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10,11,14,16

There is a quiz on Tuesday.  Be Ready!!!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Marathon Race Week

Dear Parents

The time has come.  Thursday 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 4 & 5 if you are running the first or last legs of the relay.  Great info about parking
  • Page 6 & 7 a full map of the race course and where all the exchange points are
  • Pages 8 & 9 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 5078 TO 5083.  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 30 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

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Manitoba Marathon Parent Post 1

Here is the letter I have sent home with your student.  Please read it and return the note to school by Friday June 7th.

Dear Parent or Guardian   

Congratulations! Your student has been chosen to participate  on one of 6 Sargent Park Relay Teams on Sunday, June 16th. This requires some parental involvement.  As parents you are asked to provide transportation to and from the Relay Exchange point on June 16th.  Runners will need to be at the station between 7 am and 12 noon.  I understand the sacrifice this is to your family but appreciate your effort.

___________________ will have a ride to the Relay exchange point on Sunday June 16th.

__________________ will not have a ride to the relay exchange point on Sunday June 16th.

Not having a ride to this exchange point might eliminate them from participating in the relay. More information is to follow this week.

Thank you for your support of running at Sargent Park School

Mr. Harbeck
Marathon Coach 

Here are maps of where students start and finish. Click the link and reveal the map.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pythagoras 1

Here are the right triangles for today's homework.

Thank you they are due tomorrow.  Find the missing side length.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Student Led Conferences Parent Quiz

This week is Student Led Conferences.  Math has always been a parent quiz.  You will be expected to teach your parents math and have them do a parent quiz.  After each question please have a link to your posts on these subjects.

Title ****'s Math Parent Quiz Post.
Labels username, eportfolio2013, Parent Quiz

Here are the questions.

Ratio Rate Proportion (Link to your Proportion Post)
Peter runs 200 m in 30s while his sister Eva runs 300 m in 36s.
  • Who is the faster runner? Explain how you can tell.
  • At the same rate, how far will each runner go in 2 minutes?

  Percent (Link to your Percent Scribepost)
A bicycle is on sale for 10% off the origional price of $420. when it does not sell, the store reduces the sale price by another 5%.  What is the final price of the bicycle?

Surface Area
Calculate the Surface Area of the net below.

Fractions (Connect to your Fraction Scribepost)
Chad likes to eat Honeycomb for breakfast every day.  He eats 3/4 of a box per week. 
  • How much of the box does he eat each day?
  • How many boxes of Honeycomb does he eat each year?
Algebra Equation Solving(Connect to your Algebra Unproject)

 This is the end of your Parent Quiz. Please have your parents post a comment in your blog post's comment area.

First Draft 2 Minutes to Make a Difference 2013

Welcome to the next to last part of your 2 Minutes to Make a Difference movie project. You need to upload your first draft to Youtube by Monday.  Please make sure you follow the instructions below.

  • log in to youtube using spmathgr8
  • the password is the standard one we have used all year.

  • at Youtube while the video is uploading please do the following
  • Title your movie Subject 2 Minutes Movie Project 2013 First Draft
  • Description Include your group members names and a 1 sentence summary of the movie
  • Tags will be spmath, subject, 2minutes 2012
  • Category is Education
  • License is CC not standard

If you are experiencing difficulty uploading to youtube please read this link. It will be helpful for students using Microsoft Movie Maker.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pixtion Comic Book Maker

Always searching for tools.  Here is a great one.  Pixton

I see this in my future.... or my students future.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2 Minutes 2013

Welcome to part 2 of your movie project.  This week you are expected to have the following things done:
  • use the group information in class to add as many notes to your graphic organizer
  • Choose one of the 6 topics you have an organizer on to be your topic for the movie
  • Research that topic further using the links provided in this post.
By the next Monday March 18 you need to have the following done:
  • Know your group and topic
  • Notes on the topic of your choice
  • extra notes (up to 20 points) on your topic from a different source
  • Story Graph plotting out the message in your Movie
All note taking should be done or copied to your Google presentation (only one presentation per group).   Please make sure you have shared that presentation with your group members, and your LA teacher., and me
Helpful links

New Videos

Issue Backgrounders

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

What DO you know about Algebra???

This is a video from a former student of mine.  It was done in ....... 2007. I would call it a timeless classic.

Now it is your turn.  I want you to create a post where you make a video explaining what you know about algebra.  It does not have to be long but it does have to have certain information.  Your post must include how to solve 3 types of Algebraic questions

I have called assignments like this unprojects. It is up to you to chose the medium in which you create the post.  You can sing, make a video, use pictures, use text, do anything as long as you have explained how to solve the 3 types of equation.

Each type of equation needs its own information.  I.E. if you are making a video you would need 3 of them (one for each).
Labels unproject, algebra, user name

__________ Algebra Unproject

Due Date Monday March 18

Here are some examples





And many more. Only you can set the limit.