Monday, December 08, 2014

Percent Post

Title *****'s Percent Post
Labels username, percent

In the body of the post please show the 5 examples from today.  You can either take a photo of your work and upload it or you can use paint. 

The blogging trophy goes to the room with the most completed posts.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Percent Foldable

Do your best with the foldable.  We will continue it tomorrow.


Eportfolio Signups

Monday, November 03, 2014

Ratio Problems

Please choose 5 problems to have done by tomorrow.  You choose.  Be sure to Tang it and have the statement, let x be, steps, modelling and the work.  

Rate Word Problems

  1. Simon bought 15 postcards during 5 days of vacation. How many days will Simon have to spend on vacation before he will have bought a total of 18 postcards? Solve using unit rates.

  1. Candice took a total of 8 pages of notes during 4 hours of class. In all, how many hours will Candice have to spend in class before she will have a total of 20 pages of notes in her notebook? Solve using unit rates.

  1. Luann jarred 12 liters of jam after 3 days. How much jam did Luann jar if she spent 5 days making jam? Solve using unit rates.

  1. Johnny's birthday party will cost $15 if he invites 3 guests. How many guests can there be, at most, if Johnny can afford to spend a total of $20 on his birthday party? Solve using unit rates.

  1. Amy drove to her mother’s house, which is 204 miles away.  If it took her 3 hours, what was her average speed?

  1. Charles is going to buy 3 computer tables for $390. If he pays the same rate, how much would it cost for 8 computer tables?

  1. The ratio of an object’s weight on Earth to its weight on the Moon is 6:1. The first person to walk on the Moon was Neil Armstrong. He weighed 165 pounds on Earth. How much did he weigh on the moon?

  1. A diagram measuring 20 cm long is reduced on a copy machine to 15 cm long. If the width of the original copy is 16 cm, what is the width of the reduced copy?

  1. At Discount Copy, 12 copies cost $0.66. Melissa needs 56 copies. How much should they cost?

  1. Which costs more per issue, an 18-issue subscription for $40.50 or a 12-issue subscription for $33.60?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Rate Work

Here are today's questions

Want more practice! Go to the Math Playground and get practicing.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WE Day Videos

Here are todays videos
Molly Burke


Malala Yousafzai

Spencer West
 Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rate Questions

Here are today's questions.  Remember to use the Tang model to solve all problems.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rate homework

What is the unit price for 100 mL and what would each tin of ice tea be at 250 ML

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ratio Word Problems

Here are the word problems from today in class.

Remember to use the Tang approach to problem solving.  The examples are in your book and foldable.

This is a great website to practice your ratio problem solving.

Enjoy your weekend. Comments are always welcome

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vending Machine Ratios

Here is a random vending machine.  What ratios can you write?
Remember there are so many types of ratios:
part to part
part to whole
2 term ratio
3 term ratio
ratio in fractional form
"x" term ratio.

Have one for each type please. Answer in a comment!

The competition between 14 and 17 should be fierce.
Homework is Homework book 2.1 on page 14 and 15


Monday, October 06, 2014

Pythagoras Test Tomorrow

Today a quiz tomorrow a test! Am I a great guy or what!!

To help you prepare I have found a practice test for you.

Good luck tomorrow


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Problem Solving and Pythagoaras

Here is a link to todays assignment. Do the problems following the procedure that we did in class today.

Use the chat box to help each other out tonight!

Work well.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pythagoras Homework

Here is Backe's Assignment

Friday, September 05, 2014

Weekend Homework Squares, Composites and Primes

Please complete the chart started in class.  I would like all the numbers between I and 64 or 100 identified as Prime Composite or Square Numbers

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Squares and Rectangles

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Here are some numbers 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.
Which numbers are rectangular and which are square? Would grid paper or tiles help you explain?
Help me out. Comments are appreciated.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Multiple Outfits is anything wrong?

2000 - Generation Girl Gear - Lara Fashion
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Victoria has four shirts -- 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 with purple stripes and 1 plaid. She also has three pairs of shorts -- 1 blue, 1 black and 1 white. Victoria thinks that with these she can make 7 different short and shirt outfits.

Her thinking 4 + 3 = 7

The Art of Blogging A Colleague of mine Mr. Kuropatwa created this post for his students. Since it is Internet Safety Week please pay attention to the videos below.

Blogging is a very public activity. Anything that gets posted on the internet stays there. Forever. Deleting a post simply removes it from the blog it was posted to. Copies of the post may exist scattered all over the internet. I have come across posts from my students on blogs as far away as Sweden! That is why we are being so careful to respect your privacy and using first names only. We do not use pictures of ourselves. If you really want a graphic image associated with your posting use an avatar -- a picture of something that represents you but IS NOT of you.

Here are a few videos that illustrate some of what I want you to think about:

Two teachers in the U.S.A. worked with their classes to come up with a list of guidelines for student bloggers.

One of them, Bud Hunt, has these suggestions, among others:
  1. Students using blogs are expected to treat blogspaces 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.

Another teacher, Steve Lazar, developed a set of guidelines in consultation with his students. You can read them here.

Look over the guidelines and add the ones you like in the comments section below this post; either from one of Steve's students or one of your own. I think Bud's suggestions are excellent. We'll be using the one's I highlighted above as a basis for how we will use our blog.

Mr. K.

I could not have written it any better. Enjoy blogging and use your head. Thanks

Mr. Harbeck

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thats a Wrap

Your 2 Minutes projects should be coming to an end.  There are things that need to be wrapped up.

That's a wrap
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Remember the 3 possibilities to complete this project
  1. Google Presentation embedded to your Google Site
  2. Power Point Movie uploaded to the spmath Youtube site
  3. A movie made in movie maker or iMovie and uploaded to the spmath Youtube site
Please include in your movie description when you are uploading the group members names, and room numbers.  No last names are required.
Please ask me for passwords so you have access to what you need.

If you have raised funds you must bring the $$ into the school and we will handle donations though the Office.  They will create cheques and send them to the Organizations of your choice.  We do recommend that you use Free the Children if they are supporting the cause that you chose.

The Final projects must be embedded by Wednesday June 18th.

Continue to work hard and get these presentations done and up on the web.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Marathon Week Part One

Here are the notes going home today. Please read them carefully

Dear Parents

Once again Marathon Week is upon us.  Your student has been training for Sunday’s Marathon for over 9 weeks.  In that time they all have run over 100 miles each.  This is a tremendous accomplishment.  They are all ready to run this weekend.

What the Relay is
Every team will consist of 5 runners. Each runner will start from an exchange point and run between 4 to 6 miles.  They finish at a second exchange point and hand off to the next student. Each runner need to be at their exchange points on time to make the relay work.

The Marathon starts at 7:10 am and the last runner should be done before noon. Mme Tetrault and I will be running the half marathon and will see the teams finish the race.  We are unable to drive students to their exchanges.  It is up to parents to get their students to the race.

Parent Responsibilities
Parents need to get their student to the relay exchange on time.  Please plan to be at your checkpoint 20 minutes before the time I have provided.  Parking and driving to these points will be tricky so plan in advance.

To prepare for Sunday we advise that you go to the relay exchange points in advance to plan a route.  Remember many roads will be closed due to the race. Practicing getting to both the starting exchange point and finishing exchange point.  

Once a relay participant has run their leg they may go home.  They do not need to go to the University of Manitoba and be present at the finish.

Student Responsibility
All information provided to you this week needs to get home to your parents.  It will also be posted at the

Please read the Marathon Handbook.  It contains all the information you need to be successful on Sunday.  

You need to know the phone numbers of people on your relay team.  If something happens it is important to call them if something goes wrong….. but nothing will go wrong.

Mme Tetrault and Mr Harbeck are available for phone calls during the week. Do not hesitate to call. 7758985

Mr. Harbeck
Mme Tetrault
Marathon Coaches

Here are the expected start and finish times for the runners (click for larger image)

More information can be found here at the Marathon Website. Check out their interactive Google maps.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Last Day 5

Today wraps up our last day 5 together.  By next Friday you should have one of the following done
  • Google Presentation with just the Points and images that you want to use finished with credits
  • Powerpoint Movie made with the slides you have done in Google
  • Made a movie in a media of your choice and uploaded to the spmathgr8 account
Today's class is to finish off your project.  You should have
  • 10-15 points using typography skills to enhance their message,
  • images of movies of items to make your points even more stunning
  • images of you making a difference
  • ways in which we can make a difference.
 You have been working on this for over 10 weeks now.  The deadline is next Friday.  Do your best to complete one of the three options so you can get your mark.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Finding Media

2 Minutes to Make a Difference May 21

This is our story arc
Today we need to find media that will help us explain the story we are telling.  Media can me movies, audio or most likely photos.  It is very important that you use photos that have the proper media rights.  This means that the people who took the photos have given permission for others to use them.

We did this a bit in Google in technology class.  In the advanced search we chose free to use or share.
There are other sites too.  Try these out

CC Search is a Creative Commons search engine that only searches out media you can use
Another site is Compfight
There are many others but these two should start you finding what you need.  For every photo you select please copy the url to your presentation so we can use it in the credits.
Here are some example videos from the previous years to inspire you to find media and to give you an idea about what is possible when you want to make a difference.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Choosing Pillars

Only one person per group needs to fill in this form.  Please fill it out by the end of the class.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Nothing says Spring Break like .........


Here are your worksheets for the break.  Work hard.  Please use the vertical method when dividing.  Remember to have a denominator of 1!! Use the reciprocal!

Dividing Fractions
Dividing Fractions 2
Dividing Mixed Fractions
Multiplying Fractions
Multiplying Fractions 2
Multiplying Mixed Fractions

Instead of killing trees I have given you these at the blog.  Copy into a notebook and come back on Monday with questions to ask.  Enjoy your break!

May the weather warm up and give you some happyness!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

2 Minutes to Make a Difference 2014

Here is the link for your Issue Backgrounder's from Free the Children.

Your Task this week is to become familiar with the 5 pillars.  For each pillar please research 10 points.  Following your research you need to choose 1 pillar to become an expert on.  This will become the topic of your group for your 1-2 minute movie.

You may only have up to 3 people per group.

This assignment is due next day 5 class.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Interactive Dice and Spinner Links

We are about to embark on a game to show probability. Here are some links that can be added to your Google Site Page. Change the number for the amount of dice.

Playing Cards

You need to create a game of chance where the player gets rewarded for spins or rolls.  Rules and instructions for your game along with the probability for each event are necessary.  The more difficult the event the higher the reward.

More to follow..... Here is a Wheel of Sports

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Hello Electronic Portfolios

It is that time of year again. Here is the information you need to complete the math part of your electronic portfolios.




Mala is planning to go on a trip.  His suitcase measures 85 cm by 40 cm by 30 cm.  He has a dresser drawer, measuring 60 cm by 50 cm by 35 cm, filled with clothes that he wants to take with him.  What advice would you give to Mala? Why?


You will embed these images into your Google site.   This will become a parent quiz.  You will also create an answer key on a different page.  All will be revealed on Day 5!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Integer Test Tomorrow

Good links for practice
Link 1

Link 2

Link 3

Link 4

Thinking about Portfolios

CC Flickr Image by Page by Scott Kellum

Today is a first opportunity for us to start working on our Student Electronic Portfolios.  Those of you that have computer class with me will have started the process.

Open Chrome
Open GMail
Create or go to
At your google site please ensure you have a page for Social Studies, Science, Math, LA, Practical Arts, Phys Ed and Digital Storytelling if you are in computer.

To Create a page look for the small icon with the + sign. Title the page appropriately.
On your Social Studies Page you should have a Presentation called Archeology 101.  We will now add to this with 2 more items from the museum.  You are going to create a presentation about Mummy of Pesed.  The photos are in the J drive Grade 8 Mummy folder. Use up to 8 photos to demonstrate the knowledge you remember from class and from the Field trip.

You will next create a Voicethread about mummifying a carrot.  Photos are also on the J-drive. I will explain how to do that during class.  You will leave voice and text comments behind on your voicethead.

Finally you must email me your google site address.  We will be completing class portfolio pages.

Enjoy your first E-Portfolio Day

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Integer Word Problems Part 1

Here are some Word Problems I found at this site.

1. The temperature at noon on a winter day was 8o C. At midnight, the temperature had dropped 15o. What was the temperature at midnight?

2. In 2001, Standard Register reported a net loss of $43.9 million. In 2002, the company had a net income of $33 million. How much more money did the company make in 2002 than in 2001?
(Source: Dayton Daily News)

3. On a recent glider flight, Lucy took a tow to 3000 feet above ground level. She found a good thermal and climbed 1800 feet. Then she hit big sink and lost 2200 feet. What was her altitude at that point?

4. An architectural drawing of a building shows the elevation of the basement floor to be –12 feet. The elevation of the roof is 32 feet. What is the total distance from the roof to the basement floor?

5. One day in July, the temperature at ground level at the airport was 90o. A pilot reported the temperature at 10,000 feet was 50o. How much did the temperature drop per 1000 feet? (Hint: find the amount of temperature change and set up a proportion.)

Think about your integer knowledge. Use all you know about combining and removing  to be successfull here.

6. The high temperatures for the first 5 days of January in Fargo, North Dakota are listed below. Find the average high temperature for these 5 days.
Jan. 1 - – 4o
Jan. 2 - + 3o
Jan. 3 - 00
Jan. 4 - – 6o
Jan. 5 - + 2o

7. A football team gained 6 yards on a first down, lost 15 yards on the second down, and gained 12 yards on the third down. How many yards do they need to gain on the fourth down to have a 10 yard gain from their starting position?

8. While returning to the gliderport, Lucy descended for three minutes at a rate of 400 feet per minute. How much altitude did she lose? If her starting altitude was 2800 feet, what was her final altitude?

9. Carla’s credit card statement showed that she owed $350. She made a payment of $200, then she charged $23 for gasoline. She returned a sweater she had charged earlier for a refund of $35. Then she charged $15 at the bookstore. What is her new balance?

10. In 2000, Bob’s 401(k) fund lost $9000. In 2001, it lost another $10,000, and in 2002, it lost $17,000. In 2003, it gained $16,000, and in 2004 it gained $12,000. How much more does it have to gain to be worth what it was at the start of 2000?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Weekend Integer Work

Here is the weekend work Integer Sheet Remember the integer scribe is due by Monday. Please leave comments behind. H

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Time to Remove

Today we started to subtract or remove integers.  Remember the rules and make sure you are using models, either tiles or number lines to help you get the correct answer.

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Todays Integer work

Howdy!! here is today's Integer work.

Page 1 Fewer Brackets

Page 2 No Brackets

 Many of you are having difficulty in completing assignments because you do not know how to embed a video.  Here is a quick lesson.  At the top of the post there are two boxes Compose or HTML

Choose HTML and the post will look different with a bunch of <> < /> all over the place.  You now can paste the HTML code from Youtube.
At Youtube you will go to the share button

After you have clicked the share button click embed

Copy that code and paste it into your HTML post.  Once that is done you can click on the Compose and you are back in business.  

Happy Scribing and remember when you are not the scribe check out the other scribes and leave comments behind.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Integer Review Day 1

Here is the homework for today.

Integer Sheet 1

Integer Sheet 2

Please check out the scribes and leave comments behind to show your appreciation for their work.