Welcome to Miss Granholm's blog! Here you will find information for the classes I teach. Please use this blog to help you be a successful math or guidance student and let me know via e-mail if you have any questions. Enjoy the blog and feel free to appropriately comment on any of the posts!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, December 10

The Rialto Theater is celebrating its 11th anniversary.  In honor of the occasion, they are giving away free passes!  They have hidden a gold, silver, purple or green star under every seat.  Every person who sits in a seat with a gold star gets a free pass to the next show.  For every 2 gold stars they hid 18 silver, 16 purple, and 12 green stars.  If there are 384 seats in the Rialto Theater, how many people won free passes?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, December 3

Travis works at the Fantasy in Flight Factory.  He checks all the kites made in the factory.  One day, Travis discovered that for every 30 kites that passed inspection there were 7 kites that didn't pass:  4 kites with no tails and 3 kites with the wrong colors.  Of the 296 kites Travis examined, how many didn't have tails and how many had wrong colors?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday create your own ‘Thanksgiving by the Numbers’

Display and illustrate your creation as a poster

Include at least 8 examples

Examples can be personal or national, like the examples presented in this presentation, but may not include any of the data presented in this presentation.

Project Value: 40 Points

Saturday, November 20, 2010

7 Math Weekend Homework

Please remember that you do not need to include the scoring information.  Additionally, please do outline your poster and make it 'display ready'.

Have a great Weekend!

Monday, November 15, 2010

PTW Due Friday, November 19

Bill, his sister Martha, and Ann are sitting down to learn a new game from Phil Hill.  Each player has a partner and the partners are seated across the table from each other.  Bill Dill is sitting to the right of Phil's sister.  Phil Hill is sitting to the right of Bill's sister's partner.  Where is each player seated at the table? (5 points)

Hint:  use your logic skills and draw a diagram.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, November 12

Sandy is delivering pizza to the second floor of the apartment house at 645 Birch Street.  There are two outside stairways from the street to the building.  Then there are 4 doors into the building.  Once inside there are 2 elevators and two inside stairways that go to the second floor.  How many different ways can Sandy go from the street to the second floor and deliver the pizza?

(5 points)

Divisibility Rules Song

11/15 Guidance Assignment: Due 11/17

Handling Friendship Problems Politely

3 Paragraph Reflection

22 Points

-Write 3 paragraphs.

Paragraph 1: Describe a situation between friends. (5 points)

Paragraph 2: Determine and describe how the situation could be incorrectly handled, without the use of manners. (5 points)

Paragraph 3: Determine and describe how the situation could be handled, with the use of manners. (5 points)

Cursive Handwriting: 1 point

Name and Heading: 2 points

Spelling: 1 point

Grammar: 3 points (1 point per paragraph)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

8th Grade Guidance Weekend Extra Credit

Visit the following website:

  • View a webisode.
  • Write a 1 paragraph summary of the webisode.
  • Take the quiz associated with the webisode.
  • Write a 1 paragraph reflection based on your feelings and what you think about the webisode and quiz.
  • E-mail both paragraphs to Miss Granholm.

10 points:  5 points per paragraph

**You may view as many webisodes and write as many paragraphs as you wish.*** 

8 Guidance STD Venn Diagram Assignment

STD Venn Diagram
Due Monday
20 Points


-Minimum 5 entrees per circle:
15 Points- 1 point per entry, point will only be awarded if the entry is factual.

3 points

2 Points

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Weekend Extra Credit Problem Solving:

Due Monday, November 8, 2010

Amanda is running for a political office in her city.  A friend told her that the best way to get the votes she needs to win is to go out and shake some hands.  Amanda lives in a city of 150,000 people.  She wonders roughly how much time she would need to shake hands with everyone in her city.  She decides to find her answer.  She start with 10 people and finds that it takes about 8 seconds to shake hands with 10 people.  Find how long it would take Amanda to shake hands with every person in her city. 

5 Extra Credit Points!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Thursday, November 4 (5 Points)

This notice was posted:  Auditions next week for the school play! 
After reading a copy of the play, Betty, Hilda, Adam, and Renee have decided which parts to try out for.  Hilda wants a part that has twice as many lines as the part that Betty wants.  Adam has chosen a part with 3 more than twice as many lines as the part Hilda wants.  Renee is going to try out for a part with 4 more lines than Betty's part.  If they get the parts they want, together they have 47 speaking lines.  How many lines would each actor have?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Rangers Will Win the World Series?



Go trick-or treating (or if you are too old for this, borrow some candy from a sibling or younger relative).  Create a data table and an appropriate graph displaying the frequency of each type of candy you received trick or treating.  Both data table and graph must be created on either graph paper or computer generated.  Remember to include all necessary labeling!

This extra credit is due Tuesday, November 2 for a total of 10 extra credit points (5 points for each the graph and the table).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Scientific Notation Practice

Scientific Notation

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, October 29

You have been hired to supervise 22 4th-graders who are visiting a haunted house at Halloween.  You have a diagram of the house showing the "control booth" where you will be sitting, hidden behind 4 2-way mirrors.  one mirror is one each wall and each mirror looks into 3 rooms.  Mirror 1 looks into rooms A, B, C; mirror 2 looks into rooms C, E, H; mirror 3 looks into rooms F, G, H; mirror 4 looks into rooms A, D, F.  What is a possible arrangement of 22 students within the rooms if you can see 9 students through each of the 4 mirrors?

(5 points)

Guidance Manners Assessment: Due 10/27/10

Instructions and Scoring Guide

Select a manner pertaining to friendships (2 points).

Draw an illustration of the manner (poster, comic, picture, etc.) (5 points).

Write the manner below the illustration (3 points).

Use color (2 points).

Use the appropriate paper (2 points).

Fill the paper (2 points).

Be neat (2 points).

Remove pencil markings (1 point).

Include a complete heading on the reverse side of the illustration (1 point).

Friday, October 22, 2010

Do you watch Mythbusters?! (Minute 6:45)


6 Math:  STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!  You have a test Monday.  For 11 points extra credit you may complete and turn in by Tuesday, October 26 textbook page 109, #1-11.

7 Math: For extra credit create your own set of algebra tiles (10 points)!  The set must include the following:
  • 10 positive ones
  • 10 negative ones
  • 8 positive x's
  • 8 negative x's
The tiles may be in color, they must be usable, and placed in a small plastic bag.

8 Algebra:  Due Monday, 25 points http://hotmath.com/help/gt/genericalg1/section_2_3.html

9 Algebra:  Play this game with a friend or parent.  Turn in your work from the game on Monday.  http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/AlgebraFour/

8 Guidance:  Take the STD Quiz found below.  Turn in yout answers on Monday!

Answer true or false or a) b) c) d) as appropriate.

Q1 You can have an STD without symptoms. - True or False

Q2 Chlamydia shows symptoms straight away. - True or False

Q3 Using a condom gives complete protection from STD's. - True or False

Q4 Being tested for an STD can be painful and embarrassing. - True or False

Q5 Gonorrhea left untreated can cause infertility. - True or False

Q6 Having Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. - True or False

Q7 Gardasil is a vaccine that can help prevent a) HPV b) cervical cancer c) genital warts d) all of the above

Q8 STDs can be passed on from mother to child. - True or False

Q9 Hepatitis B affects a) the liver b) the heart c) the lungs d) the stomach

6th Grade Problem Solving: Computing with Decimals

Mean Median & Mode Song and Video

Mean Median & Mode From The Math Upgrade Online Course

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Monday, October 18, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, October 22

Look at the container of CANDY CORNS on display in the classroom.  Your job, this week, is to figure out how many candy corns are in the container.  You must apply skills of estimation, arithmetic, and measurements in completing this task.  These skills must be demonstrated in the work you turn-in on Friday in order to receive credit for the assignment.  A reasonable estimate falls within 20 candy corns of the correct answer, and a reasonable estimate, accompanied by correct work, will earn you a score of 5/5.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Obama Leads the Call to Serve

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, October 15

Darryl has a summer job with real ups and downs:  he delivers packages in the Sears Tower in Chicago.  Oh his first day, he is given a box of sandwiches to deliver during lunch time.  He takes the turkey sandwich to an office 3 floors above the basement.  He delivers the ham and cheese 13 floors above the turkey and 7 floors below the egg salad.  He delivers the pastrami 9 floors below the ham and cheese and 8 floors below the submarine sandwich.  He takes the tuna to an office 12 floors below the submarine sandwich.  What is the number of the floor to which Darryl delivered each sandwich?

5 Points

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

8th Grade Community Service Assignment

After watching video of President Obama giving a speech on service, read the article at the link below, and complete the assignment that follows.

The assignment is due Thursday, October 14.

Check out how what the President has to say about community service can relate to middle school students:

1.)  What that the President said can you relate to?  (2 points)

2.)  Is there anything that the President said that you cannot relate to?  Explain your reasoning.  (3 points)

3.)  Just as the students in the article were asked to, write a letter to the President describing your dreams for the country and how you plan to serve your community.

 SCORING:  30 Points
   Letter Format:  5 points
  3 Paragraphs:  3 points
  3 Distinct Examples with 3 Supporting Details Each:  15 points, 5 points each
  Spelling:  3 points
  Grammar:  3 points
  Typed:  2 points
  E-mailed:  2 points

Friday, October 1, 2010

Algebra Exam Practice

8th Grade:  Quiz yourself on chapters 1-4

9th Grade:  Quiz yourself on chapters 1-3


8 Pre-Algebra Exam Practice





7th Grade Exam Review!

Data and Statistics Review:







Integer Practice:






6th Grade Exam Review!

Probability Practice:




Integer Operations Practice:





8th and 9th Grade Explore Test Practice

Click and complete the chapter 1 test from the following link:
E-mail your results to me.

Copy and paste this link into your browser.  Record your results on paper and after each problem the next slide will immediately let you know if your response was a correct response!

http://jc-schools.net/test/ACT/explore-math-test.ppt#256,1,ACT Explore Math Practice Test

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Last PTW of Quarter 1!

Jessica is hiking in the mountains with her llama, her dog, and her cat.  She comes to a deep river, where she must help each animal across, one at a time.  She has a problem:  she can't leave the llama alone with the dog, and she can't leave the cat alone with the dog.  What is the fewest trips Jessica can make to get the llama, the dog, and the cat to the other side of the river?

5 Points

Friday, September 24, 2010

Guidance Weekend Extra Credit

Warning!!!  This is your last guidance extra credit opportunity for the quarter!

Visit the CDC's BAM! Body and Mind website:  http://www.bam.gov/sub_yourbody/yourbody_energyequation.html

Select to participate in one of the following activities as a part of the Energy Equation:  Picnic Pick-Up, Pillow Pitch, or Jumble Gym.  Enter the activity by clicking on it and select to "Play the Game."  After playing the game, go back and read Under the Microscope and Expert Opinion by selecting these icons on the right side of the screen.  Finally, take the quiz, also located on the right side of the screen.  

Compose an e-mail to me and send it to granholmm@psmnow.com.  In the e-mail share with me which activity you participated in, how to play the game that goes along with that activity, what you learned from reading Under the Microscope, 2 expert opinions you read about, and finally your score on the quiz.  When successfully and fully completed this e-mail will be worth up to 12 extra credit points, 2 points for each requirement.

Have Fun!    

Weekend Math Extra Practice and Extra Credit!

ATTENTION ALL MATH CLASSES!  Here is the last extra credit assignment of the quarter.  Visit the website below and complete the Integer Quiz.  You can earn 1 point for each correctly answered question!  When finished, click to check the quiz and then follow the prompt to e-mail your results to me.  My e-mail address is granholmm@psmnow.com.  Good luck!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, September 24

On the ancient island of Circulus, archaeologists found a series of caves.  In the first cave they found a circle with 560 stones.  In the 2nd cave they found a circle with 8 fewer stones than in the first cave.  Each new cave had a circle with twice as many stones missing from the circle than in the previous cave.  For example, there were 16 fewer stones in the 3rd cave than in the 2nd cave.  If the stone circles continue in this way, which cave would have the last stone circle?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Problem of the Week: Due Thursday September 16

On July 5, in the area around Center Village, there was great excitement.  Six people had reported to the police that they had seen Big Foot, a large, hairy creature sometimes seen, but never captured.  The next day, twice as many people had called the police, sure they has seen the creature.  Each day the police received twice as many calls as the day before.  After a total of more than 300 calls, the police took the phone off the hook.  On what day did the police take the phone off the hook?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

9th Gade Algebra I: Freshmen Spirit Knights Extra Credit Assignment #1

All students may complete by Monday.  Turn in your raffle ticket for 2 additional points of extra credit!

In volleyball, an ace is a serve that the opponent doesn’t hit. Ace efficiency is a measure of a player’s ability to hit aces while minimizing service errors. The ace efficiency f is given by the formula f = a – e where a is the number of aces, e is the number of s service errors, and s is the total number of serves.

a. Calculate –Find the ace efficiency for a player who has 108 aces and 125 service errors in 500 serves. (1 point)

b. Compare – If the player makes 30 more aces and 20 more service errors in the next 100 serves, will the ace efficiency improve? Explain. (1 point)

c. Justify- Under what conditions would a player’s ace efficiency be 0? 1? -1? Justify your answer algebraically. (3 points)


ATTENTION ALL MATH CLASSES:  This weekend, you may complete the following quiz for extra credit.  After you complete the on-line quiz, click to check your answers.  Next, scroll down and select the option to e-mail your results.  Your results must be e-mailed to Miss Granholm at granholmm@psmnow.com  If I receive these results by Monday, before 3:05, you will earn one extra credit point for each correct response.  Good Luck!


ATTENTION 8TH GRADE GUIDANCE:  For extra credit this weekend visit the CDC's website http://www.bam.gov/sub_yourlife/index.html  Click on the Ad Decoder:  Decipher the Media and then click to play the game.  After playing the game, find the quiz on the right hand margin of the quiz:  Test Your Smarts.  After the quiz, either e-mail me your results or print out your results page.  The results are due by Monday at the beginning of class. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

8 Guidance Weekend Extra Credit

Visit the link below.  Click on "click here to check 'em out!"  A menu will appear.  Brows the menu and its offerings using the tabs at the top of the window and the drop down menus that appear.  Compose an e-mail to Miss Granholm (granholmm@psmnow.com) detailing 6 recipes, at least one from each category at the top of the window, that you would like to try and that you think you would be able to make.  Supply each recipe along with 2 reasons for why you would like to try each recipe.  All e-mails must be received by 10:00p.m. Sunday night.


Weekend Math Extra Practice and Extra Credit!

7th, 8th, and 9th Grades:  Visit the website below and play an integers/jeopardy quiz game!  After you have played the game, a congratulations page will appear.  Print this page, turn it in with Monday's homework, and receive extra credit up to 10 points!

6th Grade:  Visit the web site below and select to play the game first on level 1, then level 2, and finally level 3.  Print your score sheets for each level and turn them in on Monday with Monday's homework.  You can receive up to 10 extra credit points! 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, September 10 (5 Points)

Dinner is over and it is the twin's turn to clean up and do the dishes.  Jaime grabs a dish towel and waits for Josh to start washing the dishes.  Instead of fighting about who has to wash the dishes, Josh suggests a game to settle the dispute.  He hands Jaime a die marked 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.  To play the game they take turns rolling the die 3 times in a row.  The first to roll a total of 12 in 3 rolls gets to dry tonight.  How many different ways can the twins combine 3 rolls of the die to total 12?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, September 3

Senta and Maurice are lab partners in science class.  Today they have to weigh liquid.  They have a tray of 80 weights which they can use.  The weights are of 4 different kinds:  50g, 25g, 15g, and 5g.  The first liquid weighs 85g.  How many different combinations of weights will balance the scale for the first liquid?

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Miss Granholm will be at Saturday Tutoring this Saturday from 9:00 -12:00.  If you need math help, or just want to make sure you are completing your homework correctly, please stop by and see her on Saturday.  Extra credit for the weekend is available both at school on Saturday and on the blog.  All extra credit is due on Monday at the start of class.

Practice Game!

Did you struggle with this week's Problem of the Week? 
If you answered yes, check out this fun space themed game for extra practice:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, August 27 (5 Points)

It's here!  The hottest item of the season, Rodney the Talking Robot!  Rodney can keep anyone company, including the cat or dog.  When the robots are made at the robot factory, every 8th robot gets a blue control panel, every 3rd gets green blinking eyes, and 4th gets a square head.  If 150 robots are made, how many will have a blue control panel, with blinking eyes, and a square head?  

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fields Medal 2010 - Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss

Guidance Weekend Extra Credit

This week in our Daily Devotions we discussed and reflected on PROCRASTINATION.  Your assignment is to read the article found at this link: http://www.causesofprocrastination.com/avoid-teen-procrastination.html and then e-mail to me a reflection following the criteria outlined below.  Please send your reflection as an attached Word document to granholmm@psmnow.com.  Please include your name and heading at the top of the document.  All e-mails must be received by 10pm Sunday night to be eligible for this extra credit.  The total points available are 10 bonus points added to your Homework Grade.  Please e-mail me with any questions regarding the assignment and have a great weekend.  I look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday.

  1. Describe in 5 complete sentences 5 helpful procrastination tips, key ideas, or facts from the article. (5 points)
  2. Complete Quick Tip #1. (2 points)
  3. Complete Quick Tip #3. (3 points)

Weekend Math Extra Practice and Extra Credit!

  1. Try out this link to practice your times tables!  http://www.mathsisfun.com/quiz/mixtimes.html
  2. f you did not do so hot, click here:  http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/math-trainer-multiply.html  to train your mind to be GREAT at times tables! 
  3. Finally, try this timed test, check your score, and print the page to turn in MONDAY, AUGUST 23 for 10 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS!  http://www.mrmyers.org/Math_Mania/ttmult.html

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

6 Math Cyber Solver Q's

Due Monday, August 23
Answer the following questions in a complete sentence.  Send your responces to Miss Granholm (granholmm@psmnow.com) in an e-mail.  Include the PSM heading at teh top of your e-mail.  Use the provided links to find your answers.  Each responce is worth 5 points, 3 points for your responce and 2 points for telling me which website you gained your information from.  This assignment is worth a total of 15 points and is a project grade.

1.)  What is gold used for today, other than jewelry and forms of decoration?
2.)  How much does gold cost?
3.)  How has the value of gold changed in the last 100 years?



8th Grade Guidance and 9th Grade Algebra:  You have a syllabus & blog quiz on Thursday!

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Math Classes:  You have a syllabus & blog quiz on Friday!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, August 20

A mother and her son are working in a field in India.  A tiger leaps out of the long grasses and pins the boy to the ground with his claws.  "Let him go!" cries the woman.  "I will," says the tiger, "provided you can correctly predict the fate of your child- either that I eat him or that I let him go."  What should the woman predict?  Explain your reasoning.  (5 points)