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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

9th Grade Algebra: Graphing Polynomial Functions

  1. Open your book to page 583.
  2. With the whole group graph the example on sketchpad.
  3. Graph #1 on sketchpad.
  4. Show Miss Granholm.
  5. Graph #2 on sketchpad.
  6. Show Miss Granholm.
  7. Complete #3-8 on loose leaf paper.
  8. For extra credit check your answers on sketchpad.
  9. Show Miss Granholm.

8th Grade Math: Creating and Measuring Angles with Sketchpad!

  1. Find and open Geometer Sketchpad.
  2. Spend 8 minutes playing with the program and figuring out what the different tools and functions do.
  3. Start a new sketch.
  4. Draw each of the following types of angles:  acute, obtuse, right, straight (4 points)
  5. Measure each angle. (4 points)
  6. Drag each angle measurement to the angle it is measuring.
  7. Put the name of all of your group members on the sketch. (1 point)
  8. Raise your hand to show Miss Granholm. (1 point)
10 Points

6th Grade: Measuring Angles Using Protractors!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, May 6

A case of Seth's Sizzling Soda holds 24 bottles.  Matt and Marnie are going to fill a case with 12 empty bottles to return to the store.  The case has 6 columns across and 4 rows down.  Matt challenges Marnie:  "Can you find at least 2 different ways to place the 12 bottles in the case so that each row and each column has an odd number of bottles?"

5 Points 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Break Extra Credit...Shopping Spree!

Markup and Discount Activity

Below are names of stores in Chicago, 6 items, and the price of each item, sold at the store. Everything in each store is on sale today for 20% off. Find the total cost of purchasing all 6 items, including the 10% Chicago sales tax.  You can do this for as many stores as you choose.  Please find the scoring for the assignment listed below.  Be ready to turn in this assignment along with ALL OF YOUR WORK to Miss Granholm the day you return from break.

discounts: 12 points, 2pts each

tax: 12 points, 2pts each
total cost: 1 point

Best Buy
CD- $9.99
IPOD- $299.00
DVD- $19.99
Cell Phone- $69.00
Printer- $49.00
Camera- $329.00

Paper Towels- $4.99
Cereal- $3.39
Mop- $7.00
Desk- $129.00
Chair- $399.00
Video Game- $49.00

Cold Medicine- $7.00
Graph Paper- $1.99
Milk- $3.99
Toothpaste- $2.82
Gel Pens- $5.99
Birthday Card- $3.29

Pop- $8.99
Ice Cream- $3.99
Bread- $2.89
Chips- $3.29
Steaks- $16.85
Clementines- $6.99

Shorts- $12.99
School Shoes- $49.99
Gym Shoes- $52.95
Polo- $9.99
Jeans- $29.99
Back Pack- $59.00

Creating Nets of 3-D Figures

Building 3-D Figures

Easter Problem Solving

Why is Easter so late this year?

  1. What does the the writer mean when she says "blue bunnies"? 
  2. Why does Easter always fall after Jewish Passover?
  3. What does the World Book Encyclopedia say about Easter and when and where it falls each year?
  4. What is the date range that Easter may fall between each year?
  5. How many days are there between March 22 and April 25?
  6. When was the first full moon after the Spring Equinox?
  7. How many years has it been since Easter was celebrated on April 24?
  8. How many years will it be until Easter falls on April 25?  On April 24?

Spring Break Extra Credit Questions: (10 Points)

  1. What is the Spring Equinox?
  2. What was the First Council of Nicea?
  3. List 3 pros and cons for Easter falling late this year.
  4. How old will you be when Easter falls on April 25?  How old will you be when Easter falls on April 24 again?
  5. Do you prefer to have Spring Break over Easter, or would you prefer to have Spring Break in March, as many other schools do?  Explain your reasoning.

6 Math: Sketchpad Activity

  1. Spend 10 minutes experimenting and playing with Sketchpad.
  2. Create a sketch demonstrating the triangles we have learned and identified in this chapter.
  3. Label each triangle.
  4. Label your sketch with the names of the students in your group.
  5. Raise your had to show Miss Granholm.
  6. Create a sketch demonstrating the quadrilaterals we have learned and identified in this chapter.
  7. Label each quadrilateral.
  8. Label your sketch with the names of the students in your group.
  9. Raise your had to show Miss Granholm.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Algebra I: Translating Function Families

Create 3 sketches on Sketchpad, one sketch for each function family:
  • Use the functions provided to you.
  • Label each graph with its function.
  • Label the function family.
  • Make the lines of the graphs thick.
  • Create graphs of different colors.
  • Put your names on each sketch.
  • Check with Miss Granholm before you print.
27 Points:  3 points per function graphed (9 points per function family)

Monday, April 11, 2011

8th Grade Algebra: Independent Reading Project

Due Thursday via e-mail:
  • Visit the LRC Website:  http://www.psm.k12.il.us/psm-lrc/
  • Click to search the library's entire catalog.
  • Once in the catalog, select Destiny Quest on the laeft had side of the screen.
  • Under Resource Lists, select Search Lists, and then Math Fiction.
  • Browse the titles.
  • Click on books you find intriguing to learn more about each book.
  • Click "Title Peek" to view more information on each book.
  • Select to "Title Peek" a minimum of 3 books.
  • E-mail me a 1 paragraph (5 sentences) description for 3 different books that you Title Peek.
  • At the bottom of your e-mail, following the 3 paragraphs, tell me what book you would like to read.
  • I will reserve that book for you with Ms. Akers.
*Books will be reserved in the order that assignments are received.  First come, first serve.

Paragraphs:  15 Points
5 points per paragraph 

Project Directions and Scoring Guide:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Guidance Assignment: due Friday, April 8th

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
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.

*Extra Credit Opportunity! 
Select one of the activities you did not choose and complete the same assignment for 12 EXTRA CREDIT points.  This is also due by Friday, April 8.

Have Fun!

Algebra I April 5th Assignment

Watch and take notes on the following 2 videos.  You are responsible for each example problem.  This assignment is due Friday, April 8, 2011.  Please complete it in pencil and on loose leaf paper.



10 Points:  5pts each

Monday, April 4, 2011

Polygons Song!


PTW Due THURSDAY, April 7, 2011

Armando has a card trick for Andrew:  "I have 10 cards, numbered 1-10.  I have arranged the cards in a stack in a special way.  The first card facing up is a 1, and I am putting it on the table.  The second card I am putting at the bottom of the stack.  The third card, which is a 2, I'm putting on the table next to 1.  Then the 4th card goes to the bottom of the stack.  I'll continue putting one card on the table and the next card to the bottom of the stack until I put card 10 on the table.  How did I first arrange the cards in the stack?

5 points

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bullying Reflection Questions 3/30/2011

Reflection: Answer in complete sentences, restating the question in the answer.

1.) What are some bullying behaviors you have witnessed? 2pts

2.) Is it possible for a person to be a victim, a bystander, and a bully in the same day? 2pts

3.) What are some bullying behaviors you have contributed to? 2pts

4.) Why is it tempting to act as a bully? 2pts
Due:  Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sketchpad Products!

Graphing Functions in Sketchpad

  1. View and take notes on the following video:  http://www.mcgrawhill.ca/school/secondary/math_videos/se_f11u/GSPFunc.swf
  2. Open a new sketch in sketchpad.
  3. Show a grid.
  4. Graph all of the functions assigned to you in the same coordinate grid.
  5. Assign each function a different color.
  6. Next to each function label how many solutions the function has.
  7. Check with Miss Granholm.
  8. Print your sketch, fitting the contents to one page.

PTW Due Friday, April 1

Gonzalo sits down on the steps in front of his house with his clipboard and pencil and begins counting pickup trucks that go past.  Gonzalo has to make a graph for his math class.  Out of 18 pickup trucks, 17 have camper shells, 8 have CB antennas, and 7 have both.  When he sits down to draw the graph, how many pickups belong in the group that has only camper shells, and how many belong in the group that has only CB antennas?

5 Points

Friday, March 25, 2011

Algebra I Sketchpad Activity: Perfect Squares and Square Roots

  1. Open a new sketch.
  2. Construct 3 squares. 8 points: 2 points each 
  3. Prove that the squares are squares using anlge and distance measurements. 8 points
  4. Calculate and label the measurement of the sides, the square area, and the square root of the square area. 6 points:  2 points each
  5. Label the sketch with your name.
  6. Raise your ahnd for permission to print.
22 Points

7th Grade Math On Geometry SketchPad: Congruent Triangles

  1. Open the file:  showing that Triangles are Congruent
  2. Use tick marks and angle measurements to show that the triangles are congruent for each of the 3 pairs of triangles.
  3. Label the sketch with your names.
  4. Save the sketch to your h-drive.
  5. Raise your hand to print
9 Points

7th Grade Math On Geometry SketchPad: Congruent Angles

  1. Open a new sketch.
  2. Construct any angle and label it ABC. 2pts
  3. Measure the angle.  1pt
  4. Create an angle congruent to angle ABC and label the angle DEF. 2pts
  5. Prove that the angles are congruent with measurements.  1pt
  6. Label the sketch with your names.
  7. Ask permission to print.
6 Points

7th Grade Math On Geometry SketchPad: Create and Bisect a Line Segment

  1. Open a new sketch.
  2. Create a line segment. 1pt
  3. Bisect the line segment and prove with measurements that both sides of the segment are congruent. 3pts
  4. Create a line parallel to the bisected line segment and prove that the lines are parallel with slope measurements. 3pts
  5. Construct a line perpendicular to your bisected line segment, intersecting at the midpoint of the segment where the line is bisected.  Prove the line is perpendicular using angle measurements. 6pts
  6. Type your names the document and ask permission to print.
13 Points

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Endangered Species Project Websites

You are required to use at least one print source and one of the below websites.  You may not seek out information from additional, unapproved sources.

You will be required to submit a work cited page, created in MLA Format, on the day of your presentation.





Visit the LRC website and use Encyclopedia Britannica On-line as a great resource!

6th Grade Math Endangered Species Project

  1. Begin by browsing the books in the classroom and selecting an endangered species that you would like to research.  *There is a limit of 2 students per any one endangered species.
  2. Your task is to use both print and electronic resources to collect, organize, and present information on the endangered species of your choosing. *Take notes!
    1. common name
    2. scientific name
    3. habitats
    4. reasons for the decline of the species
    5. estimated populations for various years and periods of time
  3. Organize your data in a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel.
  4. Create a Graph to demonstrate the decline of the species.
  5. Present your findings to the class, along with a a self created visual of your species.  *Visuals may include, but are not limited to the following:  painting, sketch, drawing, diorama, 3-D model, poster, etc.
  6. Complete an assessment rubric on your project.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

7th Grade Math On Geometry SketchPad: Angle Relationships

Open and spend 7 minutes exploring and playing with Geometry Sketchpad.

When instructed to, open a new document in the program.

Create a sketch showing the relationships among the angles formed when a pair of
parallel lines is cut by a transversal: corresponding angles, alternate interior angles,
and so on.

Include in your sketch all angle measurements (8 points) and slope measurements (2 points), proving that the two lines intersected by the transversal are parallel (4 points).

You should use color to make your sketch easy to read and understand (2 points).

When you believe you are finished, show your sketch to Miss Granholm.

When your sketch has been approved, print it in color on the 407 Lab Color Printer.

16 Points


Rachel & Desiree
Jeremiah & Aaron
Khadijah & Arena
Trent & Anton
Chris & Cameron
Andrew & Kasen
Lauryn & Angelique
Christian & Charles
Bobbie & Elijah
Marcaja & Sania
Taylor & Bryonne
Walter & Emanuel
Skylar & Nia
Sultan & Emanuel

Monday, March 21, 2011

8 Algebra 3-21-2011

  • Take notes in your notebook on the example problems.  You are responsible for ALL example problems.  Feel free to pause and go back as needed.

  • Update your Player Data Tables OR Work on this week's Problem of the Week.

Problem of The Week: Due Friday, March 25, 2011

At a recent convention of millipedes and centipedes held at the hotel Fleeflee, the desk clerk registered 293 guests.  He noticed that each millipede had 16 legs and that each centipede had 14 legs.  Seth, the shoeshine spider, reported that there were 4,408 legs in total at the convention.  He had to shine all their shoes!  Can you help the desk clerk at the Hotel Fleeflea figure out how many of the registered guests were millipedes and how many were centipedes?

5 Points

Friday, March 18, 2011

Algebra Independent Reading Project

Assignment 1:
  • Visit Amazon.com and find 5 age appropriate fiction books that have a math connection in their theme or plot.
  • Read a summary of the book.
  • Write 1-2 sentences, for each book, summarizing the book in your own words.
  • Then, write 1-2 sentences ranking these books in the order you would prefer to read them.
  • Paste the 5 summaries into the body of an e-mail and send to Miss. Granholm by Monday, March 21.
Grading:  12 points, 2 points each

March Madness Research Project