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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