Monday, January 30, 2006

The scribe posts are beginning

Check your class blog to see who the class scribe will be. Scribes should


What did we do in class today?
What did we learn during these activities?
Was this new information or something I've seen in math or another class before?
Was the material difficult or easy to understand?
Is there something that I still don't understand and could ask my classmates to explain?
Did anything else happen during class that would be fun to keep a record of?
Are there any links out there to explain the concepts taight in class?

When you are the scribe you are the eyes and ears for students who were not in class. You need to summarize any notes given and show examples of the questions done as examples.


When you are done your post please pick another student to be tomorrows scribe.
Make this a fun assignment.

How much effort you put in it is up to you.

Mr. H




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Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Great Blogging Challenge Jan 30 to Feb 3

The blog has been up for a month. I challenge all you prolific bloggers to get a friend to start blogging. They can answer any of the previous months blogs. Be mentors to the students who have not had a chance to blog yet.

Lets see some great posts.

Mr. H




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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Some extra work if you are interested

Try this puzzle. Your goal is to have each individual circle equal 0. You may use each integer once. It is similar to SO DU KU. If you want to do this puzzle with numbers that are interactive go to this site and look in
Number Operation
6-8
Circle Zeros

Virtual Manipulatives


Here is a copy of one of the puzzles.



Try this after you have made your percentage post. Comment on what you think of the puzzle and if you have successfully completed it.

Mr. H




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Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Weekend is almost over Part 1 for Jan 23 to 27

After grading your quizzes this weekend it is painfully obvious that most of you have not been doing what is required to learn new concepts in math. Part one of your posts this week is to send a comment to this post at your class blog sites. Answer the following questions all in one post:

1. What are the steps needed in successfully solving percent problems?

2. Copy a question you did correctly. Identify the part, whole and percent involved in the quesiton. What was your simple sentence answer. Show the math you did to solve the question successfully.

3. Copy a question you did not get full marks on. What mistakes did you make? What is a way of answering a question correctly? (Hmmm this looks like our reflection from class)

4. Take a risk and ask for help on the blog. Your classmates will respond. Ask for comments to help you and see the variety of ways to answer your questions.

5. Comment on other peoples posts giving them your solutions and support.

It takes more than one person to build a community of math learners. This blog is a way to help each other out. Take a risk and create 1 post and give helpful comments to your classmates.

Mr. H




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Friday, January 20, 2006

Some Weekend Work

Greetings Grade 8 Students. The next unit we will be doing will prepare us for algebra! Think back to grade 7 and all those rules about adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative numbers. Do you remember what they were?

Your job in this weekend post is to show examples of integers at work

Are there any links out there in cyberspace that will help us as we learn integers?

Spend a few minutes refreshing your memory about integers and comment to other people’s posts.

Title your posts My Memories of Integers


Try these games to refresh your brains. Integer Games

or Cyerchase the best math cartoon ever created. Cyberchase

Comments and posts are always welcome.




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Monday, January 16, 2006

For the Week of January 16th to 22nd

Welcome back Grade 8's. This week we will be having a problem solving quiz on Percent, Proprotion, and Ration problem solving. In previous posts I have asked you to tell me the steps of problem solving. I have also given you sample problems.

Your assignment this week is to find an interesting problem on the net that deals with percentages, proportions or ratios. Place this question in your post.

In your post place a link to the site where you found your question.

All students should be using the comment options to answer each others questions. This means after you have read a persons question answer it in the comment area.

Good luck on Thursday on your problem solving quiz.

I will be the first person to do this at all of your blogs.

Mr. H




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Friday, January 13, 2006

Lucky 13 assignment!!

Congratulations on so many of you taking the leap to try blogging. This is a weekend problem soling exercise that will put you new found percent problem solving techniques put to the test.

Question 1 What are those problem solving techniques that I was just talking about???

Use those skills to answer one of the following questions

Question 2.

Question 3.

Happy Friday the 13th. See you on Monday.

Mr. H




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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Percent Problems

We have been practicing Percent Problems in class. Use the knowledge you have and answer these two questions.

1. Sami decided to park her car at Park&Go for her four-day trip. The cost is usually
$8 per day or partial day. However, Sami has a 20% discount coupon for her entire
bill. How much did Sami’s parking cost?



Good Luck

Mr. H




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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Arrgh What am I supposed to DO!!!!!!

This seems to be a familiar refrain coming from many of you out there. Please read this.

I am very impressed with your ablility to figure out blogging. Some of you are confused about what you are supposed to do.

When you enter your blog space create a post that answers any questions that are being asked. I will post one every week. If you are the class scribe you need to tell the class what happened in class that day
-what concepts were being taught
-give examples to help explain what was going on.
-find links to sites that are helpful to your math understanding.

You can read your classes blogs and leave comments so that they can get help from you.

Remember this is a public space and an extention of the classroom. Act and write appropriately.


Here is a new riddle puzzle. I hear it is harder that the last game I left you.
Try Me I am the Python Challenge.


Have fun

Mr. H




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Think before you type!!

Before you create your first post please read the following at this blog. It is really important to think about what you are about to do and all of its consequences.

Read Me Please

Mr. H




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Monday, January 09, 2006

Let's try Something New

Welcome to your first classroom blog. You will be asked to talk math to your classmates. Here you find links that will provide math help, ask classmates about math problems and discuss what happened in Mathland that day.

Question what is the difference between Discount and Sale Price? How do you calculate these two amounts?

How do you calculate mentally percetages without going insane.
What is 50% of 70?
What is 35% of 80?

Help me and the rest of the world!!

Mr. H

Try this cool game out



Cubeoban is a fun game that is played by pushing and pulling blocks until they are in their designated place. Click here to play the game.




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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Math @ Sargent Park School Episode IV A New Beginning!!

Welcome Math Bloggers to the new site dedicated to your math course at Sargent Park School. You will have many opportunities to use this site to better understand the math you are learning. From this site you will be able to be a class scribe, see links to game sites that will reinforce your learning most importantly blog with your fellow classmates.

Each class will use this blog as a portal to get to their own blog space.

Let the blogging begin

Mr. H




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