Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday 12/15

Nice work this semester, everyone!

Enjoy a much-deserved three week break. Spend some time with your family, eat great food, sleep in a bit, hang out with your friends, and recharge those batteries. I'll see you all in a few weeks!

Wednesday 12/14

And then there was . . .

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday 12/13

Great first day of semester exam testing, everyone. Keep it up!

Homework: More studying?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday 12/12

We did a little bit of review for tomorrow's First Semester Exam in class today. Be sure to continue on your own tonight.

Looking for resources? You can find a study guide in the Document Locker, and here's a link to the review (class code: 791007) we did in class today, as well as a link to another review and all the solutions.

Please make sure you do all in your power tonight to set yourself up for success tomorrow. That includes getting a great night sleep and eating a nutritious breakfast. You need to be prepared to demonstrate your best.

Homework: Study for the Final Exam

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday 12/9

You made it! Chapter 6 is complete, and we've now learned everything we're going to be learning first semester.

The only thing left is our Final Exam, which we'll begin on Tuesday. A study guide for the final has been uploaded to the Document Locker.

If you missed class today, please be sure to complete this class work self assessment.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday 12/8

Today we wrapped up our look at three dimensional diagonals (which was the focus of Lesson 6.6). Great thinking all around, everyone!

Homework: Textbook pages 370-371 (#4-6)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday 12/7

We investigated three dimensional diagonals today by finding the diagonal distance from the top corner of our classroom to the opposite bottom corner. We'll share back our solutions tomorrow.

Homework: Textbook pages 369-370 (#1-3)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday 12/6

Today we examined diagonals in two dimensional shapes (Lesson 6.5) with an awesome Desmos activity!

Class code: TNU8E

We learned that you can use the Pythagorean Theorem to find unknown diagonal lengths, as long as you can find a (sometimes hidden) right triangle to help you.

Homework: Textbook pages 361-362 (#2a-g)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday 12/5

We worked in MATHia today, and are (hopefully!) nearing completion of the Right Triangles module.

This last module is due next week on Thursday. Are you on track to finish by the due date?

I also shared that I'd be offering partial credit to any student that goes back and finishes any incomplete modules before the end of the semester. Does your grade need a boost? It's not too late.

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday 12/2

We took Common Assessment #3 in class today. Those that studied, concentrated during our review yesterday, and arrived prepared did very well. Congratulations!

Common Assessment scores have been added into the grade book.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday 12/1

Today we spent some time reviewing for Common Assessment #3, which we'll take tomorrow. A study guide is available in the Document Locker.

Here's the activity we did in class today. We worked through a few of these in class. You're welcome to finish the others on your own as part of your preparation.

Homework: Study for Common Assessment #3

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday 11/30

We continued our investigation of the powers of the Pythagorean Theorem today with Lesson 6.3.

Homework: Finish textbook pages 344-348 (all)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday 11/29

Today we investigated the Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem with Lesson 6.2.

We'll be taking Common Assessment #3 on Friday. A study guide has been uploaded to the Document Locker.

Homework: Textbook pages 339-342 (#4-6 & #-11-12)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday 11/28

Welcome back!

Today was a MATHia day were you made a bunch more progress with our Right Triangles module.

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday 11/18

Here's to a wonderful, safe, and relaxing Thanksgiving to all of you!

Enjoy some time with family and friends, give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life, and take a break from school and academics. You've earned it!

For those that didn't complete their MATHia modules by the due dates, this would be a great time to go back and get those old modules complete. Students that go back and finish old modules by the end of the semester will earn back some partial credit.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday 11/17

We participated in a math lab today where we investigated the Pythagorean Theorem with a few GeoGebra applets and discovered why it works and from where it comes with parts of Lesson 6.1.

Homework: None

Wednesday HW Solutions: Chapter 6 Pre-Test answer key

We'll continue our work with the Pythagorean Theorem when we return from Thanksgiving Break.

Here's what Pythagoras is trying to show you with this theorem:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday 11/16

I was away today with our orchestra and jazz band, but in my absence you took the Chapter 4 test. I hope you crushed it!

Homework: Chapter 6 Pre-Test

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday 11/15

Today we took a look at the real number system with a clothesline activity. Please be sure to answer the questions at the bottom of the page if you haven't already.

We'll be taking our Chapter 4 test tomorrow. I'd recommend using the Chapter 4 Pre-Test as one of your best study tools.

Homework: Number Systems worksheet

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday 11/14

Today we began a new module in MATHia X (Right Triangles). The due date for this module is December 15th.

We also went over the Piecewise Activity packet from last week and the Functions practice test.

As a reminder, we'll be taking our Chapter 4 test on Wednesday this week. Happy studying!

Homework: MATHia practice (at least 30 minutes)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday 11/10

Since we've now wrapped up our main work with functions for the year, we put our new-found knowledge to the test with a practice CAASPP Functions test today. We'll go over your solutions on Monday.

Your only homework for tonight is to complete the Functions and Linear Models MATHia X module. The deadline for completion is tomorrow at midnight, so if you've not yet wrapped it up, get in there!

Since there's no school tomorrow, you have a perfect opportunity to earn the grade you really want.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday 11/9

We worked on the Desmos Function Carnival activity a bit today, shared back our answers and thinking, and then did a piecewise function activity (instead of Lesson 4.5). It was awesome!

Homework: Finish the piecewise function activity

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday 11/8

Today we talked about converting from slope-intercept form to standard form and vice versa. We also went over your homework from last week.

Tomorrow's focus will be on the awesome Function Carnival activity from Desmos! Wanna get a sneak peak ahead of the rest of the class? Head to and enter your class code.

Period 4: ZNXGH

Homework: Equations & Graphs Review worksheet

Tonight is a great night to practice mastering some of the things that have been tricky for you recently.

Also, those that earned lower than a C on the Chapter 3 test are encouraged to study their work at home, learn from mistakes they made, and retake the test any day this week at lunch. You can improve your grade up to a 75% by showing you've mastered the skills on a retake.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday 11/7

I was at a math meeting all day today, but in my absence you worked in MATHia X.

The deadline for the Functions and Linear Models module is Friday at midnight. Have you completed the module yet? If not, do you have a plan in place to get it done this week?

Remember, there's no school on Friday - use that to your advantage if needed!

Homework: MATHia practice (whatever it takes to meet your goals)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday 11/4

Today I was away at a math conference, but in my absence you worked in MATHia X.

Reminder: The deadline for the Functions and Linear Models module is one week from today. Have you completed it yet?

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday 11/3

I had jury duty today, but in my absence you finished Lesson 4.3 with Mr. Simpson and are now proficient with both the standard form and the slope-intercept form for linear equations, including converting from one form to the other.

Homework: Rates of Change worksheet

Tonight's homework is really important and is worth double credit. Please be sure to do your very best work!

Tuesday HW Solutions: Lesson 4.1 Problem 2 answer key

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday 11/2

Today we worked with equations written in standard form in the first half of Lesson 4.3. More on this tomorrow!

Homework: Textbook page 240 (#6a); Don't forget to use what you learned on #1-4 to help you!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday 11/1

We jumped into Chapter 4 today with Lesson 4.1 in class. We did problem 1 in groups and went over solutions together in class today.

Your homework is to do the Problem 2 worksheet to determine . . . will he catch him?

Here is the correct solutions for #4 on your homework tonight (in slope-intercept form):

y = 4/5x - 8

You'll need #4 to be correct in order to successfully complete the rest of the assignment.

Homework: Finish the Problem 2 worksheet

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday 10/31

Happy Halloween everyone!

My gift to you: Pumpkin Pi!

We worked in MATHia today. Don't forget that the current Functions & Linear Models module is due next Friday.

Be safe tonight!

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday 10/28

I was out today, but in my absence you worked in MATHia X, and are hopefully nearing the finish line on this current module. Two weeks to go!

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday 10/27

Today we took a quick look at perfect squares.

After that, many of you finished your Chapter 3 test. Those that were already done spent the rest of the period doing more work with Marblesides (see Monday's post) or working to catch-up in MATHia X.

Speaking of MATHia, are you on pace to finish the Functions & Linear Models module by November 11th? Since today is a minimum day it's a perfect opportunity to spend some extra time with MATHia X at home if you're a bit behind. You should have 14 or more workspaces complete by tomorrow.

Homework: Perfect Squares worksheet

Wednesday HW Solutions: Chapter 4 Pre-Test answer key

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday 10/26

We took our Chapter 3 test in class today. I hope it went really well for you, perhaps even so well that you exited the classroom dancing!!

HomeworkChapter 4 Pre-Test

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday 10/25

Today we finished the second half of Lesson 3.6, which focused on equations in standard form.

We'll be taking our Chapter 3 test tomorrow. Happy studying!!

Homework: Equations in Slope-Intercept Form worksheet (all the even problems tonight)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday 10/24

We worked through an awesome Desmos Marbleslides activity today to experiment with slopes and intercepts of linear equations. If you'd like to spend a bit more time on the challenge problems tonight, feel free to jump right in at
  • Period 4: 2NM88

Also, a reminder that we'll be taking our Chapter 3 test on Wednesday. Happy studying!

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday 10/21

Don't forget next week is Red Ribbon Week! Don't forget to show your drug-free pride by participating in our spirit week activities.
  • Monday: Sweats Day
  • Tuesday: Crazy Day
  • Wednesday: College & Career Day
  • Thursday: Decade Day
  • Friday: Wear Red Day
School dress code still applies (including hats).

Thursday HW Solutions: Slope-Intercept Equations answer key (odd)

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday 10/20

We learned three major things in the first half of Lesson 3.6 today:
Tonight's homework focuses on the second two skills.

If you need some help on tonight's homework, check out the examples on pages 198 and 199 and the videos above! They'll show you exactly what to do with the info you have to determine the y-intercept and the slope.

Parents: Have your child explain to you the process to find the equation of a line 1) given the slope and a point, and 2) given only two points. If they can explain their strategy in their own words, you know they're ready for their homework.

Only begin tonight's homework after reviewing the classwork from today. These skills definitely take practice!

Homework: Equations in Slope-Intercept Form worksheet (just the odd problems tonight)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday 10/19

Today we finished Lesson 3.5 and can now determine the y-intercept from a graph, a table, a context, and an equation.

Parents: Ask your child to explain to you how to find the y-intercept in each of the four representations above. Have them show you an example of each in their textbook. If they can explain their process and their thinking, you know they've got it!

Homework: Textbook pages 192-194 (Problem 6)

Tuesday HW Solutions: Determining Y-Intercepts answer key

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday 10/18

Today we learned how to find the y-intercept in a graph, table, context, and equation in Lesson 3.5. We did the first half of the lesson, and will finish the rest tomorrow.

Homework: Determining Y-Intercepts worksheet

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday 10/17

Today we worked in MATHia X and went over one of the more challenging problems from last week's common assessment.

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday 10/14

Ten weeks and two common assessments down! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday 10/13

We prepped for tomorrow's Common Assessment #2 today with a rather involved warm-up, then spent the rest of the class period investigating the rate of change from an equation with an awesome Desmos activity!

If you didn't finish the activity in class today, be sure to do so tonight at home. Head to, then type in your class code: S3PHS

A study guide for tomorrow's common assessment is available in the Document Locker.

Homework: Textbook pages 179-180 (#3, 4, 5, 7)

Wednesday HW Solutions: Slope from Equations worksheet answer key

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday 10/12

Today we learned how to find the slope (also known as rate of change) from an equation in Lesson 3.4. We learned that when an equation is written in slope-intercept form, the coefficient in front of the variable x represents the slope. To find the slope, all we have to do is rewrite any equation in slope-intercept form!

Don't forget to check your class work with the answers linked above.

Homework: Slope from Equations Worksheet

Tuesday HW Solutions: Rate of Change worksheet answer key

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday 10/11

Today we tackled Lesson 3.3, which focused our attention on finding the rate of change and unit rate from a context.

We learned that there's not a set formula or method to solving these - it's all about thinking critically, evaluating what you'd need to know to answer the question, and using the clues given to determine the rate.

Homework: Rates of Change worksheet (Problems B & D)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday 10/10

We worked today in MATHia X.

I also shared that we'll be taking Common Assessment #2 on Friday. A study guide has been uploaded to the Document Locker.

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday 10/7

And just like that, the first quarter of the school year is complete! Report cards will be carried home next Friday.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday 10/6

We finished our look at rates of change from a table today with the last part of Lesson 3.2. The focus today was on tables that may or may not represent linear functions, and what it takes to tell the difference.

Homework: Textbook pages 160-161

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday 10/5

Today we continued our look at finding the rate of change and unit rate from a table with Lesson 3.2. We're now proficient with both informal and formal methods.

Sometimes, some students get tripped up not with the rate of change methods, but in adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. If you need to brush up on those skills, use the daily practice links at the side to become an integer master!

Homework: Textbook pages 148-149

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday 10/4

Today we learned how to find the rate of change from a table with Lesson 3.2. We learned both an informal method (arrows) and a formal method (y2 - y1) / (x2 - x1).

Be sure to practice the formal method on your homework tonight, as it's a more powerful way to determine a correct answer without error!

Homework: Textbook pages 153-154

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday 10/3

You spent today working in MATHia X. The entire Functions and Linear Models module is due in a little over a month. Are you making good progress?

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday 9/28

I was not here today, but in my absence you finished Lesson 3.1 with Mr. Simpson. All students should now be experts in determining the rate of change and unit rate from a graph. Please remember to use the solutions linked above to check and correct your classwork and homework.

Be sure you understand and can use the key terms from this lesson:
  • rate
  • rate of change
  • per
  • unit rate
  • rise
  • run
Homework: Textbook page 143

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday 9/28

Today we took a look at Lesson 3.1 in more detail, learning the four-step process to determine the rate of change from a graph.

Parents: Ask your child to describe the four-step process for finding the rate of change from a graph.

Homework: Finish textbook pages 137-139

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday 9/27

Today we dove into Chapter 3 with the first part of Lesson 3.1, where we learned how to find the rate of change from a graph.

We'll get into "rise" and "run" tomorrow! Today was a good warm-up.

We also passed back our second MATHia X grades of the year.

Homework: Finish textbook pages 132-133 (#9-15)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday 9/26

We took our Chapter 2 Test today in class and will be moving on to Chapter 3 tomorrow.

Interested in looking ahead? Here's the Chapter 3 Pre-Test. Totally optional, but a good idea to use as a study guide in a couple weeks.

Homework: MATHia Practice

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday 9/22

We spend today working deeper into MATHia X and also talked a bit about the Chapter 2 Test we'll be taking on Monday.

Enjoy your three day weekend, but don't forget to study!

Here is this week's extra credit:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday 9/21

I was away at a meeting today, but in my absence you worked in MATHia X.

Since the Linear Equations module wrapped up last week, you began working on the Linear Functions module today.

This is our largest module of the year, and features 18 different workspaces. The Linear Functions module will be due on November 11th. To ensure you're on track to finish on time, you should be completing 2-3 workspaces per week. Use both your in-class time and MATHia homework time to be sure you're on pace.

Homework: MATHia practice