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

Today 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, 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!!

Homework: MATHia X

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)

Tuesday, October 25, 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: CNBWP
  • Period 6: 9K6NQ
  • Period 1: XKNV5
  • Period 2: 8YRA6
  • Period 3: XV7V7

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

Homework: MATHia practice

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, 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

We spent today finishing up our Common Assessment #2 and working in MATHia. 

Homework: MATHia X

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday 10/14

We spent today working on our Common Assessment # 2.

Are you on track to meet your MATHia X Goals?You should be nearing completion of 9 workspaces in the Linear Functions Module  since we nearing the end of chapter 3. If you're not quite there, consider spending some extra time this weekend to get yourself back on track.

Homework: MATHia practice

Here is this week's Extra Credit:

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: 


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

Homework: Study for Common Assessment

Wednesday HW Solutions: Slope from Equations worksheet answer key

Thursday, October 13, 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. In order to tackle these problems students participated in a Socratic Seminar where they lead the thinking and discussion.

There is 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 (Problem B)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday 10/10

Today we did a small review of functions and then jumped into MATHia. Are you on track to meet the Nov 11th deadline? If you have fallen behind I recommend spending some extra time in MATHia to get caught up. 

Homework: 15 mins of MATHia 

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 146-149

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 page 154

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday 10/3

Today we spent the majority of the day in MATHia X. I also passed back the Chapter 2 tests. 

Homework: Complete 1.5 Workspaces in MATHia + whatever catch-up needs to happen to finish Linear Equations.