Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wed 9/30

We finished Lesson 3.1 in class today. All students should now be experts indetermining 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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tues 9/29

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. If they're not quite confident, you'll know they need to review pages 133-134 before beginning their homework.

Homework: Finish textbook pages 137-139

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thurs 9/24

Congrats on finishing a quick, but productive, week! Enjoy your three-and-a-half-day weekend. :-D

Also, don't forget that the MATHia grading period closes on Friday night at midnight. Have you met your goals yet?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tues 9/22

Together, you took a look at non-linear functions with Lesson 2.7. This completes our introduction to functions, and brings us to the Chapter 2 test.

Math 8 teachers will be available in The Community tonight from 7:30 to 8:30 to answer any questions you have about Chapter 2. All you have to do is log on and post a question, and we'll get right back to you!

Be sure to study tonight, review the key concepts with the Chapter 2 Summary, carefully study the Chapter 2 Pre-Test, and prepare all of your work for tomorrow's test (it's an open book, open assignment test). We want everyone to be successful, so please do your part. Come prepared!

Homework: Textbook page 114 "Talk the Talk"; Study for the test!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thurs. 9/17

We finished Lesson 2.6 today, which now completes our analysis of linear functions. We should now be able to tellall the scenarios when U.S. Shirts is the better buy, and when Hot Shirts is the better buy (and be able to defend our reasoning to our boss!).
If there's anything from today's class work that didn't get finished in class or needs to be improved, please fix it up at home and feel free to check your answers with the link above. Get into the routine of checking your work at home daily and you'll find studying for tests and doing your homework is much easier!
Homework: Finish textbook pages 105-106

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wed 9/16

Today we continued our look at linear functions, equations, tables, and graphs with the first part ofLesson 2.6 and wrapped up the last part of Lesson 2.5.

We discovered that we've got a competitor in the shirt-making marketplace and our boss has tasked us with some analysis.

Homework: Textbook pages 96-97 "Talk the Talk"

Tuesday HW Solutions: Simplifying Expressions WS answer key

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tues 9/15

We finished Lesson 2.5 today, which focused on the shared relationships of equations, tables, and graphs. Be sure to review the solutions to today's class work to make sure you're on the right track and fully mastering all of these different skills.

Homework: Green Worksheet: Combining Like Terms

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thurs 9/10

We dove into linear functions today with Lesson 2.4. We took a look at how word problems, constants, variables, tables, expressions, equations, graphs, domains, and ranges are connected.

Tomorrow we'll be taking Common Assessment #1. Be sure to study tonight, to get a good night's sleep, and to eat a nutritious breakfast tomorrow. We want everyone to be successful!
Homework: Textbook pages 89-90 (#1-6)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wed. 9/9

We finished our introduction to relations and functions today with the second half of Lesson 2.3. On to linear functions tomorrow, and our first common assessment on Friday!

Reminder: If you'd like to retake your chapter 1 test to improve your grade you can do so during lunch any day this week. The deadline is Friday.

Homework: Summarize what we learned yesterday and today, using and explaining all key terms (there are 10).

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tues 9/8

Today we began our look at relations and functions with the first half of Lesson 2.3. We'll finish the second half of the lesson tomorrow.

We'll also be taking Common Assessment #1 on Friday. It'll cover all the topics learned in Chapter 1. A study guide has been uploaded to the Documents Locker. The study guide, textbook chapter summary, and chapter 1 test will be your best study tools.

Parents: Ask your students about relations, functions, input, output, x values, y values, domain, range, mappings, and sets today to determine how much they learned. There were a lot of new key terms presented today that we want them to master.

Homework: Textbook pg 72 (#4-9)

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Today in class we finished our look at making sense of graphs and how they apply to the real world with the second half of Lesson 2.2.

Homework: TB pgs 64-65 #4 (a-d)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wed. 9/2

We looked at the first part of Lesson 2.2 today, which focused on the characteristics of graphs. By now you should be able to explain the following terms in your own words:

  • discrete graph
  • continuous graph
  • linear graph
  • collinear points
  • non-linear graph
Parents: Ask your student to describe each graph shown here (also available on pages 57 & 58 in our textbook) using the terms and methods learned today. If they can do it without using any resources, you know they mastered the lesson! 

Homework: Summarize what we learned today, using and explaining all key terms. Extra credit: Post your summary in The Community to share with your peers!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tues 9/1

Today you jumped into Chapter 2 with Lesson 2.1, which focused on sequences with Mr. Simpson. We learned today that often times you have to do a lot of critical thinking and deep analysis to write sequences and discover patterns, clues, and rules. 

Tonight's homework will require this kind of careful consideration. Feel free to use all tools at your disposal (drawings, charts, tables, whatever!). Remember to think first about what the problem is asking you to do (is it only one thing, or more than one thing?). Then consider what you know, and what clues may have been left for you. The next step is to come up with a plan to solve.
I will return back on Wed.