7th Grade Math & 9th Grade Earth Science @ Proctor Jr/Sr High School

This website will be updated weekly to let all of Mr. Hard's students know what is assigned and what is coming up.  It is a good place to check if you are home sick.  If hand-outs are electronic, we will try to post them here for you to download once that feature is made available by the webhost company.

For parents of Math7 students, on-line homework assistance is available at the Connected Mathematics website.  Type in www.connectedmath.msu.edu/parents/help/index.shtml to access the parents' pages math help page, scoll down to the book covers at the bottom of the page, click on the 7th grade link, lick on the title of the booklet your son or daughter is currently using in class, and a tutorial will appear.  There is also a "Homework Tips" page found on the frame on the left-hand side of the webpage.

Week of November 2-6, 2009

Math7 - We are still using the first Connected Math2 blue book on "Stretching & Shrinking."  This week we will begin on Monday with Investigation 4.2 which begins on page 62-63.  If out sick, we will answer the questions on pg 63, remembering that corresponding sides are the sides located between the same measured angles as the other sized triangle.  Homework will start on pg 66, do exercises 2-4, all letters.

Earth Science - Tuesday, November 3, we will travel to the Marble Museum from 8-9:45 AM (first two periods of the day) by bus.  You must have your permission slip filled out.  Also, bring a jacket or sweater/sweatshirt.  Food and beverages are not allowed.  Before the trip, write down three things about marble you would like to learn (that you're curious about).  After the trip, you'll be asked to write down (as a homework assignment) three things you learned... and they may not be the three things you were looking for.  Each "thing" should be at least three sentences long.  It will be collected in Wednesday's class.

Math7 - November 4-6: Comparing the ratio (putting into a fraction and finding the decimal equivalent of that fraction) of the shortest-to-the-longest sides of different triangles, allows us to determine which triangles are similar (...in case we don't know all 3 angles of each triangle).  On Thursday, we will continue to review the homework solutions in class.  For those at home, we will move onto Sec 4.3 called "Finding Missing Parts".  Homework - once you/we have done and gone over the in-class exercises on 64-65, do ACE questions #5 through #11 on pg. 68.  We will have a quiz on Friday.  Bonus homework for Thursday night:  Draw the most "pleasing to the eye" rectangle, and measure the height/width ratio of the shape.  Then, draw a line inside the rectangle to divide it into a square and a leftover smaller rectangle.  What is the ratio of the height to width of the new, smaller rectangle?  Is it close to the original? Do #37 on pg. 74-75. 

Earth Science - Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6 - After turning in the homework assignment related to the Museum trip (research of edible minerals for those who did not attend), we begin viewing the Discovery Channel's "Amazing Earth" video, as it shows how rocks and minerals are indicators of Earth's formation, and how matter moved and changed to create the land and ocean we have now.  The video is an hour long, so part 2 will be shown on Thursday.  Sec 5.1 hand-out (our next reading pack) includes information on the next subject - Igneous Rocks... (they are different from Sedimentary Rocks).  The next homework assignment is due on Monday, November 9.  Answer Questions 1-4 on pg. 106 of the reading packet... and pick one of the three types of magma, shown in Table 5-1 on pg 101 of the reading packet, and do some research on one of the three (i.e., what are the qualities of that type of magma?).  Bring your findings to class on Monday, where some will be asked to share their findings with the class.

Week of November 9-13 

Math7 - For extra credit, look up "golden ratio" on the internet.  Try to list many uses of the "golden ratio" in our world today.  For example, if you have a greeting card at home, measure it, and divide the long side by the short side, and write the ratio next to the object's name on the Golden Ratio hand-out.  Regular homework is to do exercises 1, 2, 6-16 even on pg 84-85.  For Wednesday, Nov. 11th, read pg 80-81 and answer the questions on pg 81.  Our in-class situation will involve a 47 cm tall student, standing 106 cm away from the mirror, to view the top of the flag pole in our classroom.  The distance from the mirror to the base of the flag pole is 132 cm.  How tall is the flag?  On Thursday, bring in a pocket mirror, so we can determine the height of tall objects around our school.  If it is sunny, some can use the shadow method, while others use the mirrors.

Earth Science - November 9-10.  Quiz will be on Friday, Nov. 13, covering Sec 5.1.  A one-page help sheet is allowed to bring to the quiz.  Homework = Choose one of the 24 vocabulary words and write a well-written, easy-to-read definition of that word(s) on an index card.  Your card will be read in class by another student, so use good penmanship and good grammar.  Here are some of the terms that will appear to "fill in the blank" on our next quiz --> Igneous, Extrusive, Intrusive, Magma, Rhyolitic (a type of magma), Andesitic (the same), Basaltic (the same), Lava, Partial melting, Geothermal gradient, Fractional crystallization, Crystal separation, Feldspar, Granite, Quartz, Olivine, Melting point, (those-minerals-mentioned-in-book)–rich layers, Bowen’s reaction series (won't be covered), Layered intrusion, Rock veins, Oceanic crust, Basalt, Pyroxene.  If the explanations in the reading packet don't give enough information, then do some research, and make sure it relates to igneous rocks (since minerals like quartz can have information that goes beyond the basic descriptions).  If you can read this, you have internet access!  Great!

Note: For good resource websites, go to geology.com, geology.about.com, nature.com/earthsciences, physical geography.net, and/or nationalgeographic.com.  Wikipedia is too quick and easy, and because much of their information is added by non-experts, lots of detail is missing... and some of the words are even spelled wrong.

Week of November 16-20

Math 7 - Period D (right after lunch) - Study for tomorrow's quiz on the mirror/shadow method of determining tall object's height, as well as percents and fractions of numbers.  Also, look over the Golden Ratio hand-out and think of items which appear to use the ratio in their design.  Period E - From the blue book, do exercises #32-36 on pg 89-90.

more Math 7 - Thursday/Friday - We will begin the review for the test, which will be given on Monday, November 23rd.  You will be allowed to use a calculator.  A hand-out which outlines all the material you're responsible for knowing, was given out on Wednesday.  We will do examples in class similar to those found on the test.  Your homework through the weekend is to prepare two help sheets (front and back allowed) to bring with you to the test, and do complete any worksheets handed out in class which you weren't able to complete in class.  These worksheets will not be collected or graded... they are for your practice.  This test counts higher than a quiz, so be prepared!

Earth Science - Weekend homework (for Nov 14-15) is to read the next section of the book, Sec 5.2, on pg 107-113.  Answer questions 1 - 5 on page 113.  Assignment is due on Monday, November 16.  To help with answers, refer to Appendix H & I on pg 918-920.  For Monday homework (evening of Nov 16), read the backside of the Igneous Rock Composition hand-out, and be prepared to determine the percentages of content for common igneous rocks mentioned on the chart.  The quiz on Sec 5.2 has been moved to Monday, November 23rd.  A one-page help sheet and the Igneous Rock Identification chart will be allowed during the quiz.  Please remember to bring your textbook to class every day.

more Earth Science - During the 2nd half of this week, we will spend 30-40 minutes inspecting actual samples of igneous rocks, in teams of two, and listing their identifying features, as well as guessing what they might be.  The research worksheet will be turned in on Thursday, and will count as a lab grade (every person must turn an ID sheet in, but the better of the two teammates ID sheets will be used as the basis for the lab grade).

Week of November 23-27

Earth Science - The quiz on Sec 5.2 will be spread out over both Monday and Tuesday.  The homework for the long, holiday weekend is to read the next section in your textbook (Sec 6.1) on pgs 120-127.  Answer questions #1-4 on pg 127.  If assignment is turned in by Tuesday, November 24th, a "check plus" will be earned. 

Math7 - The end-of-book test will be given on Monday, November 23rd.  The "Stretching & Shrinking" book will be turned in, and the next book in the series, "Filling & Wrapping" will be handed out on Monday, November 30th.  There's no homework over the long, holiday weekend.  Have a great Turkey Day!  P.S. For those who still don't bring to class a basic calculator with a "square root" key, see if you can buy one over the holiday weekend, along with an equipment pouch for your 3-ring binder to store it in.  Some good ones can be had for $5 or under!

Week of November 30-December 4 (Dec. 4 is the end of the half-marking period, grades close for the next progress report). 

Math 7 - Homework for evening of November 30, is to answer questions A. through E. on page 6 of your new blue book.  You will need at least one sheet of the enlarged graph (grid) paper handed out in class on Monday.  Homework for Tuesday evening, Dec. 1: On Page 8 of the blue book, answer all questions (A.-->E.) under Problem 1.3.  Homework for Thursday evening, Dec 3: Practice quiz (hand-out, double-sided).  Notice: The quiz on Sec 1.1-1.3 of the bluebook was moved to Tuesday, December 8.  Students are allowed to bring a one-page help sheet, along with a pencil and calculator.

Earth Science - We will spend the week digging into the conditions that allow sedimentary rocks to form.  In class on Tuesday, we will conduct the Discovery Lab (pg 121) where local soil is combined with water and allowed to settle to show the process of deposition.  No homework for the evening of Monday, November 30th.  For Tuesday night homework (Dec. 1), choose one of the four terms found in Table 6-1 (sandstone, siltstone, mudstone or shale) and come to class with the definition.  Simple answers like, "It's made of sand." won't be accepted.  A quiz on Sec 6.1 will be given on Friday, Dec 4.  Students will be asked to attach their homework/helpsheets to the quiz and hand all in together at the end of the quiz period.  The homework for the weekend is to read Sec 6.2 (pg 128-132) of the textbook, and answer questions 1-5 on page 132.

Week of December 7-11

Math7 - The quiz on Sec 1.1-1.3 of the bluebook was moved to Tuesday, December 8.  Students are allowed to bring a one-page help sheet, along with a pencil and calculator.  We will begin Investigation 1.4 on Wednesday.

Earth Science - The homework for the past weekend was to read Sec 6.2 (pg 128-132) of the textbook, and answer questions 1-5 on page 132.  This week will focus on the identification of all sedimentary rocks (all 3 types), with an ID lab on Tuesday.  A follow-up homework assignment (research) will be given on Wednesday, which asks each student to identify two of the 24 choices of other sedimentary rocks.  Students who conduct basic research to identify  rocks from the list of 24, and/or include pictures of the rocks will earn a check-plus for their effort.  This assignment is due on Friday.  The information from all students will be compiled on the board on Monday, for use on Tuesday's quiz.  A blank definition sheet will be handed out for students to fill out and use on the quiz as a help sheet.

Week of December 14-18

Math7 - This week we are concluding Investigation 1 of the new blue book.  Homework for Monday, Dec. 14 is to complete the "design a net" worksheet given out in class.  No homework is assigned for the winter holiday break.  Have happy and safe holidays.

Earth Science - Information from last Friday's homework assignment, will be compiled on the board on Monday, for use on Tuesday's quiz, Dec 15.  A blank definition sheet will be handed out for students to fill out and use on the quiz as a help sheet.  Our last in-class lab will be to identify six trays of "before" and "after" examples of igneous rocks and their metamorphic counterparts.  No homework will be assigned over the winter holiday break, but, students who wish to earn extra credit are encouraged, prior to mid-term exams in mid-January, to create a multi-color poster which describes either how igneous or metamorphic rocks are created.  Posters can use re-creations of existing diagrams from our textbook or hand-outs.  Have a safe and happy holiday break.

Week of January 4-8, 2010

Earth Science - Test on Chapter 6 (Sedimentary/Metamorphic) on Wednesday.  Open notes will be allowed (unlimited help sheets), but closed book.  Homework (test prep questions) due Tuesday, Jan. 5, answer questions 1-17 odd, 18-28 even, on pg 144-145.  We begin Chapter 7 (Weathering, Erosion & Soil) this Thursday.  Homework for Thursday is to read pages 153-161, and answer questions 1-4 on page 161.  Homework for the weekend includes the "Mechanical vs. Chemical Weathering" scenario worksheet, as well as a quick research project to find how many gasses make up air, and at what percent is found near sea level.  Note: Mid-term exam scheduled for morning of Tuesday, January 19.

Math7 - Begin investigation 2.2.  Homework due Tuesday, Jan 5, on page 25, answer questions 6-10 all.  Homework for Wednesday is a worksheet on calculating the volume of various rectangular prisms (Investigation 2.3).  This will conclude Investigation 2 in our blue (text) book, with a test to follow on Friday (two help sheets and calculator allowed).  Note: During the days of Math7 mid-term exam periods (Weds & Thurs, Jan 20/21), we will take a "math portfolio" test (not an exam), dealing with surface area and volume of geometric shapes and math related word problems.  Sample word problems will be given out/gone over during the next week.

Week of January 18-22, 2010

Monday, January 18, is a national holiday.  No classes scheduled.  Remainder of week will be half-days, devoted to mid-term exams.

Earth Science - Prep sheet handed out last Friday explaining how the mid-term exam will be structured.  Exam to be administered on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 8AM (A-block) and 10AM (B-block) and will last for 90 minutes.  The exam is open notes/open book, and a comprehensive vocabulary list (in alphabetical order, not divided by chapter, as words are used in more than one chapter) will be provided.  No electronic devices like music players or cell phones allowed in the room.  Students can bring gum, hard candy (please, no chocolate bars), and water (only) bottles allowed, as there will be no break during the hour and a half.

Math7 - Mid-term exam will be administrered at 10 AM on Wednesday, Jan. 20 (D-block) and at 8AM on Thursday, Jan. 21 (E-block).  The "exam" is actually a series of portfolio word problems to test student's knowledge of number sense, basic arithmetic, geometry (what has been learned so far this school year), scaling & proportion, and recognition of numerical patterns.  Note: Students enrolled in the Math Intervention class (F-block) will be allowed to return to Room 206 at 10AM on Thursday to finish any test questions they needed extra time for.  No notes or help sheets are allowed at the test, though a NECAP help sheet (listing most often used formulas for calculating area and volume of geometric shapes), will be provided.  No electronic devices like music players or cell phones allowed in the room.  Students can bring gum, hard candy (please, no chocolate bars), and water (only) bottles allowed, as there will be no break during the hour and a half.

Week of January 25-29, 2010 - 2nd semester (3rd grading quarter) begins this week

Earth Science - For those who want to get a jump on homework due the first half of the new week, read the next section in our book (Sec. 7.2) on pg 162-166, and answer questions 1-4 on page 166.  Homework for Thursday is to print out a good example of erosion for our "The World Keeps Washing Away" bulletin board on an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper.  We hope to get a good variety of water-related erosion situations (coastal, gully, rill, river, stream) and some glacial and wind-related erosion examples, as well.  Pictures can either be in color or black & white.

Math7 - the first half of this week will we go over the solutions to the portfolio test questions given during the exam.  For those who want to get a jump on our first homework assignment, it will be to read pg 32-33 in our blue book, try doing exercises A-D on page 33 (they will be our in-class exercise) with homework to answer question 1 on page 38.

Week of February 1-5, 2010

Earth Science - This week, we will finish Chapter 7 by examining the soil that is created from erosion and deposition.  For those who want to get a jump on homework (due on Tuesday), read Section 7.3 in the textbook (pg 167-173), and answer questions 1-->4 on page 173.  For those who have not finished their erosion poster, make arrangements to finish during AA period on Monday.

Math7 - The homework for the weekend (due on Monday) is to read pg 34 and answer the questions on pg 35 of your blue book -- all questions from A through E.  We will discuss on Monday how early mathematicians came up with an equation for calculating volume of a cylinder.

Week of February 8-12, 2010 (Week of Winter Carnival)

Earth Science - This week we will being Chapter 8 on mass movements of earth down slopes due to gravity, water, wind, and glaciers.  Homework due Tuesday is to read pg 180-190 and answer questions 1-5 on pg 190.  Most of Friday will be taken up with playing winter carnival games, so if there's a quiz this week, it will be given on Thursday.  Freshmen are reminded to bring in canned goods used for building a food sculpture and donating to area food shelves.

Math7 - This week we will conclude Investigation 3 of our blue book by creating and calculating the shapes, areas, and volumes of other 3-D geometric prisms, such as the triangular and pentagonal prism.

Week of February 15-19, 2010 (Mid-winter recess)

Earth Science - Homework involves the last two sections of Chapter 8.  Read Section 8.2, on pages 191-197, which describes how wind erosion changes the Earth's landscape.  Answer questions 1-6 on page 197.  The second assignment is to read Section 8.3 on glaciers, pages 198-203, and answer questions 1-5 on page 203.  Have a good week off.

Math7 - There's no homework for the week off in February.  When you return, we will conclude Investigation 3.  If you wish to read ahead in the blue book, we will review question 16 on pg. 41... then begin Investigation 4 of the book -- looking at the area and volume of spheres, cones, and pyramids.  Enjoy the week off.

Week of March 1-5, 2010

Earth Science - We will complete Chapter 8 by going over sections 8.2 (wind) and 8.3 (glaciers) in depth.  Homework for Tuesday night, March 2, is to answer the odd questions from 1-21 on page 208.

Math7 - We will begin Investigation 4 this week.  Homework for Tuesday night is to answer all questions on pg 51 of the blue book, and then answer questions 1-9 odd, on pg 54. 

Week of March 8-12, 2010

Earth Science - Homework due on Thursday: Select an American river or stream and write a 300-word (minimum) research paper (handwritten or typed, double-space), using reference books, newspapers, and/or the web to report on interesting and historic facts about that body of moving water, as well as its major characteristics (where’s it located, how long is it?) and why it’s important to people who live along it.  Also include one photo and one map, printed on the back or attached as a separate sheet.  The homework due on Monday, March 15, is to read Section 9.2, on pages 221-227, and answer questions 1-5 on pg 227.

Math7 - We will conclude Investigation 4 of the bluebook by looking at how the volume of a rectangular pyramid relates to the volume of a rectangular prism that fits tightly around it.  Homework due Tuesday, on pg 55-56, do exercises 12, 13, 16, and 17.  In class on Tuesday, we will go over the quiz from last Friday.  Those who missed the quiz must take a make-up as soon as possible.  No homework for Tuesday night.

Week of March 15-17, 2010 (short week due to teachers' conferences on Thursday & Friday)

Earth Science - The homework due on Monday, March 15, is to have read Section 9.2, on pages 221-227, and answer questions 1-5 on pg 227.  Due to the short week, we discussed Sec 9.2 (Stream Formation) and will discuss Sec 9.3 next week, and have a combined quiz later in the week of March 22-26.  Wednesday, we began work, in-class, completing the Stream Formation Worksheet, of which we will go over answers on, Monday, March 22.  The book homework assignment, due Monday, is to have read pgs 228-231, and answer questions 1-4 on page 231.  This reading is of Section 9.3, on "Lakes and Freshwater Wetlands."  It is the last section of Chapter 9.

Math7 - Due to the short week, we will take a break from work out of our blue book, and construct model homes, using the six basic 3-dimensional geometric shapes we have been studying since mid-January.  Students have requested one more day to do final touches on their models.  On Monday, time will be given to complete assembly, and blueprints/explanation sheets (showing which shape represents which room of the house) will be collected.  Those students who finish early will be rewarded with a "house pet" of their choice to add to the front yard of their model.  Students may opt to get a small scale pet of their own over the weekend, to add to their "yard".  There's no written homework over the long weekend, other than to polish up their diagram/blueprint.

Week of March 22-26, 2010

Earth Science - This week begins with Sec 9.3 on "Lakes and Freshwater Wetlands."  The homework due for Tuesday is a one-day extension on Monday's homework (pg 231, quesstions 1-4).  The test on two sections (9.2 & 9.3) will be given on Monday.

Math7 - Model home projects must be completed on Monday, with all floorplans turned in by math class on Tuesday.  This week, we will change over to the next book in the Connected Math series, called "What Did You Expect" which investigates basic probability calculations.

Week of March 29 - April 2, 2010

Earth Science - This week begins with a quiz on Sections 9.2 & 9.3.  We are skipping Chapter 10 (Groundwater) to begin the next unit of our textbook on the Atmosphere, Chapter 11.  The homework, due on Wednesday, is to read pg 270-277 and answer questions 1-4 on pg. 277.  The homework for the weekend involves choosing one of 26 possible research questions dealing with our atmosphere, and writing a 100-word minimum answer.  Extra credit will be given for any answers turned into posters that can be presented in class.  Posters must be made by the students, e.g. no copying text or diagrams from the internet, and taping it down on poster paper.  Diagram designs can be used, but redrawn to fit the space (8"x11" minimum size) of the poster paper chosen.

Math7 - Homework due on Monday begins on page 10 of our new bluebook.  Do all the exercises of 1 and 2 on that page.  For Thursday and Friday's homework on "Experimental & Theoretical Probability", the front side (Exercises 1-6) is due on Thursday, and the back side (Exercises 7-13) is due on Friday.  Extra credit will be given for students who complete all exercises by Thursday.

Week of April 5-9, 2010 (grades for the end of the 3rd quarter were closed last Friday, April 2nd)

Earth Science - Submittals of the 100-word research papers has been extended to a Tuesday, April 6 due date.  The paper will be accepted on Monday and extra credit will be given if turned in early.  Start the last quarter with the highest grade possible!  Additional credit will be given if the paper (see last week's entry above) is accompanied by a poster, and can be presented to the class (most will only need 5 minutes to answer questions from the class, if any).

Math7 - We will have a short, pop-quiz on Monday to address a spinner that does not have a 50/50 choice between colors.  We will have to quiz before we continue with the start of Investigation 1.2 (page 7) of our blue book.  The homework for Monday night is to answer all the questions on page 8 that we did not have time to answer in class.

Week of April 19-23, 2010

Earth Science - We will begin Sec 11.2 this week on the state of the atmosphere (the affect and content of humidity, temperature, pressure, and density).  Homework due on Monday is on page 284, questions 1-5, after having read pages 278-284 in our textbook.  On Wednesday, the assignment due Friday was handed out -- a worksheet to calculate relative humidity using a hand-out chart, also distributed in class today.  On Thursday, it is Earth Day, celebrated around the globe.  In class, we will watch the video "An Inconvenient Truth", the 2008 Academy award winning film on global warming.

Math7 - So far, as we continue Investigation 1.2 of our bluebook, the homework due Wesnesday is to answer all questions on page 13.  Also, our in-class assignment involved doing the activity (and answering the questions) shown on page 9 of our book.  There will be a quiz on Investigation 1.2 on Friday.  A helpsheet and calculator are allowed.

Week of April 26-30, 2010

Earth Science - We will begin the week reviewing for the Sec 11.2 quiz to be given on Tuesday.  Two help sheets and the Relative Humidity charts hand-out will be allowed.  On Wednesday, we will begin the final section of Chapter 11, namely Sec 11.3 on Moisture in the Atmosphere (primarily the formation of clouds).  The homework is to read pg 285-291 and answer Questions 1-4 on pg 291.  The homework is due on Thursday.  Also, there is an extra credit home lab assignment available this week.  Ten possible mini-labs are available to conduct at home, with a minimum 200-word lab report to accompany any demonstration ("show and tell") that students wish to offer in class either Thursday, Friday, or Monday.  The lab sheets are available all week long in the back of the room, on the shelf under the Earth Science bulletin board.  Homework due on Monday, May 3, will be to answer questions 1-19 odd in the back of the chapter, pages 296-297.

Math7 - This week we will begin Investigation 1.3.  On Wednesday, a tree diagram worksheet, entitled "Skill: Counting Outcomes" will be due as homework.  For homework due on Thursday, students should read pg 20-22 of their bluebook, and using the "Red and Blue Game" worksheet, spin both Spinners A and B a total of 24 times.  Then, compile a data table of the 24 results (including a column that answers the question, "does each result give you the red and blue, or blue and red, necessary to create purple?).  Complete the assignment by answering all the questions on pg 23.  You will also need to build an "area model" (like that on pg 21) to answer the questions regarding the theoretical probability.  Remember: The word "compare" means to find a value (percent might be easiest) of each the experimental and theoretical answers, and tell which is larger, and by how much.  On Friday, those students in attendance helped to design gaming "tables" for a dice game the class will play next week.  No homework was assigned over the weekend.

Week of May 3-7, 2010

Earth Science - The quiz on Sec 11.3 will be given on Tuesday.  If you have borrowed canning jars and/or thermometers to conduct your extra credit mini-lab, please return them this week.  The homework for Tuesday was to read section 12.1 on pages 298-304, answering questions 1-5 on pg 304.  The homework for Friday is to read Section 12.2 (pg 305-311) and answer the first 5 five questions on pg 311.  There will be a combined section test (Sec 12.1 and 12.2 next week, either on Tuesday or Wednesday).  We will not be studying the second half of Chapter 12 (Sec 12.3 & 12.4) to allow us time to get to other chapters before school year's end.

Math7 - This week we will begin Investigation 2.2 on pg 24.  The homework for Tuesday night (due Wednesday) is found on pg 28-30.  Answer all the questions in Exercises 4-7.  There will be no homework on Wednesday, due to the Vermont school band festival in downtown Rutland starting at 6PM.  35 different school bands will march through Rutland on their way to the Rutland Intermediate School's auditorium.  Proctor's band will be part of the parade.  Show up and support your musical Phantoms!  The quiz on this latest investigation will be held on Friday.  Be sure to bring a good help sheet with you, and a calculator to figure out percentages.

Week of May 10-14, 2010

Earth Science - We will complete the review of Sec 12.2 on Monday and Tuesday.  The test on Sec 12.1 and 12.2 will be on Wednesday.  We will skip Chapter 13 due to end-of-year time constraints, but for those interested in what factors cause severe storms, the chapter is worth the recreational read.  Our next homework assignment will begin Chapter 14 on climates, and how they vary around the world.  Read pg 358-363 and answer questions 1-5 on pg 363.  This assignment will be due on Friday.

Math7 - This week, we will conclude study of our current bluebook, "What Do You Expect?" and begin the 4th book on linear patterns (the precursor to algebra) called "Moving Straight Ahead", which will take us through the end of the school year.  In our new blue book, the homework for Friday is to answer all questions in Problem 1.1 on page 6.  Question A. should have been answered in class.  Using the data from the 10 meter walking rate investigation, students can then answer the remaining questions under B. (1.-5.).

The worksheet on heart rates is a 3-day data collection sheet and graphing exercise, which should be completed (and will be collected) on Monday, May 17.  Students are to record 3 days of heart rate measurements and draw three graphs, using the graph sheet on the back of the worksheet.  The vertical axis should be BPM, usually from 50-110 BPM (or 60-120 for those who have a slightly higher rate).  The horizontal axis can be divided into the four "times of day" measurements were taken -- Morning, Mid-day, After exercising (which can be measured any time of day), and just before falling asleep at Night.

Week of May 17-21, 2010

Earth Science - We will review homework answers from last Friday's assignment on Tuesday.  Homework due for Wednesday to read Section 12.2, pg 364-368, and answer questions 1-4 on pg 368.  On Thurday, we filled out the Lab worksheet for Section 14.2.  The quiz on Sections 14.1 and 14.2 will be given on Friday.  Two helpsheets and all the hand-outs (3 maps, one 4-chart sheet) will be allowed.  The homework over the weekend will be to read the last section, 14.3, on pages 369-374, and answer questions 1-5 on pg 374.

Math7 - Students will read Investigation 1.2 in their blue book and begin to answer the questions on page 7, using the worksheet hand-out given out in class on Monday.  The homework assignment for Monday night will be to finish answering those questions on page 7 of the new bluebook, using the worksheet handed out in class.  Homework due Thursday, May 20, is to answer all ACE questions on page 12.  The quiz on Investigations 1.1 and 1.2 will be given on Friday.  There's no homework over the weekend.  There is a dance for grades 7-9 on Saturday.

Week of May 24-29, 2010

Earth Science - Homework from last Friday was checked, with answers reviewed on Tuesday.  Rather than have a quiz just on Sec 14.3, we went over slides for that section, the content of which will be included in the final exam given on Tuesday, June 8th.  Instead of the quiz, students were asked to write a minimum-200-word essay on one of the climate change topics presented in our textbook (assignment sheet hand-out).  The papers were due on Wednesday, May 26.  On Wednesday, we began Chapter 15, dealing with Sec 15.1, Oceanography.  Homework due on Friday involved reading Sec 15.1 (pg 384-391) and answering questions 1-5 on pg 391.  There was no homework over the holiday weekend.

Math7 - We continued with Investigation 1.3 in the newest bluebook.  Homework due Tuesday included answering all the questions (1-4) under Section A on pg 9.  On Wednesday, homework was to answer all questions (1-4) under Section B. on pg 9.  On Thursday, homework was to answer all questions (1-5) under Section A. on page 12.  A quiz on the investigation was given on Friday.  No school on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday, and no homework was assigned for the holiday weekend.

Week of June 1-4, 2010

Earth Science - Tuesday, we will review answers to last Friday's homework on Sec 15.1.  The quiz on that section will be held on Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday we will go over the final section of Chapter 15 (we will skip 15.2 and go on to 15.3).  The homework due Friday will be to read pg 399-405 and answer questions 1-5 on pg 405.  On Friday, a review hand-out will be given going over all the sections to be covered by the final exam.  The exam will be open book/notes.

Math7 - We will review for the final exam on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with worksheets, which if not finished in class, will be homework.  Change of plans from what was announced in class: The final exam will be given to D-period students at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 9th.  Those students in E-block class will have their final exam at 8:00 AM on Thursday, June 10th.  The final exam will cover those topics discussed since the last mid-term exam period (mid-January): Identifying common 3-dimensional geometric shapes, their parts, suface area, perimeter and volume (and the vocabulary names related to them); solving equations using order of operations (PEMDAS); comparing two ratios to see if they are similar (using cross-multiplication); determining probability of games of chance, path mazes, and other multiple outcomes using either area models, or tree diagrams, or theoretical vs. experimental probability (math) calculations; graphing of two variables; the determination of rate of two variables; using rates to determine distance or money spent or any other dependent variable in word problems.

Week of June 7-11, 2010   (last week!)

Earth Science - Monday is the last day of regular classes and our only day of review for the final exam.  The exam, given on Tuesday, June 8, will cover all the sections we studied from Chapters 8 to 15.  A hand-out was given out on Monday, June 8, that reviews all the sections we covered, and all those we skipped over.  Be sure to bring your textbook to class, as they will be collected.  The extra credit (bonus) exercise is to write a 100-word letter to a relative (real or imaginary) about what is happening down in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded.

This year, I hope you learned something more about how our Earth works than you knew before.  For some of you, this will the only time you'll ever be required to study this kind of information... and with what is happening around our world (earthquakes, volcanos, floods, landslides, tornados, severe storms, melting glaciers, extinct animal species, etc.), having knowledge helps you to understand better why events occur the way they do.  Never stop learning... and have a great summer!

Math7 - Monday, June 7, is the final day of regular classes, and we will celebrate with a "probability-themed activity."  The final test for Math 7 will cover all the topics we reviewed the last 3 days of regular classes (see last week's write-up above).  For D-block, your testing time will be from 10:00-11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 9.  For E-block, your testing time will be 8:00-9:30 AM on Thursday.  Be sure to bring your blue book (they will be collected), as well as the review worksheets we went over last week (you can use them has helpsheets) and the pink-colored paper with all the 3-D area & volume equations on them.  I hope learning about proportion, ratios, 3-D geometry, probability, and the introduction to linear relationships, will make 8th grade math more understandable and enjoyable for you.  Math is so important in life, especially after you graduate and go to college, or begin your first full-time job.  The more you can learn and understand now, the better you understand the world around you... and have a great summer!