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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

State may count hours

Please click on the link to read the article:  State may count hours

After you have read the article, please write in a well developed paragraph how you feel about this and what effect this will have for parents at home and also students.  Also consider what effect this would have on a school such as Focus where the students do not attend all day.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekly Math Problem 12/3/12-12/9/12

The number of two-dollar bills I need to pay for a purchase is 9 more than the number of five-dollar bills I need to pay for the same purchase. What is the cost of the purchase? Explain your answer in detail.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekly Article Reading

Click on this link:  Penguins

After reading the article, write your thoughts about the following quote using four to five sentences: "Nearly everybody seems to love penguins, and not enough people love math," he said. "If we use math to study penguins, we could potentially teach more people to love math, too!"

Math Problem of the Week (11/26-11/30)

You are in a classroom with 40 people of varying heights. The teacher/instructor of the room has asked you to exchange papers for the purpose of marking them. However, nobody is allowed to change papers with anyone that is shorter than themself.

How many exchanges will occur? Please explain how you arrived at your answer.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Halloween Photo

Please click on this link to read the article. 

Please give your opinion about the photo and tell whether or not they should have had to apologize.  Your answer should be in complete sentences and approximately a paragraph in length.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

City Demolition Project

Please click this link and read the article.  When you have finished reading, answer the following questions.

1.  Do you agree that the buildings should be demolished?

2.  Why do you think that it cost $14,000 to demolish a house?

3.  If you answered yes to #1, then give one reason why the buildings should NOT be demolished.
     If you answered no to #1, then give one reason why the buildings should be demolished.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Math Question of the Week (Nov. 12th-15th)

What is the most interesting math skill you have ever learned?  Which skill do you think you'll use the most in life? Why?


Friday, November 2, 2012

Math Question of the Week- November 5th

Local residents have requested a traffic light at the intersection of Polk Road and Vine Street. They claim that the intersection has become unsafe for their children due to the high volume of drivers using these roads as shortcuts during rush hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In response, the street department installed a device that would count cars going through the intersection. The device counted the total number of cars each day for a two-week period. The department used the results to determine the average number of cars passing through the intersection each day. They decided the number was normal for an intersection with no light, and refused the residents’ request.

Explain how the residents can claim that the method the department used to collect the data does not provide valid information for evaluating their request.

Explain how the department’s method can be altered to provide more valid data.

Be sure to use complete sentences.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Math Question of the Week (October 22nd)

For lunch Fanya drank a can of cola that had a diameter of 2 inches and a height of 5 inches. After school, she drank a can of juice that measures twice the diameter and twice the height of the can of cola.

Find the volume of each can.

Determine how many times larger the volume of the juice can is than the volume of the cola can.

Please use complete sentences to explain how you arrived at your answer.  Credit will not be given unless you do.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Math problem of the week (October 15th)

Please answer all parts to your question of the week!

1.  Colin’s back yard measures 24 ft by 30 ft. What is the area of Colin’s back yard, in square feet?

2.  Colin estimated that the leaves, which have fallen from the lone tree in his back yard,

cover about 2/3 of the back yard’s area. According to Colin’s estimation, how many

square feet of his back yard are covered in the fallen leaves?


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Getting to Know You

Hi Students,

This is your first assignment on the Math blog.  I would like to get to know a little bit about each of you, so please post your responses to the following questions.  **Remember that everybody will be able to read your responses, so only include what you want to share.


1.  Write one word that describes you

2. What are your favorite things to do when you are not at school?

3. What is one thing that you would like to know before leaving this class?

4.  What is the most important thing I need to do as your teacher to help you succeed?

5.  How do you prefer to learn? (one on one, group, lecture, hands-on, reading, listening, etc...)

6.  Do you like technology? If yes, then what is your favorite technology to use?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Apple to pay dividend

Please click on this Link and read the article.

After reading, please respond to the following questions.

1. What is the net worth of Apple?

2. How much cash on hand does it have?

3. What is the percent of cash on hand to net worth?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Smoking's Scary Side

Article Link: Smoking's Scary Side

After reading the article, please respond to the following questions.

1. There are 320,000,000 people in the United States. What percent die from smoking every year?
2. Give 2 good reasons to start smoking
3. Give 2 reasons to stop smoking

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Children Abandoned

Article Link

After reading the article, please respond to the following questions.

1. Why are the children living in the bus?
2. Do you think they were afraid to live alone?
3. What should happen to these children?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Could a Penny Dropped off a Sckyscraper Actually Kill You?

Click HERE to read the article.

Please answer these questions after reading.

1.  Why won't a penny kill you if dropped from the Empire State Building?

2.  Explain why the penny doesn't accelerate the entire way to the ground.

3.  Please write something that you learned or something that you still do not understand.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Are you sure you're saving enough?

Article:  Are you sure you're saving enough?

After reading the article, please respond to the questions below.

1. When should a young person start saving for the future?

2. Why should a young person start saving instead of spending everything?

3. How much do you think is enough?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SSR 2-9-12

Please read the following article and then respond to the three questions at the end.

FOR THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Friday February 3, 2012 3:33 AM

The Ohio General Assembly passed a law on Feb. 3, 1845, that cleared the way for the formation of the Columbus school district.
Schools had been a part of the community since about 1806, when Franklinton founder Lucas Sullivant built a log schoolhouse for the frontier village’s children.
The city’s schools were privately funded until the 1820s, when the first public schools were established. Those early public schools were hardscrabble affairs that initially used tax money to build schools but assessed parents to operate them.
The first Columbus Board of Education was organized in April 1845. It promptly deeded all school property to the town and, in return, asked the City Council for $700 to run the schools the following year.
The school board also was authorized by the 1845 law to levy a tax on parents if public funds were insufficient to cover expenses. In 1845, parents were assessed 25 cents per child for the year.
About 500 students attended those first school sessions. They were taught by women who were paid $10.50 a month and men who were paid $16.66 a month.
The first board also crafted these rules for elementary school students:
• No tobacco in any form is to be used in or about the school building.
• All vulgar and profane language is strictly forbidden.
• Every scholar is to be clean in person and clothing.
• No boy over 10 years of age is allowed to attend a school taught by a female teacher.
• Any scholar tardy more than 15 minutes is to be sent home for that half day, unless a good excuse is brought by the parent or guardian.
• School begins at 8:30 and closes at 5.
Suggestions for Mileposts that will run this bicentennial year can be sent to: Gerald Tebben, Box 82125, Columbus, OH 43202, or email


1. Why was the pay for men and women teachers different?
2. In 1845 the parents of students were charged 25 cents per child. How much money did this raise for the school?
3. How have the rules changed since 1845?

SSR 2-7-12

After reading the letter below, please respond to the three questions at the end.

Dayton, Ohio,

August 7, 1865
To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee
Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin's to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again, and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.
I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well. The teacher says Grundy has a head for a preacher. They go to Sunday school, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated. Sometimes we overhear others saying, "Them colored people were slaves" down in Tennessee. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks; but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Colonel Anderson. Many darkeys would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master. Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.
As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor's visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams's Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.
In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve—and die, if it come to that—than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood. The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.
Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.
From your old servant,
Jourdon Anderson

1. Can you find a fact about slavery you didn't know in this letter?

2. Why would the former owner , Mr. Anderson, want the former slave to return to Tennessee?

3. Do you think he should have returned?