Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday 5/22 - Friday 5/26

Today was our first day of California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing. We'll continue our state testing for the remainder of the week.

There will be no homework this week while we conduct state testing. Woo-hoo!!

Be sure to get a good night's sleep each night and eat a filling and nutritious breakfast each morning. We want you ready to show off and demonstrate everything you've learned this year!

Also, I will not be in this week, due to my being at the Division 3 National Track & Field Championships. I look forward to seeing you all again next Tuesday, best of luck to all of you!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday 5/19

Today, you either worked on MATHia or Desmos or making sure we are getting caught up on everything we needed for the end of the year. Come ready to ace the SBAC next week, you'll all do great!

Here is this weeks extra credit:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday 5/17 & Thursday 5/18

Today we worked on a review of our second semester material to prepare for both the SBAC next week and our Final the following week. Make sure to hold on to it to use as a study tool!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday 5/15 & Tuesday 5/16

Today we worked on a practice performance task in class.

Homework: Please be reviewing our past work to prepare for testing next week!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday 5/12

We worked on MATHia and Desmos today, remember Volume Module in MATHia is due tonight! If you didn't get it done in class finish it at home.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday 5/11

Today we worked with the volume of spheres in Lesson 14.3and noticed how all three formulas you have now learned are all related to one another!

Homework: Student Assignments 14.3

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday 5/10

We continued our work with cylinders and volume today, along with introducing volume of cones using two worksheets separate from the book. Tomorrow we will look at spheres to finish up our work on volume.

Homework: Student Assignments 14.2

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday 5/9

Today we began our look at volume by investigating the properties of cylinders in Lesson 14.1. We did the first two parts of the lesson today, and will continue with the rest of it tomorrow.

Homework: Textbook pages 752-754

Monday 5/8

Unfortunately I was out again today. Again, you all should have progressed in MATHia and Desmos, our Volume Module is due Friday!

Friday 5/5

I was out today, but you all should have progressed in MATHia and Desmos while I was gone.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday 5/4

We took our Chapter 13 Test today. If you need more time to finish up we will do that tomorrow during class and at lunch.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday 5/3

We had a review day for the chapter 13 test tomorrow. Well done everyone, we did very well on it! Keep the sheet you were working on close to your chapter 13 packet, it's good review material.

Homework: Textbook page 737-739

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday 5/2

We discussed operations with scientific notation today in Lesson 13.5.

You should now be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers written in scientific notation, just as you can numbers written as a integer, decimal, or fraction. It's all connected.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 13.5

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday 5/1

We had a Boss Battle today to review powers, along with work in MATHia and Desmos. Make sure we are getting work done quickly, we have a very busy end of the year coming up!

Homework: MATHia Practice

Friday 4/28

I wasn't here today due to some coaching business I had to attend to. While I was gone you worked on Mathia and Desmos with Mr. Zambrows.

Here is this week's extra credit, you will have until Thursday to complete it due to the late post.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday 4/27

Today for our minimum day we finished our intro to scientific notation today with the last part of Lesson 13.4.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 13.4

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday 4/26

Today we learned how to use scientific notation to represent both really large and really small numbers in Lesson 13.4. We'll do some more work with scientific notation tomorrow.

Here's a great visualization of the kinds of things for which we'd need scientific notation to measure or count. Notice the base 10 power in the lower right corner?

Homework: Textbook pages 714-715 (#2-4) & page 717

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday 4/25

Today we finished our look at exponent properties with a look at negative and zero exponents in Lesson 13.3.

This now completes all six of the exponent rules that you need to memorize and be able to use to solve and simplify a variety of problems. You'll find all six in the graphic on this post. Study, study, study; practice, practice, practice!
  • Product Rule of Powers
  • Quotient Rule of Powers
  • Power to a Power Rule
  • Negative Exponent Rule
  • One Power Rule
  • Zero Power Rule

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 13.3

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday 4/24

We had a Boss Battle then worked in MATHia/Desmos for the rest of the period.

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday 4/21

We visited the math fair today. I hope you had a lot of fun looking at all the projects, and reflecting on just how much you've grown since last year. 

Here is this weeks Extra Credit:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday 4/20

Today we investigated multiplying and dividing powers in Lesson 13.2. Don't forget to complete any unfinished classwork from today. Problems 2, 3, and 4 were assigned in class.

Homework: Textbook pages 700-701

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday 4/19

We learned about powers and exponents today in Lesson 13.1.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 13.1

Tuesday 4/18

Many of us were away today performing at Knott's Berry Farm with band, orchestra, or choir. Those that remained worked on MATHia/Desmos with Mr. Medina.

MATHia and Desmos due tonight! Those of you who were away performing all day, I need Desmos turned in as soon as you have access to a computer, and MATHia I will push back one extra day before I record yours.

Homework: MATHia practice

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday 4/17

Tough test to close out Chapters 11 & 12 today. If you needed a bit more time to finish up, you can come in either before or after school or at lunch on Wednesday. The same also goes for the common assessment, let's try to get everything we need done by Wednesday so we can look forward to our next subjects.

Remember, MATHia/Desmos grades will be due by Tuesday night! You'll get all day in class on it tomorrow.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday 4/14

We took Common Assessment #5 in class today, then worked in MATHia and Desmos afterwards.

Homework: MATHia practice

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday 4/13

Today we finished up our look at systems of linear equations with Lesson 12.2.

We'll put your new knowledge and skills to the test on Common Assessment #5 tomorrow, followed by our Chapters 11 & 12 Test on Monday. Don't forget to put in a little extra time studying over the next few days.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 12.2

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday 4/12

Today we finished Lesson 12.1, all about writing equations from context and solving them using linear combination.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 12.1

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday 4/11

We discovered our third and final method to solve systems of linear equations today: solving by using linear combinations (also sometimes called the elimination method) in Lesson 12.1.

It takes a little bit of practice to get this technique down, but I think you'll find it quite helpful to quickly and easily find the solution of a linear system of equations.

Be sure to use the example on page 652 to help you with your homework tonight!

Homework: Solving Systems with Linear Combinations worksheet

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday 4/10

We had a MATHia/Desmos day today, along with our first foray into dealing with Bosses in Class Craft! I'm hoping this can be something we can have weekly for review, so be prepared! I enjoy seeing the development of everyone's characters as we advance through the class.

This Friday we are going to have the next Common Assessment, so I have decided to extend the deadline for MATHia/Desmos to Monday night. This gives a bit more time to make sure we have everything done when we need to since we won't have all of Friday to work on it. Keep up the good work everyone!

Homework: MATHia practice

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Friday 4/7

Sorry for all of the technological issues Friday. Hopefully things will be figured out when we get back, have a great weekend, everyone.

It's late, so I'll accept this until Thursday, but here is this week's extra credit:

We've been studying scenarios that can be modeled using two linear equations recently. Your objective, should you choose to accept it, is to create your own scenario that can be represented, and hopefully solved, using a system of linear equations.

We've looked at systems where two items are decreasing (reef tanks), two items are increasing (savings accounts), one item is increasing and one is decreasing (income vs cost), and even scenarios where we're tracking the combination to two variables (adults and children, attendance vs admission).

Complete each of the tasks below and post all your content to the comments section on this post. Be creative! Impress us!

  1. Define your problem scenario. What's happening? What do we need to determine?
  2. Write two or more equations to represent the scenario. Define your variables.
  3. Solve the system via substitution.
  4. Explain what the solution means in terms of the problem scenario.
  5. Post your scenario here in the comments of this post. Feel free to include both text and/or photos of written work or graphs you may have created to show your solution.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday 4/6

Today we wrapped up our look at solving systems via substitution with the last of Lesson 11.4.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 11.4

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday 4/5

We spent another day working with solving systems of linear equations by substitution, this time shifting our attention towards context problems and systems that model them with Lesson 11.3, Problem 3 and Lesson 11.4 Problem 1, Part 1.

Be sure to put in an additional 10 minutes each night studying these new concepts and/or reviewing any homework or class work errors. This is tough stuff and requires extra effort to master.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 11.3

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday 4/4

Today we introduced ourselves to a second method to solve systems of linear equations: Substitution!

We're going to be working with this method all week, so you'll have plenty of time to get comfortable with the ins and outs.

Today was a good intro. Tonight's homework will be a good chance to test out your new skills.

Homework: Textbook page 630

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday 4/3

Welcome to April!

We worked in MATHia/Desmos today. MATHia and Desmos grades will be calculated on Friday, April 14. Make sure we are staying on pace to get everything done!

Homework: MATHia Practice/Desmos Projects

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday 3/31

Today, for our first lesson with Class Craft in place (for all but period 6 that is), we finished our look at solving systems of linear equations by graphing with the last portion of Lesson 11.2.

Parents: Ask your child to explain what the graph of a solution with one solution, a graph with no solutions, and a graph with infinite solutions would look like. If they match the picture seen here, you know they've got it!

Next week we'll take a look at solving systems using a different method.

Homework: Systems of Linear Equations worksheet

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday 3/30

Today, we introduced Class Craft! I hope this will be a positive and fun addition to class, and we will get out first real feel of it during tomorrows lesson. Remember that tomorrow we have a straight periods 1-6 schedule!

Homework: MATHia Practice/Desmos Projects

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday 3/29

Today we wrapped up the last portion of Lesson 11.1 in class with a quick review of the homework and then began the first portion of Lesson 11.2 to extend our understanding of solving systems of equations by graphing.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 11.1

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday 3/28

We dove into Chapter 11 today with an introduction to systems of equations in Lesson 11.1. We've got A LOT more to do with systems, but today was a good introduction for us.

Homework: Finish any unfinished classwork, then do textbook pages 602-606 (Problem 2). You can use Desmos instead of doing the table and graph by paper if you prefer.

Monday 3/27

We spent our first day back from break working in MATHia and on a new Desmos project.

Homework: MATHia practice

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday 3/10

Have a safe, restful, and fun spring break, everyone!

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday 3/9

Those who had already completed the test worked on MATHia and Desmos Projects today while those who were out yesterday did the Chapter 10 test. One more day before spring break, lets make sure everyone completes everything they need to before we are off!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday 3/8

For those of us who were in class today, we had the Chapter 10 test. Those of you who were out on the trip we will make up the test tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday 3/7

We finished out the chapter today with Lesson 10.4 where we investigated the slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines.

Instead of working through the textbook pages, we did a Desmos Activity that covered the same concepts. If you didn't finish it in class, please do so at home tonight. Head to and type in the corresponding class code.

Period 1: DT88S
Period 2: XTMUB
Period 6: 28UJP

If you were absent today, you're welcome to either do the 10.4 textbook pages, or the Desmos Activity instead. Just make sure you do one of them to prepare for tomorrow's test.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 10.4

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday 3/6

We took the Practice CAASPP Test today. This was a little introduction to the way you will be asked questions and what the expectations are on the test later in the year. tomorrow we will head into Chapter 10.4.

Homework: Mathia Practice

Module 7: Systems of Equations and the Desmos Project are both due this Friday, work on it on your own if you need to!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday 3/3

Great week, everyone! Enjoy your weekend.

Here is this week's extra credit:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday 3/2

We wrapped up Lesson 10.3 today using all the new concepts we've learned to find missing angle measures.

We have a practice CAASPP Test coming up on Monday, so you can all see the way questions will be asked on the new test for later in the year. Then we will finish Chapter 10 Next week with 10.4 and Take the Chapter 10 Test before break.

This Chapter is going by quickly. For those of you who have missed or will miss any class, make sure we are reviewing the very important key terms and their definitions and trying to do some work at home. Come to me with questions before school or during lunch if you need to.

Homework:  Student Assignments workbook 10.3

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday 3/1

 We began our look at pairs of angles today with this Parallel Lines Cut by a Transversal activity. Here's a copy of a pdf version for those that don't have PowerPoint at home.

If you were absent today, you'll want to complete the activity linked above before doing your homework. You'll need this Math Is Fun website to learn the meanings of the following terms:

  • Transversal
  • Parallel lines
  • Vertical angles
  • Corresponding angles
  • Alternate interior angles
  • Alternate exterior angles
  • Same-side interior angles (consecutive interior angles)
  • Same-side exterior angles (consecutive exterior angles)

Homework: Textbook pages 550-551 (Problem 3)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday 2/28

Today we finished up Lesson 10.2, focusing on solving for unknown angles measures using all our new key terms. Make sure we keep track of definitions and what they mean when setting up Mathematical Sentences!

Homework: Student Assignments 10.2

Monday 2/27

code, coding, computer
We worked on MATHia and Desmos Projects today in class, both are due March 10, before spring break. This is NEXT Friday, not this Friday!

Homework: MATHia Practice

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday 2/24

We took our Chapters 8 & 9 test today in class. We go back in to Chapter 10 next week. 

Homework: None, enjoy the weekend.

Apologies, I forgot to put this in and it's been a busy weekend. Here is this week's extra credit:

  1. Draw a detailed, colorful map of the neighborhood and area surrounding one of your favorite places.
  2. Label street names, landmarks, and other points of interest on your map
  3. Identify on the map an example of each of the different types of lines you learned about in Lesson 10.1
  4. Identify on the map an example of each of the different types of angles you learned about in Lesson 10.2
  5. Bring your finished product to Mr. Clarey by Wednesday.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday 2/23

We examined angle relationships today with the first part of Lesson 10.2

We also had a short review quizizz on dilations. We ran out of time, but if you would like more practice, go to Quizizz and enter these codes:


Or head to this site for some good practice actually performing dilations.

Homework: Textbook pages 538-539

Make notes on what questions you have on homework, when we next talk about this topic I want to be able to help you all understand better, I can only do that with questions!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday 2/22

Today we took a look at line relationships with Lesson 10.1.

Parents: Ask your child to explain the following terms and concepts. Extra dessert tonight if they can explain them and use props to demonstrate.
  • Intersecting lines
  • Perpendicular lines
  • Parallel lines
  • Coplanar lines
  • Skew lines
  • Coincidental lines

The winner for the desmos project was: Favorite Video Game Character. This includes a choice on your part, but make sure there is some way I can tell what it is, don't make me guess because if I can't get it you might lose points! We are also extending the due date for it, since we have had/will have little time for mathia/desmos days in recent weeks, so the new due date is Friday, March 10.

Homework: Student Assignments workbook 10.1