Friday, December 31, 2010

Thank you for a great year

I had a great season, including winning his age group at the 5430 Boulder Peak Triathlon, and placing fourth in his age group at the ITU World Triathlon Championship in Budapest, Hungary. I would like to thank Runners Roost, Power Bar, and Saucony for their sponsorship and support this season.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Homework tonight

The homework for the rest of the week will be due one day after it was original due date.  For Homework tonight do...THERE IS NONE!  Enjoy

Monday, November 15, 2010

homework assignment sheet


There is no homework tonight.

Extra help is on Thursday

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Missing folders and change in extra help and the schedule for the week

These students are missing there Growing, Growing, Growing folders and grades are due. If I don't have them by the end of the day Monday, they will be counted as missing.

Austin B, Olivia F, Dietrich, Max, Elizabeth Rothrock, Austin S., Aidan

Wednesday will the Benchmark two in the computer room. The written portion will be done on Tuesday s warm-up.

Extra help will be on Tuesday. I have a docters appointment on Wednesday after school

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesdays class videos

Here is what we were going to work on today, but didn't get to because of the field trip. It's called polynumial multiplication.

alg 4-6 polynomial mult part 1
alg 4-6 polynomial mult part 2

Also, after a quick 8th grade prefernce poll, the unit test will be on FRIDAY, not tomorrow.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Homework assignment sheet and news from Lake Victoria and the killer weed

Here's the solution to Lake Victoria's weed problem:

Friday, October 1, 2010

sea camp day 4 (84 photos), by kirk framke

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sea Camp Day 4

After yesterday’s bright sunshine and warm temperatures, the morning greeted us with a scene more out of a Wes Craven movie then the Endless Summer. The city and Fiesta island were completely overrun with pea-soup fog that promised to hide all the treasures that yesterday’s boat trip got to see. Luckily the ominous beginning to the day didn’t foreshadow what was to come.

Breakfast was the usual delicious affair with trays full of Danish, sausage, eggs, and pancakes. Dietrich again defended his title as this year’s biggest eater. A lesser man would have been doubled over the gunnels of the Sea Watch at the first swell coming out of the marina. Once the bags were packed, team A shoehorned themselves into the familiar white and silver Sea Camp vans for the ten minute drive to the marina. In that time we discovered that the only song allowed to play on San Diego’s air waves is the Eminem tune with Rhianna singing the chorus, but that’s alright ‘cause I like the way it hurts. I think that at one point three different stations had it playing at the same time. And still the fog shrouded our vision like a vale.

As we emptied onto the dock, gear bags in hand, the storm clouds concealed by the fog let loose causing everyone to utilize the often neglected hood of our brand new Sea Camp hooded sweatshirts and hope that the rain would soon stop or produce a rainbow with a pot of gold in the water surrounding Mexico’s Coronado Islands. A rainy two and a half hours each way on the boat with no cover would test even the most avid sea camper. Once all seat backs and tray tables were in there up right and lock positions and all carry-on luggage was securely stowed in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of us, the Sea Camp crew explained where all of the emergency exits were located (over the side of the boat once donning a life vest) and that should the oxygen masks be deployed that you should place the mask your own face before assisting a small child, or someone acting like a small child. Hum, I guess that would mean I would be the last one on the boat to get an oxygen mask. The safety instructions were so interesting that a huge male sea lion came and popped his head out of the water to listen, pose for photos, wish us well, and remind us to write our parents frequently.

The first thirty minutes of motoring was dry, yet we were unable to see anything around us. I felt like I was in the middle of Pirates of the Caribbean. Max and I actually broke out in song.

Yo ho, all together
Hoist the colours high
Heave ho, thieves and begers
Never shall we die!

Avast matey what is it that I see off the port side bow? Dolphins, yes dolphins it is, 30 at least. And look over yonder, could it be? It is, two blue whales with so much creole that the sea runs an angrey frothing red and the squids are jumping out of the water like the Kracken has just been summoned to send our boat to Davey Jones’s Locker! Oh no here it comes, Abandon ship!

Oops, I got a bit to into the mood. Seriously, the massive amounts of creel had coaxed the normally nocturnal squid to the surface to feed. We watched for a quarter hour as the squid would dart in and out of their prey while shooting jets of water out of the surface that made to ocean look like the DIA’s fountain of old. This event is so rare that Whitney, the program director who has been here for eight years, has never seen this behavior on all the boat trips she has worked!

Once we arrived at the four islands that compose the Coronado Islands we were treated to an unexpected phenomenon. The islands were bathed in sunlight with a foggy clouded halo surrounding it. The extra sunlight made it possible for us to see a ton of sea life. We saw so many things that in my short four years of coming to Sea Camp, today was my favorite day of snorkeling. Are you ready for this? Everyone got to see Orange ochre sea stars, orange, purple ochre sea stars. Bat sea stars, knobby sea stars, sea hares, Purple sea urchins, red sea urchins, octopus, brittle stars, lighting whelks, sea snails, chitons, sea lions, harbor seal, (take a breath) garibaldi, opal eye, senorita, kelp bass, sheep heads, blacksmith (blue), navanax, and Hermit crabs. What a snorkel! To finish our stay at the islands, the students challenged the staff (including me) to a contest of king/queen of the raft. Honorable mention has to be given to Tara DeBolt and Livy Fore for their queen of the raft prowess. However, in the end as always, the campers couldn’t match the staff despite outnumbering us 25 to 3. Perhaps next year’s class can do better.

As soon as everyone got back on the boat and changed, they were treated to chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate. Once the anchor was aboard we set off for home. Unfortunately, as I am writing this in the boat’s protected cabin, we are witnessing another first in Whitney’s career. It is raining on our motor back to the States and the kids are getting very cold. Thankfully for us all, we will only remember the epic day that was had on the team A’s boat trip.

Kirk and Kathy

sea camp day 3 (190 photos), by kirk framke

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Viewing the photo albums

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album 09\27\2010 (66 photos), by kirk framke

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Sea Camp day 2 (71 photos), by kirk framke

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

2010 Sea Camp Day 2

Sea Camp Day 2

Pictures URL:

On our second day on Fiesta Island, famous for being the site of the first every triathlon, we awoke to the smells of eggs and breakfast burritos with gray, cloudy, and calm skis. Little did we know just how much local sea food we all would get to sample. All the kids ate their fill including Dietrich whose heaping plate of seconds defied belief (see picture). Once the tables were cleared and cleaned team A readied themselves for the invertebrates lab while team B and I grabbed our slightly odoriferous neoprene suits and piled into the vans.

After a short trip to Mission Point we divided into two groups, while one group snorkeled, the other seined in the shallows. Seining is an ancient method of catching fish. Two people hold a wooden stake that is attached to a net. The net has one side that is held at the top of the water by floats while the other end weighted side of the net scraps the sea floor. While the net is held taught, the rest of the group links arms and methodically marches through the water towards the net. Frightened fish try to escape the chorus line by swimming … right into the net. There was quite an income. We netted dozens of smelt and one juvenile halibut that was so unsightly that students thought that eating him would be gross.

The snorkeling group had the opportunity to see, touch, and even taste the local sea life that calls the rocky Mission Point home. Some of the highlights were an octopus, brittle stars, sea stars, sea hares (although they move more like a tortoise), and flitting Garibaldi’s. Alana swears that the giant Limpet or whale’s eye does in fact taste like sweet potato, while Elizabeth was just happy to get the seven years of good luck that comes when you lick the mollusk. Yummy and good for you too! To bad the same can’t be said of Brussels sprouts. All the snorkeling was just a tease for what is to come on the boat trips which start tomorrow.

In the afternoon, team B entered the classrooms for the fish lab. The lesson started around the shark tank where the sea camp staff unveiled the future Sea World star Leopold the leopard shark who they have taught to do tricks. When the trainer commands it, Leopold will jumps out of the water near the side of the tank and splash the student who the trainer is pointing at. I was dubious at first, but as several students said, seeing is believing. After the short performance, Leopold allowed several eager students to touch his dermal denticles (skin). After the discussing sharks, students were treated to a fish dissection where they ventured into the fishes stomachs, heart, and swim bladder which makes a sound like bubble wrap when it is squeezed. The highlight of the lab was when Aiden and Maya tasted the slime from the Liker Limpet and the staff description of how the primitive agnatha fish would coat a fictional dead whale, named Brooke, on the bottom of the ocean with a slime that it secrets from its scale and then eat the entire carcass with nothing other than it’s rough tongue. Yikes!

In the end, our second day in not-so-sunny San Diego was tremendous fun and it has wetted our appetite for the adventures that are still to come. Check back tomorrow for a detailed account of marine life that team B encounters. Check the 8th grade blogsite for the url for pictures from the day.

Kirk and Kathy

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pictures from Sea Camp Day 1

Copy and paste the URL below for Pictures from Day 1:
If you need a password, it is seacamp

-Sea Camp
Dorm set up
-Birch Aquarium
Sea horse exhibit (photography restrictions)
Global warming exhibit (with examples of the exponential relationships we are currently studying, sorry for the graphs)
Tidal pool touch tank
Kelp Forest tank
-La Jolla Beach views
-Lunch games
-Boogie boarding (no pictures)

Check back for pictures from day two, snorkeling at Mission Point and the invertebrates lab.

Kirk Framke

Monday, September 20, 2010

Homework Assignment Sheet and Algebra Sheet

Algebra sheet 4-1 first page

Algebra sheet 4-1 page 2

Friday, September 10, 2010

146 of the best pictures of Budapest ever!

You will need to copy and paste this link into your browser.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Budapest Sub Plans

Thank you Ms. Ferrell for taking my place this week while I compete in the ITU Triathlon World Championships.

Here's how things should work, I am giving a list of work to be done in chronological order and the students should work through as much as possible. There is a benchmark on Thursday that will take place in the computer room with Mrs. Hatchett. There is a paper and pencil portion of the test which should be given as a warm-up on Friday. Each investigation has launch and summary videos which must be viewed. At some points, the videos ask you to stop them and let students work before you continue the video. Launch videos are seen before the investigation and summary videos come after all students have finished and students are given an opportunity to present their work. Simple.

Homework is on the blog. The new algebra sheets are on the desk and should be passed out. The old algebra sheets are in the turn in bins and should be returned.

Investigation 3.2 (may take a day and a half)
twmm inv 3.2 launch part 1
twmm inv 3.2 launch part 2
twmm inv 3.2 summary a and b
twmm inv 3 2 summary c

Investigation 3.3 (one day)
twmm inv 33 launch
twmm inv 33 summary all

Mathematical reflections investigation 3 (1/2 day)

In the student books after the ace questions
Students write discuss with partners for 5 min, then write at the quality that Mrs. Degi would accept. Then have 2 students read answers for each question.

Looking Back / Looking ahead (1 to 3/2 of a day)
twmm looking back looing ahead
There is no summary

If students finish an investigation early and are needing things to do, they they can do the algebra sheet or their homework. If everyone in the class is behaved and on task, then you may play mummy ball at your discretion.



algebra sheet 8-4 practice masters help

This link is for the sheet if you need it printed

Similar examples from a different assignment:
algebra sheet 8 4 prob 22 and 26 (not graphed)
alg 84 problem 34

twmm inv 3 ace help

twmm inv 3 ace 34

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

No homework 8/31

There is a mistake on the assignment sheet! Since the error is mine, there is no homework tonight. Enjoy!

Monday, August 23, 2010

TWMM inv 1.2 ace help 12-15

twmm inv 1 12 to 15

Algebra sheet 2-4

The copier is down, so you may be stuck with printing this sheet from here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

unnamed work

I need to know whose this is ASAP. Email me or your geo teacher if it is yours.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Linear/exponetial review

Warm-up quiz:
wu part 1 graphing a quadratic
wuq graphing quad 2

(please review the previous nights posts. You only have yourselve to blame if we are doing algebra in late May!)

Linear review:
name the relationship part 1
name the relationship part 2 plus box plots

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

SOA unit review answers

soa ur 1 to 5

The link will take you to the first page of answers. All of the answers are below the pict of the first page. Just hover the curser over each page on the bottom for the problem numbers. is experiencing some issues, so I only have # 10 up.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

algebra sheet 9-5 help

alg 9 5 prob 17 and 23
The answer I get in 23 should be negative

mixed review
alg 9 5 mr 7 and 9

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Homework help inv 4

Ace 51-55
soa inv 4 prob 51-55
soa inv 4 prob 59
65 & 66
soa inv 4 65 and 66
I started 66 but it isn't finish. you should be able to figure it out from the little bit in the video.

Monday, April 5, 2010

sub plans 4/6

Good Morning,

I have told both classes what they must finish.

1) Yesterday students finished investigation 4.4 a-c. The first half of class, they must finish the rest of the investigation. After 20 to 25 minutes, ask for three volunteers to work d2, e2, and e4 on the dry-erase board

2) Once those three problems are done, students should turn to investigation 5.1, and read the text.

3) Once everyone has read the text, play this video
soa gr 5 1

4) Students should work in pair groups on the investigation.

6) While students are working, have a student check homework (7a:Caitlin 7b:Grady)

7) Whith 7-10 minutes left, play this video
soa inv 5 1 summary

8) If there is time remaining, the class can play heads up 7 up or you can have a student(s) play the pyramid panic game from the blog site

The eighth grade has some added insentive, so please let me know how well they work today.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

sub plans 3/22

It's amazing how the best laid plans can be unraveled. On Thursday our custodian ran over my microphone cord with the vacuum cleaner and it broke. As a result, I could not record what I was originally planning for the day and unfortunately you will have a more traditional substitute day. I am sorry.

1) Have a volunteer from each class check the homework.

2) On my desk there are two piles, one for 8th grade and one for seventh. Pass out the partner quiz (one per group). Students will take the partner quiz with the person that they normally sit next to. Students have as much time to finish the quiz as they need, although I doubt it will take the whole period. Once the group is done, they should turn in the quiz to the turn in slot (they know where that it)

3) After groups turn in the quiz, give each student the riddle work sheet that is under the quiz. Students can work in groups of two to finish it. Students should turn in the work sheets (even if they do not finish) at the end of class for grading.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Homework due Tuesday

graph and find the equation

Table 1
x 1 3 5 7
y 4.4 3.2 2 0.8

Table 2
x 1 3 5 7
y -2.33 1 4.33 7.66

There are no videos. Rember that in math you follow the pattern. Don't just plot the four points, extend the line so that it crosses both the x and y axis. That way, you are better able to find the y-intercept. For the slope, draw the slope triangle and label the rise and run. Slope is rise over the run (a fraction). Don't convert the slope to a decimal, just substitiute the slope for m in the equation y=mx+b.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Homework due 3/5

View the videos (no sound)
linear review equation from a graph
solving system of equations add_mult

I will talk about the second problem in class.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Homework due 3/4

Check yesterdays homework
linear review 8th
linear review 8th part 2

These two links are for the Thinking with Math Models investigation 1.3. Read both. Complete both tables, find the equation for each table (if it is linear) and graph the tables on the same grind.
twmm inv 1 3
ttwmm inv 1 3 part 2

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

csap packet 2

csap candle burning part 1
csap candle burning part 2
csap planes flying
csap similar tris

Have something to say?

Feel like you have something to say, but you don't have a chance to say it and have it heard? There is a global web magazine that is being started to air the voice of students. An example of an earlier addition can be brought up by clicking on the link below:

Let me know if you would like to be heard

Monday, February 22, 2010

sub plans feb 23

To play the videos, please unplug the microphone from the computer and turn the volume up on the board.

1)Warm-up: Copy one of the riddle worksheets and pass it out. Students should do one side for their warm-up.

2) Investigation 1.2:
Students will read investigation 1.2 and then do the investigation. They should remember that slope can be found by (y2-y1)/(x2-x1). Caitlin, Claire, Sara, Paige, and Katie can be useful in 8a for helping the class. If needed, they should find the equation of one line on one of then white dry erase boards that can be saved for the next class.

3)Pass out the algebra sheet for the week (it's on the front table and it's one page)
Students should do the multiples of three.

4)Pass out the CSAP packet. It is due tomorrow. I have some originals that are not stapled on top. If you are having troubles reading, those should be better. Mrs. Degi's printer is needing a new cartridge desperately. I have one problem on the blog that you can view if you need to fill time.
csap wood stack

Here are other videos you can play to fill time.

pythagorean theorem help

p 532
pythagorus p 532 28
pythagorus p 532 30

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Slavens Mathletics update

This Saturday the math team competed in the MathCounts Regional championships which had teams from public and private schools from Denver, Douglas, and Arapaho Counties. The Slavens Math team qualified 5 mathletes for the state championships which is more then any other school! Delainey, Sara, Caitlin, Claire and Joe all will have a chance to compete for a state championships. Also in the competitions, Brian finished in the top 25%, CJ finished in the top 30%, and Sophie Knauf finished in the top 50%. A special note, Delainey had the highest score of all 300 competitors in the second round of the competition! These results represent a real accomplishment that we sould all celebrate.

I would also like to thank Sarah Graff and Sarah Armstrong for coming and cheering for our team with green and white pom poms in hand.

Please let these students know how proud we are them when you see them.

homework assignment sheet 2/22 to 3/5

This schedule will change due to CSAPs

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wednesday alert

I am a bit disappointed that there were so many issues with the csap pockets last week. I know the copies were the best, but they were definitly readable and since the all the questions are explained on the blog, there should be no problems getting them done.

So here's the deal. On Wednesday there will be an open book/notes timed test on the csap packet. Any notes you take tonight on the blog videos will be usable tomorrow.

Mr. Framke

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Homework due Monday

You will need either a paper or you could also use an online source.

Your assignment is to create two sets of two box-and-whisker plots.

1) The first set will have a box plot for the points the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts have scored in the in the previous 18 games. (Each team is a seperate box plot on the same axis)

2) The second box plot will have the points allowed for both these teams in the previous 18 games. Each team is a seperate box plot on the same axis)

3) Judging by these box plots, who do you think will win todays super bowl?

If you forget how to make a box plot here is a refresher
sp inv 1 3 how to make a box and whisker plot

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

4-7 transforming equations algebra sheet

Mini lesson review

problems 13 - 19 (odds)
algebra 47 13 - 19 odds
problems 19 - 27 (odds) + mr 3 {note: I solve 19 for a different variable so it is similar to problem 26}
algebra 4 7 prob 23 to 27 mr 3

There are other examples that will show up below the movie frame that you can look at if you need more help.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tanner Bell

Here are two videos showing how to graph a parabola. If you would like another either email ( or you can come in after school one of these days.

Part 1
Part 2

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

sub plans 1/07 - s&p inv 1.3

Barb, I forgot to say that the last period mathletics class should do the mock competition that is on the desk. They should do the individual round. This round is with calculators and each page takes 6 min. The kids know what to do. After, check the answers and have volunteers explain problems that several people got wrong.

There is a competition on Wednesday. Those who are on the official traveling team need to get permission slips from me tomorrow. Please remind me.

1) play warm up video. pause to allow kids to work, then play the explination

sp inv 1 3 wu

2) I launched the investigation 1.2 yesterday. Students should work in pairs to finish. Make sure that everyone actually makes the graphs as described in investigation 1.3

3) Before students start the investigation, play this video

sp inv 1 3 how to make a box and whisker plot

4) There is no homework tonight.

5) during the investigation, have someone check homework (clipboards are on the low grey file cab)

6) Students in mathletics need to work on correcting their competitions from Tuesday. They may use the binder to check their work. If someone has completed their corrections, then you can give them one of the competitions on the desk to work on.

7)we will summarize the investigation on Friday


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

sub plans 1/06 - inv 1.2

1) play warm up video. pause to allow kids to work, then play the explination
sp inv 1.2 wu
2) I launched the investigation 1.2 yesterday. Students should work in pairs to finish. Make sure that everyone actually makes the graphs as described in investigation 1.2
3) if time allows and EVERYONE finishes and is behaved, then you can play mummyball. Otherwise they can work on homework (on blog)
4) during the investigation, have someone check homework (clipboards are on the low grey file cab)