Sunday, April 25, 2010

Name the States: Cryptic Codes

April 2010: Hey kids, use the following website to have some fun with words and phrases!

Once at the website, notice the information about letters and their frequencies of appearing in daily language. Play with some words and phrases such as your name, a favorite of yours, a "secret" phrase, etc by placing them in the "ciphertext" box at the bottom of the webpage. Blog about your observations and post at least one challenge to your classmates. For instance, you might ask what letter occurs most frequent in the Gettysburg Address - be creative!

DUE: May 3

Be cool,
Mr. P

Friday, November 27, 2009



Tell what you've learned about fractions. Include your name, e-mail, and date in the post.

Be cool,
Mr. P

DUE: 12.07.09

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Suitcase Millions

October 23, 2008...
In our challenge, Suitcase Millions, a radio station offered a contest saying that the contestant may have one million dollars from the 6th National Regional Local Bank.  The catch: the contestant has to carry the money in all ONE DOLLAR BILLS in one suitcase.  Is it possible? Explain your findings.  If it isn't possible (which we have now discovered it isn't), what is the lowest denomination of money that the contestant could get in the suitcase and carry it?  How much would it weigh?  
[Note: 1 bill weighs 1 gram.  There are approximately 454 grams in one pound.]
[Note: 20 bills = .7 oz.]
[POST between 10.24.08 - 10.27.08]...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Explain the two problems we did in class. How are the answers totally different?

1). 8 divided by 1/2 equals 16...

2). 8 multiplied by 1/2 equals 4...

3). 16 divided by 1/2 equals 32...

4). 16 multiplied by 1/2 equals 8...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Explain how you know when two fractions have an equal value even though they don't appear as if they do. For example, how does one know that 1/4 is the same as 5/20? Think of a money analogy.

Be cool,
Mr. P

Friday, November 2, 2007