"Your I WILL is more important than your IQ."
~ unknown 

The sharing and/or copying of any extra credit work will result in the loss of 
extra credit eligibility for the entire year.

Extra credit is added after the marking period is over AND all grades are finalized. 
Maximum of 5 points per marking period.
When should I work on extra credit?
    - Advisory Period (especially on Fridays when there is less homework assigned)
    - Light homework nights
    - Days where weather keeps you indoors
    - Whenever you have extra time

It might be a good idea to keep at least one sheet in your math folder or in the back of your packet to pull out when you have a free minute or two.

Why do extra credit?
Students who bump up a math level really need to practice the concepts they missed by skipping an entire text.  Cluebusters are great for gaining more experience and practice of basic operations.

Another great time is when your final grade is a 69, 79, 89, or 99.  Just one assignment will bump that grade up to the next level.  An 82 does not sound much better than an 81, but a 90 looks much better than an 89.  

Note: students cannot get on the Garnet or Gray Honor Roll with any grade lower than an 80.


(0) Summer Math Packet
Print out the summer math packet that is appropriate for your level at http://www.tesd.net.
Turn in to Mr. P during the first week of school in September.

(1) Attend Family Math Night at VFMS
You must find Mr. P while you are there and make sure he records your name.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 
Open House 5:30 to 7:30
Valley Forge Middle School

(2) Cluebusters
Review of basic math operations.
Math periods 1 and 2:
Complete 4 sheets (total of 8 sides) = 1 point added to the FINAL grade. 
Math periods 3, 4, and 5:
Complete 5 sheets (total of 10 sides) = 1 point added to the FINAL grade. 
They do not need to be completed in order, but you can't do the same sheet more than once.
Staple sheets together (do not hand in separately).
No name?  No credit.
Absolutely NO calculators.
If a paper is turned in that has ONLY answers and does not show work (carries, regrouping, etc.), it will be placed in the recycling.
Want to make your own Cluebuster-type sheet for fun?

(3) PEMDAS Puzzler
Must have a good understanding of the Order of Operations before attempting this activity.
Download sheet below or pick one up from back of extra credit bin.
Must be done independently, but Mr. P will help with a few problems if you get stuck. 
Attempt to go in order if you really want to challenge yourself.

Good numbers to choose...

Additional Extra Credit Options
(after 1st Marking Period AND with permission)

(4) Rubix Cube Challenge
Solve a mixed-up cube in less than 6 minutes for 1 point
Do it in less than 1 minute for 2 points

(5) 60 Facts in 60 Second (all 4 operations) 
In four 1 minute segments, complete 60 correct facts for all 4 basic operations.
See BASIC FACTS link for ways to practice. 

Students may earn this point only 1 time during the year for 60 facts. 
The next level is 80. Final level is 100.

(6)  Mnemosyne
Memorize one of the following for 1 extra credit point: 

Memorize the common list of Fractions to Decimals (see Mr. P for copy of numbers)

Memorize at least 100 digits of Pi

  With permission
(3rd Marking Period)

(7) Web 2.0 (get permission first)
(1) Choose a Web 2.0 Tool from the left side bar.
(2) Find one that you would like to do.
(3) Describe to Mr. P what your PLAN entails to get approval.
(4) Create something worth sharing with the class.

(8) Math Song/Rap  (get permission first)
Describe to Mr. P what your PLAN entails to get approval.

Here is a example of a creative one done for Calculus:

(9) Build a classic Math Game / Puzzle (get permission first)
Describe to Mr. P what your PLAN entails to get approval.
Create a DURABLE game that requires a decent amount of effort outside of class.
Remember: this is YOUR extra credit project, NOT your parents.
Here are some ideas:

    Towers of Hanoi
    Napier's Bones
    Solitaire (jumping peg puzzle)
    Sliding Blocks (Rush Hour, 15)
    Galton Box (think Plinko!) 

    OR an idea of your own.

(10) Special Project (get permission first)
Describe to Mr. P what your PLAN entails to get approval.
Create a math art (see link on left), research project, or something else that requires a decent amount of effort outside of class.
Think of this as a Math PAL.
Maybe take a video of your own Rube Goldberg machine.  This one is pretty cool...


Ken Prothero,
Oct 15, 2013, 10:45 AM