Archive for Fractions

Quick and Yummy Dessert Recipe

This is my favorite recipe and I wanted to share it with you because it’s so tasty and easy to make. Several years ago, I came across a wonderful recipe for a wild blackberry mousse in a cookbook by the dessert chef at Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley. It called for gelatin, which I don’t eat because I’m a vegetarian. (If you don’t know what’s in gelatin, a key ingredient in Jello and marshmallows, you don’t want to know. Yuck!) So I modified and simplified the recipe and my original creation was absolutely yummy and it takes about 2 minutes to make!

Ms. Newburn’s Whipped Dessert

about 1/3 c of heavy whipping cream (preferably organic) – don’t use stuff out of a can
some frozen fruit – my favorite is blackberry
1 T of sugar
Put in a blender and blend until whipped. If you can get it to the consistency of whipped cream that’s the best.


Vary the fruit. I use frozen strawberries, berry mixes and mango. I’ve also added pineapple with shredded coconut or a little coconut milk. Bananas don’t work too well though you can experiment with them yourself.

Add a dash of vanilla.

Another variation that is super delicious is to use a high quality hot chocolate mix. My favorite is the Dagoba Xochitl hot chocolate. You can try another hot chocolate and add a very small amount of cayenne. It tastes like a chocolate mousse, yet only takes 2 minutes to make!

A few summers ago I was writing a math book, and this was my brain and body food. I went through anywhere from a cup to 1 pint a day. 1T = 6 g of fat. Can you calculate how many grams of fat in a serving? Needless to say, I gained 13 pounds that summer… and loved every bit of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have a favorite recipe, or you want to experiment, please share it with us. You can also literally share it by bringing it to class. We’d love to taste your wonderful creations, and what a fun way to learn about fractions. (You knew I was going to tie it into math, didn’t you?)


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Fractions to Decimals Song

Here’s a Math 7 classic song,ย “Fractions to Decimals.” Feel free to sing along at home.

The key to changing fractions to decimals is that you need to understand what the decimals mean. For example, 0.9 is 9 tenths, 0.07 is 7 hundredths andย  0.103 is one hundred three thousandths. If you’re not solid with this skill, come in and get help.

Decimals to Fractions Song
Decimals to Fractions
Decimals to Fractions
Say it. Write it. Simplify it.

– Sing to “We Will We Will Rock You” by Queen
Lyrics by Yours Truly, Ms. Newburn

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Fraction Test Retake Help

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of vacation. I promised I’d post some resources for people who needed to take the retake. Remember in order to do the retake, you must correct the original test. The answer keys are posted in the classroom window. Retakes will be Thursday at lunch, Thursday after school and Friday at lunch. The maximum grade on a retake is 85%. Test corrections for people not retaking the test will be due by Friday for a 2% increase. Remember all people must choose two problems and write a few sentences about how to do the problem correctly.

All Classes
The following resources are on my fractions website, but here are direct links to some of the areas you may want to focus on:
1. Adding & Subtracting Fractions
2. Change Percents to Decimals
3. Change Fractions to Percents
4. Comparing Fractions & Decimals
5. Comparing Fractions, Decimals & Percents
6. Saloon Slap Game: Compare fractions, decimals and percents

There is currently a scarcity of good fractions tutorials on the web. I was planning on making a bunch of YouTube videos over the break, but I’ve been without a whiteboard for a couple of weeks and just got one made yesterday. Ugh! I’ve been playing with iMovie but I can’t upload them because I haven’t learned how to configure my new computer to my Internet at home…. so what all that means is that the YouTube videos will be a little late in their debut. Sorry. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The good news is that I will be available at lunch all week if you have questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are two videos in the rough because my PC wouldn’t recognize my iMovie.
YouTube Video: Find the LCM & GCF Using Venn Diagrams
Helpful for large denominators
YouTube Video: Writing Exponents in Expanded Form
This is a basic skill needed in order to divide monomials.

Remember there is a basic multiplying & dividing monomials video on a previous post. If the concept is gotten fuzzy in your mind over the break, it would be 5 minutes well spent to watch it.

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I have one YouTube video up about negative exponents. It’s a fairly advanced one.If you are struggling with the basic concept, come see me or get help from a friend.

See you all soon and if you haven’t checked out the 2007 New Year’s Resolution post, I recommend it.

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Fractions & Percent-Decimals-Fractions Test

The fractions, percents-decimals-fractions & multiplying & dividing monomials test is day 4 of this week. Math Tutor: Fractions is a great resource to help you prepare. This website that I created has tutorials, videos and fun games to teach you about fractions and how to change from fractions, decimals to percents. I’d love to hear your comments about the site. Leave a post.

If you haven’t see the YouTube video on multiplying and dividing monomials, I recommend it highly. It will help you to avoid common mistakes.

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Ellie’s Math 7 Blog – Help with Fractions

Ellie is a 7th grader (actually she must be in 8th grade by now) in Canada. Her blog about 7th grade math is fabulous. This link takes you to games, PowerPoint presentations and other useful information about how to do fractions. Click on the “archives” link to find out about other math topics.

This is an amazing website! Doesn’t it make you want to create your own blog? If so, feel free to find math resources that other kids would enjoy and we’ll post them on or class blog. Just add a comment about a cool resource you found.

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Writing Prompt: GCF & LCM

Explain the difference between the greatest common factor (GCF) & least common multiple (LCM). Use the numbers 6 & 8 in your explanation.

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