# BATES' BITS

### February 11, 2013

I am from South Alabama so this week brings one of my favorite holidays of the year, MARDI GRAS. For those of you unfamiliar with Mardi Gras, which means Fat Tuesday in French, it is the last day of feasting before the fasting season of lent starts. It is so popular in Alabama's Mobile and Baldwin counties that the Monday before Fat Tuesday and Fat Tuesday itself are school holidays. Although there are parades throughout the Mardi Gras season, the last weekend is one parade after the other. It is definitely a lot of fun!!!!

Global Scholar testing for Math and English will be taking place from 2/11 to 2/22. This is a test that students take on the computer and gives a breakdown of what standards they know and which standards they dont understand. My goal is to get their scores up each time. We have been doing warm-up testing in the areas where they have shown they need some improvement. Please note that the some class periods will be taking the text this week and others will be taking it next week.

## 1st, 3rd and 5th Periods' Coursework

Two websites that will be helpful with one-step-equations are:

Monday 2/11/13 - Begin notes on solving addition and subtraction one-step equations. Homework assignment.

Tuesday 2/12/13 - Practice solving one-step adding and subtracting equations. Homework assignment.

Wednesday 2/13/13 - Vocabulary quiz today. Group practice on solving one-step addition and subtraction equations. Homework assignment.

Thursday 2/14/13 - Global Scholar test. In-school dance.

Friday 2/15/13 - Global Scholar test.

## 2nd and 4th Periods' Coursework

Some great websites to help with solving two-step equations:

Monday 2/11/13 - Solving word problems with two-step equations. Homework assignment.

Tuesday 2/12/13 - Practice solving word problems with two-step equations. Homework assignment.

Wednesday 2/13/13 - Start review for test. Homework assignment.

Thursday 2/14/13 - Review for test. In-school dance.

Friday 2/15/13 - Test on solving two-step equations and solving word problems on two-step equations.

## This Week in Math History

In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to check out some heart-shaped curves. Here are a few links that I thought were pretty cool:

http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Diagrams/Heart2.gif

## REMINDERS

Blog website - www.batesmathbits.blogspot.com

Edmodo website - http://www.edmodo.com