Only three days of class this week. Students were off Monday for Martin Luther King day and Friday was Institute.

## Standard

After the long weekend, students needed a refresher on combining like terms. Actually they needed more instruction on applying integer rules. I was hoping to give an assessment this week on writing expressions, the distributive property, and simplifying expressions but they needed more practice.

## Pre-algebra

We explored the Pythagorean Theorem. I wanted to try something different so I followed this lesson idea from the Teaching Channel. I really liked it. The kids loved it. Part of the lesson included a scavenger hunt and unscrambling anagram clues to solve a Who Done It. Instead of using technology to get the clues after solving each problem I substituted it for human contact. They had to see me to get a strip of paper for each clue. The write up is on the Curiouser and Curiouser blog.