6th Grade Math

Math 6: Students in Math 6 will work towards mastering the 6thgrade math standards as outlined by the Minnesota Department of Education. The majority of sixth graders will take this course. The sixthgrade state standards will be covered including Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Probability and Data, Numbers and Operations. The sixthgrade teachers will offer flexible ability grouping and enrichment opportunities to meet students’ needs. Teachers will use a variety of technology, hands on manipulatives and resources. Core Connections, published by College Preparatory Mathematics is the foundation for the middle school math experience as well as web based and standards based curriculum resources.
Core Connections Program Description
CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics) teaching strategies focus on how students best learn and retain mathematics. Teaching strategies rely on the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and are based solidly on the methodological research in teaching mathematics. The researchbased principles that guide the course are:
 Students should engage in problembased lessons structured around a core idea.
 Guided by a knowledgeable teacher, students should interact in groups to foster mathematical discourse.
 Practice with concepts and procedures should be spaced over time; that is, mastery comes over time.
Parent Guide by Chapter
 Chapter 1: Introduction and Representation
 Chapter 2: Arithmetic Strategies and Area
 Chapter 3: Portions and Integers
 Chapter 4: Variables and Ratios
 Chapter 5: Multiplying Fractions and Area
 Chapter 6: Dividing and Building Expressions
 Chapter 7: Rates and Operations
 Chapter 8: Statistics and Multiplication Equations
 Chapter 9: Volume and Percents
Compacted PreAlgebra: Students in Compacted PreAlgebra will work towards mastering the 7thgrade math standards as outlined by the Minnesota Department of Education, and use the math 6 standards as an introduction. Measurement & Geometry: understand the use of scale factor and how it relates to side length and the change in area and volume, convert among different units of measurement to solve problems involving rates and apply proportionality when working with circumference, radius and diameter of a circle, area of a sector of a circle and when making scale drawings, develop, use and justify formulas for threedimensional shapes, Number & Operations: use division to express any fraction as a decimal, solve equations in the form of ax=b, where a & b are fractions and continue to develop understanding of multiplication and division to determine if a use ratio and proportionality to solve percent problems, including percent discount, interest, taxes, tips and percent increase and decrease and apply properties of arithmetic and consider negative numbers in everyday contexts, Data Analysis: use proportions to make estimates relating to a sample population and apply percentages to make and interpret histograms and circle graphs, Probability: understand theoretical probability and use theoretical probability and proportions to make predictions. Students will be using CPM, College Prepratory Mathematics, CC1 and CC2 as a resource for this course.