Sixth Grade Math

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    Sixth grade students are learning these types of lessons:

    • Understanding the concept of ratio, and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities. For example, “the ratio of wings to beaks in the bird house at the zoo was 2:1, because for every two wings there was one beak.”

    • Understanding solving an equation or inequality as a process of answering the question: Which values from a specific set, if any, make the equation or inequality true? Use substitution to determine whether a given number in a specified set makes an equation or inequality true.

    • Understanding that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values; use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 1 in each situation.

    • Understanding a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number and line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.

    You can view my class syllabus by clicking on the following link:

    2018-2019 Syllabus

     

     If you are concerned that your child is struggling with math, don’t postpone talking with his/her teacher. Open the conversation by asking if the teacher has observed any signs of confusion or frustration. Ask if your child has mastered addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals and is competent dividing fractions by fractions. Help your child engage in “productive struggle,” or, in other words, keep going if a math task seems to take too long or be too hard. Encourage honest effort, praise him/her for persevering and share in the satisfaction of eventual success.

     
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