• Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

I would like to welcome you to 6th Grade Math at Dunnellon Middle School. I am looking forward to a year which will promote both academic and social growth.

In 6th Grade Math instructional time will focus on four critical areas.

Critical Area 1: Students use reasoning about multiplication and division to solve ratio and rate problems about quantities.

Critical Area 2: Students use the meaning of fractions, the meanings of multiplication and division, and the relationship between multiplication and division to understand and explain why the procedures for dividing fractions make sense.

Critical Area 3: Students understand the use of variables in mathematical expressions. They write expressions and equations that correspond to given situations, evaluate expressions, and use expressions and formulas to solve problems.

Critical Area 4: Building on and reinforcing their understanding of numbers, students begin to develop their ability to think statistically.

It is important that students work to understand and make sense of problems on their own, even if they sometimes struggle to do so. This productive struggle helps them build important thinking strategies and find different ways to work through mathematical challenges.

The 6th Grade Math textbook is Envision Florida Mathematics, and will be kept in the classroom. It is a consumable book. We will also use other sources for daily work.  Online students will be using the Microsoft Teams program to find their assignments in the Envision Florida Matematics e-textbook. Please see my teacher web page for more details.

Below is a list of required materials for math class.

3-Ring Binder (for all classes), loose leaf paper, 70 page spiral notebooks (2), #2 wooden pencils, or pens, or mechanical pencils, erasers, highlighters.

The grade for this course will be determined by the following:

Tests, QSMA, Projects                      40%

Classwork and Quizzes                     50%

Homework                                      10%

Total    100%

Classroom Expectations:

This 6th Grade Math class is designed to help you on a path to be successful in Algebra I which you will need to graduate from high school.

In order to make the most of each minute in class, you are expected to be on time, with materials out, and ready to work hard each day. Homework will be assigned often, and will be discussed at the beginning of the following class. Please bring a positive attitude, follow all teacher directions, be kind and respectful to others, and make good choices. I enjoy teaching math, and I want you to be successful and have fun learning in class with your fellow students.

If you are absent for an assignment, you are responsible to make up the work. All class assignments and homework are listed every day on my teacher webpage. Late work will only be accepted in the case of an absence. Students have two days to make up work for each day of absence.

You can contact me by phone or e-mail, or you may send me a note with your student. E-mail is the preferred method of contact.

My email address is alden.cooper@marion.k12.fl.us. My telephone number is 352-465-6720, ext. 55261.

I am looking forward to a great year ahead and I hope you are too!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cooper