What We'll Be Working On This Year in Math...

The math program that we use in Pleasant Valley is called Everyday Mathematics and was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.  Sixth grade Everyday Mathematics emphasizes the following content strands:  numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, geometry, measurement and reference frames, and patterns, functions, and algebra.  The program emphasizes a problem solving approach based on everyday situations that develops critical thinking.  A spiral approach is used in teaching the content that revisits topics regularly to ensure full concept development.  The links below provide an overview of the various lessons that we will be covering.

Unit One

Data Displays and Number Systems

Unit Two

Fraction Operations and Ratios

Unit Three

Decimal Operations and Percent

Unit Four

Algebraic Expressions and Equations

Unit Five

Area and Volume Explorations

Unit Six

Equivalent Expressions and Solving Equations

Unit Seven

Variables and Algebraic Relationships



Math Facts Practice

In order to meet expectations, students in sixth grade should be able to score at least 95% correct in five minutes on a timed basic facts test.  Everyday Math games, flash cards, and the Internet are all great ways to practice your basic facts.  You can click below for a great way to practice your basic facts:

Basic Facts Practice

Arithmetic Developed Daily

I also utilize a program called Arithmetic Developed Daily (ADD) in my classroom.  This is used to reinforce what students have learned in previous grades, build on what we are learning in sixth grade, and to require them to look up some concepts that may be new to them.  Students are not given assigned time in class to complete this activity.  If they finish early with an assignment and have extra time, they can use that time to work on their ADD, otherwise it is completed as homework.  Students are allowed to use virtually any resource that they choose to complete their ADD including calculators (I encourage the students to try the problem first without a calculator, then check their work using the calculator), student reference book, Internet, Encarta, etc..  I also encourage the students to have their parents go over the assignment with them before they turn it in and check it over.  After it has been checked over the students should go back and fix the problems that were incorrect and have it rechecked.  I use this method for several reasons.  It gives the students that have difficulty with math a chance to use several resources and have success every week.  It also gives parents an opportunity to sit down with their child and work together on the assignment.  The ADD paper is due every Thursday and the new paper is passed out when the current assignment is turned in.

Math Dictionary

Math Dictionary- An animated, interactive math dictionary with which explains over 500 common mathematical terms in simple language.

Shapes Around Us

Shapes Around Us Project

Math Academic Vocabulary