• Our instruction and learning will follow the Common Core State Standards.  If you would like to learn more about the standards, I would be happy to talk with you about Common Core. 
    Our curriculum is Connected Mathematics Project 3 (CMP3).  It is aligned with the standards.  Your student will have a book that corresponds to the units we are studying.  Homework will be done on-line, so your 6th grader will need to have access to a computer and the internet throughout the school year.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this.
    Please check back frequently in this Updates section - this is where I will post any and all news/information that pertains to your child's math class.
    Grading in 6th grade math will be standards-based.  I will be asking all of the students to meet or exceed standards this school year.  A score of 3 is meeting a standard.  Our first standard is:  I can efficiently solve multi-digit division problems
    Our grading system in math this year will be a standards-based, 4 point scale: 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1
    4 = exceeds standard
    3 = meets standard
    2 = approaching standard
    1 = not at standard
    In kid-friendly terms:
    4 = I know it even better than the way Mr. Daniels showed me
    3 = I can do it the way Mr. Daniels showed me
    2 = I know some of the simpler stuff but can't do the harder parts
    1 = I need help to do some of it
    All students are expected to be at level 3 on all standards.  If your child is below level 3 on a certain standard, we will work in class to bring him/her up to level 3.  I might ask for your help at some point in the school year to work with your child at home to help her/him meet a certain standard. 
    Our standards this year will be:
    #1  I can efficiently solve multi-digit division problems
    #2  I can use Least Common Multiple (LCM) and Greatest Common Factor (GCF) to solve real-world problems
    #3  I can use ratios, unit rates, absolute values, and percents to solve real-world problems
    #4  I can use algorithms to solve fraction problems with all four operations (add, subtract, multiply,and divide) and I understand which operation to use in a particular problem situation.
    #5  I can use all four operations to solve decimal problems;  I can use percents to solve problems, such as sales tax, tips, and discounts
    #6  I can recognize, describe, and analyze relationships between variables and algebraic expressions
    #7  I can find the perimeter, area, surface area, and volume of certain polygons and 3-dimensional shapes
    #8  I can collect, organize, summarize, and describe data using range, mode, mean, median, Interquartile Range (IQR), and Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD)
    I am asking the students to do some reflecting on their own learning this year, so if you asked them if they have met these standards, they should be able to give you a pretty accurate opinion.
    There will be homework in math this school year.  We'll let the kids settle in before we start with homework.  More information to follow. 
    Please check back in a couple of days.  Thanks.
    Sept. 5th
    Well, it seems we're off to a very good start.  The 6th graders are settling in quite nicely.  At this point I believe they are all able to open their lockers and find their classes!
    They appear to be a very nice group of kids!
    We have begun reviewing multi-digit multiplication.  Next week we will begin our first standard, which involves learning multi-digit division:  I can efficiently solve multi-digit division problems 
    We will be writing in journals this year, so I am asking the students to have a composition book or a spiral notebook by Monday.  I have shown them a couple of options for their journal.  The composition books/spiral notebooks should be available at any store that has a school supply section.
    Thanks and remember to check back here frequently and to contact me with any questions, thoughts, or concerns.
    We have been reviewing multiplication and several of the students aren't secure with problems such as:  36 x 75, 125 x 9, 341 x 17, etc...
    Those are skills the students should have mastered.  Please work with your kids at home on similar problems if you are finding these type of problems are a challenge for them.
    All of the students have logged onto Khan Academy at school with their school accounts.  They can access Khan Academy at home by logging on to home computers using their school account username and password.  They should have their account information memorized or written down in their binders.  I have assigned lessons for the kids to work on in Khan Academy.  The lessons are all multiplication and division problems.  Khan Academy could be a very good resource for you if you plan on working on multipliation problems with your students.
    We have also been dividing multi-digit numbers, such as: 72 ÷ 3, 265 ÷ 9, 862 ÷ 17, etc...  Almost all of the students are either using the "standard algorithm" strategy or the "super 7" (partial quotients) strategy to solve division problems.  If you find your kids struggling with division problems such as the ones listed above, please work with them some at home.  The assigned lessons on Khan Academy would also be a good resource for division problems. 
    If you have tried to log onto Khan Academy at home with your students' school account and are having difficulties, I have a couple of ideas that might help.
    1.  Try using GoogleChrome if possible.  The school accounts are Google accounts, so GoogleChrome works best.
    2.  Try typing in clever.com in the address box.  Khan is accessed through the Clever platform.  Once in Clever, your kids should be able to log in and get into Khan Academy.
    Quiz on Monday, quiz on Thursday
    The students will be taking a practice (pre) quiz on our division standard on Monday.  They will take the actual quiz on the division standard on Thursday
    The pre quiz will be very, very similar to the actual quiz and should give your kids a good idea if they are meeting the division standard.  I will encourage the students to take the quiz home and share it with you.  It will be on a blue sheet of paper.
    Math is Cool (MIC) homeroom
    I will be asking the 6th grade students if they would like to participate in a 6th grade MIC homeroom.  I am hoping I will get a lot of kids wanting to do MIC during homroom.  MIC is meant for capable math students and/or kids who are interested in challenging math problems that will stretch their thinking.  Ideally, MIC would happen 3-4 days a week.  We will need parent volunteers to teach/coach the MIC homeroom.  This could be one parent or a couple of parents who split the time up.  Homeroom happens at 10:08 - 10:38.  If you are interested and have the time, please contact Yumi Pringle at yumi@yjeonvashon.com