Saturday, August 24, 2013

Learn Those Facts!

As we have learned our first standard this year (6.NS.3 - Fluently divide multi-digit numbers) it has become apparent that a large number of students still do not know their multiplication facts. This is a major obstacle when trying to do long division. As a result, I've encouraged to practice their multiplication facts in a variety of ways: using flash cards, writing their facts, quizzing classmates, etc. We will begin using the two websites below, along with our Tier 2 Intervention program, Ascend Math, a lot this year to improve fact fluency and overall math skills.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Division & Decimals

Now that we have finished all of our back-to-school activities such as rules & procedures, paperwork and getting to know one another, it is time to get started on math! For the next week or so, we will be focusing on the following standards that pertain to decimals and long division:

  1. 6.NS.2 - Fluently divide multi-digit numbers
  2. 6.NS.3 - Fluently add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals
  3. IN 6.2.3 - Multiply and divide with decimals
A typical math unit looks like this for students:

Step 1: Notebooking - Students learn the concept and do guided practice with teacher
Step 2: Pretest - Students take a pretest to determine what level of proficiency they are at on each standard
Step 3: Math Stations & Small Group - Students are divided up into levels based on the results of their pretest. Students in level 1 will be in a small group with me. Students in level 2 will be working on various stations for the standard they need practice mastering. Students in level 3 have tested out of this standard and will be doing an independent compacting project on a 7th grade level.
Step 4: Post test - Once students have had time to practice the standard(s), they are given a post test which will show what level they achieved for this standard.

In science, we will be introducing The Scientific Method and discussing how and why scientists use this in their studies and research. We will be doing a hands-on activity for students where students can use The Scientific Method to work through a problem. Similar to math, we will notebook the concept/standard and then give students time to practice and master the standard on their level.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about what is happening in my class, please don't hesitate to call or email.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Welcome to 6th Grade!

Wow, summer just seemed to fly by once again this year! It's hard to believe school is back in session. I'm excited about moving to 6th grade, having my own homeroom and teaching a subject I really enjoy - math! I will be using this website to keep you informed of important things happening in my class and at Delaware. This will include: important dates, upcoming events and what we are doing in my math class, including the standard(s) being taught.

The first few days of school we will be focusing on SOAR rules and procedures, learning a little bit about each other and, of course, some paperwork, netbook/locker assignments, etc. At the end of the week we will begin learning about our first math standard of the year: 6.2.3 - Multiply and divide decimals. We will be spending approximately one week on this standard depending on how quickly students are able to master it. From here, we will move to a standard that builds upon this one: 6.2.8 - Calculate given percentages of quantities and solve problems discounts at sales, interest earned and tips.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have a question about homework or what we are working on at the moment. I'll do my best to keep this site updated as much as possible. My goal is for you to always know what is going on in my class and at Delaware in general. An open line of communication is a great way to ensure student success and achievement. I look forward to working with both students and parents to ensure that this year is a success!