Math:

**PRACTICES**

Students will usually have a practice every day; most are finished in class. The following day, they will usually have an "E-Slip" (entrance or exit slip) that will show if they accomplished the practice. These mini-assessments are 6-8 problems in length.

**Importance of Memorizing Facts**

As parents of all grade levels know very well, it is extremely difficult to for students to learn higher level math algorithms when they are not fluent with their basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). If students are not automatic in responding to math facts, their attention is necessarily taken away from the multiple steps necessary to solve more complex problems. Please work with your child 5-10 minutes nightly on their basic facts. If you have the internet, please check out the math links on this site. If you need math flash cards, please let me know!

**WRITING IN MATH**

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Writing should be an integral part of teaching all subjects. Writing is used as a tool to help students think about ideas.

Progress has been slow in the area of writing in mathematics. Mathematics is seen as a subject that communicates through the manipulation of symbols in orderly ways, not as one that uses words to express ideas. This view is unfortunate - and misleading.

The process of writing requires gathering, organizing, and clarifying thoughts. It demands finding out what you know and don't know. It calls for thinking clearly. Similarly, doing mathematics depends on gathering, organizing, and clarifying thoughts, finding out what you know and don't know, and thinking clearly. Although the final representation of a mathematical pursuit looks very different from the final product of a writing effort, the mental journey is, at its base, the same - making sense of an idea and presenting it effectively.

**Writing can assist math instruction in two ways - by helping children make sense of mathematics and by helping teachers understand what children are learning.**

Math Links

**Please check out math websites under the math links bar! Practice the concepts that we are focusing on in math.**

**Mathematical Common Core Standards**

In Grade 6, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

The Common Core for Mathematics also includes the following:

### Mathematical Practices

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

**Year long Math Learning Goals:**

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**LG: To perform ongoing review of basic mathematical concepts**

**LG: To use journal writing to make sense of mathematics**

**LG: To be active participants in their mathematical education**

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**Essential Questions for the month of September.**

How can you write and evaluate an expression that represents a real-life problem?

How can you evaluate an algebraic expression?

Which words correspond to the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division?

How can you write mathematical expressions that correspond to given situations?

Does the order in which you perform an operation matter?

How can you use properties to show that two expressions are equivalent?

How do you multiply two 2-digit numbers using mental math?

How can you apply the Distributive Property to show that two expressions are equivalent?

How can you use formulas to find the area of an object with an unusual shape?

How can you use formulas to solve problems?

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**Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for the month of September**

6.EE.1 Students will be able to evaluate algebraic expressions using substitution** **

6.EE.2a Students will be able to use key words and phrases to write numerical and algebraic expressions

6.EE.2b Students will be able to write and evaluate algebraic expressions for real-life situations

6.EE.2c Students will be able to evaluate formulas using substitution in real life situations

6.EE.3 Students will be able to use the commutative/associative properties to write equivalent expressions

6.EE.6 Students will be able to use properties of addition/multiplication to simplify algebraic expressions

**Common Core Math Practice (CCMP) for the month of September**

MP2.1 Students will be able tomake sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations.

MP6.1 Students will be able to communicate precisely to others.

MP3a.1 Students will be able to understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments.

MP3a.2 Students will make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures.

MP7.2 Students are able to see complicated things as single objects or as being composed of several objects.

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