Effective mathematics education provides students with a balanced instructional program. In such a program, students become proficient in basic computational skills and procedures, develop conceptual understanding, and become skilled at problem solving. Standards-based mathematics instruction starts with basic material and increases in scope and content as the years progress. It is like an inverted pyramid, with the entire weight of the developing subject, including readiness for algebra, resting on the foundations built in the early grades.
In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and developing understanding of statistical thinking.
Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives
Students who successfully complete Accelerated 6th grade mathematics will be competent in the following areas:
- ●Students will be able to perform fraction and decimal operations, understand rational numbers, perform rational number operations
- ●Students will be able to understand ratio concepts,use ratio reasoning, and analyze proportional relationships.
- ●Students will be able to write, interpret and use expressions, equations, and inequalities, generate equivalent expressions, solve problems using linear equations.
- ●Students will be able to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
- ●Students will be able to summarize and describe distributions and understand variability
Course Texts / Online Resources
Big Ideas Online Textbook Advanced 1