6th Grade Mathematics
The primary goal of 6th grade math is to challenge students to grow their “math brains.” We aim to develop their mathematical and critical thinking, as well as a positive outlook on their ability to tackle challenging problems. Simple memorization of steps is not enough. A growth mindset is key to making this happen. If they aren’t making mistakes and feeling challenged then they aren’t growing their “math muscles”. They are ALL capable of achieving in mathematics and are encouraged to push themselves to seek depth of understanding. Students are guided to ask plenty of questions, find multiple ways to solve a problem, test theories, look for patterns and discuss mathematics regularly with their classmates (or anyone else who will listen). Differentiated instruction provides support as well as learning extensions so that all students are challenged to grow.
The year begins with a unit on mathematical mindsets to teach students how productive struggle with challenging content grows mathematical thinking skills and confidence. Once these habits of mind are established, students learn about data analysis, graphing of data, powers of 10 and scientific notation, angle relationships, percents, decimals, fractions, area, perimeter, volume, ratios, rates, proportions, the Pythagorean Theorem, operations with integers, evaluating algebraic expressions, combining like terms, and solving linear equations. Students who show readiness, curiosity and interest always find a challenge waiting for them. Students regularly engage in collaborative problem-solving activities in which they make their thinking visible and engage in discussion and debate about their approaches.
- 6th Grade