We began the year with integers, a topic that will be very important to their success as a math student. Students also looked at how you can use integers to solve real-world problems and understanding the vocabulary terms associated with integers. Students compared and ordered integers and how to find and use absolute value. We will be working with rational numbers, factors and multiples, to build a foundation for their work with rates and ratios. Students in math class are expected to keep up with assignments, and to continue to practice their skills and math facts. Homework is graded for completion and counts for 5% of their grade. Homework quizzes (15%), chapter quizzes (30%) and chapter tests (50%) of their grade. This grading scale is used by all math teachers 5th through 8th grade. If students miss a quiz or test because they were absent, they can make it up before or after school. Just email me and let me know what works best for you. I have asked students to get a 3-ring binder for their soft-cover math book. I have worked with this book for a couple of years now and by May the books are falling apart. I do not have a preference – I am only looking to keep the book intact until the end of the year. If you have another alternative – I am always open to ideas. Thank you for your support!
All students attend Math Lab once a week and it is taught by Miss Milligan. Students will work on fluency of math facts and reinforcement of skills taught in math class. They will also work on Aspire prep as we get closer to taking the standardized tests. Miss Kirk and Mrs. Grecco are the SRS math teachers for sixth grade. Together our team of math teachers will be working to prepare your child with the skills they will need for junior high math.
Math Club will begin in October and a flyer will go home with more information in regards to this. This is an after school activity where students play games and do activities that center around the topics being taught in the classroom. It is an optional activity that is held on Mondays after school. Since I will be teaching 5th and 6th grade Math Club, we will alternate weeks for each grade. Continental Math is a math competition that will begin in November and is held once a month through March. This year these competitions will be held in Math Lab in order to give all students an opportunity to participate. Math League is another math competition for sixth grade. This competition is held in the spring and all students participate and it is done online during the school day.
I look forward to another great year ahead as your child’s sixth grade math teacher!