• Welcome to Sixth Grade Math.  We are diving right into long division and will be moving at a brisk pace to get all of the skills in by the time Milestones roll around.  We have five content areas that we will cover this year.  They are the number system, ratios and proportional relationships, expressions and equations, geometry, and statics and probability.  I have broken down what each content area covers. The Number System

• Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.
• Apply and extend previous understanding of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.
• Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers. Ratios and Proportional Relationships

• Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems. Expressions and Equations

• Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
• Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
• Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables. Geometry

• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area and volume. Statistics and Probability

• Develop understanding of statistical variability.
• Summarize and describe distributions.

It is vital that sixth graders have memorized all the math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We do not have time to review these basic skills in class.  Parents can help by drilling students over these facts while driving in the car to school, from school, to after school practice, church, etc.  These skills are the corner stone of all the skills that we will be learning this year.  Rote memorization is fundamental to knowing these facts.  It takes too long to count on the fingers for every step.  And, sometimes one forgets what the steps were because one got so caught up in trying to figure out the answer to a step.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."  Practice is needed in Math everyday, even if there is no homework.

Good luck!

Mrs. Dillard