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North Washington Middle School 6th grade Accelerated Math Rhoda Whitaker rhoda.whitaker@washington.kyschools.us Course Description: In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on five 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; (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking, and (5) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations Course Competencies and Enduring Skills: • Apply and extend understanding of operations to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers. • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers. • Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions and equations. • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. • Model with mathematics. • Attend to precision. Student Evaluation: • Grading Policy: All points for tests, daily work, homework, classwork, extended responses, short answer questions, and bell ringers will be used to determine grades. Reaching the unit learning targets will be our primary goal. • Grading scale: A= 90-100% B=80-89% C=70-79% D=60-69% F=0- 59% • Tests: Tests will be given at the end of each unit. Tests will be worth 100 points and will be announced at least two days in advance. Tests may be retaken until targets are reached. In order to retake a test, you must complete all practice work. All retakes will be given when the teacher feels the student has gained a deeper understanding of the content. • Extended responses and Short answer questions: These will be given at various times throughout the year. They will be scored using the Kentucky Scoring Guide. • Daily Work: Students are expected to participate in class discussions, group work, guided practices, and any assignments given in class. • Bell ringers: Students will be given a bell ringer each week and it will be completed at the beginning of each class period. • Homework: This will be given periodically and is expected to be turned in on the day it is due. Instructional Methodology: • Lecture Discussion – Combines the lecture with short question periods. • Cooperative Learning - Small groups of students work together to solve a problems or complete a task. • Demonstration – Students learning a procedure based on instructor performance. Students may be involved in the demonstration and practice. • Hands on Activities-Teacher provides manipulatives to help students understand concepts. • Problem Based Learning – Teacher gives students a problem which the students must solve by gathering data, organizing data, and attempting an explanation. Students should also analyze strategies that they use to solve the problem. • Guided Practice- Students may work a problem either with the teacher or with classmates, but will have the opportunity to ask question and seek help if needed. • Classroom Expectations: • Be prepared: Enter the classroom in a calm manner and bring a pencil • Be a polite and positive participant: Show respect to all (being disruptive and disrespectful will not be tolerated), speak in a normal tone of voice, and listen attentively • Be productive: Use your time wisely and always try your best • Be responsible: Pick up after yourself and use materials appropriately • No gum allowed Required Materials: • Green folder with clasps or 1 ½” binder with pockets • Pencils • Loose leaf paper General Information Regarding Course: Make-up Work: If you have an excused absence, you will be given as many days as you missed plus one day to make up your work. Tests: Tests may be retaken/corrected until targets are reached. In order to retake or correct a test, you must show a better understanding of the content. The teacher will determine when you are ready for a retake. RTI- Students who are struggling in math or need extra help will be pulled for RTI time. During this time, the teacher will work in small groups, one on one, or on an online program recommended by the teacher. Student and Parent/Guardian Confirmation: We have read and understand the expectations for this course. Student Signature: ______________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________________________ Date: __________________________________