Sixth Grade Math

Canyon Grove Math


Family Math lessons are for the entire family so you strengthen family ties while learning together!  These activities help your child to see math as more than just a worksheet by using a growth mindset and incorporating the importance of play and exploration. With engaging questions and open-ended tasks, your child will get excited about mathematics. Family Math activities will promote deeper understanding, number sense, problem-solving, logic, and reasoning.  Based upon Jo Boaler’s work in Mindset Mathematics, our Family Math activities help you realize you CAN understand and enjoy mathematics.

Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, and more importantly, change a student’s relationship with mathematics so they start believing in their own potential. The tasks in CGA Family Math reflect the lessons from Mindset Mathematics. Brain science shows us the following:

  • Mistakes, struggles, and challenges are the most important times for brain growth. 
  • Speed is unimportant in mathematics.
  • Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics.
  • There is no such thing as a math person – anyone can learn mathematics to high levels. –Jo Boaler

Family Math combined with an additional paper/pencil or online curriculum creates a comprehensive math plan.  This develops individual progression in skills at your student’s ability level while encouraging depth of knowledge with a user-friendly math experience your family can enjoy together.


  •  Zearn + Zearn Workbook + CGA Family Math
  •  Zearn + Zearn Workbook + CGA Family Math + ST Math (supplemental)
  • ST Math + Puzzle Talks in Google Classroom + CGA Family Math
  • ST Math + Puzzle Talks in Google Classroom + CGA Family Math + Zearn (supplemental)
  • Paper Curriculum (i.e. Saxon, Math Mammoth, Math U See) + CGA Family Math + Zearn
  • Paper Curriculum (i.e. Saxon, Math Mammoth, Math U See) + CGA Family Math + Google Classroom (Work Uploads)
  • Paper Curriculum (i.e. Saxon, Math Mammoth, Math U See) + CGA Family Math + ES Accountability Meetings

*You may use both Zearn and ST Math, with any combination. Zearn uses video direct instruction and ST Math adds in the playfulness of game-based learning.

or CGA Math with a Mentor

Our math class goes beyond just learning math… it helps students build a great relationship with math. Math builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a way that no other subject can. While some students may love math and feel confident in their skills, others may not see any purpose for learning math at all. Our goal is to create a positive math mindset while students build the skills they need to be successful in math. Sign up for classes.

  • Individualized learning

  • Live tutoring through Imagine Learning
  • One-on-one scheduled help with CGA math teacher

  • Guided instruction or self-paced

Guided Instruction

Our engaging math teacher, Mr. Curtis Hansen, will guide the students through our math program using Google Meet several times a week: 8:30-9:20 am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If you have Epic one of those days, you can watch the recording later that day or use a device while traveling and sign off at 9 am. In addition, students will practice their math skills through Imagine Learning. This is an exciting program that offers excellent math instruction, motivation, relevance, and personalized tutoring with a math teacher as needed. Mr. Hansen is also available for individualized, scheduled help sessions.


Students also have the option of an adaptive, self-paced math course (that does not include the CGA Google Meet sessions). Self-paced students have access to our amazing math course and Imagine Learning. The instruction through Imagine Learning builds conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills and provides access to support from a live teacher as needed. Mr. Hansen is also available for individualized, scheduled help sessions. Imagine Learning builds confidence in students’ math ability and builds a deep understanding of math, connecting their problem-solving skills to day-to-day life and going beyond computation to true math comprehension. Sign up for classes.

Zearn (Online)

CGA TOP CHOICE – Zearn Math is a top-rated program that uses video direct instruction, including visual representations of math concepts, making it engaging for all students and reaching their various learning needs no matter their current skill level. All CGA K-6th grade students will be provided access to Zearn for the 2020-2021 school year so that enjoy the benefits of this program. Students must be placed at the appropriate entry point for their current skill level so be certain to talk to your ES when they begin. Parents can print the workbook at home or request a copy from the school. (Please order a workbook if you are using Zearn as your main, stand-alone program). Zearn is a complete math program because students enter some of the answers from the workbook or scratch paper directly into the program which greatly simplifies the accountability process. 

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Notes: An effective and effective way to learn math. CGA top choice

Imagine Learning(Online)

The instruction through Imagine Learning builds conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills and provides access to support from a live teacher as needed. Mr. Hansen is also available for individualized, scheduled help sessions. Imagine Learning builds confidence in students’ math ability and builds a deep understanding of math, connecting their problem-solving skills to day-to-day life and going beyond computation to true math comprehension. 

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ST Math (Online)

Don’t settle for mere digitized math drills. ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to engage, motivate and challenge PreK-8 students toward higher achievement. Every student deserves his or her own personal journey toward math mastery. With ST Math, students progress at their own pace and engage with a unique series of animated puzzles. Students use the immediate and informative feedback to adjust their thinking while solving a problem. Parents have access to a simple-yet-powerful, built-in reporting system to monitor learning and quickly identify the instructional needs of each student.

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Notes: A fun and effective way to learn math.

Math Mammoth

In the Primer level, your child will learn not only how to write numerals but also addition and subtraction, basic counting, skip counting, geometric shapes, telling time, and they will be introduced to the manipulative block system.  It’s a gentle introduction to “doing Math.”  Learn more

Needs:  Student Workbook, Teacher Manual & Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set.

Notes:  Math-U-See is great for hands on learners.  It can be quite repetitive and doesn’t contain many reviewsPlacement Test

Math-U-See Zeta

Expanding understanding of place value from positive powers of ten to include decimals

  • Fluently adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing multiple digit decimals using place value strategies
  • Solving real-world problems with decimals and percentages
  • Understanding the metric system and converting from one unit of measure to another

Additional Concepts and Skills:

  • Understanding and simplifying exponents
  • Understanding negative numbers and representing them on the coordinate plane
  • Using properties of operations to simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions
  • Interpreting and graphing relationships between dependent and independent variables
  • Understanding of plane geometry & geometric symbols
  • Using ratio reasoning to solve problems    Learn More

Needs Student Workbook, Teacher Manual & Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set & Decimal Inserts.

Notes:  Math-U-See is great for hands on learners.  It can be quite repetitive and doesn’t contain many reviews.  Placement Test

Singapore Primary Math

The students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem-solving. This helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics. Practice exercises are designed to provide the students with further practice after they have done the relevant workbook exercises. Review exercises are provided for cumulative reviews of concepts and skills. All the practice exercises and review exercises are optional exercises.  Learn More

Needs: Semester One – Workbook A, Textbook A, Home Instructor Guide A.  Semester two – Workbook B, Textbook B, Home Instructor Guide B.

Notes: This level isn’t a complete curriculum and will need supplementation. Colorful kid-friendly pages.   Placement Test

Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level G is a complete curriculum for the sixth-grade level that teaches the mathematical concepts and skills students are expected to know.  This book also introduces several skills and concepts normally taught in the next grade level.  Mathematical Reasoning™ books help students devise strategies to solve a wide variety of math problems. These highly effective activities use step-by-step, discussion-based problem solving and computation to build the math reasoning skills necessary for success in higher-level math and math assessments.  This book is written to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Activities and units spiral slowly, allowing students to become comfortable with concepts but also challenging them to continue building their math skills.  Learn More

NeedsNo additional needs

Notes: Colorful pages, self-directed.

Saxon Math

Saxon Math Homeschool 7/6 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes the incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts.

Building upon the principles taught in Saxon Math 6/7, the Saxon 76 textbook introduces functions and coordinates graphing, integers, exponential expressions, and prime factorization. Students will specifically learn about the order of operations, number lines, decimal place value, how to find the percent of a number, how to round decimal numbers, attributes of geometric solids, and more.

Lessons contain a warm-up (with facts practice, mental math, & problem-solving exercises); introduction to the new concept, lesson practice exercises where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice exercises, which includes 25-30 old and new problems. In-depth “Investigations” are provided every 10 lessons and have their own set of questions.

The Tests and Worksheets book provides supplemental “facts practice” tests for each lesson, as well as 23 cumulative tests that cover every 5-10 lessons. The included “activity sheets” are designed to be used with the activities given in the student worktext. Five optional, reproducible, recording forms are also included.

The Solutions Manual provides answers for all problems in the lesson (including warm-up, lesson practice, and mixed practice exercises), as well as solutions for the supplemental practice found in the back of the student text. It also includes answers for the facts practice tests, activity sheets, and tests in the separate tests & worksheets book. Learn More

NeedsStudent Text, Solutions Manual, Tests & Worksheets.

Notes: Saxon Math has a very dry presentation.  The pages are devoid of color, but it has lots of reviews and is a well-respected curriculum.   Placement Test

Teaching Textbooks

Designed specifically for homeschoolers, Teaching Textbooks 6 is designed for independent students, with the “teacher” and “textbook” elements combined. The textbook offers detailed instructions, fun illustrations, real-world examples, extensive review and already highlighted important concepts; and if your student gets stuck, there’s always the audiovisual step-by-step solutions for every one of the homework problems and quizzes! Students will listen to the lectures that explain new concepts, read the summary in the workbook, work each problem, effectually be using all learning styles; or you can mix and match to suit your own personal needs. The CD-ROMs also include automatic grading and feedback on every problem (great for time-stressed parents!) and animated lectures with lots of real world applications. There are even audio hints for some of the tougher problems! Fun, applicable and made just for you, the homeschooler!

Math 6 covers basic arithmetic problems as well as geometry. Chapters include adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and using whole numbers in the real world; fractions; decimals; percents; geometric measurements; graphing and more. Learn More

Needs: Workbook & CD’s

Notes: Use a year ahead to stay at grade level.  Placement Test

Dreambox (Online)

Dreambox is adaptive, personalized instruction.  Learn More

Notes: Not a complete curriculum, but a fun supplement.  Lots of games.  Can be difficult to transfer skills to paper if used alone.

Aleks Math

Aleks Math is a research-based, online program that offers course products for mathematics, business, science, and behavioral science. Using personalized learning and adaptive assessments, ALEKS quickly and accurately determines exactly what a student is most ready to learn. This unique approach to learning dramatically improves student performance and confidenceLearn More

Prodigy (Online)

With a diagnostic test to place students in the correct grade, embedded assessments, and automatic differentiation, Prodigy ensures that each one of your students succeed at their own pace. Learn More

Right Start Math

This unique, award-winning, hands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies and visual pictures for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum.  The primary learning tool is the AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL Abacus is grouped in fives and tens for quick recognition of quantities. The second side of the AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands. Children develop visual strategies as they use this manipulative.  Practice is provided with math card games, minimizing review worksheets and eliminating stressful flash cards. These games provide interesting and varied repetition that is needed for the automatic responses to the facts. More importantly, these games provide an application for new information and create hours of fun learning math facts and concepts. Learn More

Needs: Kit (Lessons & Worksheets), Manipulatives Kit (AL Abacus Standard Math Card Games book Place Value Cards Base 10 Picture Cards Abacus Tiles Cards for Math Games Fraction Charts Drawing Board Set Geoboards Geometric Solids Plastic Coins Geometry Panels Colored Tiles Geometry Reflector Casio Calculator 450 Geared Clock Math Balance Tangrams Centimeter Cubes 4-in-1 Ruler Folding Meter Stick Goniometer Tally Sticks Yellow Is The Sun CD).

Notes: A great Math especially for struggling learners, but is very parent intensive.  Lots of games and manipulatives. AL Abacus is primary manipulative.   Placement Test

There are lots of youtube videos explaining the games (I hate reading instructions :) ) Here