# Sixth Grade Math

Have you ever stepped through a wardrobe into a magical land? Have you ever had tea with a faun or eaten dinner with a beaver? Have you helped a lion defeat a witch? Wait a second, what does Narnia have to do with math!? Everything! Math is everywhere. Join us this semester as we read *The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe* and discover a hidden world of fractions, ratios, rates, and negative numbers while we’re there!

The whole world is filled with magical, invisible math. In the Middle School math program we work with students to solidify foundational skills that will serve them in high school, college and most importantly – in real life. Math is taught in context, so it is relevant and meaningful. We challenge students to move beyond the common idea that only certain types of people can do math by giving them strategies to approach skill-based learning experiences. Learn More

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 reviews**. **Placement Test

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

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™ 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

** Needs: **No additional needs

**Notes: **Colorful pages, self-directed.

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

**Needs****: **Student 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

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 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 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 confidence**. **Learn More

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

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.

**Notes:** A fun and effective way to learn 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