Welcome to Pond’s Math Class!!

I expect we will all have a wonderful year, and I want to inform you of a few details about how I run the daily routine in class.  Our classes will be 50 minutes long, and will be composed of four main components.  The class will travel through “rotations” in small groups.  First, the class will have a whole group lesson or presentation (ex. notes and practice with surface area of prisms).  On Wednesdays, we will then split into two or three groups and each group will visit stations during the class period.  One station is the small group lesson, where I sit with a group and reinforce the current concepts in a smaller setting.  Another station is the independent practice station, where groups will work together to investigate and solve problems or puzzles.  The third station is the tech-work station.  This station has students on technology doing various math activities using our google classroom.  Our class time will be busy, and time will fly, so I expect we will move quickly, quietly, and safely through all or our rotations.  We will spend a few days practicing the routine so we get it down smoothly.  

Students in Mr. Pond’s class will be studying math in the investigative style and doing many different tasks to demonstrate their learning.  There will be group work, multi-media lessons, digital learning, and traditional pen and paper type of assignments.  I will use a standards based grading system to gauge student learning.  I will be assessing students on their mastery of learning targets aligned to the state standards.  Students will be offered multiple opportunities to show their mastery of any given learning target.  We will review mistakes and misconceptions to foster critical problem solving methods.  Students will not be penalized for mistakes and misunderstanding.  They will be given additional opportunities to demonstrate their understanding in the form of corrections and make-up work.  There will be equal weight given to all learning targets, as they are aligned to state standards.  This policy motivates students by giving multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of a given standard over the course of the semester.  This should not discourage students who struggle at the beginning and will not punish them for their struggles.  Assessments of learning will consist of student work samples and unit/section tests.  Assessments for learning will consist of self-assessments and review before summative tests.  I will take the learning styles of each student into account when planning activities and tasks.  Students will access different media to allow multiple opportunities for demonstration of mastery.  The world allows us chances to learn from our mistakes and try again, so will I.  I will locate Math materials in other languages as needed, and I will work with EC staff to properly modify assignments and provide accommodations to students with special needs.

I will expect All students to uphold the code of conduct.  Misbehavior will be dealt with according to school-wide expectations.  We will create a safe and inviting class environment, so we all can take risks and learn.  We will be open to the ideas of others and listen to different viewpoints.  We will take time to center and calm ourselves when we feel frustrated or stressed.  We will help others in the class as we are a family.  

Education and school are wonderful tools that we are lucky enough to have, and I want students to understand that school is there for them.  I, the teacher, am there for you, the student!  I am here to help you students on your way to becoming intelligent, kind, and self-aware adults.  

 

Cheers!

Andy Pond

 

6th grade Math teacher

IC Imagine

andypond@icimagine.org

Unit 1: Working with Factors and Multiples

This unit solidifies our understanding of multiplication by exploring the relationship of factors and multiples.  Students will be able to find the greatest common factor and the least common multiple of any two whole numbers.  The learning targets for the unit are as follows:

  1. I can find the greatest common factor of two whole numbers up to 100 (or greater than 100). 6.NS.4
  2. I can find the least common multiple of two whole numbers less than or equal to 12 (or greater than 12). 6.NS.4
  3. I can find the prime factorization for a whole number. (6.ns.4)
  4. I can use the distributive property to translate between expanded form and factored form.  6.NS.4
  5. I can apply greatest common factors and least common multiples to contextual situations. 6.NS.4

I have linked helpful Khan Academy video lessons below:

Starting Unit 2: Fluency with standard algorithm operations for fractions and decimals.

This unit really builds the upper levels of the number sense foundation for fraction and decimal operations.

Here is a Link to the Khan Academy free lessons for this unit:

Khan Academy: Arithmetic Operations

FRACTION DIVISION:

  • I can interpret and compute the quotient of fractions. (6.NS.1)
  • I can solve contextual problems involving division of fractions using different strategies. (6.NS.1)

First, We will polish off fraction operations with division of fractions.

Below is a link to the Khan Academy free lesson about dividing fractions.  This will be a great help.  I recommend taking the whole lesson!

 

Long Division including whole numbers and decimals:

  • I can accurately divide multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm. (6.NS.2)
  • I can accurately multiply and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm. (6.NS.3)

 

Next, we will dig into Long division.  We will explore different division strategies, but we will really look at division through the lens of the standard algorithm.

Here is a link to a whole number division lesson:

here’s decimal division:

 

Decimal Operations

  • I can accurately add and subtract multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm. (6.NS.3)
  • I can accurately multiply and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm. (6.NS.3)

We will finish the higher levels of Number sense with the mastery of standard algorithm operations for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of multi-digit decimal numbers.  These skills form the foundation for algebra and all of high school math.  This is an important unit, and we need to work hard and focus!

Here is Addition of decimals example:

Here is subtraction of Decimals:

Now Multiplication:

 

 

I hope that these resources will be helpful to you.  The link above at the top of the page takes you the the Khan Academy Arithmetic operations lessons page.  I strongly recommend that everyone looks at these lessons if they feel they missed anything during class.  The videos and lessons do a great job supplementing class lessons.

 

SOOOoooo……

 

Happy Mathing!

 

Mr. Pond