Welcome to Math Class features 16 favorite lessons from Marilyn Burns, one of the most highly respected mathematics educators. In this specially compiled collection, Marilyn shares lessons that have weathered the test of time and become permanent parts of her teaching repertoire. After examining several different programs, the committee recommendation was to adopt Math in Focus: Singapore Math. We implemented Math in Focus in grades K-2 in the fall of 2013, while piloting lessons and units in grades 3-5 that same year. In the fall of 2014, we fully implemented the program in grades 3-5. The Math in Focus student texts are very guided. Using the textbook, one gets the feeling that students are expected to teach themselves from the materials, however, in doing so, they lose the concrete portion of the lesson that is a hallmark of the Singapore approach.
Welcome to Middle School!
Your math teachers are very excited to meet you this September!
To help you stay math-strong and get math-ready for 6thgrade, we’ve put together a list of optional summer practice work. Anything from 5 minutes per day to 30minutes per week is helpful in keeping you current with the math you learned inelementary school.
The skills practice is a mix of worksheets that you canprint at home or online skills practice using iXL.You will get a letter from Ms. Richard, theK-12 Math program coordinator, explaining how you can access your iXL accountthis summer.
Before you get started, here are some helpful hints to keepyou organized for your optional summer work:
The important things we want you to focus on are:
Multiplicationand Division facts
Fractions
MixedNumbers
Decimals
If you want to make flashcards to practice any of theseskills, that’s a great idea! Multiplication and division facts (up to 12) areincredibly important to your success in middle school. Even a few minutes a dayto keep up your fluency is worthwhile.
There is a “playlist” chart attached at the end of thisletter. You can access the practice materials by clicking the links (or copyingthem to your browser). There are links to specific iXL skills for practicingconcepts you learned in 5th grade and there are also “workbooks” (with answerkeys) if you want to print your own materials so that you can problem solveoff-line.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Richard, [email protected].
Gettingready for Grade 6 Playlists
Focus Area | Here are the links you need: | iXL links to online skills practice | Reference material / Notes |
Whole Number Multiplication and Division: | This is a “workbook” of extra practice for whole number multiplication and division Solutions key | C.22 Multiplication input/ output tables C.23 Multiplication input/ output tables: Find the rule D.1 Division facts to 12 | Multiplication tables up to 12 (you can also make flash cards) |
Fractions and Mixed Numbers | This is a “workbook” of extra practice for fractions and mixed numbers Solutions key Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers “workbook” Solutions key | L.3 Add and Subtract Fractions with like denominators L.5 Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators L.8 Add fractions with unlike denominators L.10 Subtract fractions with unlike denominators L.18 Add mixed numbers with unlike denominators M.15 Multiply two fractions M.17 Scaling whole numbers by fractions M.19 Scaling mixed numbers by fractions M.25 Multiply two mixed numbers N.5 Divide fractions by whole numbers N.8 Divide whole numbers by fractions N.9 Divide two fractions | |
Decimals, Fractions, and Percents | R.2 Convert between percents, fractions and decimals | ||
Decimals | Extra practice with decimals “workbook” Solutions key Extra practice multiplying and dividing decimals “workbook” Solutions key | I.2 Multiply a decimal by a power of ten I.3 Multiply a decimal by a one-digit whole number I.4 Multiply a decimal by a multi-digit whole number J.1 Divide decimals by powers of ten J.3 Division with decimal quotients |