Friday, November 14, 2008


Today we continued our investigation of stem plots, but we are now comparing two sets of data. we examined the concepts of outliers. In class groups we completed and went over problem 2.2.
  • ACE 1-4 page 40
  • skills: Stem and Leaf Plots
  • sunshine math VII due Thursday, November 20th

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stem and Leaf Plots

students will learn today about another type of graph, stem and leaf plots also called stem plot. In class we reviewed the concepts of stem plots and learned how to make them. Students were asked to work on problem 2.1 in class and finish it as homework if they did not complete it.
  • finish 2.1 if not completed in class
  • sunshine math vii due thursday, november 20th

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bar Graphs

Problem 1.5 takes a look at horizontal and vertical bar graphs. We are still reading the information and solving for mean, median and mode. We also had time to take our first quiz. A reminder that math lab will be tomorrow evening after school.
  • word problem 14 due tomorrow

Friday, November 7, 2008

Class work time

today in class students were allowed to work on additional practice 1. Because this is a length assignment i allowed class time to begin it and finish as homework for wednesday. This paper reviews all of the concepts we have been discussing in class.
  • skills :Line Plots due wednesday
  • additional practice 1 due wednesday
  • word problem 14 due thursday

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Using Different Data Types

Students learn the difference between categorical and numerical data. If the answer to a question is a word then it is categorical. If the answer to a question uses numbers then it is numerical.
  • ACE 14-20 on page 23
  • skills :Line Plots due next wednesday
  • word problem 14 due Thursday, November 13th

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Useful Statistics

Within this problem students will be exploring the concepts of mode, range and median. They will be interpreting the distribution of data using these concepts.
  • ACE 1+2, 5-12 on pages 21 and 22
  • sunshine math VI due thursday

Monday, November 3, 2008

Organizing and Interpreting Data

Problem 1.1 focuses on comparing data in a line plot and bar graph. Students explore the similarities and differences of the two types of graphs.
  • sunshine math VI due on Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Test Days

Today and tomorrow the students will be taking the first unit test. They have had a week to study the actual test questions and ask me questions during class. They were given a 4x6 index card to write notes on. This index card was allowed as a resource during the test. I am allowing 2 class periods to finish the test today and tomorrow.

Sunshine Math will be handed out tomorrow so that those students who finish the test early will have something to work on during class.

I will be giving students the work that they owe along with additional copies of the papers. All work must be completed and turned in by next Friday. Any work not finished or handed in will receive a grade of 0.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Test Review

Today's class was spent reviewing for tomorrows test and making sure the correct information was put on the index cards. Students will be allowed to use the index cards during the test as well as calculators. Remember showing all work is the only way to get complete credit for a problem.
  • Word Problem 9 is due tomorrow

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Students took Multiple Choice Quiz #2. They were allowed to use notes, books, calculators and ask me questions if needed.
  • Word Problem #9

Monday, October 20, 2008

Decimals, Fractions and Percents

Now that we have learned about decimals, fractions and percents individually we are going to create some conversions situations.
  • Word Problem 9 due October 23
  • ws#30 Percents, Fractions and Decimals

Friday, October 17, 2008


Students were given a review of all concepts dealing with fractions and decimals so far in this unit. They had class time to work on it and were encouraged to finish it at home. Our unit test is coming up next week. Students should be using their study questions to help them prepare for the test. Students should also be preparing their 4 by 6 index cards for the test.
  • Word Problem #9 due Oct. 23
  • Fraction and Decimal Review
  • Test Review questions and index cards

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Today's lessons were packed with lots of information. We first took a look at decimal place value up to the thousandths place then we used this knowledge to compare decimals of different sizes. Mrs. Roys homeroom had a little catch up to do from yesterday so all of their homework assignments for tonight were cut in half.
  • Word Problem #9 due October 23rd
  • ws#9 Magic Show (Decimal Place Value)
  • ws #26 Comparing and Ordering Decimals
  • ws#25 Converting fractions to decimals (Roy Only)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Converting - Fractions and Decimals-

Today's class was very busy. We are nearing the end of our unit so I gave the students copies of the test questions. They are allowed to do them and study them prior to the test next Thursday. We went over each question and came up with strategies on how to solve the problems. The teaching topic for today was converting fractions and decimals. After a brief mini-lesson students were aloud to start their homework in class and get help from me. Mrs. Roy's homeroom did not get the homework assignmnt tonight due to limited class time so they will have it tomorrow evening.
  • Sunshine Math IV due tomorrow
  • Fractions and Decimal ws#25

Friday, October 10, 2008

Compare/Order Fractions

Comparing and Ordering Fractions can be a lot of fun. Today students learned 2 different methods. The first method is the traditional--creating equivalent fractions using the least common multiple. The second method was cross multiplication. Students tend to prefer the second method because it requires a lot less work.
  • Sunshine Math IV due Oct. 16
  • ws#21 comparing and ordering fractions

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Equivalent Fractions

We took notes and discussed several ways of making equivalent fractions. Worksheet 83 was completed during class. At the end of the period we went over the answers as a group.
  • Sunshine Math IV due Oct. 16th
  • Famous Words worksheet

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Early Release Day

Today's classes were very short. We had 30 minute classes so that we could see all core content areas. This only allowed time to collect homework , attach portfolio slips to the prompts and complete a Math Minute 6.
  • Word Problem #6 due tomorrow

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and improper fractions to mixed numbers. Students took notes which explained both of these processes. These notes should be in their math binders, cmp section, notebooks.
  • Word Problem #6 due Oct. 9
  • ws#22 Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Monday, October 6, 2008

Decimals, Fractions and Percents

We started taking a look at decimals, fractions and percents today by discussing common fractions, decimals and percents. We used these common figures to create a conversion table and discuss benchmarks. Students created a conversion table for future references during class.
  • Sunshine Math IV due Thursday, October 16

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Catch Up

Since I have all classes at different locations I am using this day to catch up on some of the class work which is needed. Students in Taylor or Roys' homerooms finished the multiple choice quiz from last friday. Those who are already finished had class time to work on Word Problem 6. Kreider's homeroom will spend class finishing the prompt. Tomorrow all 3 classes will be back on the same page again.
  • Word Problem 6 due October 9th

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Making the Grade Cont.

Final day of math prompt. Kreider's homeroom is on day one.
  • Sunshine Math III due tomorrow

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Making the Grade

Day one of the prompt is up and going. Kreider's homeroom did the preteach lesson
  • Sunshine Math III due October 2nd

Monday, September 29, 2008

Math Prompt #1

Preteaching of the concepts needed to complete the first math prompt was today's topic during class. Kreider's homeroom missed class due to an assembly and will do this tomorrow.
  • Sunshine Math III due October 2nd

Friday, September 26, 2008


Today in class students were given a multiple choice quiz.
  • Sunshine Math III due October 2nd

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sunshine Math

Today while I was out of class students worked on fixing their quizes from last week and worked on sunshine math III
  • Sunshine Math III due October 2nd

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Least Common Multiple

We did a brief review sheet on prime factorization and then a mini lesson on greatest common multiple. Students need to remember that multiples are the same as skip counting. There are many things due tomorrow please make sure to check with your child for these assignments:
  • Sunshine Math II (extended from Sept. 18th)
  • Word Problem #3
  • Least Common Multiple ws#9

Monday, September 22, 2008

Greatest Common Factor

Today we learned how to compare factors. Students worked on the concept of greatest common factors. This will set them up for reducin fractions. We started worksheet #10 in class and it is to be completed for homework.
  • Sunshine Math II due September 25th
  • Word Problem #3 due September 25th
  • Greatest Common Factor ws#10

Crazy Week

My apologies for not posting last week. I had a family emergency and was out of school much of the week, posting was the last thing in my mind. I am pleased to say things have settled greatly and we are back on schedule with school. Due to the fact that I was not able to precorrect the sunshine math II papers I have extended the assignment until this thursday. Below is a list of the topics the students did cover last week:
started math minutes
word problem
sunshine math extension
timed tests for addition and subtraction
prime and composite number review
math quiz

Homework to be concerned about which is due this week:
  • Sunshine Math II
  • Word Problem

Monday, September 15, 2008


Today we reviewed prime and composite numbers, factors, multiples and factor pairs. I gave students a worksheet on just factors to start in class and finish for homework. We will go over it out loud tomorrow at the beginning of class.
  • Sunshine Math II
  • Factors, Multiples and Primes ws# 3

Friday, September 12, 2008

Final Order of Operation

Today was the final day to explore order of operation. We will be revisiting this concept throughout the year in math minutes and skill time. Students completed a worksheet in class.
  • Sunshine Math II

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Order of Operation Continued

Oder of Operation continued focuses on the math part of following the signs. We worked in class on following and reading math equations in the proper order. Students learned that if you change the order than the answer will be affected.
  • Sunshine Math II due next Thursday, September 18th

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Order of Operation

Today we started to look at order of operation. my focus for the day was to get students to understand that there is a certain order that has to be followed.
  • Word Problem #1
  • ws #57

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More Division

Students took turns putting division problems on the board and solving them. We went over the process of dividing again in class and worked on a division worksheet with 9 problems on it, if not completed in class it is homework.
  • Word Problem #1 due thrursday
  • ws #21

Monday, September 8, 2008

Two digit division

We dove into two digit division today. We review the process (steps below) and went over a few examples in class and then having class time to work on a worksheet while getting help from a teacher.
Steps for solving a division problem
  1. find the first # the divisor will go into
  2. estimate the division (quotient)
  3. multiply
  4. subtract
  5. compare (# should be less than the divisor.. * if it is move on to next step..if NO * go back to step #2 and either make it a larger or smaller guess)
  6. bring down
  7. repeat steps 2-6 until all numbers in the dividend have been brought down
  8. write remainder if necessary
  9. circle answer
  • word problem #1
  • ws #42 division

Friday, September 5, 2008

Word Problem/Division Practice

Class today was a working class period to allow the students to get help in school from me. We reviewed one digit divison and were given a paper to start in class getting help as needed and finish for homework. We also reviewed the word problem process and handed out the first problem for the year.
  • One digit division ws #15
  • Word Problem #1 due Thursday, September 11th

Thursday, September 4, 2008

One-digit division

Todays lesson was focusing on one-digit division. students were given an informational sheet to use which shows the process of division. We did several examples during class. I know that this is a difficult concept for many, but practice makes perfect. Remember no stress math.
  • One digit division ws #47

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


It was wonderful to meet so many parents this evening. I hope you find our website helpful as you and your child journey through sixth grade. If you have any input please send us a comment and tell us if there is something that we could improve upon.
Looking forward to a great year--Sixth Grade Team

Place Value and Rounding

Todays classes focused on place value in whole number situations. We also worked on rounding using the key idea of clue numbers. Clue numbers are located directly to the right of the number which needs to be rounded. The clue number rules are as follows:
  1. if the clue number is a 0,1,2,3, or 4 then the number to be rounded stays the same.
  2. if the clue number is a 5,6,7,8, or 9 then the number to be rounded goes up one digit.
  • Sunshine Math I due tomorrow
  • Rounding worksheet # 13
  • Place Value worksheet # 4

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Two Digit Multiplication

Today we explored and reviewed the concept of 2-digit multiplication by doing one page of work in class and going over it out loud together.
  • Assignment 2-digit multiplication worksheet
  • Sunshine Math I due September 4th

Friday, August 29, 2008

One Digit Multiplication

Today we started one digit multiplication. During class we did a worksheet and shared the answers.
  • Assignment worksheet #15 due Tuesday
  • Sunshine Math due September 4th

Thursday, August 28, 2008

We Begin

Today's class was busy setting up math binders. Please note that your childs binder is very important in helping them to stay organized and organization will be a key to success in math class this year. The binders are set up so that they are similar to what they will use in the coming years.

  • Sunshine Math I is due Thursday, September 4!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Welcome Back

Welcome Back!! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. This year will be full of a lot of exciting programs for us all. Some of those programs include:
  • a new math program, Connected Math 2
  • Sunshine Math
  • Word Problems
  • Math Learning Centers and
  • Math Lab
As the year begins I hope you take the time to learn more about these programs and use them to help enhance your math learning. I encourage you to keep an eye on this blog because it will update you on math information, especially homework assignments. Each post will give the homework assignment for that day in red. Unless specified homework is due the next day. I look forward to meeting you all. Enjoy the school year and please ask questions.