It is time once again to begin a new school year and exciting things will be happening here at PWMS! Sixth grade is a whole new experience and one that I am sure with which you will find much success! This year you will begin a new math curriculum, ** Connected Mathematics 2**, that will carry through until you leave the 8th grade. Much of our work will be collaborative; that is, you get to work with a partner or small group on many assignments. You will have homework, assessments, and projects to complete that will show just what you have learned in each of our units. The following is a summary of the units of study for Grade 6:

__Prime Time__

Students will determine factors and multiples of whole numbers and find the greatest common factor of two numbers. Numbers will be written in prime factorization and classified as odd, even, prime or composite.

__Bit and Pieces I__

__The focus of this unit is to understand, compare, apply and connect fractions, decimals and percents. __

__Shapes and Designs__

__Students will learn about parts of polygons (angles and sides), how parts of polygons are related, and important properties. Children will determine the properties of shapes that can be used to tile a surface. Symmetry of squares, rectangles, parallelograms and equilateral triangles will be explored. Techniques for measuring angles will be developed. __

__Bits and Pieces II__

__Rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions will be developed and applied. __

__Covering and Surrounding__

__Strategies for finding perimeter (the number of units needed to surround a two dimensional shape) and area (the number of units needed to cover a two dimensional shape) will be developed. __

__Bits and Pieces III__

__Students will apply rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals and compute with percents. __

__How Likely Is It?__

__An understanding of experimental and theoretical probabilities will be used to make predictions. __