6th Grade Math Syllabus

Course Description

In Grade 6, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division, and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking and geometry.

Course Expectations

  • Arrive to class on time with a positive attitude

  • Write assignments in planners daily

  • Complete all in-class & homework assignments

  • SHOW WORK on all problems

  • ALL homework problems are to be completed as assigned

  • Arrive prepared (pencil, book, completed homework)


Students will be able to successfully make sense of problems, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critical reasoning of others, while persevering in solving problems with the intent to understand and apply the uses of mathematics in the world.

Materials Needed

  1. textbook (McGraw Hill National Glencoe Math, Course 1)

  2. binder

  3. planner

  4. scientific calculator (Texas Instruments TI30XII)

  5. pencils (highlighter and colored pencils may also be used)

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is expected. Academic dishonesty (cheating) may result in grade reduction or no grade for the assignment, classroom referral, or other as appropriate. Parents will be notified of academic dishonesty.

Common Core Standards

  • Ratios & Proportional Relationships

    • Understand ratio concepts & use ratio reasoning to solve problems

  • The Number System

    • Apply & extend previous understandings of multiplication & division to divide fractions by fractions

    • Multiply & divide multi-digit numbers and find common factors & multiples

    • Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers

  • Expressions & Equations

    • Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions

    • Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities

    • Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent & independent variables

  • Geometry

    • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume

  • Statistics & Probability

    • Develop an understanding of statistical variability

    • Summarize and describe distributions

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively

  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

  • Model with mathematics

  • Use appropriate tools strategically

  • Attend to precision

  • Look for and make use of structure

  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


Online Resources


Daily Instructional Routine

Classes will begin by looking at the board and reading over the class activity list and recording the homework listed. Students should prepare the necessary supplies and have their homework ready to be checked as soon as everyone is seated and quiet (which should be immediate). Corrections, clarifications, and discussions of the previous day’s homework will begin once every student is ready. This will be followed by an introduction to the new lesson through direct instruction, followed by group practice, and concluded with individual practice. The information will be presented by lecture, whole class discussion, group work, or activities that include hands-on manipulatives. Homework will be assigned and time will be given for students to begin and/or ask questions, etc.

Grading Policy (A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: 0-59)

Grades come from in-class assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects. Students are given an opportunity to retest most tests within a reasonable amount of time (typically 2 weeks or less depending on school schedule). Any student wanting to retest will submit a “Request to Retest” form and review packet. It is a student’s responsibility to turn in the request materials and schedule a retest time. Retests will NOT be given during regular class time. Students may retest during study hall, study skills, and/or advisory. Students are not required to retest.

Please understand these plans are tentative and subject to change based on school events and/or the difficulty of the material. Daily updates are available on the homework calendar and in student planners. Additional policies are available in the school handbook.