Description: Mastery of the four operations is solidified at the beginning of this course. Other skills practiced include adding and subtracting mixed numbers and converting decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals. As the course progresses, work becomes more advanced with ratios, proportions, percentages, and solving for distance, rate, or time in a word problem. Geometry skills, such as finding the perimeter, area, or volume of an object as well as working with measurement of circles, are introduced and practiced. Liquid and linear measurements are reviewed and mastered. Homework, quizzes, and tests will mostly be submitted by scanning and uploading. At times, students will utilize the online platform for automatically graded assignments, but only when appropriate. With a systematic, orderly presentation of concepts and plenty of time for review, your student will gain a strong foundation for high school pre-algebra. This class is not associated with Common Core.
Major Goals for the Course:
- Demonstrate ability to solve distance, rate, and time word problems
- Increase speed in solving all four operations
- Convert fractions to decimals and vice versa
- Add and subtract mixed numbers
- Advanced work with ratios, proportions, and percentages
- Display working knowledge of metric units of area, capacity, weight, and linear measures
- Display working knowledge of perimeter, area, volume, angles, and circles
Grade Level: 6-7 (advanced 5th graders also welcome)
Required Materials: Rod and Staff Sixth Grade Set. Students will also need a USB headset (built-in microphones also work). Some kind of scanner will be needed. Conventional scanners are fine, but if parents have a smart phone, an app called TurboScan can convert pictures taken with a smart phone to PDF documents. Students are required to upload their assignments as PDF documents into the classroom. Students can purchase a tablet or stylus if they wish (here is an example, others will work), for working problems in class, though it is not required. Devices like iPad's or Androids Pro with a stylus work as well (not Kindle). Many students simply used their computer's mouse or trackpad to work problems.