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Mathematics, 2008
  Grade: 6
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6.1.  Core Content:  Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals   (Numbers, Operations, Algebra)
  • Students have done extensive work with fractions and decimals in previous grades and are now prepared to learn how to multiply and divide fractions and decimals with understanding. They can solve a wide variety of problems that involve the numbers they see every day—whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. By using approximations of fractions and decimals, students estimate computations and verify that their answers make sense.
6.2.  Core Content:  Mathematical expressions and equations   (Operations, Algebra)
  • Students continue to develop their understanding of how letters are used to represent numbers in mathematics—an important foundation for algebraic thinking. Students use tables, words, numbers, graphs, and equations to describe simple linear relationships. They write and evaluate expressions and write and solve equations. By developing these algebraic skills at the middle school level, students will be able to make a smooth transition to high school mathematics.
6.3.  Core Content:  Ratios, rates, and percents   (Numbers, Operations, Geometry/Measurement, Algebra, Data/Statistics/Probability)
  • Students extend their knowledge of fractions to develop an understanding of what a ratio is and how it relates to a rate and a percent. Fractions, ratios, rates, and percents appear daily in the media and in everyday calculations like determining the sale price at a retail store or figuring out gas mileage. Students solve a variety of problems related to such situations. A solid understanding of ratios and rates is important for work involving proportional relationships in grade seven.
6.4.  Core Content:  Two- and three-dimensional figures   (Geometry/Measurement, Algebra)
  • Students extend what they know about area and perimeter to more complex two-dimensional figures, including circles. They find the surface area and volume of simple three-dimensional figures. As they learn about these important concepts, students can solve problems involving more complex figures than in earlier grades and use geometry to deal with a wider range of situations. These fundamental skills of geometry and measurement are increasingly called for in the workplace and they lead to a more formal study of geometry in high school.
6.5.  Additional Key Content:    (Numbers, Operations)
  • Students extend their mental math skills now that they have learned all of the operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Students continue to expand their understanding of our number system as they are introduced to negative numbers for describing positions or quantities below zero. These numbers are a critical foundation for algebra, and students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative numbers in seventh grade as further preparation for algebraic study.
6.6.  Core Processes:  Reasoning, problem solving, and communication  
  • Students refine their reasoning and problem-solving skills as they move more fully into the symbolic world of algebra and higher-level mathematics. They move easily among representations—numbers, words, pictures, or symbols—to understand and communicate mathematical ideas, to make generalizations, to draw logical conclusions, and to verify the reasonableness of solutions to problems. In grade six, students solve problems that involve fractions and decimals as well as rates and ratios in preparation for studying proportional relationships and algebraic reasoning in grade seven.