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Harriman Middle School

Math Syllabus

Mr. McDonald

Grade 6





Course Objectives:  A sixth grade course mathematics- Operations with Decimals and Fractions, Understanding and use of Ratios, Statistics, and Geometry basic concepts.


Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to:


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


Course Topics:

First Nine Weeks

  • Divide Multi-Digit Numbers using standard algorithm
  • Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide Decimals
  • Common Factors and Multiples
  • Understand Division with Fractions and Divide with Fractions
  • Understand Positive and Negative Numbers
  • The Coordinate Plane
  • Absolute Value and Ordering Numbers


Second Nine Weeks

  • Ratios
  • Understand Unit Rate
  • Equivalent Ratios
  • Solve Problems with Unit Ratios
  • Solve Problems with Percent


Third Nine Weeks

    • Numerical Expressions with Exponents
    • Algebraic Expressions
    • Equivalent Expressions
    • Algebraic Expressions continued
    • Understand Solutions to Equations
  • Solve Equations


Fourth Nine Weeks

  • Polygons in the Coordinate Plane
  • Nets and Surface Area
  • Volume
  • Understand Statistical Questions
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Variability
  • Measures of Center and Variability
  • Display Data on Dot Plots, Histograms, and Box Plots
  • Analyze Numerical Data


Textbook: Ready TNCore- Mathematics Instruction 6: 2014; Curriculum Associates; ISBN #978-0-7609-9237-1.




Grading procedure:  We will be using the “Standards Based Grading” system this year in all academic classes.  This is a weekly test covering only the standard covered that week. The assessment will also have two previously covered standards on the same assessment that will result in three different grades from a single assessment.  If the students score a 75 or below on the initial standard then they will be required to retest on that specific standard.


Grading scale: A: 93-100; B: 85-92; C: 75-84; D: 70-74; F: Below 70.


Assignments and Evaluations: We will take a weekly assessment and will have a suggested homework assignment almost daily.  The suggested assignment will not be graded but is necessary to fully understand and practice the skills presented in class.


Attendance Policy:  Three tardies results in an office referral.  All excused absences will be given an equal time to complete missing assignments and tests.



The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as long as the students are notified.