Big Idea:Why is math important? How does math impact our lives outside of math class? Students make connections between math and life while also learning procedures and rules in the 6th grade math class.
Big Idea:What does it mean to respect someone? How will you show respect to our math community? Students work together to generate expectations for each other and the teacher to ensure that people are respected.
Big Idea:What is the difference between a fixed and growth mindset? How can it affect how a person thinks and acts? Students work on answering these questions and also work on solving problems in partners.
Big Idea:What do students already know about number characteristics and the order of operations? What gaps do students have in their understanding? Students take the Unit 1 pretest in order to inform instruction.
Big Idea:What do students understand? What gaps do they have in their understanding? What's greater, 2 to the third power or 3 to the second power? Students take a quiz and then work to understand that repeated multiplication is represented with exponents.
Big Idea:Why do we need an Order of Operations? What is 5 + 3 x 4? What is 3 x 4 + 5? Students work through examples to get at these questions and work with the order of operations to simplify numerical expressions.
Big Idea:How can you represent the area of a diagram using numerical expressions? Students connect their knowledge of area and equivalent expressions to the commutative and distributive properties for day 2 of this investigation.