Andrea Palmer

Andrea Palmer
6th Grade Math
159 Lessons
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Somerville, MA
Student Environment:
Urban
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Welcome to 6th Grade Math
 
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.
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T
 
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.
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Tiles and Toothpicks
 
Big Idea: How can you describe this shape’s perimeter and area? Students review expectations and work together to solve problems about area and perimeter.
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Mindset
 
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.
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Pretest
 
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.
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Brownies & Factors
 
Big Idea: How many different rectangular boxes can you design to fit 100 brownies? Students explore the relationship between factors and area models.
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Multiples, LCM, and GCF
 
Big Idea: What are multiples? How do they compare with factors? Students work to answer these questions and develop an understanding of greatest common factor and least common multiple.
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GCF and LCM Word Problems
 
Big Idea: When would you come across GCF and LCM? Students apply their knowledge of GCF and LCM to solve word problems.
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Show What You Know: Factors and Multiples + Introduction to Exponents
 
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.
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Why do we need an Order of Operations?
 
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.
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Order of Operations
 
Big Idea: Students apply their knowledge of the order of operations to simplify numerical expressions for a second day.
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True/False Equations: Working with the Order of Operations + Show what you know
 
Big Idea: Does 15 + 2^3 = 15 + 2 x 3? Students work with equations that get to many common misconceptions that involve the order of operations. Students also take a short assessment.
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Equivalent Numerical Expressions, Day 1 of 2
 
Big Idea: How can you represent the area of a diagram using numerical expressions? Students apply their knowledge of area and order of operations to match area diagrams with numerical expressions.
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Equivalent Numerical Expressions, Day 2 of 2
 
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.
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Unit Review
 
Big Idea: What have students learned over the course of Unit 1? Students apply their knowledge of multiples, factors, order of operations, and equivalent expressions to review for the unit test.
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Unit Test
 
Big Idea: What have students learned during this unit? What gaps do students have in their understanding? Students take the Unit 1 test.
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