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Welcome to your math class! This class covers mathematical concepts ranging from operations with whole numbers and fractions, ratios and proportional relationships, geometry, graphing and an introduction to pre- algebra. We will also be doing a lot of real world problem solving along with reading and writing about math! If you should have any questions about anything, please ask me at any time.

Mrs. White’s Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns throughout the school year. **Email is highly recommended.

rwhite@d88a.org

(815) 744-6166 x 2311

**Please see the attached file to the left named expectations for the classroom expectations and required materials.

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# Why do Kids Need to Learn Math Facts?

So what’s the big deal with math facts?  Why in today’s day and age – with calculators and computers – do our kids really need to rote learn their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division?  Isn’t this just ‘old school’?

In this article we’ll touch on why kids need to learn math fact fluency.  But first, what do we mean by math fact fluency?

Math facts fluency refers to the ability to recall the basic facts in all four operations accurately, quickly and effortlessly.  When students achieve automaticity with these facts, they have attained a level of mastery that enables them to retrieve them for long-term memory without conscious effort or attention.

Brain imaging studies have shown how the progression from effortful processes, such as finger counting, to automatized retrieval is associated with actual changes in the regions of the brain involved in mathematical computation (Rivera, Reiss, Eckert and Menon, 2005).

So why focus on math facts?

## Math facts fluency leads to higher order mathematics

Through automaticity students free up their working memory and can devote it to problem solving and learning new concepts and skills (Geary, 1994).  Quite simply, a lack of fluency in basic math fact recall significantly hinders a child’s subsequent progress with problem-solving, algebra and higher-order math concept.

## Fluent math facts mean less confusion

Math facts are important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts.  When a child masters his/her math facts, these concepts will be significantly easier and the student will be better equipped to solve them faster.  If the child spends a lot of time doing the basic facts, he/she is more likely to be confused with the processes and get lost in their calculations.

## Math fact automaticity affects performance – not only in maths

In later elementary, students have longer and more complicated computations to complete to check their understanding of various concepts.  At this stage, if a student does not have his/her math facts committed to memory, he/she will spend a disproportionate amount of time figuring out the smaller calculations and risk not completing the test.  This not only affects their performance in math class, but will also in other subjects, such as science and geography.

## Less math anxiety

Math can be compared to languages in some ways.  Just like you have to learn to combine letters into words and words into sentences – and we have strategies like phonics and sight words to help kids to learn to read - math facts are the foundation blocks for learning the next level of maths.  There is rote learning involved in both language and math mastery. Math anxiety starts when children fall behind and can’t keep up.  To avoid these anxieties, students’ early elementary years should focus on learning the foundation math skills needed for later years – math facts are among those important math skills.

https://www.k5learning.com/blog/why-do-kids-need-learn-math-facts

6th Grade Math Common Core Standards

• ## Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems

The Number System
• Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.
• Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.
• Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
Expressions and Equations
• Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
• Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
• Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.
Geometry
• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
Statistics and Probability
• Develop understanding of statistical variability.
• Summarize and describe distributions.

PARCC and Common Core Standards Preparation:
The students will be preparing for the PARCC Assessments throughout the school year. The students will be working on problem solving and applying different strategies to different math problems. They will also be learning how to read and write about math. The students will be learning how to organize the information given to them in a word problem by using a graphic organizer. They will also learn how to represent problems by using visual models. The students will also be working very hard on being able to explain their thought process and how they went about solving the math problems that were given to them. The students will also be working on different monthly projects that incorporate social studies, science, language arts and current events.

Weekly Agenda
• Please practice multiplication and division flash cards with your child nightly!

Monday May 13 Red Day
Red 1/2 & 7/8-Review
Black 1/2 & 7/8- L3 Functions and Equations Packet

Tuesday May 14 Black Day
Red 1/2 & 7/8- Review
Black 1/2 & 7/8-L7 One step inequalities packet

Wednesday May 15 Red Day
Red 1/2 & 7/8-Equations, Functions and Inequalities Test
Black 1/2 & 7/8- L7 One step inequalities packet

Thursday May 16 Black Day
Red 1/2 & 7/8- One Step Equations Challenge worksheet
Black 1/2 & 7/8-  Equations, Functions and Inequalities Test

Friday May 17 Red Day
Red 1/2 & 7/8- Numerical Expressions
Black 1/2 & 7/8-  One Step Equations Challenge worksheet

How to Study for Math

Binder
• Quizzes
• Homework
• Classwork
• Note section
Learn Zillion (mini lessons)
IXL
Thinking Blocks (Tape Diagrams)

Grades will be updated weekly. They will be in your child's planner at the beginning of each week. Please be sure to check your child's planner each day.

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