Welcome to 2018/2019 Math 6 Students & Parents!

posted Sep 6, 2018, 8:01 AM by Leanne Gruending

I am so incredibly excited to kick off this new school year with this amazing group of students. It's only been two days and I already love their enthusiasm, work ethic, kindness and sense of humour. I'm really feeling quite lucky to have such a sweet group of students. Thank you!!

Here's some quick info on current need to knows...

1) Please sign up for Remind (instructions below) so you are not only aware of important due dates etc, but you can message me at any time to chat or for more information.

2) We will be using FreshGrade this year as a digital portfolio of student work, and as a markbook. Close to report card time I will then put the marks from FreshGrade into PowerSchool where the report card is printed from.

3) We are all math learners. It's so important to me that students understand they are never expected to get 100% on their first attempt at something. In math there will be struggles, sometimes we will be wrong, but the most important thing is that we keep trying and we replace the phrase "I can't do it" with "I can't do it YET" or the phrase "I don't get it" with "I don't get it YET." We need to practice to be better- just like with sports.

4) There's no such thing as a dumb question- from students or parents. I'm here to help students and parents work through the math curriculum while growing our problem solving skills and connecting math to real life. Never be afraid to ask :)

Remind Code - Please Sign Up!

posted Oct 3, 2016, 3:19 PM by Leanne Gruending   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 1:31 PM ]

2016/2017 Course Outline

posted Sep 6, 2016, 2:34 PM by Leanne Gruending   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 2:38 PM ]

What's Guided Math?!

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:47 AM by Leanne Gruending   [ updated May 9, 2016, 6:31 AM ]

This year in Math 6 we are going to mostly be using a Guided Math model.  If you were to walk into class this would look like stations.  Why are we doing this?  Here's my top 5!

1) More closely aligned with the workshop model (school goal)
2) Gives me more concentrated time for small group instruction
3) Allows for learning at different levels
4) Gives students more freedom to select what they need to practice
5) Exposes students to basic math facts, practice of the concept, teacher time, technology and hands on activities for every lesson!

How does it work?

- Students are split into 4 flexible groupings
- There are 4 centers that each student must visit and complete in 120 minutes
        - M - Math Facts (usually with technology)
        - A - At your desk (practice with the concept)
        - T - Teacher Time
        - H - Hands On Math

At each station there is an assignment that needs to be completed.  Typically, At your seat is from the textbook and Teacher Time is handed in.

Pinterest Page

posted Mar 4, 2015, 9:31 AM by Leanne Gruending

There are a ton of fantastic resources on Pinterest for math 6!  Here's the page I am compiling the Math 6 resources on.  If you would like to explore it, feel free to see if there is anything applicable amoungst the worksheets, videos, games and activities posted!

Online Textbook

posted Feb 25, 2015, 10:42 AM by Leanne Gruending   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 9:42 AM ]

Did you forget your textbook at home?  Here's the online version you can use!

Math Makes Sense Digital Text - check under the "files" at the bottom of the page for the digital copy of the text on each unit page.


posted Feb 11, 2015, 12:50 PM by Leanne Gruending

Since the start of the new semester I have been working with the grade 6 math class on our math routine.  It looks a little like this:

Math Journal & Anchor Activity
  • The Math Journal encourages students to put their math thinking into words.  This is very important as our math is problem based and uses a lot of language in it.  Students also excerise using their math language skills in our "What Stuck with You" prompts
  • The Anchor Activities are activities that relate to the concept/target we are currently studying in math.  It could be a worksheet, activity or BuzzMath
  • The minilesson is directly related to our target for the day.  For example: I can find the sum of the angles in a triangle.  Often the minilesson is from the text allowing students to complete the Explore, going over the Connect and making sure we touch on key vocabulary items.
  • We also go over multiple examples as a class
  • Students are then asked to practice the concept through questions in the text, take home worksheets or in class activities
Games & Extension activities
  • We have many students at different levels in our class.  I try to include some math concept games either through Buzz Math or various other web based games I might come across to allow students to work ahead but still challenge themselves to develop their mathematical reasoning skills.  The games will be posted to the website and (eventually) to FreshGrade
  • We will slowly be unrolling FreshGrade to the grade 6s.  The best part about it is that it allows parents access to evidence of learning through an online portfolio that both parents and students are able to comment on. So when parents ask their child what did they learn?  They will actually be able to show something!

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