MILLER'S MATH PAGE
THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO SOME OF MY OWN INDIVIDUAL IDEAS LIKE THE CIRCLE GRAPHS AND FANTASY SPORTS, AS WELL AS EXCITING APPLICATIONS FOR TABLETS AND IPADS, AND OTHER GREAT RESOURCES FOR MATH LIKE TO COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE KHAN ACADEMY AND PIXAR TO OFFER STUDENTS AN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVE ON MATH IN THE REAL WORLD ESPECIALLY WITHIN THE ANIMATION FIELD.
I have pasted the links below to the Khan Academy's math units for lower grades to help parents and students gauge their mastery of certain skills and standards, and two help students identify their strengths and areas for improvement.
THE 2nd GRADE
THE 3rd GRADE
THE 4th GRADE
THE 5th GRADE
THE 6th GRADE
THE 7th GRADE
"PIXAR IN A BOX" is a series of lessons and videos brought to you by the people of Disney, Pixar, and the Khan Academy. This is a great resource for kids and we will be addressing it within the STEAM components of class. But if you want to go ahead and research and learn more, then hit the green button below to witness all the math we do everyday put into an exciting and rewarding career choice.
Get on DreamBox and Start Playing
Students need to get online and start playing games on DreamBox. This is a math website that the school has purchased to help students with their math fluency. Please make sure your child is on DreamBox. The address below should take you to the sign-on page, or the button to the left will take you directly to Dreambox.
Here is a fun tool to help some students recognize multiplication fact families between numbers 2 and 9. This is another type of tool to help sixth graders be more fluent with their multiplication facts.
GREAT MATH APPS
The apps below are great apps for helping your child master the 6th grade Common Core standards and there are plenty more out there. Some are so much fun that you don't realize you are learning at the same time. A lot of the apps focus on the Number System, because I feel like all children either have a gap or need to spend more time making sense out of the numbers and the relationships we have with them on a daily basis.
The whole point of Fantasy Football and Mathematics and Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics is to give students plenty of opportunities to practice the computation involved in adding and subtracting fractions and then finding the decimal equivalents. In order to make Fantasy Football more accessible to 6th Graders, they will be following the data of seven football players and the defense from the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team. When basketball season opens we will follow only the starting team. I will be providing the data from ESPN and the Georgia Bulldogs website, because tackling two new things is hard enough. Eventually I would like them to be able to access the statistics themselves. Below I have examples of both what the Football Fantasy and Basketball Fantasy Worksheets should look like. You will also notice a green button that when clicked should provide a blank worksheet for your child to print from home.
PRESENTED BY THE NFL, THIS IS A GREAT WEBSITE LINK TO HELP EXPLAIN FOOTBALL TO THE BEGINNER:
Fantasy Football and Mathematics
using the GEORGIA BULLDOGS Data
Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics
using THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS Data
Memorize Common Fractions, Percents, and Decimal Equivalents
Students should be able to identify and use interchangeably fractions, decimals, and percent equivalents for very common fractions. Students are asked to memorize these equivalents, and in so doing create opportunities in problem solving, critical thinking, and in developing their own sense of mathematical reasoning.
Students are making these Equivalency Cards to help them practice memorizing these common facts.
Fourths or Quarters
Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Using Money
Multiplication Facts through the Use of
the Five Minute Frenzy Chart
If you happen to forget your Five Minute Frenzy chart(s) at school, you can always go to math-drills.com or click on the link below:
Multiplication needs to be memorized in order to help ensure a successful 6th Grade year and mastery of the standards.
Math Circle Graphs
The whole point of the math circle graphs that we do weekly is to increase exposure and experience with everyday mathematical problems. Students should follow the same routines and procedures until mastery of the skill. Students will find the fraction for a given data and then find the equivalent decimal and percentage of the whole. It is imperative that students also understand that the graph is a tool used to visualize the data and make it more accessible to viewers, so neatness in presentation is extremely important.
The green button link below will provide students with a blank generic circle graph that they can print. Students can utilize the generic blank circle graph if they have forgotten their graph at school or because they simply need to redo it because it is too messy. Students will have to get the data from another classmate and put that data on their sheets.
Close Reading and Math
Students always struggle with word problems and one of the reasons is because they are not sure what the problem is asking of them. The concept of "Close Reading" can help. To close read, students will have to read a problem several times and annotate or write down notes about problem. Along with close reading, students should complete the algorithm. They should also draw a visual model or compute the math another way. Lastly students must be able to explain the process they took in solving the word problem.