Syllabus
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August 14, 2013  Rules, Rules, Rules, Procedures, Procedures, Procedures
The kids got an earful today about our school, team and classroom policies and procedures, and 6th Grade Discipline Plan. Team 603 broke up the student agenda into sections to discuss with each class. Along with student agendas, everyone received a packet of information and forms, and our syllabus. Thank you for taking the time to fill out all the forms. We know there were a lot! Please encourage your child to use his or her agenda  bringing them to each class, recording assignments and due dates, and to take care of them. We want to help them stay organized and learn how to manage their time. The agenda is a great tool for that. If they get their agendas signed Thursday night, they will be entered into a drawing during lunch on Friday for the possibility of winning a treat!
August 15, 2013  Breaking the Ice and Pretesting for Unit 1Today, I spent time getting to know my students. They answered several questions through an expository writing exercise from their "Bell Work" which is attached below. Their responses will be used to guide my instruction. Everyone learns differently, so I want to use a variety of methods and activities to help my students make strong mathematical connections.
The students also shared a little about themselves to the class which I hope helped "break the ice" as we will be working in different groups throughout the year and will be presenting solutions to the class. One of my goals is to create an environment where my students feel comfortable in communicating their mathematical understanding to others. We will work on verbal, visual, and written communication throughout the year. At the end of class, we began one of our pretests for Unit 1. Unit 1 involves two major ideas  adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing multidigit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation; and fluently dividing in order to interpret and compute quotients of fractions. I will give pre and posttests for these two miniunits within Unit 1. We will finish that tomorrow and begin our lesson on decimals and operations. We're off to a great start and I'm so very excited to be teaching your kids! They are doing an excellent job with listening and following my procedures! P.S. Bell Work is due every Friday and will fall in the 20% Practice category. To receive 100% scores in this area, students need to complete all questions.

August 16, 2013  Vocabulary Preview, Rules of Divisibility and Pretest
Bell Work today previewed the first set of vocabulary words for Unit 1 and the rules of divisibility. Bell Work for the week was turned in for a grade in the 20% Practice category. Following Bell Work, students completed a pretest to show what they could do with standard algorithms for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers and decimals, and problem solving with decimals. I will grade this over the weekend and use this information to plan lessons accordingly.
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August 19, 2013  Problem Solving Technique 1, Review of Standard Algorithms with Whole Numbers, Review and Identifying Unit 1 Vocabulary (set a)
Bell Work
Problem solving using the strategy  "Draw a Diagram or Picture." Students received guided practice for questions 14 and discussed their solutions with the class for each problem. I have included solutions below. Tomorrow, they will complete questions 57 independently. There are a total of 10 problem solving strategies I will guide the students through during Bell Work to help give them a good toolbox to pull from as they problem solve throughout the year.
Problem solving using the strategy  "Draw a Diagram or Picture." Students received guided practice for questions 14 and discussed their solutions with the class for each problem. I have included solutions below. Tomorrow, they will complete questions 57 independently. There are a total of 10 problem solving strategies I will guide the students through during Bell Work to help give them a good toolbox to pull from as they problem solve throughout the year.
2013.08.19_bell_work_problem_solving_technique_draw_a_diagram_or_picture.pdf  
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Homework
Due Friday, August 23. 3rd and 6th period are to complete the front and back of "Chain Code." 4th and 5th period are to complete the front and back of "Cryptic Quiz." Students were instructed to show all organized work for each problem on a separate sheet of paper. If they do not follow these directions, they may receive a 0. Calculators are encouraged for checking work, but please make sure your child can complete the standard algorithm without use of a calculator.
Due Friday, August 23. 3rd and 6th period are to complete the front and back of "Chain Code." 4th and 5th period are to complete the front and back of "Cryptic Quiz." Students were instructed to show all organized work for each problem on a separate sheet of paper. If they do not follow these directions, they may receive a 0. Calculators are encouraged for checking work, but please make sure your child can complete the standard algorithm without use of a calculator.
2013.08.19_homework_3rd_and_6th_chain_code.pdf  
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2013.08.19_homework_4th_and_5th_cryptic_quiz.pdf  
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Classwork
Standard algorithms for all 4 operations were quickly reviewed along with the first set of vocabulary words for this unit through the PowerPoint below. I was really impressed by the students' ability to apply the terms (old and new) to the examples given. Students are encouraged to use the vocabulary as we discuss our solutions in class.
Standard algorithms for all 4 operations were quickly reviewed along with the first set of vocabulary words for this unit through the PowerPoint below. I was really impressed by the students' ability to apply the terms (old and new) to the examples given. Students are encouraged to use the vocabulary as we discuss our solutions in class.
2013.08.19_standard_algorithms_for_addition.subtraction.multiplication.pptx  
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Based on data from the pretest, I needed to spend class time strengthening the standard algorithm for division. Georgia CCGPS requires 6th grade students to divide multidigit numbers (both whole and decimals) fluently, so we spent the last part of class dividing whole numbers with 2digits. We will continue to work on this skill tomorrow and will transition from using "remainders" in our quotients to the decimal form in upcoming lessons.
2013.08.19_lesson_6_division_2_digit.pdf  
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August 20, 2013  Division with 2digit divisors for decimal quotients
3rd Period  Bell Work
Problem Solving Technique 1  "Draw a Diagram or Picture" was completed yesterday, so the class completed problem A of Nimble with Numbers. I've attached solutions for the remaining problems of "Draw a Diagram or Picture" in the neighboring column. Problem A of Nimble with Numbers reviewed our prior knowledge of the relationship between fractions, decimals and percents using a number line, which led into our lesson on division with decimal quotients.

4th, 5th, 6th  Bell Work
Problem Solving Technique 1  "Draw a Diagram or Picture" #57 was completed. Students presented and discussed solutions. This was followed by a review of prior knowledge of the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents using a number line, which led into our lesson on division with decimal quotients.

Classwork for All
Students transitioned from using a "remainder (R)" in the quotient to presenting the quotient in decimal form up to the thousandths place. First, they wrote the quotient using a remainder, then as a mixed number, and finally, used the algorithm for renaming a fraction as a decimal to get the decimal form. They went back to the original problem and added a decimal behind the dividend to continue dividing. Their quotient would match their fraction to decimal conversion from earlier. Guided practice was given for questions 1a  1d. Work was turned in for me to review for a practice grade (20%). We will continue to work on division tomorrow and applying this skill to math problems and realworld situations. If you need a copy of Lesson 6 Division, it is posted above under August 19.
Students transitioned from using a "remainder (R)" in the quotient to presenting the quotient in decimal form up to the thousandths place. First, they wrote the quotient using a remainder, then as a mixed number, and finally, used the algorithm for renaming a fraction as a decimal to get the decimal form. They went back to the original problem and added a decimal behind the dividend to continue dividing. Their quotient would match their fraction to decimal conversion from earlier. Guided practice was given for questions 1a  1d. Work was turned in for me to review for a practice grade (20%). We will continue to work on division tomorrow and applying this skill to math problems and realworld situations. If you need a copy of Lesson 6 Division, it is posted above under August 19.
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August 21, 2013  Problem Solving Technique 2, Division with 2digit divisors for decimal quotients
Bell Work
Problem Solving Technique 2  "Make a Model or Act Out" was started today. Students independently completed questions 1 and 2, then shared their solutions to the class. Complete sentences should be used to demonstrate understanding of the solution. Use words and phrases from the question to give context.
Problem Solving Technique 2  "Make a Model or Act Out" was started today. Students independently completed questions 1 and 2, then shared their solutions to the class. Complete sentences should be used to demonstrate understanding of the solution. Use words and phrases from the question to give context.
2013.08.2123_bell_work_problem_solving_technique_2_make_a_model_or_act_out.pdf  
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2013.08.21_bell_work_make_a_model_or_act_out_1_and_2_key.pdf  
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Classwork
Work was returned today for completing questions 1a1d of Lesson 6 Division (located above along with a key), with the exception of 6th period due to modified schedule and locker breaks. Tomorrow, class schedule for 5th and 6th will go back to normal. Expectations for practice work was discussed. Additional problems were completed and turned in for grading. To help students adjust to my grading, I will replace yesterday's score with today's if it is higher. Students were reminded that not turning in work will result in a zero and that their solutions should be reflected in their work. If not, points will be deducted.
Work was returned today for completing questions 1a1d of Lesson 6 Division (located above along with a key), with the exception of 6th period due to modified schedule and locker breaks. Tomorrow, class schedule for 5th and 6th will go back to normal. Expectations for practice work was discussed. Additional problems were completed and turned in for grading. To help students adjust to my grading, I will replace yesterday's score with today's if it is higher. Students were reminded that not turning in work will result in a zero and that their solutions should be reflected in their work. If not, points will be deducted.
August 22, 2013  Dividing Whole Numbers by 2Digit Divisors for Decimal Quotients
Bell Work
Problem Solving Technique 2  "Make a Model or Act Out" problems 3 and 4. Diagrams and complete sentences were used to explain and demonstrate understanding. This document is attached above.
Problem Solving Technique 2  "Make a Model or Act Out" problems 3 and 4. Diagrams and complete sentences were used to explain and demonstrate understanding. This document is attached above.
2013.08.22_bell_work_make_a_model_or_act_out_3_and_4_key.pdf  
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Classwork
Graded work was returned for additional problems completed from Lesson 6 Division. Students completed questions 16 Problem Solving located on the back of Lesson 6 Division examining different scenarios where division is used. We discussed how division is used for making equal groups. The divisor and dividend were identified for each problem and their meaning discussed in context of the question. Here, students did not need to get a decimal quotient, but saw their remainders as left over objects/parts. Students then continued to work on division with decimal quotients. The first 9 multiples of the divisor were provided to eliminate errors being made with multiplication. This allowed us to focus on digit placement of the quotient, finding differences, and adding decimal points to continue dividing.
I am seeing a lot of errors with multiplication, so please have your child continue to work on their facts at home. I am also seeing subtraction errors when regrouping. We will continue to polish these skills, but if you can, a little extra basic skills practice at home would help so much with division of decimals. A good website to go to for review is Khan academy and for practice, go to the ixl website. The ixl website gives immediate, guided feedback if the user misses the problem. They limit the amount of problems and topics you can view in a day, but if you are just reviewing one or two topics, this website can be quite helpful. Both websites can be found under the "websites" tab at the top of the page.
Graded work was returned for additional problems completed from Lesson 6 Division. Students completed questions 16 Problem Solving located on the back of Lesson 6 Division examining different scenarios where division is used. We discussed how division is used for making equal groups. The divisor and dividend were identified for each problem and their meaning discussed in context of the question. Here, students did not need to get a decimal quotient, but saw their remainders as left over objects/parts. Students then continued to work on division with decimal quotients. The first 9 multiples of the divisor were provided to eliminate errors being made with multiplication. This allowed us to focus on digit placement of the quotient, finding differences, and adding decimal points to continue dividing.
I am seeing a lot of errors with multiplication, so please have your child continue to work on their facts at home. I am also seeing subtraction errors when regrouping. We will continue to polish these skills, but if you can, a little extra basic skills practice at home would help so much with division of decimals. A good website to go to for review is Khan academy and for practice, go to the ixl website. The ixl website gives immediate, guided feedback if the user misses the problem. They limit the amount of problems and topics you can view in a day, but if you are just reviewing one or two topics, this website can be quite helpful. Both websites can be found under the "websites" tab at the top of the page.
August 23, 2013  Dividing Whole Numbers by 2Digit Divisors for Decimal Quotients
Bell Work
Problem Solving Technique 2  "Make a Model or Act Out" problems 5 and 6. Students made a model with labels in order to see the pattern and find the solution. They also compared fractions with unlike denominators to place runners and their times in order from first to last.
Problem Solving Technique 2  "Make a Model or Act Out" problems 5 and 6. Students made a model with labels in order to see the pattern and find the solution. They also compared fractions with unlike denominators to place runners and their times in order from first to last.
2013.08.23_bell_work_make_a_model_or_act_out_5_and_6_key.pdf  
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Classwork
Using classwork, students completed Notebook Quiz 1, designed to assess whether the student comes prepared to class, is organized, corrects or adds to his or work, listens during discussion, and comprehends the problems we discuss. Afterwards, students continued to practice dividing with decimal quotients using their desks as personal white boards.
Work Turned In
Notebook Quiz 1
Bell Work  Problem Solving Techniques 1 and 2: Drawing a Diagram or Picture #17, Make a Model or Act Out #16
Homework  3rd and 6th Period: Chain Code + Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Problem Solving
Homework  4th and 5th period: Cryptic Quiz + Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Problem Solving
Using classwork, students completed Notebook Quiz 1, designed to assess whether the student comes prepared to class, is organized, corrects or adds to his or work, listens during discussion, and comprehends the problems we discuss. Afterwards, students continued to practice dividing with decimal quotients using their desks as personal white boards.
Work Turned In
Notebook Quiz 1
Bell Work  Problem Solving Techniques 1 and 2: Drawing a Diagram or Picture #17, Make a Model or Act Out #16
Homework  3rd and 6th Period: Chain Code + Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Problem Solving
Homework  4th and 5th period: Cryptic Quiz + Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Problem Solving
August 26, 2013  Adding and Subtracting Decimals
Announcements
Division with Decimal Quotients Quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Division with Decimal Quotients Quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Homework
"Let's Go Shopping #18" is due Wednesday, August 28. Example questions for estimation and exact value problems were demonstrated. Please use complete sentences to answer the questions for each problem. For example, if there is not enough money, a student's response might be, "No, I would not have enough money to purchase all the items because I would need $27 more." If there is enough money, a student's response might be, "Yes, I would have enough money to purchase all the items as I have $5 left from my budget." Responses may vary. The important thing to work on is demonstrating and communicating how you compared the sum of your items to your budget in each problem.
"Let's Go Shopping #18" is due Wednesday, August 28. Example questions for estimation and exact value problems were demonstrated. Please use complete sentences to answer the questions for each problem. For example, if there is not enough money, a student's response might be, "No, I would not have enough money to purchase all the items because I would need $27 more." If there is enough money, a student's response might be, "Yes, I would have enough money to purchase all the items as I have $5 left from my budget." Responses may vary. The important thing to work on is demonstrating and communicating how you compared the sum of your items to your budget in each problem.
2013.08.26_homework_lets_go_shopping_estimating.adding.subtracting.decimals.pdf  
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Bell Work
Dividing whole numbers by 2digit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place): Problems 4, 5, and 6
Dividing whole numbers by 2digit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place): Problems 4, 5, and 6
2013.08.26_bell_work_dividing_for_decimal_quotients.pdf  
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Classwork
Reviewed and applied the algorithms for adding and subtracting decimals throughout the following PowerPoint. Students used teacher supplied dryerase boards to practice and demonstrate understanding. Lining up the decimal point so that the place values are aligned was emphasized. "Carrying over" when adding and "borrowing" when subtracting worked when applicable.
Reviewed and applied the algorithms for adding and subtracting decimals throughout the following PowerPoint. Students used teacher supplied dryerase boards to practice and demonstrate understanding. Lining up the decimal point so that the place values are aligned was emphasized. "Carrying over" when adding and "borrowing" when subtracting worked when applicable.
2013.08.26_activating_1_adding_and_subtracting_decimals_ns3.pptx  
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August 27, 2013  Multiplying with Decimals
Bell Work
Dividing whole numbers by 2digit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place): Problems 9 and 10
Dividing whole numbers by 2digit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place): Problems 9 and 10
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Classwork
Reviewed and applied the algorithm for multiplying with decimals using the following PowerPoint. Students used teacher supplied dryerase boards to practice and demonstrate understanding. Emphasis was placed on estimating the product first to understand the algorithm of the placement of the decimal point. After guided practice, students completed 8 questions on their own from the Holt Textbook p.132 to submit for grading. 3rd and 6th period completed problems 3340. 4th and 5th period completed problems 2936. Please continue to have your child work on their multiplication facts. I saw several students use the algorithm correctly, but they would not get the correct product because they had errors in their multiplication. Friendly reminder  "Let's Go Shopping" homework is due tomorrow. Please make sure complete sentences are used and complete work is organized and attached. Thanks!
Reviewed and applied the algorithm for multiplying with decimals using the following PowerPoint. Students used teacher supplied dryerase boards to practice and demonstrate understanding. Emphasis was placed on estimating the product first to understand the algorithm of the placement of the decimal point. After guided practice, students completed 8 questions on their own from the Holt Textbook p.132 to submit for grading. 3rd and 6th period completed problems 3340. 4th and 5th period completed problems 2936. Please continue to have your child work on their multiplication facts. I saw several students use the algorithm correctly, but they would not get the correct product because they had errors in their multiplication. Friendly reminder  "Let's Go Shopping" homework is due tomorrow. Please make sure complete sentences are used and complete work is organized and attached. Thanks!
2013.08.27_activating_1_multiplying_decimals.pptx  
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August 28, 2013  Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing with Decimals
Bell Work
Dividing whole numbers by 2digit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place): Problems 13. "Let's Go Shopping" was due today (assigned on Monday).
Dividing whole numbers by 2digit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place): Problems 13. "Let's Go Shopping" was due today (assigned on Monday).
2013.08.28_bell_work_dividing_for_decimal_quotients_13_key.pdf  
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Homework
The "Grocery List" Project is due next Wednesday, September 4, 2013. This assessment will be weighted in the 40% category. The description and grading rubric is attached. Students were shown an example for every step of the project and questions were answered. The first 5 items on the checklist is attached. Students do not have to draw pictures of the 56 items and may use pictures from a real or electronic flyer, newspaper, magazine, etc. Please have them add color to the images if they are printing black and white images. Step 9 of the checklist asks the student to divide the remaining balance between a savings account and vacation/special occasion fund. They are to divide the remaining balance evenly, which is mentioned earlier on the task sheet under "Description of the Culminating Activity." I'm looking forward to seeing some awesome pamphlets!
The "Grocery List" Project is due next Wednesday, September 4, 2013. This assessment will be weighted in the 40% category. The description and grading rubric is attached. Students were shown an example for every step of the project and questions were answered. The first 5 items on the checklist is attached. Students do not have to draw pictures of the 56 items and may use pictures from a real or electronic flyer, newspaper, magazine, etc. Please have them add color to the images if they are printing black and white images. Step 9 of the checklist asks the student to divide the remaining balance between a savings account and vacation/special occasion fund. They are to divide the remaining balance evenly, which is mentioned earlier on the task sheet under "Description of the Culminating Activity." I'm looking forward to seeing some awesome pamphlets!
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2013.08.28_culminating_project_unit_1_checklist_examples.pptx  
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Classwork
Students used discounts to find the new sale price of given items, then calculated the sales tax for the total cost. We will continue to work on this tomorrow using the PowerPoint, "Sales Tax and Discounts," attached below.
Students used discounts to find the new sale price of given items, then calculated the sales tax for the total cost. We will continue to work on this tomorrow using the PowerPoint, "Sales Tax and Discounts," attached below.
2013.08.28_to_30_classwork_sales_tax_and_discounts_1.pptx  
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Division with Decimal Quotients Quiz was scheduled for today, but was postponed until Thursday based on students' wishes for one more day of practice.
August 29, 2013  Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing Decimals
Bell Work
Dividing by twodigit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place). Problems 4, 5 and 6.
Dividing by twodigit divisors for decimal quotients (to the hundredths place). Problems 4, 5 and 6.
2013.08.29_bell_work_dividing_for_decimal_quotients.pdf  
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Division with Decimal Quotients Quiz was completed.
Classwork
Students were given a flyer of 14 items with different discounts. They worked with a partner to calculate the (1) discount, (2) new sale price, (3) sales tax and (4) total cost of their 4 chosen items. Students were asked to label each item and each set of calculations. Their goal was to find the total cost for two items. The master copy is attached below.
Students were given a flyer of 14 items with different discounts. They worked with a partner to calculate the (1) discount, (2) new sale price, (3) sales tax and (4) total cost of their 4 chosen items. Students were asked to label each item and each set of calculations. Their goal was to find the total cost for two items. The master copy is attached below.
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August 30, 2013  Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing Decimals
Graded work that was turned in Friday, August 23, was returned and discussed. Work included "Bell Work (Week 2)" and Homework. 3rd and 6th period were responsible for "Chain Code" and "Problem Solving." 4th and 5th period were responsible for "Cryptic Quiz" and "Problem Solving." "Notebook Quiz 1" from Friday, August 23, was graded and returned. Classwork from Tuesday, August 27, "Textbook p.132," was graded and returned. Homework due Wednesday, August 28, "Let's Go Shopping," was graded and returned. "Division with Decimal Quotients Quiz" from Thursday, August 29, was graded and returned.
Bell Work
Students reviewed the 4 algorithms for decimals  adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Then, they used vocabulary to identify all terms in the given numerical expressions they were asked to solve.
Students reviewed the 4 algorithms for decimals  adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Then, they used vocabulary to identify all terms in the given numerical expressions they were asked to solve.
2013.08.30_bell_work_review_all_decimal_algorithms_use_vocabulary.pptx  
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Classwork
Students continued to work with their partner(s) on finding the (1) discount, (2) new price, (3) sales tax, (4) and total cost of their 4 chosen items. Students who did not finish were allowed to complete their work at home. Work will be checked on Tuesday during Bell Work time.
Students continued to work with their partner(s) on finding the (1) discount, (2) new price, (3) sales tax, (4) and total cost of their 4 chosen items. Students who did not finish were allowed to complete their work at home. Work will be checked on Tuesday during Bell Work time.