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Quibbletown Middle School
Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342
Course Title: Math 6

Textbook:      McDougal Littell: Middle School Math, Course 1
Pearson: Connected Mathematics 2 – Grade 6
Prime Time                         Filling and Wrapping
Bits & Pieces II                   How Likely Is It?
Bits & Pieces III

Course Description: Sixth grade Math is a discovery and application of number sense, numerical
operations, algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, probability/statistics, and data analysis. The goal
for students in this course, through the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, is to use appropriate
operations involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents in problem solving situations.
Students will regularly represent ideas graphically and in written form. The use of technology (calculators,
computer software, etc.) will be used to enable students to focus on the problem solving process. As
students are immersed in hands-on activities and real-life applications, lessons will contain a variety of
experiences in order to address the range of learning styles. Students’ progress will be monitored through
benchmarks, standardized tests, and assessments in order to promote understanding and proficiency.

Approximate             Topic
Time Frame
Fraction, Decimal, Percent Review
Marking                Measuring Geometric Objects
 Develop and apply strategies and formulas for finding perimeter and area.
Period                  Triangle, square, rectangle, parallelogram, and trapezoid.
 Recognize that shapes with the same perimeter do not necessarily have the
1                     same area and vice versa.
 Recognize the decimal nature of United States currency and compute with
money.
 Develop informal ways of approximating the measures of familiar objects
(e.g., use a grid to approximate the area of the bottom of one’s foot).

Number Sense
 Develop and apply number theory concepts in problem solving situations.
Primes, factors, multiples, common multiples, common factors.
 Find squares and cubes of whole numbers.
 Understand and use the various relationships among operations and
properties of operations.
 Understand and apply the standard algebraic order of operations for the four
basic operations, including appropriate use of parentheses.

Units of Measurement
 Convert measurement units within a system (e.g. 3 feet = ____ inches).
 Use measurement and estimates to describe and compare phenomena.

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Quibbletown Middle School
Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342

Approximate        Topic
Time Frame
Fractions
 Use real-life experiences, physical materials, and technology to construct
Marking             meanings for numbers: All integers; All fractions as part of a whole, as
Period             subset of a set, as a location on a number line, and as divisions of whole
numbers; All decimals.
2              Compare and order numbers.
 Recognize the appropriate use of each arithmetic operation in problem
situations.
 Determine the reasonableness of an answer by estimating the result of
operations.
 Construct, use, and explain procedures for performing calculations with
fractions and decimals with: Pencil-and paper; Mental math; Calculator.

Decimals & Percents
 Understand and use whole-number percents between 1 and 100 in a variety
of situations.
 Use whole numbers, fractions, and decimals to represent equivalent forms of
the same number.
 Use a variety of estimation strategies for both number and computation.
 Recognize when an estimate is appropriate, and understand the usefulness of
an estimate as distinct from an exact answer.
 Determine whether a given estimate is an overestimate or an underestimate.

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Quibbletown Middle School
Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342

Approximate          Topic
Time Frame
Ratios & Proportions
 Explore the use of ratios and proportions in a variety of situations.
Marking           Use a scale to find a distance on a map or a length on a scale drawing.
Period          Probability
3              Determine probabilities of events: Event, complementary event, probability
of an event; Multiplication rule for probabilities; Probability of certain event
is 1 and of impossible event is 0; Probabilities of event and complementary
 Determine probability using intuitive, experimental, and theoretical methods
(e.g., using model of picking items of different colors from a bag): Given
numbers of various types in a bag, what is the probability that an item of one
type will be picked; Given data obtained experimentally, what is the likely
distribution of items in the bag?

Geometric Properties & Measuring Geometric Objects
 Understand and apply concepts involving lines and angles: Notation for line,
ray, angle, line, segment; Properties of parallel, perpendicular, and
intersecting lines; Sum of the measures of the interior angles of a triangle is
180˚.
 Identify, describe, compare, and classify polygons and circles: Triangles by
angles and sides; Quadrilaterals, including squares, rectangles,
parallelograms, trapezoids, rhombi; Polygons by number of sides;
Equilateral, equiangular, regular; All points equidistant from a given point
form a circle.
 Compare properties of cylinders, prisms, cones, pyramids, and spheres.
 Select and use appropriate units to measure angles, area, surface area, and
volume.
 Develop and apply strategies and formulas for finding…Circumference and
area of a circle.



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Quibbletown Middle School
Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342

Approximate     Topic
Time Frame
Geometric Properties & Measuring Geometric Objects
 Identify, describe, and draw the faces or shadows (projections) of three-
Marking          dimensional geometric objects from different perspectives.
 Identify a three-dimensional shape with given projections (top, front, and side
Period          views).
 Identify a three-dimensional shape with a given net (i.e., a flat pattern that folds
4             into a 3D shape).
 Select and use appropriate units to measure angles, area, surface area, and
volume.
 Develop and apply strategies and formulas for finding the surface area and
volume of rectangular prisms and cylinders.

Transforming Shapes & Coordinate Geometry
 Use a translation, a reflection, or a rotation to map one figure onto another
congruent figure.
 Create geometric shapes with specified properties in the first quadrant on a
coordinate grid.

Patterns, Functions, and Relationships
 Use patterns, relations, and linear functions to model situations: Using variables
to represent unknown quantities; Using concrete materials, tables, graphs, verbal
rules, algebraic expressions/equations/inequalities.
 Recognize, describe, extend, and create patterns involving whole numbers and
rational numbers: Descriptions using tables, verbal rules, simple equations, and
graphs; Formal iterative formulas (e.g., NEXT = NOW * 3); Recursive patterns,
including Pascal’s Triangle and the Fibonacci Sequence.
 Describe the general behavior of functions given by formulas or verbal rules
(e.g., graph to determine whether increasing or decreasing, linear or not).
 Solve simple linear equations with manipulatives and informally: Whole-
number coefficients only, answers also whole numbers; Variables on one or
both sides of the equation.
 Understand and apply the properties of operations and numbers: Distributive
property; The product of a number and its reciprocal is 1.
 Evaluate numerical expressions.

Data Analysis
 Draw freehand sketches of graphs that model real phenomena and use such
graphs to predict and interpret events: Changes over time; Relations between
quantities; Rates of change (e.g., when is plant growing slowly/rapidly, when is
temperature dropping most rapidly/slowly).
inferences from displays of data: Bar graph, line graph, circle graph, table,
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Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342

histogram: Range, median, and mean; Calculators and computers used to record
and process information.
 Analyze vertex-edge graphs and tree diagrams: Can a picture or a vertex-edge
graph be drawn with a single line? (degree of vertex); Can you get from any
vertex to any other vertex? (connectedness)
 Use vertex-edge graphs to find solutions to practical problems: Delivery route
that stops at specified sites but involves least travel; Shortest route from one site
on a map to another.

Discrete Mathematics
 Apply the multiplication principle of counting: Simple situations (e.g., you can
make 3 × 4 = 12 outfits using 3 shirts and 4 skirts); Number of ways a specified
number of items can be arranged in order (concept of permutation); Number of
ways of selecting a slate of officers from a class (e.g., if there are 23 students
and 3 officers, the number is 23 × 22 × 21).
 List the possible combination of two elements chosen from a given set (e.g.,
forming a committee of two from a group of 12 students; finding how may
handshakes there will be among ten people if everyone shakes each other
person’s hand once).
 Solve counting problems and justify that all possibilities have been enumerated
without duplication: Organized lists, charts, tree diagrams, tables; Venn
diagrams.

Quarterly Cumulative Assessments 10%
Projects 25%
Tests/Quizzes 30%
Class work 25%
Homework 10%

*Above percentages are subject to a five percent adjustment based on the teacher’s discretion.

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Quibbletown Middle School
Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342

Supplies Needed:
Pencils, Pencils and more Pencils (Students will need to maintain a daily supply of pencils in class)
Pencil Sharpner (No battery operated)
Agenda book (for recording homework) – [1st copy to be provided by school]
Loose Leaf Notebook (to be divided into sections)
OR Pocket Folders for handouts
White-lined paper (hole-punched and college ruled)

Classroom Rules & Expectations:
►   On Time - Students are expected to be on time for class with needed supplies. : If a student is late to
class without a pass, the lateness is considered unexcused.

►   Class Participation – Students are expected to participate in class activities (group work, answering
questions, asking questions, board work, individual assignments, etc.)

►   Homework/Projects - All assignments are due at the beginning of class on their due date. Late
assignments will not be accepted.

►   Locker Use - Students may go to their lockers before homeroom, before lunch, after lunch, and
during dismissal. Students may not go to lockers during class. It is the student’s responsibility to
remember to bring all needed items to class (before class begins).

►   Absences – if a student misses class, it is his or her responsibility to get all class notes and find out
what work needs to be made up. He or she may contact a classmate to find out what was missed.

Classmate 1 __________________________________Phone ___________________________________

Classmate 2 __________________________________Phone ___________________________________

Classmate 2 __________________________________Phone ___________________________________

If a student was absent when an assignment was given, the assignment should be handed in at the beginning
of class on the first day the student returns to school. All make-up assignments should be completed within
the amount of days that the student was absent (i.e. if a student was absent 3 days, they have 3 days to make up the
assignments.).
School rules will be enforced in all classroom settings
(See Student Code of Conduct)

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Quibbletown Middle School
Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342

6th Grade Mathematics – Notebook Organization

Section            Category                                              What to Include
In this section, keep classroom rules and procedures and notebook
1                   Forms                  organization sheet. You can print the course syllabus from my website if
needed.
Class Notes/Reflections           This section should include:
2                                                Any and all work you do for in-class problems; this includes your
Hints:                                      work on Connected Math investigations and/or textbook problems
 Date each entry.                          and any handouts. Include words, charts, pictures, or anything else
 Identify problems with the                to show your thinking.
problem number and unit
name.                                   Any notes you take; write anything that will help you remember
 Always revise what you                     what you were thinking. These notes are for your reference as you
have written by crossing it
solve in-class problems, answer homework questions, work on
out, rather than by erasing.
This helps you and your                  quizzes, and prepare for tests.
thinking. It does not count             Your Mathematical Reflections from each Investigation.
against you to cross out

This section will include:
3                                               All homework assignments. Your homework should be written on
lined loose-leaf notebook paper or graph paper and be clearly
identified with the following information:
 Name
 Date
Homework Assignments                            Homework Assignment Description
and Assessments                               Show all work

     DO NOT write your homework on the same page as class
notes!

     All check-ups, quizzes, tests, projects, and self assessments.

DO NOT WRITE IN YOUR CONNECTED MATH BOOK
Mathematics
(only worksheets)
All work should be written in your Class Notes section.
Binder/Investigations

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Quibbletown Middle School
Gail Cunningham ~ Email:gcunningham@pway.org ~ Phone: 732-752-0444 Ext. 5342

RETURNED to Ms. Cunningham by:
___________________________________________________

I have read the syllabus (on my teacher’s website) and class policy/procedures for Ms. Cunningham’s math class.
I understand the contents of this document and will contact the teacher by phone, email or in person to clarify
any questions or concerns. I agree to abide by the above expectations and procedures.

Student Name (print):__________________________________________________________________

Student Signature:_____________________________________________Date:__________________

Parent’s Name (print): _________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature:____________________________________Date:___________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________
Parent email: (print) – also indicate who this email belongs to (i.e. Mary Smith – M.Smith991@yahoo.com)

_____________________________________________________________________________________
Additional email: (print) – also indicate who this email belongs to.

Parent Phone Number’s (Please provide all contact numbers where you can be reached.)

Name:_________________________________________ Phone:_______________________________

Name:_________________________________________ Phone:_______________________________

Menger
Sponge

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