I have 61 math and science students this year, all of whom are students of color. We have worked hard this year to successfully transition from elementary school to 6th grade as we learn the math and science standards. We also work on learning about different choices we will have as we grow older and move through school while also learning new skills, such as note-taking, organization and time management.
My students are energetic, thoughtful, kind, and hard-working.
Many big ideas in math and science this year have sparked their curiosity and the classroom is a place of discovery about themselves and the greater world. They are becoming more confident in themselves and their abilities each day.
6th grade math requires that students represent 3-dimensional shapes using nets and then use the nets to find the surface area. Using the magnatiles we will be able to easily model both the 3-dimensional shapes and the nets. We will also be able to use the magnatiles to model the difference between surface area and volume. With the unifix cubes, we will be able to create a visual model of statistics, specifically, mean, mode and median.
Even though 6th grade mathematics can be very abstract, we can still use manipulatives to create visual models that will help us gain a greater understanding of these concepts.
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