COURSE OUTLINE 2019-2020
COURSE: Mathematics 6
TEACHER: Jennifer Henrichsen
There are three central goals within our middle school math program. These goals are complementary and dependent on each other. Although attention to these goals is interwoven throughout most programs, there seems to be a logical progression that leads from one to the other. A student must first and foremost be proficient in the skills of the different areas of the math program. It is only through practice, familiarity and success that a student then develops the attitude to confidently and willingly attempt mathematical problems. When both the skills and attitude have developed, the student is prepared to open the door and appreciate the role math can play to better understand the world.
There is an established set of skills that students need to be proficient in at each level in a math program. These skills can be grouped as Number Concepts, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability. A historical perspective is discussed at relative points to put the learning in context. It is my hope that these students will develop a strong skill set that will let them confidently approach the questions and investigations that the world of math has to offer.
The aims of MYP mathematics courses are to encourage and enable students to:
Year Overview - these topics will be covered throughout the year
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
percents 1-100%, percent of a number
decimal, fraction, and percent relationships
fractions - ordering, converting mixed to improper
order of operations
Patterns and Relations
tables of values to solve problems
graphs of linear relations
algebraic expressions and equations
one step linear equations
Shape and Space
understanding angles- identify and measure
sums of interior angles
perimeter and area
construct and compare triangles
transformations on the Cartesian Plane
Statistics and Probability
collecting data appropriately
data analysis- central tendency, outliers and range
create and interpret line graphs, bar graphs and circle graphs
ratios, fractions and percents to express probabilities
At Island Pacific School we encourage students to make good use of their Homeroom Study blocks and time allotted in class to complete various assignments. In this particular course, I encourage students to practice their math skills as often as possible. Extra work will be given based on individual needs, and the unit of study. They will need more time to complete projects and review for tests.
Resources & Materials
In this course we will use a combination of resources. We will use the text Math Makes Sense, elements of the JUMP Math program and on-line resources (www.IXL.com). Regular course work will be augmented by project based units of inquiry, problem solving from University of Waterloo Math Competitions, and web resources.
Students should keep their workbooks and other materials in a 3 hole binder. They will need pencils, pens, lined paper, erasers for this course. They should also have a math set with protractor, ruler and compass and a scientific calculator.
Island Pacific School uses the International Baccalaureate rubrics to evaluate students in reference to six distinct criteria. In this course, those criteria are as follows:
Criterion A: Knowledge and Understanding
Criterion B: Investigating Patterns
Criterion C: Communication in Mathematics
Criterion D: Mathematics in Real Life Context
For a complete list of the Mathematics criteria and their relevant level descriptors for Year 1 and 2, you can download a PDF at the following URLs:
Year 1 and 2: http://goo.gl/4aMl35
For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/mathematics/6