Sixth Grade Math

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Math Mammoth

In the Primer level, your child will learn not only how to write numerals but also addition and subtraction, basic counting, skip counting, geometric shapes, telling time, and they will be introduced to the manipulative block system.  It’s a gentle introduction to “doing Math.”  Learn more

Needs:  Student Workbook, Teacher Manual & Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set.

Notes:  Math-U-See is great for hands on learners.  It can be quite repetitive and doesn’t contain many reviewsPlacement Test

Williamsburg Academy

Math opens us up to the invisible and ordered world all around us. Math helps us think logically, enhance our critical thinking skills, and create and improve our environment in a more orderly way. The reasoning skills learned through the practice of math are an essential piece of a liberal arts education.

Unlike advanced levels of math such as algebra and calculus, our middle school math program is designed to help students build a strong foundational understanding of skills such as fractions, decimals, negative numbers, and basic geometry, which most students will use regularly throughout their daily lives. The attitude students develop towards math in middle school is likely to shape their attitude towards math in high school, college, and life.

Every middle school math course is offered in both live and self-paced formats. The content of live and self-paced math courses is markedly different, and each format is designed to serve different kinds of math learners. Learn More

Math-U-See Zeta

Expanding understanding of place value from positive powers of ten to include decimals

  • Fluently adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing multiple digit decimals using place value strategies
  • Solving real-world problems with decimals and percentages
  • Understanding the metric system and converting from one unit of measure to another

Additional Concepts and Skills:

  • Understanding and simplifying exponents
  • Understanding negative numbers and representing them on the coordinate plane
  • Using properties of operations to simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions
  • Interpreting and graphing relationships between dependent and independent variables
  • Understanding of plane geometry & geometric symbols
  • Using ratio reasoning to solve problems    Learn More

Needs Student Workbook, Teacher Manual & Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set & Decimal Inserts.

Notes:  Math-U-See is great for hands on learners.  It can be quite repetitive and doesn’t contain many reviews.  Placement Test

Singapore Primary Math

The students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem-solving. This helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics. Practice exercises are designed to provide the students with further practice after they have done the relevant workbook exercises. Review exercises are provided for cumulative reviews of concepts and skills. All the practice exercises and review exercises are optional exercises.  Learn More

Needs: Semester One – Workbook A, Textbook A, Home Instructor Guide A.  Semester two – Workbook B, Textbook B, Home Instructor Guide B.

Notes: This level isn’t a complete curriculum and will need supplementation. Colorful kid-friendly pages.   Placement Test

Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level G is a complete curriculum for the sixth-grade level that teaches the mathematical concepts and skills students are expected to know.  This book also introduces several skills and concepts normally taught in the next grade level.  Mathematical Reasoning™ books help students devise strategies to solve a wide variety of math problems. These highly effective activities use step-by-step, discussion-based problem solving and computation to build the math reasoning skills necessary for success in higher-level math and math assessments.  This book is written to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Activities and units spiral slowly, allowing students to become comfortable with concepts but also challenging them to continue building their math skills.  Learn More

NeedsNo additional needs

Notes: Colorful pages, self-directed.

Saxon Math

Saxon Math Homeschool 7/6 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes the incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts.

Building upon the principles taught in Saxon Math 6/7, the Saxon 76 textbook introduces functions and coordinates graphing, integers, exponential expressions, and prime factorization. Students will specifically learn about the order of operations, number lines, decimal place value, how to find the percent of a number, how to round decimal numbers, attributes of geometric solids, and more.

Lessons contain a warm-up (with facts practice, mental math, & problem-solving exercises); introduction to the new concept, lesson practice exercises where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice exercises, which includes 25-30 old and new problems. In-depth “Investigations” are provided every 10 lessons and have their own set of questions.

The Tests and Worksheets book provides supplemental “facts practice” tests for each lesson, as well as 23 cumulative tests that cover every 5-10 lessons. The included “activity sheets” are designed to be used with the activities given in the student worktext. Five optional, reproducible, recording forms are also included.

The Solutions Manual provides answers for all problems in the lesson (including warm-up, lesson practice, and mixed practice exercises), as well as solutions for the supplemental practice found in the back of the student text. It also includes answers for the facts practice tests, activity sheets, and tests in the separate tests & worksheets book. Learn More

NeedsStudent Text, Solutions Manual, Tests & Worksheets.

Notes: Saxon Math has a very dry presentation.  The pages are devoid of color, but it has lots of reviews and is a well-respected curriculum.   Placement Test

Teaching Textbooks

Designed specifically for homeschoolers, Teaching Textbooks 7 is designed for independent students, with the “teacher” and “textbook” elements combined. The textbook offers detailed instructions, fun illustrations, real-world examples, extensive review and already highlighted important concepts; and if your student gets stuck, there’s always the audiovisual step-by-step solutions for every one of the homework problems and quizzes! Students will listen to the lectures that explain new concepts, read the summary in the workbook, work each problem, effectually be using all learning styles; or you can mix and match to suit your own personal needs. The CD-ROMs also include automatic grading and feedback on every problem (great for time-stressed parents!) and animated lectures with lots of real world applications. There are even audio hints for some of the tougher problems! Fun, applicable and made just for you, the homeschooler!

Math 7 covers basic arithmetic problems as well as geometry. Chapters include adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and using whole numbers in the real world; fractions; decimals; percents; geometric measurements; graphing and more. Learn More

Needs: Workbook & CD’s

Notes: Use a year ahead to stay at grade level.  Placement Test

Dreambox (Online)

Dreambox is adaptive, personalized instruction.  Learn More

Notes: Not a complete curriculum, but a fun supplement.  Lots of games.  Can be difficult to transfer skills to paper if used alone.

Aleks Math

Aleks Math is a research-based, online program that offers course products for mathematics, business, science, and behavioral science. Using personalized learning and adaptive assessments, ALEKS quickly and accurately determines exactly what a student is most ready to learn. This unique approach to learning dramatically improves student performance and confidenceLearn More

Prodigy (Online)

With a diagnostic test to place students in the correct grade, embedded assessments, and automatic differentiation, Prodigy ensures that each one of your students succeed at their own pace. Learn More