Math 6 
Academics 
Middle School 
The American School in Japan
Course:
Mathematics 6
20032004
Teachers: Ginny Allen and Derrel Fincher
Course Materials: Connected Mathematics Unit
Textbooks and a variety of other materials.
Web Address:
Math6.net
Course Description:
Problem solving situations, which emphasize thinking, reasoning,
and communication, motivate the need for new mathematical skills
and ideas. Sixthgrade learners will solve such problems both individually
and in cooperative groups. The process of writing to explain their
thinking clarifies learners’ ideas and deepens understanding of
mathematical concepts. Course materials integrate manipulatives
and technology.
Number Theory: Greatest common factor/least
common multiple, prime numbers, divisibility rules.
Number Sense: Whole numbers, fractions/ratio/proportion,
decimals, percents; deciding when to use pencil/paper, calculator,
estimation or mental math.
Measurement: Estimating, measuring,
discovering patterns to create formulas, area, perimeter, volume.
Data Analysis: Data gathering, surveys,
analyzing and presenting data, graphing, and making predictions.
Logic: patterns and logic problems.
Patterns, Functions, Algebra Concepts:
Generalizing and extending patterns, exponents, order of operations.
Note: The most important concepts and skills appear again
and again in different units. This allows learners to see topics
from many points of view, over a longer stretch of time. Computation
skills will be practiced regularly, however this class does not
emphasize speedy manipulation or rote memorization, but a deeper
understanding of mathematics.
Goals for Learners:
Positive Mathematical Attitude: Develops motivation,
curiosity, perseverance, risktaking, flexibility, selfresponsibility,
selfconfidence, and an appreciation for mathematics and its connections
to the world around us.
Classroom Learning Behaviors: Comes prepared for
class, uses class time well, asks questions, shows desire to learn,
completes assignments carefully, uses math manipulatives responsibly,
and demonstrates organizational skills.
Communications – Written and Oral: Shares solutions,
explains thinking, listens to others’ ideas, contributes to class
discussions, cooperates with group members, reflects on and clarifies
writing to make sure it makes sense, organizes work, uses manipulatives,
drawings, and graphs to model mathematical concepts.
Problem Solving: Shows persistence, uses more than
one approach, looks for patterns and relationships, and checks
for reasonableness of solutions.
Evaluation:
Assessments: projects, tests, quizzes, writeups,
and other performance tasks.
Problemsolving: stumpers, complex multiday problems,
cooperative and individual problem solving, problems of the day,
week, month.
Daily work: inclass work, homework, journal entries,
and warmups.
Learning dynamics: selfevaluation, quest for understanding,
communication, cooperation, desire for learning.
Materials Required for Class:
 Binder
 Math journal
 Unit textbook

 Calculator
 Writing instrument
 Glue stick
 Small Ruler

 Colored pencils
 Colored markers
 Lined paper

Homework:
 Homework typically takes 3060 minutes between class sessions.
 All work must be shown for every assignment. In addition,
most assignments will require you to explain your thinking.
 It is your responsibility to get your assignments
when absent. They can be found on the Internet.
Please feel free to call or Email us about any concerns you
or your child may have. We encourage students to call at night if
they have questions about the homework assignment. They can find
the homework on our web site.

Ginny Allen 
Derrel Fincher 
School: 
0422345300 ext. 642 
0422345300 ext. 422 
Home:

0422310270 (before 9 p.m.)

0423624314 (before 9 p.m.)

Email:

gallen@asij.ac.jp

dfincher@asij.ac.jp

Web

Math6.net

Student’s Name:_________________ Date:_________________
Math 6
Please sign below indicating that you have read and understood
the information contained in the course description (available from
the link on
Math6.net) and return this form to Ms. Allen or Mr. Fincher.
If you have any concerns or would like us to know anything about
your child's mathematics background, please email Mr. Fincher (dfincher@asij.ac.jp)
or Ms. Allen (gallen@asij.ac.jp)
Student: __________________________
Parent:_____________________