Teacher: Kristi Smith



Content for this course is determined by the objectives stated in the Alabama Course of Study for Mathematics. 


                Students in sixth grade are changing physically, socially, and cognitively. The sixth-grade classroom environment addresses these changes by providing balance between elementary- and middle-level practices. While these changes are leading to emotional and academic independence, students in this grade continue to need guidance. Sixth-grade students also need an environment that challenges them and provides support as they become more responsible individuals.

                The sixth-grade curriculum is designed to maximize student learning through the use of manipulatives, social interaction, and technology. The curriculum assists students as they begin the transition of mathematical thought processes from the concrete to the abstract. Opportunities are provided for students to gain a thorough understanding of decimals and fractions while integrating these number sense concepts into the other mathematical strands.


Materials:  Students will be using Go Math textbooks made by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , (AMSTI), and Laying the Foundation Connecting Middle Grades to AP Mathematics.  In addition to these textbooks and resources, students will need the following:

1.       wide-ruled notebook paper

2.       pencils

3.         composition notebook


Grading procedures:


1.   Homework will be assigned and checked daily. A grade for homework will be earned from selected assignments

2.  Quizzes are given periodically through the nine weeks. These quizzes may be on selected lessons and will range in value from 10-50 points.

3.   Tests are typically given mid-chapter (unit) or at the end of each chapter (unit). The value of each test is at least 100 points

4.   Notes are given periodically during class in order to provide clear, step-by-step reminders and should be used as “Helpful Hints” when completing assignments or studying for a test.

5.   Projects will be assigned throughout the year in order to further explore concepts covered in class.

6.  Periodically grades will be taken on other in class assignments.


Student grades will be determined by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of points possible.


Classroom Expectations:


A.  Be Responsible

1.  Be on time.  Students are expected to be on time and prepared to start class. 

2.  Be attentive.  Students are expected to pay careful attention to instructions. All work must be shown on assignments or tests to receive full credit.  Showing work helps to identify errors that may be slowing student progress.


B.  Be Respectful

1.   Do not talk while the teacher or others are talking. Show respect to others in the class.  Take care of classroom materials and help keep your area clean.

2.   All students are expected to follow the Etowah County Schools Code of Student Conduct. Discipline will be handled by the classroom teacher prior to referral to administration.  Consequences may include write-up, break detention, office referral, in-school suspension (ISS), after- school detention, suspension, or paddling.