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North Laurel Middle School


6th Grade Math Syllabus

Course Description

Sixth Grade Math reinforces basic mathematical concepts and introduces skills that are essential for all students.  Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced.  Students begin with a general review of the four basic operations. They are introduced to exponents, geometric formulas, algebraic concepts, ratios, percentages, and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing signed numbers.  6th Grade Math students work extensively with fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and estimating.  Problem solving strategies are also an integral part of the curriculum.

Course Objectives

*     connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems

*     completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers

*     writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations

*     developing understanding of statistical thinking.

Textbook : Holt McDougal 6th Grade Math

Makeup Work

Makeup work is the responsibility of the student who is absent. Students will have one day to complete makeup work for each day absent per district policy.

Homework Corrections

All homework corrections must be turned in by the Monday following the assignments due date. Corrections MUST be on a different page and stapled to the original assignment.

Test and Quiz Retakes

Tests must be retaken within a week of the original test date. Follow the Test Correction policy given by your teacher. Quizzes will not be retaken.

Extra Help

Tutoring is available during the year after school. Generally this starts in October. Parents will be notified when tutoring begins. Students may request teacher help before the 2nd bell or preschedule other opportunities.

Grade Scale

A 90 – 100 %

B 80 – 89 %

C 70 – 79%

D 60 – 69 %

F 59 % or below

Grading Policy

Each nine weeks the average will be based on tests, quizzes, homework and standards mastery assessments.

Standards Mastery Assessments: 20%

Tests: 30%

Quizzes: 25%

Homework: 25%


All students are expected to have these materials with them in class, daily.

*     Composition Notebook

*     Folder with pockets

*     Graph Paper

*     Pencils (These will need to be regularly bought throughout the year.)


***Donations of: Kleenex, Lysol Wipes, Wrapped Candy (NO NUTS), Pencils,     Dry Erase Markers, and Graph Paper would be greatly appreciated.