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Fifth and Sixth Grade Math

New State Math Standards Drive Math Curriculum

The beginning of the 2017-18 school year marks the first year of the new Nebraska State Math Standards. Math standards were previously revised in 2009. The standards, entitled, College and Career Ready, include more rigorous, challenging concepts that students will be assessed on in the Spring of 2018, by the Nebraska State Math Assessment.

Many of the revised standards are new to the fifth and sixth grade curriculums. Some previous standards have been combined, while others have been moved to either a grade level lower or higher.

So far this school year, the fifth graders have expressed whole numbers and decimals in standard form, word form, and expanded form. Students have compared whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers. Fifth graders have found sums and differences using their mental math ability, as well as solve story problems that involve multiple steps. They have also rounded whole numbers and decimals to a particular place-value position.

The sixth graders have practiced finding common factors and multiples with and without the use of prime factorization. They have expressed whole numbers and decimals using exponential notation. Students have compared and ordered integers and rational numbers. They have been introduced to integers on a number line. We have also determined and compared the absolute value of integers and rational numbers.

Students in both grades are currently converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Another aspect of math class in the fifth and sixth grades is the use of a website, ixl.com. This website allows students the opportunity to practice the concepts that they have learned in math class. The site is tailored towards our current Nebraska Math standards. Students have access to many practice problems and accumulate points towards a “Smart Score.”

It is amazing to observe how math concepts have been “pushed down” to students at an earlier age. Concepts what were presented to junior-high or even freshman students in the past, are now being taught to upper elementary students.

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