In 6th grade Math, students build upon their work with fractions, decimals, and percents to understand how they relate and work in conjunction. Students will experience a combination of the review of concrete number operations from 5th grade and the introduction of abstract concepts that will be further developed in 7th grade. Students continue learning a variety of problem solving techniques with a continued emphasis on the idea that there are multiple ways to solve any problem in mathematics. They learn that the key to success as a mathematician is to have as many tools as possible in your toolbox. The units examined in sixth grade include geometry, fraction, decimal, and integer operations, solving equations and inequalities, and solving problems using ratios and rates. Students learn about concepts by examining a situation on their own, then discussing it with their table group, then sharing their observations with the whole class. This inquiry and discussion format allows students to build a deep understanding of the concepts that they study.
The 6th grade experience at St. Mark’s is designed to help students begin to take on more independence now that they are fully adapted to Middle School life. Whether they were part of our 5th grade program or are arriving with experiences from another school, our 6th graders are ready to begin taking on responsibility for keeping track of their own tasks, materials, and time. Advisors and teachers guide students through goal setting, developing organizational skills, and practicing effective time management habits. 6th grade is a year for students to continue to discover who they are as learners. Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves whether they need extra support or additional academic challenges. Teachers work to empower each student as they navigate the academic and social aspects of the year while taking ownership of their own unique educational journey.