Grade 6 students have just completed their first MYP Mathematics unit in which they inquired into how operations work on whole numbers. They started by exploring how our current number system has developed over time, which they will continue in our second unit as we branch out from whole numbers to rational numbers. Next, they looked at how operations can be applied to whole numbers in a variety of ways. To do this they inquired into the relationship between using “concrete” manipulative models and “abstract” algorithms. They finished the unit debating that while there are different strategies to solve a problem, are some strategies more effective and efficient than others?
We are now moving on to our second unit which is an inquiry into the Rational Real Numbers and will be driven by the following questions:
Statement of Inquiry:
Equivalent number quantities can be represented in different forms and used to express ideas creatively.
- What are the different forms used to represent number quantities?
- What is equivalence?
- What is pattern?
- How do real world situations influence which form of a number we should use?
- How can we describe patterns?
- Is the appropriate form of a number always the same?
All units in MS Mathematics are aligned with Australian Curriculum Standards. The specific standards of focus in unit 2 are:
|Number and Operations||Pattern||Probability and Statistics|
To support students varying levels of ability we are using two platforms to personalise student learning. IXL “teacher recommended” practice problems are assigned both by grade level as well as personalized to individual students based on need. Additionally, we are using the “Challenge by Choice” Enrichment Programme where students are empowered to decide what level problems are best for them to explore. For example, “green level” practice starts at grade level, “blue level” reaches a bit further, and “black level” is significantly more advanced. This is available and encouraged with all of our MS students providing the opportunity to both personalize learning and extend appropriately on selected topics while also promoting student agency.
Finally, a reminder that students are encouraged to practice mathematics at home for 10-15 minutes, 4-5 times per week. Practice at home should look like:
- Finishing practice set problems given each lesson with student guided notes
- Starred “teacher recommended” problems on IXL
Please do not hesitate to contact the math team with questions or concerns.
MS Mathematics Team