6 Grade School to Home ConnectionsMath in Focus is the world-class mathematics curriculum from Singapore adapted for U.S. classrooms. Math in Focus addresses topics in greater depth at each grade.

Here are some of the topics your student will focus on this year:

  • building problem-solving skills and strategies
  • comparing and ordering positive and negative numbers
  • practicing operations with positive numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals
  • using ratios, rates, and percents
  • simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, using coordinates to create graphs, writing linear equations, and using tables and graphs to represent equations
  • finding the areas of polygons and circles, finding perimeter and circumference, and finding the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes
  • applying statistical reasoning to data sets, and finding the mean, the median, and the mode of data sets

You can help your student gain confidence as well as communication abilities in mathematics by practicing new skills at home by taking advantage of opportunities to use math in everyday situations.

While reading newspapers and magazines, invite your student to:

  • find examples of fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, percents, and negative numbers
  • read graphs and discuss how they display information, or what coordinates on the graphs represent
  • look for the word “average” and decide what it means in the context of the article

At home or at a store, challenge your student to:

  • determine unit rates for the prices of different brands or sizes of the same item
  • create algebraic expressions to represent numbers such as the average price of your purchases
  • find volumes of items listed on the product labels, and estimate the surface area of boxes or cans

While traveling by car or bus, ask your student to:

  • find the ratio of how far you have traveled to the total length of your trip
  • estimate your rate of travel
  • identify different polygons and circles, and, if possible, estimate their areas

Contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about the program or your child's progress.