Connected Math Program (CMP3), the district adopted program for 6 - 8th grade, is implemented quite differently than 5th grade math. This program relies heavily on class investigations, partner & small group work and class discussion to build mathematical understanding.
The textbook is full of problems, called investigations, that we solve in class. Be aware that the text does not teach how to solve or use a skill or strategy. This is what is done in class. Students are to take notes in their binder during discussion as to vocabulary, skills & strategies. They are allowed to use their notes on quizzes & tests.
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Homework assignments are for students to practice & discuss in class the following day - they generally are not graded; checked for completion only. Students are encouraged to use their Study Buddy (a peer in class) or the video instruction when in need of homework help.
Because so much is done in class, attendance is crucial as discussion isn't a paper that can be given when students are absent. Copies of notes will be provided. Students should discuss what was missed with his/her Study Buddy, use instruction videos, and our Google Classroom.
Ms. T. Trawitzke
Parents are notified via the Planner when work is late or missing. Students place a “Late” stamp in the Planner; therefore it is crucial parents look at & initial the Planner daily. Although there are no grading consequences for missing work, the consequences for successful learning are obvious. Access or participation in privileges such as extra
gym or Dyer Celebrations are revoked for students with missing work.
Generally there are 1 - 3 quizzes each unit; some may be partner quizzes where students collaborate with their work partner or where only one of the partners’ quizzes are collected for the pair of students. Other assessments such as exit tickets or reflections are individual. Unit tests are individual as well.
Students are encouraged to retake quizzes or unit tests to reach proficiency. Prior to a retake, students will analyze errors made and complete additional practice.
There are very few graded components with CMP. Grades will be recorded from skill builders, quizzes & tests. Students track progress of reaching the Standards throughout each unit using the scale: Proficient, Basic, or Minimal. Proficiency is generally 80% or higher, while Minimal is below 60%. Evidence is also collected to show progress made toward Proficiency. No extra credit is available with CMP3 & Standards Referenced Grading, so students should retake/redo work.
The following are helpful sites for instruction to review when “I don’t get it,” or when instruction is missed. The concepts are separated by topic and include excellent video tutors. The links are available under “Student Links” from the BASD homepage:
We also use Google Classroom to post & share work.
Students choose a Study Buddy, a peer in the classroom, who is a person to call when conferring about an assignment or when instruction is missed.
Some students are assigned an account for an online math fact mastery site.
Log in & PIN info is located in the Planner.
Xtramath is considered homework and should be completed at home or during homeroom. When students have mastered fluency, the program awards a certificate. I will get reports & will check their account to ensure they are on xtramath during the week. Some students commit time to this and are done by the end of first quarter. Once done, they do not need to return to xtramath. I encourage students to complete this early as homework for other classes will start to begin at a regular pace.
Your success depends on our collaboration and working together as a team with your parents.
This is what each of us will do to communicate your learning:
*Complete your Planner every day for every class. *Circle or highlight what is work to be completed. *Place a check by work finished in school.
*Place a “Late” stamp by work that is late or missing.
*Take home the Friday Folder.
*Share Math Portfolios at the end of each unit.
*Initial Planner daily.
*Empty contents of the Friday Folder. Some materials may need to be signed & returned, others are returned work or announcements.
*Read the Rainforest House weekly email update.
*Read email of math progress reports.
*Periodically check Skyward.
*Contact teachers - Planner, email, phone.
*Conference at home to share Math Portfolio.
Ms. Trawitzke will:
*Check Planner daily.
*Send weekly updates for math through Skyward along with other Rainforest House teachers.
*Send math progress reports via email.
*Periodic contacts with parents.
We have read the guidelines & policies for 6th grade math: