Friday, January 18, 2013

In my 6th grade math class this week we spent most of the week working on percent of a number.  I love the new Common Core Curriculum. We are able to spend more time on each topic and really develop concepts.  While I was teaching this week I was amazed at how many of my students chose to change the percent to a fraction out of 100 and multiply instead of changing the percent to a decimal.  Usually it's the other way around.  We concentrated on real life problems involving percents and discounts.  Students brought in ads and coupons from newspapers, circulars, and the internet to share. Next week we start ratios and rates.

I created this Benchmark Fraction, Decimal, Percent table for students to include in their notes.

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  1. It's so cool to hear that you are getting the chance to delve deeper and find out more about what your students are thinking and why. I was just reading that a teacher felt like we couldn't do fun activities anymore because of CCSS, but I think your example of using real life situations proves that wrong!

    Leslie - Teach

    1. I totally agree! I believe the common core curriculum is all about activities and letting the students discover patterns and relationships on their own. Activities in the classroom allow students to work hands on with math and discuss mathematical concepts and strategies with each other. I find I can do even more activities using this curriculum then before.