
Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
Beehive30 Jul 3, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to srobinson)Have you you visited www.teacherchannel.org ? It has 122 mini videos about teaching math and the common core.

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
srobinson Jul 3, 2013 2:04 PM (in response to Beehive30)Thank you, I have watched some of the videos and I will try some more.


Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
azneil Jul 8, 2013 9:42 AM (in response to srobinson)1 of 1 people found this helpfulSherri, I'm not sure if these will help you or not, but here are two links for you to look over.
IXL  Arizona math standards (Arizona)
Free Teacher Lessons, Common Core Resources  nms.org
Hope you can find something.
Neil

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
blancaedu Jul 8, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to srobinson)1 of 1 people found this helpfulSherri,
I work with lots of districts implementing the CCSS and while resources can be very helpful what you might help you more is connecting with other 6th grade teachers locally or in a place like #mathchat on Twitter to find actual lesson plans you can use. Here is one resource I came across this morning which includes a section of resources for teachers of mathematics: http://www.teachthought.com/learning/curriculum/109commoncoreresourcesforteachersbycontentarea/
There's another way to prepare to teach a new grade. First, have you taught math before? If you have taught upper or lower grade math, then you may be able to salvage some of those materials to address the standards across the grades, or coherence. Coherence means to think across grades and link to each topic across grades. Here is an image depicting how this might work:
If you have lesson plans from upper or lower grades you can repurpose them by looking at the threads. If you haven't taught yet, you can access lots of good ideas at our Designing Effective Projects section. If you need a refresher on math topics you can access Khan Academy or Wolfram Alpha or WebMath from Discovery for stepbystep help.
A quick search for math information about the CCSS on this site turns up this EOY evidence table from PARCC that I found helpful. It clarifies what students need to know at the end of the year for Grade 6: PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table
Sometimes getting a group from your school engaged in sharing lesson plans can help as well.
Finally, BetterLesson.com has plenty of teacher rated, quality materials that include rigorous activities with a dash of personality. This one caught my eye for a first day of class activity. http://betterlesson.com/document/424933/whoiampdf?from=landing_featured_preview
I hope you enjoy your year teaching 6th grade math. If it's your first year teaching math it may take longer to create those lessons but rest assured you can continue to engage here in the community and we'll find you some other math lovers to help!
Blanca

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
staceylazarus Jul 8, 2013 4:02 PM (in response to srobinson)Blanca's answer will be hard to follow because it is so complete. The only thing I can add are my bookmarks for Math and for Common Core. Hope this helps.

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
blancaedu Jul 8, 2013 4:36 PM (in response to staceylazarus)Thanks, Stacey ! But don't make me out to be a nerd!
I think the links you've provided are equally as useful. You have a gem in the iXL resource. I hovered over a few of the standards and was able to see an example of what students need to know (i.e. Solve for square root of 50) connected to each standard. This is especially useful for teachers starting to teach in a new grade level or with concentrating on a new core area. IXL  Common Core high school math standards
In my neck of the woods 6th grade teachers are divided into two areas of strength (for example math and science vs english and ss) and they are responsible for teaching that subject area to a team of students. It can be challenging when you've been the ELA/SS teacher and all of sudden you become the math/science teacher!
Resources are great additions to good quality lessons. Reaching out to others is one way to keep up with the most current teaching strategies and trends. Let's keep the resources and ideas coming. CCSS isn't going away any time soon!

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
srobinson Jul 10, 2013 12:22 AM (in response to staceylazarus)Thank you Stacey, I agree she gave me a great answer but I will be checking your places out too.


Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
staceylazarus Jul 10, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to srobinson)Just got this link on "109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Content Area" from my PLN. I have added it to my bookmarks. Enjoy!

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
blancaedu Jul 10, 2013 6:32 AM (in response to srobinson)Sherri,
I am afraid I didn't see the bottom of your question. You have a 2:1 ratio of computers to students. Do you work in a state that is PARCC or SBAC?
2:1 is a great ratio! I used to have students time each other and ring a bell when it was time for the two teams to switch so the next team could practice fluency. If you have software like Compass Learning, you can keep track of their progress easily. Fasttmath we found was a great program for those that were struggling with basic math skills like multiplication and division. Our results were very positive! 1030% growth in basic math fact fluency in a few weeks.
You don't mention whether you are using Macs, Windows or Chromebooks. The desktops also have APP stores  and the Chromebooks have the Chrome store. Are you looking for specific apps to improve fluency in a particular area? The best apps (IMHO) are those that allow you to collect information on a student's progress so you can assign homework and classwork accordingly.
Blanca

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
bobknab Jul 10, 2013 8:43 AM (in response to srobinson)Sherri, an excellent common core lesson database can be found at http://www.learnzillion.com  you can easily differentiate assignments and the lessons were created using the common core standards (not just adjusted). I am returning to the 8th grade math classroom and have been using their lessons to refresh my memory. All lessons are Powerpoint which can be downloaded but have been made into video with the author teacher narrating. There is also expert commentary which is the teacher explaining his/her rationale for how they chose to create their lesson in that particular way, resources for students to take notes as well as letters to parents. It is FREE!

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
bobknab Jul 10, 2013 8:43 AM (in response to srobinson)Sherri, an excellent common core lesson database can be found at http://www.learnzillion.com  you can easily differentiate assignments and the lessons were created using the common core standards (not just adjusted). I am returning to the 8th grade math classroom and have been using their lessons to refresh my memory. All lessons are Powerpoint which can be downloaded but have been made into video with the author teacher narrating. There is also expert commentary which is the teacher explaining his/her rationale for how they chose to create their lesson in that particular way, resources for students to take notes as well as letters to parents. It is FREE!

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
bobknab Jul 10, 2013 8:43 AM (in response to srobinson)Sherri, an excellent common core lesson database can be found at http://www.learnzillion.com  you can easily differentiate assignments and the lessons were created using the common core standards (not just adjusted). I am returning to the 8th grade math classroom and have been using their lessons to refresh my memory. All lessons are Powerpoint which can be downloaded but have been made into video with the author teacher narrating. There is also expert commentary which is the teacher explaining his/her rationale for how they chose to create their lesson in that particular way, resources for students to take notes as well as letters to parents. It is FREE!

Re: Does anyone have some great 6th grade math ideas for common core stds? Just starting to teach 6th math this year and need some help.
bobknab Jul 10, 2013 8:44 AM (in response to srobinson)Sherri, an excellent common core lesson database can be found at http://www.learnzillion.com  you can easily differentiate assignments and the lessons were created using the common core standards (not just adjusted). I am returning to the 8th grade math classroom and have been using their lessons to refresh my memory. All lessons are Powerpoint which can be downloaded but have been made into video with the author teacher narrating. There is also expert commentary which is the teacher explaining his/her rationale for how they chose to create their lesson in that particular way, resources for students to take notes as well as letters to parents. It is FREE!