 
6th Grade Mathematics 
Academics 
Middle School 
The American School in Japan
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The date given below for the homework is the day that it is assigned and
the homework is due at the next class. If you have questions about the homework,
you may see me at school, you may call me at school (0422345300 x422), or
you may call me at home before 9:00PM (0423624314). You also may send me an
Email (dfincher@asij.ac.jp) or try me with instant messaging on AIM (Derrel Fincher) or MSN Messenger
(DerrelFincher@msn.com). Please do not send Email to AIM or MSN I will not
receive it.
The time you spend on homework should average (the mean) approximately one
hour between classes. If you find an assignment is taking much longer than that,
or if you need help, please give me a call. As 6th graders, you are responsible
for getting your homework done or finding resources to help you do it. And remember,
a resource can be another student.
If you are finding that your homework is taking much less than an hour, you
should be working on challenges. See me and I will help you select them. One
option is the Problem of the Week
from the Math Forum. If you choose to do this, please let me know and
show your parents the POW Web site.

June 11, 2003

 Tapped In for the last time.


June 4, 2003

 Warmup on board
 Grades
 Share and compare
 4.1 and 4.1 Followup.

 Take a break from homework.

June 2, 2003

 Share and compare
 ACE 3.1 overview
 ACE 3.2 and 3.2 Followup

 Fill out comments if
you are one of the seven who has not.
 Finish ACE 3.2 Followup
 ACE 5, 7, 8.

May 29, 2003

 Turn in blue sheet.
 Book sorting.
 Share and compare 12 and 19 from previous homework.
 1.4 Followup.
 Measuring irregular areas. 2.1 and 2.1 followup.

 Finish 2.1 Followup. The foot data is here.
 Fill out comments tonight if you
can.
 ACE 115, Investigation 2

May 27, 2003

 Meet your buddies to find out what they think of your algorithms.
 End of quarter summary.
 Share and compare.
 Investigation 2.1?

 Fill out blue sheet for quarter progress.
 Photocopy two pages from your homework of which you are particularly
proud and attach them with a written explanation. (Only one can be from
the CoWeb.)
 In a new page in the CoWeb rewrite your fraction multiplication
algorithm so it is understandable. (Exempt if your first effort was
acceptable.) Explain what you had to improve and why it was confusing to
begin with.
 Comments will be posted for Thursday's class.

May 23, 2003

 Get Calculator  be prepared for Warmup.
 Return takehome.
 Investigation 7.2 Followup.
 Investigation 1.3 and 1.3 Followup. Computing Costs.
 Investigation 1.4 and 1.4 Followup.

 Finish 1.3 followup.
 Finish 1.4 and 1.4 Followup.
 ACE 211, 12, 19 in C&S.

May 21, 2003

 Share and Compare
 Investigation 7.2 and 7.2 Followup.
 Investigation 7.3 and 7.3 Followup

 Finish 7.2 Followup.
 ACE (investigation 7) 2035, 4547. Show work.
No Calculators.
 Challenge: in 46 and 47, express your answer as either a whole number
or simple fraction.

May 19, 2003

 Turn in take home portion of unit test.
 Do "Think About This" on Overhead.
 Return Quiz
 Investigation 7.1 and 7.1 followup.
 Investigation 7.2 and 7.2 Followup.

 Finish 7.1 Followup.
 ACE (investigation 7) 113 and 1 each from 1416 and 1719. Show work.
No Calculators.

May 13 and 15, 2003

 Mr. Roen is substituting while I'm in Izu.

 Take home portion of Unit Test due Monday, May 19.

May 9, 2003

 Warmup  no calculators.
 Share and compare.
 Test postponed to Tuesday.
 Fencing In, 6.5 and 6.5 Followup
 Selectaproblem.

 Unit Test next class with Mr. Roen after you go over your homework.
 Do problems 2, 4, and either 5 or 7 in the handout. Work on your
journal and be prepared to share with the class.
 Finish the warmup.

May 7, 2003

 Put your one each of your practice problems on the board or ACE 7.
 6.3 Followup discussion.
 6.4 and 6.4 Followup.
 Reflections, Investigation 6.
 Unit test next class.

 Reflections with your partner in the CoWeb.
 ACE 11, 12.

May 1, 2003

 Warmup on board.
 Explain why you didn't do your work.
 Share and compare.
 ACE 6.3 and 6.3 Followup.
 Analyzing Algorithms.

 Lunchtime  put in your algorithm if you haven't done so.
 Finish 6.3 Followup.
 ACE 710 in investigation 6.
 Test your buddy's algorithm and write a summary of it suggesting where
it works well and where it could be improved. Put it in our CoWeb. (We
will move it to the mathemagic CoWeb later.) Compare it to your regular
multiplication algorithm that you wrote at the first of the year. Use 273
x 41 as the test case.
 For your fraction practice, make up 4 fraction addition/subtraction
problems and 4 fraction multiplication problems, then solve them showing
each step. At least one multiplication problem must involve mixed number
greater than 10. For that one, also draw a picture representing the
multiplication.

April 29, 2003

 Share and compare.
 Return Quiz.
 Designing a multiplication Algorithm,5.4
 Investigation 6.1 and 6.1 Followup.
 Investigation 6.2 and 6.2 Followup

 Post your multiplication algorithm in the CoWeb as soon as possible.
With a partner, choose a different algorithm and test it using the
problems in 5.4. Do 5.4 followup based on your discussions with your
partner and post
your paragraph in the CoWeb.
 Finish 6.2 and 6.2 Followup.
 ACE (Investigation 6) 16.
 Play the school supply game with somebody else if you need to practice
estimating with decimals.

April 25, 2003

 Share and compare
 5.2 Followup on board.
 Buying the biggest lot, Investigation 5.3 and 5.3 Followup.
 Designing a multiplication Algorithm, 5.4

 Put your Addition Algorithm in the BB Digital Drop Box if you haven't
already for 1/2 credit on the test.
 Finish 5.3 Followup and write your algorithm in your journal.
 ACE 610, 1820. Note: 20 must be realistic and reasonable. Do
not use decimals.

April 23, 2003

 Use your algorithm to solve the warmup on the board.
 Share and compare.
 Checkup.
 Discounting Brownies. Investigation 5.2 and 5.2 followup.

 Finish 5.2 Followup
 ACE 15, 1117. Show your work.
 If you worked for less than one hour, work on a POW or Trigonit. (If
you have a solution to Trigonit, bring it in.)

April 21, 2003

 Share and compare  show your work on the Time Zone on the board.
 Send solutions to Mr. Carr.
 Designing Algorithms, 4.4 and 4.4 Followup.
 Selling Brownies, 5.1 and 5.1 followup

 Finish 4.4 Followup and 5.1 Followup
 ACE 5, investigation 4.
 Polish your algorithm, make sure it works by having a friend or parent
follow it, and then upload it to Blackboard as a Word document. You must
have it uploaded by class on Wednesda. Remember, you must SEND the file.
 Checkup on Wednesday.

April 16, 2003

 Warmup on OHP
 Share and Compare
 Designing Algorithms, 4.4 and 4.4 Followup.

 ACE Investigation 4: 69 (do not use decimals), 27.
 Complete the problem Mr. Carr proposed: How far from Greenwich Mean
Time (GMT) is Costa Rica. Tokyo is GMT +0900 and we are 15 hours AHEAD of
Costa Rica.

April 14, 2003

 Share and Compare
 Quiz return
 Reflections and Shared work  Discussion
 Tupelo Township! Investigations 4.1  4.2 Followup

 Finish 4.2 Followup
 ACE (Investigation 4) 13, 1026
 If you have worked less than an
hour, continue with a POW or Trigonit. Please let me know when you
submit the solution to a POW.

April 10, 2003

 Share and Compare.
 Begin Homework.
 Checkup. You may have your reflections from Investigation 1 and
Investigation 2 with you.

 Reflections, Investigation 3 in CoWeb.
 Investigation 3 ACE 2023, 35, 4249. If you have worked less than an
hour, continue with a POW or Trigonit or ACE 5057.

April 8, 2003

 Share and Compare
 Reflections Discussion, Investigation 2
 Getting Close, 3.1 and 3.1 followup.
 Getting Even Closer 3.2 and 3.2 Followup.

 With your group, write Investigation 2 reflections in the CoWeb.
(Note: The address of the CoWeb
has changed to here.
Update your bookmarks.)
 Thursday morning print a good reflection for your journal (it doesn't
have to be yours). Know who in your group participated.
 Short Checkup next class.
 Investigation 3 ACE: 13, 1119, 3034, 3741.
 POW or Trigonit if you have time.

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6th Grade Mathematics 
Academics 
Middle School 
The American School in Japan
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