Compton-Drew Investigative Learning Center

    Middle School

    6th Grade Mathematics

    Joan Frischman

    Instructor Planning Period for Appointments:

    Thursdays, 10:45PM - 11;30PM






    6th Grade Mathematics


    Course Description: In 6th Grade Mathematics, we will cover algebra, geometry, number sense, data exploration, and fractions. By the end of the course, students will deepen their understanding of how numbers interact with one another through the four basic functions. Students will be able to read, create and analyze different graphical representations of data. Students will understand how mathematics is used in everyday life and they will be able to apply the problem solving strategies covered daily in class to work through real world problems.



    Text(s): Big Ideas Math, Green Edition

                    Find the textbook and workbook at https://ca.bigideasmath.com/students/



    Methods of Instruction: Direct instruction, group work, research, experiments, lecture, cooperative learning, guided practice, pair work, question generation, error corrections, instructional videos, instructional games, and manipulative demonstration.


    Course Objectives: To instill within students a comprehensive understanding of mathematical relationships, graphing, geometry, data and computation so that they may be equipped to solve real world problems and have the foundation needed to find success at every opportunity.



    • Homework
    • Class work
    • Tests
    • Projects
    • Participation


    Late Assignments Policy


    Homework is considered late if it is not turned in on time. Homework is typically checked for completion on the day it is due, discussed for questions during class time, and then placed into student binder/portfolios to use as a study resource. 


    Exams/Tests/ Quizzes: Students will be assessed frequently on the material covered in class. Studies show that students who are tested/quizzed over material more frequently, every one to two weeks, as opposed to only once a month, perform better and retain more information.


    Grading Criteria: Grades will be based on the combination of three components:


    1.  Students will be required to master each Learning Objective (LO) by scoring at an 80% or above for each Learning Objective (LO) on a mastery quiz that will be given at the end of the topic section. Additionally, students will complete a project each semester which will also be counted toward their test grades. Tests represent 40% of each students overall grade.


    1. Students will be required to keep a binder/notebook containing all of their assignments, including in-class work, homework, projects, notes, group work, and handouts. 


    1. Student homework will be the final 15% of their overall grade. Homework is expected to be completed on the day it is due without fail.


    A - 90% - 100%

    B - 80% - 89%

    C - 70% - 79%

    D - 60% - 69%

    F -  0% - 59%



    Non-Negotiables: Students are expected to bring sharpened pencils to class each day in addition to their notebook, completed homework, notes for the current unit of instruction, homework planner sheet, and any other materials as instructed in the morning by their teachers. Students are also expected to engage in class, ask questions, be timely, work with their peers, and compose themselves in such a way that enables the individual student and his/her peers maximize learning in the classroom.


    Attendance Policy: It is necessary that students are in school daily. It is my job to teach and it is very hard to help students reach their potential if they are not present. If an emergency occurs, please call the school to let them know that the student will not be present. It is the students’ responsibility to get the work they missed.  When students are absent, you will be able to find all resources digitally on the teacher webpage at:

                Frischman - https://www.slps.org/Domain/3433


    Homework Policy: Students should expect to complete homework each day when it is assigned.  Homework will be checked for accuracy during class time, and students will be given credit for completion of their homework. The school board establishes the following major purposes of homework for the St. Louis Public Schools:

    ·         To reinforce the principles, concepts, and information taught and learned in the classroom.

    ·         To assist teachers in assessing the student's comprehension of concepts and skills covered in class.

    ·         To stimulate creative, logical, and critical thought.

    ·         To provide an opportunity for the creative application of material mastered during the formal class time.

    ·         To teach the student self-discipline and self-motivation regarding the responsibility and effort required to complete assignments.

    ·         To permit parents to have a more active role in educating their children and in monitoring their classroom assignments and in becoming familiar with their textbooks.

    The average time to be spent on homework is as follows: Twenty (20) minutes per evening for each of the basic subject areas for students in grades six (6) through eight (8). This translates to an average of seventy-five (75) minutes of study each evening for students in these grades.

    Classroom Routines & Procedures


    1. Entering the room Before entering the room, make sure that you have a pencil, your binder, and all classwork. Enter quietly and politely; don't interrupt other students; begin on your “Do Now” assignment.
    2. Exiting the Classroom After you are dismissed, stand up quietly; push in your chair; take all necessary items; pick up any trash within three feet of your desk; line up without touching others or talking; face the front of the line; watch where you are going.
    3. Lockers – Students will only be allowed to use their lockers at certain times during the day. It is important that students get all of their necessary supplies for their next classes during the times you are allowed.
    4. Leaving the room Students may only leave the room when teacher’s are not conducting direct instruction and when they are caught up with their work. Students must take a pass in order to leave the room and are expected to return in 3 minutes.
    5. Beginning the day Enter the third floor quietly, put away any coats or backpacks in your locker, and get any materials ready for your day of classes.
    6. Ending the day Clean off your desk; pick up any trash within three feet of your desk; stack your chair; collect your mail; wait quietly to be dismissed.
    7. Taking out/putting away/caring for supplies Share group supplies; recap markers and glue; check the number written on the supplies to make sure they belong in your group basket; if something belongs to another group, return it to them quietly.
    8. Participating in group lessons Do not bring anything with you unless I ask you to; politely find a place to sit where you can do your best learning; sit flat, not on your knees; listen carefully for new information; raise your hand to speak; do not speak when someone else is speaking.
    9. Obtaining help with assignments – Quietly ask the students near you for help with directions if you need it; if you are working alone, raise your hand to get help from me; if you are working with a group, ask them for help in understanding how you do the assignment.
    10. Helping other students In a cooperative classroom, it is good to help one another; if someone needs help with directions or reading an assignment, help him or her if you are able; if someone needs help with understanding the problem, tell him or her to ask me for help; never put down another student who asks for help.
    11. Organizing desk Remove all loose papers; decide if they should go home or stay at school; put papers that should stay at school in the front pocket of your work notebook; put pencil or art supplies in your school box; put your folders and work notebook on the left side of your desk tray; everything else goes on the right side; pick up your trash before you leave.
    12. Handing in finished work/homework All homework will be discussed and graded in class immediately following your “Do Now” assignment. It will then be checked for completion while you are doing your do now.
    13. What to do with unfinished work If I ask for work to be turned in, let me know if it isn't finished; if I ask you to keep an unfinished project, put it in your class work notebook.
    14. When and how to use the school restroom We will have scheduled bathroom breaks for the entire class and students are expected to use the restroom during the designated times. Only in extreme cases will students be allowed to use the restroom when I am not teaching the whole group.
    15. When and how to use the drinking fountain or sink When I am not teaching the whole group, ask to get water.
    16. When and how to use the pencil sharpener  If you need a pencil for class you may borrow one or if the pencil needs to be sharpned then you may swap with a sharpened pencil.   The pencil sharpener will not be used during class. Raise your hand if you need to swap for a pencil.
    17. Being a classroom helper; learning a classroom job If you get a job on Monday, see the person who did the job last week during silent reading time, ask him or her for the job description card, and have him or her help you on the first day. For the rest of the week, it is your responsibility to remember to do your job.
    18. Getting into work groups Take all the materials you will need; greet each other; complete the task doing your personal best; make sure each person signs the project; thank the others in your group.
    19. Using the classroom libraryWhen I am not teaching the whole group, you may check out a book. Take good care of the book; when you are finished, return the book to the bookshelf.
    20. Handling seatwork pages As soon as you get a paper, print your first and last name along with your subject and group number  in the upper left hand corner, and the date in the upper right hand corner. Always put a title on the sheet in the middle of the first line after your name and date.
    21. Preparing for lunch Prior to lunch, follow directions to where to put all of your class materials to your locker, get your lunch if you brought it, and line up to go downstairs.
    22. Getting a tissue If you need a tissue, please raise your hand and get permission before getting out of your seat. Be sure to use hand sanitizer after you blow your nose.
    23. Throwing away trash You may throw away trash with permission whenever you need to if I am not teaching the whole group; do not play basketball with your trash; make sure all trash lands in the can; pick up trash even if it isn't yours.
    24. Using the recycling bin – Please use the recycling bin for any paper or plastic water bottles which you need to dispose of.
    25. Turning in lost items Place all “lost” items in the designated lost and found area.
    26. Locating lost items Ask the people around you if they found the item you lost; if not, check the lost and found; if it is not there, ask me at a time when I'm not teaching the class; if you find it, thank the person who turned it in; next time, try to take care of your things.
    27. Announcements – When announcements come over the intercom, students are to immediately stop what they are doing and listen attentively in order for everyone to hear.
    28. Fire drill Stop everything; stand up and head for the door quickly, but without running or pushing; do not cover your ears; do not make any side trips; the classroom "fire chief" takes the fire drill packet and leads the line outside; the second person in line holds the classroom door for the rest of the class; the third person in line holds the outside door only for our class, then becomes the last person in line; wait patiently, calmly, and quietly in line outside until we are allowed to go back to what we were doing.

    Written Assignments and Academic Misconduct: All written work submitted must be the student’s original work and conform to the guidelines provided by the teacher. This means that any substantive ideas, phrases, sentences, and/or any published ideas must be properly referenced to avoid even the appearance of plagiarism. It is the student’s responsibility to know all relevant school policies concerning plagiarism. Any documented cases of plagiarism can and will result in a failing grade.