This is the Way
Hughes' class Week 2/3-2/7
This is what we know, and what we need to know
This week your student will be working with exponents. When we write an expression like 7n, we call n the exponent. In this example, 7 is called the base. The exponent tells you how many factors of the base to multiply. For example, 74 is equal to 7⋅7⋅7⋅7. In grade 6, students write expressions with whole-number exponents and bases that are
- whole numbers like 74
- fractions like (17)4
- decimals like 7.74
- variables like x4
Family materials for this unit can be found at: Unit 6 family materials
We learned last week that the brain learns by seeking patterns. This is important to know because this is why students need repetition when learning something new. Math is no exception. Students are beginning to learn in ways that are not necessarily in line with how their brain naturally reasons. It is counter-intuitive for there to be letters in mathematical equations if you consider the patterns they have learned so far. For this reason, equations and expressions with variables are a stretch for students. Repetition in working with these types of exercises is important for developing the connections the brain needs to move forward. Here are some practice links that will help your child this week:
Prepared to do math
Tutoring and Academic Support
Additionally, students have Reboot time to catch up on any missing work or incomplete classwork. Please remind your student to use this time appropriately! It is a full hour built into their school day to allow them to complete work.
In an effort to support students based upon their present performance and progress, academic support will be offered after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 4:30. If students are failing due to missing assignments or need to revisit concepts, they will be able to address these needs from 3:40-4:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If the student rides an after-school shuttle to Hughes or Kerr and is not able to stay, then teachers will address this during Reboot.