Foundational Math VI
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: Grades 5–6
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1: M/W/F 9:15 a.m. ET with Rebecca MacPhee
Enrollment and Placement
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
Young mathematics students will develop and solidify their understanding of place value; learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers; gain fluency with their math facts for these four operations; and learn about different ways and places in which mathematics can be used (e.g., basic fractions, money, time, etc.).
Around 5th or 6th grade (at ages approximately 10-12), students will be ready to explore more complex concepts and skills of arithmetic and tackle problem-solving at a higher level. This course will guide students through a variety of topics, including:
- multiplying and dividing larger whole numbers;
- adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals;
- expressing data with different types of tables and graphs;
- identifying and solving measurements of angles, shapes, and solid figures;
- beginning to learn about percentages, ratios, and algebraic expressions.
Goals for students enrolled in this course are that they will grow in the love of the orderly beauty of math, come to appreciate how mathematics expresses God’s created world around us, and gain understanding and confidence in the mathematical foundations they will carry forward on their path of learning.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
- With Parent Support
- Be able to manage Schoology assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Schoology notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Spelling at grade-level
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- With Parent Support
- Be able to mark, underline or highlight important words, definitions or concepts within a text being read.
- Be able to read to learn not merely learn to read.
- With Parent Support
- Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to type paragraph essays (up to two pages).
- Follow along with teacher-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with teacher-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Be prepared to answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer comments, answers and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- After the instructor has provided instructions – the student should be able to use Wacom tablet (or other like iPad) to actively solve math problems during class, viewable to the instructor on Ziteboard.
- Math in Focus, Student Edition: 5A & 5B (2020 edition)
- Math in Focus, Extra Practice and Homework 5A & 5B (2020 edition)
Other required materials:
- Digital tablet: we recommend Wacom Intuos tablets, but similar products may be used.
- Three-Ring binder specifically for this course
- Notebook paper and graph paper
- Five divider tabs
- Binder pencil pouch with sharpened pencils, erasers, ruler, and protractor
* Required materials not included with course purchase.
Rebecca MacPhee is an experienced classical educator who has taught at classical schools all around the United States. For the past nine years, she has been a fourth-grade classroom teacher in New Mexico, Georgia, and Virginia. A native of Maryland, Rebecca attended and received her Bachelor of Arts in history at Hood College and additionally completed extensive coursework in education and psychology.
She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with her pet rabbit, Watson (yes, the reference is to Dr. John Watson). In her leisure time, Rebecca enjoys making any number of things with needles and threads, studying German, reading as much as possible, and visiting her family in Maryland. She is looking forward to illuminating the beauty and wonder of mathematics for Scholé Academy’s grammar and middle school students, and to guiding them in their understanding and appreciation of mathematics. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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