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About Connected Mathematics

How can Social Studies teachers benefit from the Connected Mathematics curriculum? Throughout their studies, students in CMP encounter real world problems that often correspond to topics covered in our Social Studies program. Many of these problems are found in the "Extensions" and "Did You Know?" sections in the units. If you think you could use any of these problems in your curriculum, just talk to the Math teachers to be sure they choose to use the problems as well.

Sixth Grade Problems and Topics

How many ways are there to divide 30 students in a classroom into groups so that each group has the same number of students? (6th Grade Unit Prime Time) Many teachers use cooperative groups in their classes. Why not let the students help determine the number of students to place in each group?

Reading and Interpreting Graphs (6th Grade Unit Data About Us) Students are taught to read tables, line plots, bar graphs and coordinate graphs. They identify whether data are categorical or numerical.

Creating Tables and Graphs (6th Grade Unit Data About Us) In order to have students study a set of data in a lesson, try asking them to create a bar graph showing specific comparisons. This activity could be done in reverse by having students create a table that contains the same information as in the graph.

Analyzing Data (6th Grade Unit Data About Us) If you have the opportunity to study sets of data (population or climate data for example) the students can be encouraged to compare the mean, mode, median, and range of the data. How do the mean temperatures of these countries compare? What is the median income of people in each state?

The United States Census is used in a problem involving the mean number of people in a household. (6th Grade Unit Data About Us)

Students perform research for a Unit Project by developing their own questions, conducting a research survey and analyzing their data. (6th Grade Unit Data About Us) Sixth grade teachers could coordinate with seventh grade teachers who conduct the 7th Grade Research Assessment. Specifically, question development is an area where our students seem to struggle.

Students look at pictures of American state flags and flags of other countries and find interesting uses of geometric shapes.(6th Grade Unit Shapes and Designs Extension problem 9 in section 1.)

Students use a map (with scale) of the South Pacific to determine how many degrees Amelia Earhart’s tragic flight was off course when she last tried to circle the globe

Read a table of data and compare the data using percents. (6th Grade Unit Bits and Pieces Part I) Study of elections or populations can emphasize the percent of people who fall in different categories.

Move back and forth between fractions and decimals (6th Grade Unit Bits and Pieces Part I) When teachers place fractional grades on their quizzes and tests, it is a nice exercise to have the students convert the grade to a percentage.

Estimate the area and the length of the border of a chosen city or state using a map and scale. (6th Grade Unit Covering and Surrounding)

Students use an atlas to find the world’s longest river, largest lake, largest country, tallest mountain, and largest island. What units are used to represent the measurement? (6th Grade Unit Covering and Surrounding )

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