**Sixth GradeMathematics**

We use two main curricula at this grade level. These are detailed below:

Open Up Resources:

A problem-based mathematics developed by Illustrative Mathematics. "In a problem-based curriculum, students work on carefully crafted and sequenced mathematics problems during most of the instructional time. Teachers help students understand the problems and guide discussions to be sure that the mathematical take-aways are clear to all. Not all mathematical knowledge can be discovered, so direct instruction is sometimes appropriate. On the other hand, some concepts and procedures follow from definitions and prior knowledge and students can, with appropriately constructed problems, see this for themselves. In the process, they explain their ideas and reasoning and learn to communicate mathematical ideas. The goal is to give students just enough background and tools to solve initial problems successfully, and then set them to increasingly sophisticated problems as their expertise increases."

Connected Mathematics Program (CMP)

"CMP is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a carefully sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the Standards for Mathematical Practice emerge as students pursue solutions to problems. The curriculum helps students grow in their ability to reason effectively with information represented in graphic, numeric, symbolic, and verbal forms and to move flexibly among these representations to produce fluency in both conceptual and procedural knowledge." This curriculum was adopted by BVSD and is taught in other BVSD middle schools.