6th grade (U.S.)

By the 6th grade, you're becoming a sophisticated mathemagician. You'll be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide any non-negative numbers (including decimals and fractions) that any grumpy ogre throws at you. Mind-blowing ideas like exponents (you saw these briefly in the 5th grade), ratios, percents, negative numbers, and variable expressions will start being in your comfort zone. Most importantly, the algebraic side of mathematics is a whole new kind of fun! And if that is not enough, we are going to continue with our understanding of ideas like the coordinate plane (from 5th grade) and area while beginning to derive meaning from data! (Content was selected for this grade level based on a typical curriculum in the United States.)
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Ratios, rates, and percentages

Ratios, rates, and percentages are some of the most useful math concepts in real life (and what is REAL life anyway, huh?). From baking recipes to sports, these concepts wiggle their way into our lives on a daily basis.

Arithmetic operations

The most fundamental branch of math is arithmetic operations. It consists of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers. We're willing to bet that doing these operations on whole numbers is a piece of cake, but now we'll mix those numbers up with decimals and fractions. We'll also introduce the idea exponents as they become much more important moving forward. So sharpen that pencil and relax in your chair, we're going for a ride!

Negative numbers

Negative numbers are a necessary part of our understanding of mathematics and the world. The idea of anything "negative" is often seen as "bad." Negative numbers are not only good, but they're fun! Walk through this tutorial with us and we'll show you how they are defined, interpreted, and applied. Absolute value is a type of negative number that is expressed as a positive. Confused? Don't be. We got your back.

Properties of numbers

This group of tutorials will introduce us to some of the common properties of numbers, including the least common multiple (LCM), greatest common factor (GCF), and the distributive property. All three of these will be extremely useful going forward. I know we ALWAYS say that...but really, it's true!

Variables and expressions introduction

Learn what variables are and practice using them in expressions. The major concepts covered in these tutorials are substitution, the distributive property, and combining like terms.

Equations and inequalities introduction

Learn about equations and inequalities that have variables in them. These tutorials focus on solving equations and understanding solutions to inequalities.

Geometry

Learn how to find the area, volume, and surface area of all sorts of geometric shapes. Also work with shapes on the coordinate plane.

Data and statistics

In statistics, we try to make sense of the world by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting large amounts of data. For example, you may survey your friends about what tv show is most popular, but the small sample size will not give you an accurate idea of what ALL 6th graders like to watch. To do this you must survey a cross section of students from all around the country and all backgrounds. The data can then be statistically analyzed to give a more accurate picture of what tv show is most popular. So let's dive into a discussion of statistics, including box and whisker plots, bar charts, pictographs, line graphs, and dot plots.

Data and statistics

In statistics, we try to make sense of the world by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting large amounts of data. For example, you may survey your friends about what tv show is most popular, but the small sample size will not give you an accurate idea of what ALL 6th graders like to watch. To do this you must survey a cross section of students from all around the country and all backgrounds. The data can then be statistically analyzed to give a more accurate picture of what tv show is most popular. So let's dive into a discussion of statistics, including box and whisker plots, bar charts, pictographs, line graphs, and dot plots.
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Dot plots and frequency tables

A dot plot is like a bar chart, but it displays data using dots (not bars). And a frequency table is like a dot plot, but it displays data in a simple table (not a fancy diagram).

Statistical questions

Statistics help us answer many questions, but not all questions are statistical. In this tutorial, we'll learn to tell the difference between a statistical question and a non-statistical question.

Histograms

Histograms are similar to dot plots and bar graphs, but they work a little bit differently. In this tutorial, we'll learn how histograms work and when to use them.

Interquartile range (IQR)

Interquartile range (IQR) is a tool for reasoning about the spread of data. Higher values of IQR tell you the data is more spread out. Lower values of IQR tell you the data is closer together.

Mean absolute deviation (MAD)

Mean absolute deviation (MAD) is a tool for reasoning about the spread of data, just like interquartile range (IQR). Higher values of MAD tell you the data is more spread out. Lower values of MAD tell you the data is closer together.

Shape of data distributions

Like people, no two data distributions look exactly the same. Well, maybe that's not always true... Anyway, the point is that each data distribution has it's own shape. In this tutorial, you'll learn new vocabulary that will have you discussing the shape of data distributions like a pro in no time!