The 6th graders are using a new textbook this year that encompasses both 6th and 7th grade curriculum.

*Making Connections: Foundations for Algebra, Course 2* is the second of a two-year sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a rigorous college preparatory algebra course. It uses a problem-based approach with concrete models. The course helps students to develop multiple strategies to solve problems and to recognize the connections between concepts. The lessons in the course embed the “Mathematical Practices” of the Common Core State Standards released in June 2010.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

- Analyze data using measures of central tendency.
- Represent data sets using various methods and analyze how changes in data impact the representation.
- Model integers and operations with integers including order of operations.
- Compute area and perimeter of standard and compound shapes.
- Use linear models and equal ratios to represent part-whole relationships. Solve percent problems.
- Compare experimental and theoretical probabilities.
- Describe various transformations on a coordinate grid.
- Use variable expressions to represent quantities in contextual problems.
- Simplify variables expressions by combining like terms and using the distributive property.
- Represent data using scatterplots and describe correlations.
- Compare ratios, calculate unit rates and slope ratios.
- Use percents and scale factors to determine percent increase or decrease, discounts and markups.
- Solve linear equations including those with fractional coefficients and those with no or infinite solutions.
- Solve and graph one variable inequalities.
- Represent linear relationships using tables, graphs and equations.
- Solve systems of equations represented in tables and graphs.
- Solve distance, rate and time problems.
- Compute operations with rational numbers.
- Recognize and solve problems involving proportional relationships.
- Recognize and use the ratio of areas between similar shapes.
- Use the triangle inequality and the Pythagorean theorem.
- Represent and simplify expressions using positive and negative exponents.
- Represent solids using nets and compute the volume of a variety of solids.
- Graph and analyze non-linear functions.
- Represent probabilities of multiple events using systemic lists, charts, or tree diagrams