Pacing Guide for 6th Grade Math

The sixth-grade math curriculum was designed to be implemented over the course of a single school year. It includes eight units of study over 143 instructional days (including days for lessons, flex days, and unit assessments). We intentionally did not account for all 180 instructional days in order for teachers to fit in additional review or extension, teacher-created assessments, and school-based events.

Each unit includes a specific number of lessons, a day for assessment, and a recommended number of flex days (see the table below). These flex days can be used at the teacher’s discretion, however, for units that include both major and supporting/additional work, it is strongly recommended that the flex days be spent on content that aligns with the major work of the grade.

Each lesson was designed to be implemented within, approximately, a 60-minute class period. A suggested break down of a typical class period is shown below; however, this time allotment will vary depending on the lesson and lesson structure chosen by the teacher.

Lessons Flex Days + Assessment Total

Unit 1: Understanding and Representing Ratios

Topic A: Understanding & Describing Ratios

Topic B: Equivalent Ratios

Topic C: Representing Ratios in Tables

Topic D: Solving Part:Part:Whole Ratio Problems

18 3 21

Unit 2: Unit Rates and Percent

Topic A: Defining Rate & Solving Rate Problems

Topic B: Measurement Unit Conversions

Topic C: Percent

14 5 19

Unit 3: Multi-Digit and Fraction Computation

Topic A: Dividing with Fractions

Topic B: Computing with Decimals

Topic C: Applying the Greatest Common Factor and the Least Common Multiple

17 3 20

Unit 4: Rational Numbers

Topic A: Understanding Positive and Negative Rational Numbers

Topic B: Order and Absolute Value

Topic C: Rational Numbers in the Coordinate Plane

13 3 16

Unit 5: Numerical and Algebraic Expressions

Topic A: Numerical Expressions with Exponents

Topic B: Introduction to Algebraic Expressions

Topic C: Equivalent Expressions & Applications

12 4 16

Unit 6: Equations and Inequalities

Topic A: Reasoning About and Solving Equations

Topic B: Reasoning About and Solving Inequalities

Topic C: Representing and Analyzing Quantitative Relationships

14 3 17

Unit 7: Geometry

Topic A: Area of Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Polygons

Topic B: Polygons in the Coordinate Plane

Topic C: Volume of Rectangular Prisms

Topic D: Nets and Surface Area

17 2 19

Unit 8: Statistics

Topic A: Understanding Statistics & Distributions

Topic B: Measurements of Center & Variability

Topic C: Box Plots & Circle Graphs

13 2 15
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