Grade 6 Math with Math Dad
Join Math Dad and Science Mom for a hands-on journey through 6th-grade math.
The course can be completed at your own pace. The suggested pace is to complete four lessons per week.
Each 45-minute video session guides you through the activity with discussion and examples.
The full course consists of 2 semesters that can be purchased individually or as a bundle.
The course uses the Desmos Middle School curriculum for our lessons. Each activity comes with a video lesson. Some days we will have a paper-based lesson, but most days, the student will need a computer to access their classwork activities.
In the first half of Grade 6 math, we will cover four main topics:
Unit 1: Area and Surface Area
Unit 2: Introducing Ratios and Rates
Unit 3: Fractions and Decimals
Unit 4: Expressions and Equations
The second half of Grade 6 math covers these topics:
Unit 5: Introducing and Applying Proportional Relationships
Unit 6: Percentages
Unit 7: Rational Numbers
Unit 8: Data Sets and Distributions
You can view the full course outline.
Why is the full year math course broken up into two semester-long courses?
- We want to include families that can't financially commit to a full year initially.
- We want to provide a point of entry for families to join the class at the halfway point if that is best for their learning.
My child is younger than Grade 6. Can they take the course?
It all depends on the child! If your answer to the following questions is "yes" then we're confident your child will do well in our course.
- Does your child have strong multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction skills, and have they worked with fractions and decimals?
- Is your child excited about learning and sharing what they have learned?
Please give more guidance on how to tell if my child is ready!
Here's a checklist of specific skills many schools use at the end of Grade 5. Placement tests are notoriously bad for identifying skill levels, but we made one anyway that focuses on the most challenging skills from that checklist. You can go through those problems and use the answer key to assess whether your child is ready.
What can I do to help my child get ready for this course?
- Review multiplication and division facts, including long division.
- Go through our playlist of 4th/5th grade math skills and take a look at our Fraction Ninja Bootcamp courses.
- Talk about numbers in daily life. Practice rounding decimals using coins or prices at the store. Discuss positive and negative numbers in terms of credits and debits of a bank account.
- Have a great attitude about math, yourself. Your attitude will shape your child's perspective on math.
How is this course different than your science courses?
- The format will be different. Your child will need to have an activity open in one browser and a video feed open in another. They'll bounce back and forth between them as we work through the concepts together.
- Most of the class time will be spent with your child actively working on problems.
- The course is longer (63 lessons with a recommended pace of 4 lessons per week).
- The course registration is for individuals instead of families (because of the curriculum license).
What if we need help outside of class?
Our class will have a moderated discord community where you can post and answer questions.
What platforms will we use?
The student will need access to a web browser for the YouTube video feed and a web browser for the Desmos activities. If you have a second device or a second monitor, then they won't have to switch back and forth between the lesson video and the activity.
A tiny screen could make it challenging to interact with some Desmos activities. A touch tablet could work, though the interactions will go much more smoothly with a keyboard. We strongly recommend the student use a computer during class.
What if we have multiple children who want to take the course? Does this registration allow them all to participate?
No. While multiple people could, in theory, share an activity screen and work through the challenges together, the student who is completing the work will be the one who learns the most. We are paying for individual student licenses from the curriculum creators (Desmos) so each student will need their own license for the activities. You can contact us about a discount for a second or third license if you have additional children who want to participate.
What is the expectation of parents and caregivers?
Ask your child to teach you the topic of the day and to show you their work. They'll be completing some pretty cool tasks, so this is your chance to cheer them on.
How much homework will there be?
Most lessons will have practice problems to complete (less than 30 minutes on average). If you feel like your child doesn't need the additional practice, then you can be the hero parent who tells them they can skip the problems.
What is the next course?
Grade 6 math covers all the 6th-grade common core standards as well as some 7th-grade standards across both semesters 1 and 2.
The course for the following year is Pre-Algebra which covers the 8th-grade standards along with many 7th-grade standards. After completing both semesters of Pre-Algebra, a student is ready for Algebra 1.
Can I pay for the entire year at once?
Yes. Purchase the Grade 6 Bundle to buy the curriculum for the entire year.
We license the curriculum for Desmos, so we can't preview the activities. However, we have a YouTube playlist of sample lessons that you can check out to get a sense for the course.
- Unit 1 Overview
- Lesson 1. Shapes on a Plane
- Lesson 2. Letters
- Lesson 3. Exploring Parallelograms
- Lesson 4. Off the Grid
- Lesson 5. Exploring Triangles
- Lesson 6. Triangles and Parallelograms
- Lesson 7. Off the Grid Part 2
- Lesson 8. Plenty of Polyhedra
- Unit 1 Quiz
- Lesson 9. Nothing But Nets
- Lesson 10. Face Value
- Lesson 11. Take It To Go
- Unit 1 End Assessment
- Unit 2 Overview
- Lesson 12: Ratio Rounds
- Lesson 13: Rice Ratios
- Lesson 14: Balancing Act
- Lesson 15: Product Prices
- Lesson 16. Mixing Paint Part 1
- Lesson 17. World Records
- Lesson 18. Disaster Preparation
- Lesson 19. Balloons
- Lesson 20. Mixing Paint Part 2
- Lesson 21. City Planning
- Lesson 22. Many Measurements
- Lesson 23. Pen Pals
- Unit 2 Quiz
- Lesson 24. Model Trains
- Lesson 25. Soft Serve
- Lesson 26. Welcome to the Robot Factory
- Unit 2 Assessment
- Unit 3 Overview
- Lesson 27. Flour Planner
- Lesson 28. Flower Planters
- Lesson 29. Garden Bricks
- Lesson 30. Fill the Gap
- Lesson 31. Break It Down
- Lesson 32. Potting Soil
- Lesson 33. Division Challenges
- Lesson 34. Classroom Comparisons
- Lesson 35. Puzzling Areas
- Unit 3 Quiz
- Lesson 36. Decimal Diagrams
- Lesson 37. Missing Digits
- Lesson 38. Decimal Multiplication
- Lesson 39. Multiplying with Areas
- Lesson 40. Multiplication Methods
- Lesson 41. Division Diagrams
- Lesson 42. Long Division Launch
- Lesson 43. Return of the Long Division
- Lesson 44. Grocery Prices
- Unit 3 Assessment
- Unit 4 Overview
- Lesson 45. Weight for It
- Lesson 46. Five Equations
- Lesson 47. Hanging Around
- Lesson 48. Hanging It Up
- Lesson 49. Swap and Solve
- Lesson 50. Vari-apples
- Lesson 51. Border Tiles
- Lesson 52. Products and Sums
- Lesson 53. Products, Sums, and Differences
- Lesson 54. Powers
- Lesson 55. Exponent Expressions
- Lesson 56. Squares and Cubes
- Lesson 57. Turtles All the Way
- Lesson 58. Representing Relationships
- Lesson 59. Connecting Representations
- Lesson 60. Subway Fares
- Unit 4 Assessment