Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 6 resources related to the following standard:
The Number System
Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
6. Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.
a. Recognize opposite signs of numbers as indicating locations on opposite sides of 0 on the number line; recognize that the opposite of the opposite of a number is the number itself, e.g., —(—3) = 3, and that 0 is its own opposite.

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The authors of this website have identified 8 common misconceptions that lead to errors in mathematics (and promise to add more as time permits). Topics include: Rounding Numbers, Multiplication can Increase or Decrease a Number, Multiplying Decimals, Decimals and their Equivalent Fractions, Dividing Whole Numbers by Fractions, Adding with Negative Numbers, Calculations with Negative Numbers, and Calculations with Hundreds and Thousands. Each misconception is described in a pdf document which explains how the misconception arises, the rationale for the correct concept, and exercises aimed at reinforcing the correction.
Problem Set, Tutorial
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+
This flexible, interactive Flash applet allows students to explore number patterns and to develop number sense and fluency with addition, subtraction, and multiplication. The student or teacher enters a starting number and a step increment. Both values may be up to 4 digits and either positive or negative. The user then mentally carries out the sequence and enters the resulting 10th and 11th terms. The first 9 terms are color-coded in groups of 3 and may be shown or hidden one group at a time. Users have the option of hiding or showing the starting number and/or the increment.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+