Friday, January 31, 2014

Math problems of the week: 6th grade Everyday Math vs. Singapore Math

I. One of the last percentage problem sets in the 6th grade Everyday Math Student Math Journal, Volume 1, p. 157 [click to enlarge]:

II. One of the last percentage problem sets in the 6th grade Singapore Math Primary Mathematics Workbook 6A (volume 1), pp. 64-65  [click to enlarge]:

III. Extra Credit
Contrast the number of steps needed to solve the Everyday Math problems vs. the Singapore Math problems.

Which students are more likely to be able to solve the other students' problem set: the Everyday Math students, or the Singapore Math students?


Auntie Ann said...

Our kid is in the other Chicago Math curriculum for 6th grade: "Pre-Transitions". This was the entirety of his math homework last Thursday:

4 problems any 5th grader should be able to do
. This is the end of January in 6th grade--there are only 72 school days left, and 5 of those will be for a class trip.

kcab said...

@Auntie Ann - Is that typical? It seems remarkably less than my 7th grader's math homework on any day in any of the last few grades.

Auntie Ann said...

It's fairly typical, yes. There is a reason why only 6 of the 36 kids who finished 5th grade at our school intend to stay there for 7th and 8th grade. Eight left before this year started (only one of those was because of a family move out of the area,) and an additional 22 are trying to get out. They recruited 6 new kids this year, and at least 1 of those is already trying to leave as well.