Sometimes sixth grade math can be very complicated. In math we are learning basic algebra. Can you believe that we did algebra in first grade?
This algebra unit was made to get us prepared for math in seventh grade. In lesson one we learned about general patterns like this: X=8 and N=2 so, X+N=N+X. This pattern also is called the flip rule, we learned this as early as first grade.
Also, this pattern works with any set of numbers. In lesson two we learned how to use more than one variable in problems. These problems usually involve parenthesis. Parentheses show you what to do first in a problem with more than one equasion.
In lesson three we worked on algebra expressions. We did two whole pages of these expressions. Our knowledge that we learned in the first two lessons were put to the test on these two pages.
I know that math can sometimes be complicated but it all works out.
Until next time!
Pittinger is a sixth grade student at C.E. McCall Middle School. Her column prints every other week in the Education section.