I am excited to introduce a set of 120 daily warm-ups that can be used to support and to implement the teaching of the Common Core Math Standards. To fully understand the scope of this program please click the link below to see the preview pages.
In the 6th Grade Math Common Core Warm-Up Program Preview Pages you will find the Teacher Introduction, Common Core correlations, and 11 actual pages from the program for you to view.
Why a Math Warm-Up Program?
I have used several math warm-up programs in my classroom over the past few years and I believe that they have played a significant role in the achievement of my math students. I’ll get into more detail below, but here is a list of the key benefits that I have experienced when using a warm-up program:
* warm-ups set the tone for a productive math class period
* warm-ups give me the opportunity to quickly pre-teach or review important math concepts
* warm-ups create multiple opportunities for students to learn each concept throughout the year
* warm-ups can increase student performance on mathematical tasks and tests that have math skills as their foundation
Repetition and experience are keys to learning. Think of the strong mathematical foundation that your students will build as they continuously review key 6th grade concepts in this Common Core Warm-Up Program.
Setting the Tone for a Productive Math Class Period
When my students enter my classroom they find 5 warm-up problems projected on the screen at the front of the classroom. I have trained my students to quiet down when the bell rings, copy down their homework assignment, and then begin their warm-up problems. This calming, systematic start to each day becomes familiar to students and maximizes effective instructional time in the classroom.
Repeated Opportunities for Students to Learn
A few years ago I was involved in a discussion with my principal about how we could improve student performance in math. I told her that to me this was NOT a mystery. If students were given the opportunity to practice the key skills in their grade level a number of times during the school year, their retention and ability to use these concepts would dramatically increase. My principal then informed me that we had purchased a set of warm-ups that would help us accomplish our goal.
Too often (before I used warm-ups) students were taught a linear progression of grade level skills during the year and then we held a multi-day “cram session” where we reviewed the most important skills again before our end of the year assessments. This method proved to be not nearly as effective as regular warm-up problems. Regular warm-up problems often expose students to the key grade level concepts 5-10 times (or more) during the course of the school year. The results of this consistent program of review were noteworthy.
The Results of Using Daily Warm-Ups in the Math Classroom
The year that we purchased the warm-up program we were only able to complete 50-60 of the daily warm-ups because we started a few months into the school year. Still, our 7th grade math state test results showed the biggest increase out of any subject and grade level in our school. While my conclusion is based solely on observation (and I know that there are other factors involved) my colleagues and I are certain that repeated exposures to the key content standards in 7th grade made a significant difference in our results.
The following year our 6th grade team (I teach both grade levels) created our own set of warm-ups because a commercial product like the one we used in 7th grade was not available to us. We experienced similar results of significant improvement by our 6th grade students on the state mathematics test that year.
To me it is simply common sense that students will better understand ratios, expressions and equations, statistics, and many other topics when they are given multiple opportunities to learn each concept throughout the school year.
The Common Core State Standards for 6th Grade Math
With the vast majority of states having adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, how will skill-based warm-ups fit in with these new standards? I believe that students will always need a strong skill set in order to approach the problem solving tasks and activities that are part of the Common Core.
Based on my experiences as a teacher for over 25 years, I have developed this 6th Grade Math Common Core Warm-Up Program to both implement and help support the Common Core State Standards.
Each of the 120 warm-up pages in this book has 5 problems aligned with the Common Core State Standards for 6th grade math. It is my goal that this warm-up program will help propel your 6th grade math students to success in math this year and for years to come.
Teacher Testimonials About Our Warm-Up Program
“Mark Tully’s Common Core Warm-Up Programs are a teacher’s dream come true. They’re well-written at the student’s level with some review and challenge problems weaved in as well. I’m able to use these from Day 1 to Day 180 and they’re ready to go ‘as is.’ I can’t believe how much time this is going to save me on a weekly basis. These Warm-Ups are well worth the investment!”
Diane Williams, Middle School Math Teacher, Virginia, 26 year veteran
“I am so excited to have found Mark Tully’s Common Core Warm-Up Programs! I will be using both the 6th and the 7th grade programs this year. While I am pleased with my students’ standardized test performances, I absolutely expect their scores to increase as a result of using Mark’s spiraled system. The intentional design of each Common Core Standard woven throughout the year long program will keep the concepts fresh for my students.
I am thrilled to have Mark’s programs in the digital format as I use a SMARTboard. The PDF format will work seamlessly into my current teaching practices. I can only imagine how many hours it took to create such a thorough collection of Common Core problems. This is an excellent value, and clearly worth more than the listed price.”
Gaye Salisbury, Middle School Math Teacher, Cincinnati, Ohio
If you haven’t looked at the warm-up program preview pages yet, please click on the link below. In the 6th Grade Math Common Core Warm-Up Program Preview Pages you will find the Teacher Introduction, Common Core correlations, and 11 actual pages from the program for you to view.