6th Grade Math A

Why This Class

Math is a unique language—and helping your student learn that language while also connecting it to what they already know can be a challenge. This course tackles that challenge by linking math to scenarios and stories your student knows and loves.

Mentors in this course introduce students to the hidden world of fractions, ratios, rates, and negative numbers in C.S. Lewis’s classic book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Students learn math in-context, so it feels relevant and meaningful, and mentors challenge students to move beyond the common misconception that "only certain types of people can do math" by giving them the tools to apply math to their real-world experiences.

By the end of this course, students begin to solidify the foundational math skills that will help them succeed in high school, college and (most importantly) their daily lives. They are tapping into a new sense of confidence in their capacity to master math.

Overarching Questions

How can I use ratios to understand and describe my world?

How can I use fractions to understand and describe my world?

How can I use negative numbers and the concept of absolute value to understand and describe my world?

How can I use the concepts of volume and surface area to understand and describe my world?

Reading List

Life of Fred: Fractions by Stanley Schmidt

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5*

Format: Live, Self-paced

Credits: 0.5

*Math students will spend an estimated 30 minutes a day practicing math. Additionally, students in the live course attend four weekly live workshops led by a mentor.