The scope and sequence is grounded in teaching the CCSS through one movie per unit with a major focus on grade-level work and supports that address foundational skills as well. Joy and rigor are intertwined in the curriculum and both test results and student engagement have demonstrated the potential of the curriculum to powerfully transform student math confidence and self-perception regardless of previous math classroom experiences.

Instructional Methods: The first page of every Math lesson is designed towards relationship building and an onramp to content access. Lessons begin with an interactive vocabulary game to maximize MLL success. The movie provides an engaging hook and allows for a seamless connection between the “real world” and a tangible math concept. For example, lessons promote mathematical concepts through complex issues such as the wage gap, legacy student admissions, stereotypes and microaggressions, school segregation, personal identity, SEL,income, bullying, healthcare access, climate change, and countless more. The lessons then utilize a structure of inquiry-based learning, followed by an appropriate amount of guided direct-instruction, and ample at-bats with all three aspects of rigor. Writing and discussion using academic language are built into every lesson to ensure all modalities of learning can be addressed daily. 

Interleaving & Spacing: This curriculum challenges the traditional scope & sequence of math education. Rather than “blocking” skills into discrete units, it spaces and interleaves the standards to maximize retention. This allows for natural spiraling and recall that strengthens and reinforces learning modules. The principles of this structure are largely backed by the research in Make It Stick, a leading body of evidence based on new understandings of cognitive science in the adolescent brain.

Trauma-Informed: More than a buzzword, the curriculum mission is to reverse negative self-perceptions and ensure students see themselves as mathematicians who can use their knowledge to understand difficult issues facing society and exercise their critical thinking in the face of real-world situations. Students who have experienced this curriculum report significantly higher levels of math confidence. The dispositional optimism that students gain is not a byproduct of the curriculum, but is instead the prerequisite that determines success. 

Assessment: Each unit will contain a Pre-Assessment, Mid Unit Assessment (Lessons 1-10) and End of Unit Assessment (Lessons 11-21).  Assessment Grades will be sent home, but actual hard copies will be maintained for cumulative student records. 

Unit 1:  Balto

Real-World Themes Include:

Animal Abilities, Mixed Breeds, Rural vs. Urban Healthcare, Infectious Diseases

Standards Addressed:

6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.2, 6.RP.A.3, 6.NS.A.1, 6.NS.B.2, 6.NS.C.6, 6.NS.C.7, 6.NS.C.8

L1 Describing Ratios

L2 Comparing Integers

L3 Estimating Equivalent Ratios

L4 Creating Equivalent Ratios (Visual)

L5 Comparing, Converting Fractions

L6 Equivalent Ratios (Number Sense)

L7 Proportions

L8 Quadrant I Coordinates, Distance

L9 Cross-Multiply-Divide

L10 Distance & Unit Conversations

L11 Percent Double Number Lines

L12 Rational Double Number Lines

L13 Dividing Fractions

L14 Unit Rate vs. Percent

L15 Meaning of Ratios

L16 Proving Ratio Equivalence

L17 Fraction Skills with Unit Rates

L18 Unit Price

L19 Percent Rate Predictions

L20 Applying Percent

L21 Ratios from Graphs

Unit 2: Free Willy 

Real-World Themes Include:

Economics of the Fishing Industry, Marine Life Vulnerability, Climate Change, Emotions Salary & Wages

Standards Addressed:

6.RP.A.2, 6.RP.A.3, 6.NS.B.2, 6.NS.B.3, 6.NS.C.5, 6.NS.C.6, 6.NS.C.7, 6.NS.C.8 6.G.A.1, 6.G.A.2, 6.G.A.3, 6.EE.A.1, 6.EE.A.2, 6.EE.A.3, 6.EE.B.5, 6.EE.B.6, 6.EE.B.7, 6.EE.B.8, 6.EE.B.8, 6.EE.C.9

L1 Multi-Digit Multiplying & Division

L2 Multiplying Decimals via Area

L3 Opposites & Absolute Value

L4 Graphing Ratios

L5 Four Quadrant Graph Intro

L6 Distance on Four Quadrant Graph

L7 Writing Unit Rate Equations

L8 Volume Calculations

L9 Reflections & Opposites

L10 Writing Inequalities

L11 Order of Operations

L12 Intro to Distributing (Numerical)

L13 Triangle Area

L14 Ratio Representations

L15 Describing, Comparing Integers

L16 Solving One-Step Equations

L17 Factoring Numerical Expressions

L18 Applying Unit Rate

L19 Substituting Solutions

L20 Inequality Number Lines

L21 Graphing Unit Rates

Unit 3: Hercules 

Real-World Themes Include:

Immigration Statistics, DACA, The American Dream, Bilingualism, Greek Mythology, Isolation

Standards Addressed:

6.EE.A.1, 6.EE.A.2, 6.EE.A.3, 6.EE.A.4, 6.EE.B.5, 6.EE.B.6, 6.EE.B.7, 6.EE.B.8, 6.EE.C.9, 6.SP.A.1, 6.SP.A.2, 6.SP.B.3, 6.SP.B.4, 6.SP.B.5, 6.G.A.1, 6.G.A.4, 6.NS.C.5, 6.NS.C.6, 6.NS.C.7

L1 Simplifying Like & Exponent Terms

L2 Intro to Statistics

L3 Writing, Simplifying Variable Terms

L4 Creating, Analyzing Dot Plots

L5 Word Problem Equations

L6 Area & Perimeter Variable Terms

L7 Creating, Analyzing Histograms

L8 Translating Exp, Eq, & Inequalities

L9 Composite Shapes

L10 Mean and Median

L11 Translating & Substituting

L12 Box & Whisker Plots

L13 Unit Rate Equations

L14 Surface Area vs. Volume

L15 Clusters, Variability, Outliers

L16 Word Problem Inequalities

L17 Mean Absolute Deviation

L18 Equivalent Variable Expressions

L19 Distance Conversions

L20 Rational Number Lines

L21 Order of Operations