Missed class?  Having trouble with a concept?  Low quiz/test scores?
 Need additional practice?

(0) Summer Math Packets
Be sure to work on some math over the long break between grade levels.
I would suggest waiting until a week after school lets out before printing them, because they are usually updated in late June.
If you didn't do it this past summer, make sure to work on them before entering 6th grade and beyond!

(1) Study Skills
Review the Study Skills lessons and tips that Mr. M went over in class.
These will help in all subject areas this year and beyond...



(2) Neatness Helps! Try Graph Paper
Do you make silly mistakes on your worksheets, tests, or scrap paper?
Printing one number per box can really benefit those that are having trouble with multi-step problems and decimals.
Pick up some graph paper.  It comes loose or in a spiral. The school store now sells graph paper pads.
Mr. P will provide graph paper for every test, quiz, PSSAs, and some homework assignments.
Or you can print out your own:


(3) Mr. P's Chapter Links
Click on "Chapter Links" on the left.
There are games, activities, and other resources for just about every topic we cover.
Here is an example: try the Balloon Game under Decimal: Basics for practice with ordering decimals:

(4) Math-Drills.com
Probably the best site for skill practice.
Simple worksheets with answers for just about any concept.

(5) Webmath.com

Webmath.com is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems.  In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.  Most of the calculators that would be helpful in 5th/6th grade math start with "Numbers..." from the drop down menu. There is also a large number of calculators for Fractions.


(6) Check COMPLETED homework with a Calculator

Students should NOT use a calculator to do their homework.

However, when a student has finished, it is a good practice for them to check 4 or 5 problems with a calculator or webmath.com to see how they did.

If a student has the majority of them correct, they should feel confident about their performance.

If a student has a lot of errors, THEY should try to figure you what they are doing wrong. If they can't, they should seek assistance.

(7) Strengthen Foundation (math facts, computation, etc.)
Students who have a solid foundation with math facts and basic operations will have an easier time with more complex calculations, like simplifying and dividing fractions.  Check out the BASIC FACTS and other math links for some great sites.  

Two activities that really help:  The 24 Game and Cluebusters, which also count for extra credit.

 If HW takes a long time or scores are low from silly mistakes, MATH FACTS might be the key.

(8) Tutoring Club
 After School Homework & Tutoring Club 
Monday through Thursday
Tutoring Club is a structured time for independent work or help from tutors from Conestoga. 
To attend Homework Club, parents must sign the appropriate form (see attachment below or pick one up from main office).
 Contact a guidance counselor or the main office for more info.

(9) Textbook
All students have a textbook, which is kept at home for the majority of the year.  The book has additional descriptions, explanations, and examples that might help students.  There are colorful visuals and stories that relate to math concepts that might help make connections. This text is also a great resource for students who attend tutoring sessions or get extra help from a friend or family member.

On-line Textbook information: http://www.mrprothero.com/textbook



(10) Study Island
Check out link on the navigation bar about Study Island or visit http://www.studyisland.com/
You can do more than the small number of problems Mr. P assigns.
Did you click on EXPLANATION button yet?
There is also a mini lesson and flashcards for every topic.

(11) On-Line Videos & Tutorials
If a student is absent or they find that there was not enough time to process in class, they may want to check out an alternative lesson, additional examples, or more reinforcement.   Perhaps a student is curious and wants to learn more about a concept we have not covered yet (negative numbers, cube roots, etc.).   Check out these sites that have great educational videos...

    Khan Academy
         5th Grade Math Set:    https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fifth-grade-math
         6th Grade Math Set:    https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-sixth-grade-math

    Brain Pop
        http://www.brainpop.com/math/ (ask Mr. P for password)

    Math Playground

    United Streaming
        http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ (ask Mr. P for password)


    Hooda Math

    Math Vids

    Cyberchase on PBS

(12) Ask Dr. Math
Is ZERO prime or composite?  Odd or Even?
How big is infinity?
What is a googleplex?
Don't believe something Mr. P taught in class?
 Have a question about math?  Ask Dr. Math!

(13) Advisory
Advisory & during classwork are the best times to seek extra help.
Before the first bell, during indoor recess, and some activity periods are secondary options that MIGHT work.
If Mr. P is not available, you are more than welcome to ask any teacher on a math question.


(14) Enviroment
Metacognition - be aware how you think. Do you understand what works and what doesn't work for you?
Are you easily distracted? Maybe avoid doing assignments near the television.
Does peace and quiet make it hard for you to focus? Maybe the kitchen is a good place to do your work.
I know sitting still is not easy for me. While classical music (and similar sounds) are usually not my first pick, they definitely help me stay calm. Try listening to this...

Calm Music
Check out the Relaxing Sounds maker in RANDOM LINKS

YouTube Video

Math is NOT harder or more confusing than any other subject.
Before you tell yourself that math is difficult, the fact that English is insanely hard does not stop you from talking. 
Don't believe it? Check this video out or read about the simple, two-letter word "UP".

Ken Prothero,
Nov 13, 2013, 10:27 AM