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    This 4 page paper discusses the application and use of various curriculum for the sixth grade math student. Specific lesson plans discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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    Franklin was reported to have asked why teach mathematics at all? Today, of course, the answer is clear that to survive and compete in a highly automated and industrial society  one must have a solid foundation in mathematics. Applications, such as can be found in the typical sixth grade classroom, involving sets and counting can be seen as advantageous in  view of todays global society. COUNTING, SETS, AND THE SIXTH GRADE STUDENT Many of the approaches being utilized in the elementary school math class feature a project based activity.  In the past, projects have been the sole territory of history classes or science. Now, it has been found to be ultimately beneficial for the student to be an active  participant in his/her own learning. As such, the students are encouraged to interact with each other in a fashion that aids all students in determining answers and meeting goals. A  good example for counting or sets would be to take a survey of the current number one songs in two different categories, then to do a survey of students at  the school to see if they match. The original survey would come from the internet, then those results would be graphed or placed into sets with the survey of the  school students being displayed for comparison. GENERAL MATH FOR LIBERAL EDUCATION For most students the question arises at some point, "Why do I need to know this?" and "Of  what possible benefit is learning about this concept going to be to me in the real world?" What falls to the teacher then, is to not try the failed and  oft repeated attempt at explanation. What would seem to make more of an impression, and as Plato knew, is the discovery of the answer themselves. Therefore, one cannot impress enough 

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