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A key component of sixth-grade mathematical instruction involves the use of ratio and rate. This includes extending equivalent ratio and rates as well as analyzing simple scale drawings.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real-world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below.

Topics: Wixie, collaboration, real world of math

A major focus in kindergarten, and often into first grade, is developing an understanding of whole number relationships. Comparing numbers (greater than, less than, and equal to) is at the core of this understanding. Wixie's Comparing Numbers template is designed as an assessment of initial comparing knowledge.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below.

Topics: Wixie, real world of math

First graders begin to work with addition and subtraction equations. Although these equations mostly involve one-digit numbers, the opportunity to add and subtract multiple of ten (with numbers less than 100) is available. The Equation Board Help template assesses student knowledge of the skill.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below.

Topics: Wixie, real world of math

Second and third graders begin to demonstrate their knowledge of fractions by recognizing that fractions represent equal-sized parts of a whole. They do this with both numerical representations as well as models. Identifying and representing fractions is the first step toward comparing, identifying equivalent fractions, fractional computation and working with mixed numbers and improper fractions.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below.

Topics: Wixie, math, real world of math

Completing computations is a straightforward process for intermediate-ages students and can be made more meaningful by connecting to an authentic, real life scenario.

In Wixie's Orbits and Leap Years template, students are required to reflect on Earth's orbit and the need for a Leap Year, as well as calculate age based on the orbits of different planets. The template also leaves plenty of options to expand the task to better challenge students based on their computation skills.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below.