The mathematics program emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Students are actively engaged in skill- and concept-building exercises and activities in individual, small group, and whole-class lessons at every grade level. Our program focuses on real-world experiences, integrating our outdoor education center, projects lab, and other classes in lessons and projects to support the development of higher-level thinking skills. Our problem-solving and critical thinking based curriculum teaches step-by-step approaches to solving problems while encouraging students to develop and utilize their own problem-solving strategies.
All grade levels junior kindergarten through fourth grade address developmentally appropriate benchmarks following the following strands: number sense, geometry, measurement, operations and computation, patterns and functions, and data and probability.
The junior kindergarten through fourth grade classes use the Bridges in Mathematics from The Math Learning Center. The program focuses on math literacy, emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking, and utilizes hands-on, real-world components. “Number Corner,” a component of Bridges in Mathematics, is an integrated daily calendar activity which focuses on patterning, prediction, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Math support specialists from the Learning Resource Center provide student support, and also work with small groups and individuals to be sure all students are receiving individualized instruction (enrichment or remediation) as needed.
In addition to classroom mathematics instruction, students work in the projects lab and use measurement, computation and problem-solving skills to build woodworking projects. This allows our students to apply their mathematical knowledge to something relevant and meaningful and experience math in the real world. Junior kindergarten and kindergarten children build small boats and a project of choice. First graders work on a more complicated paddle boat and a project of choice. Second graders spend the year working on building and learning to play a box guitar, even measuring the proper distance for the placement of the frets. Third and fourth graders use their skills to build projects of choice, and depending on the level of difficulty, might create one to three projects during the course of a school year. Through the primary school years, students have the opportunity to create something from scratch, using math, problem-solving, and collaboration with their peers.
First grade meets students engage through highly interactive ways fwith materials and resources as they develop basic counting, money, time, measurement and computational skills. Cultivating strong number sense is the primary aim. Bridges in Mathematics emphasizes problem solving and daily hands-on experience with manipulatives. Students are encouraged to express their mathematical thinking through discussions and writing. Students build basic addition and subtraction fact knowledge through games.
Goals and Objectives
- Count by 2s to 100
- Count by 5s and 10s to 200+
- Sequence and compare 1, 2, and 3-digit numbers using the symbols < > and =
- Name the place and value of each digit up to 4-digit numbers
- Read and writes 2- and 3-digit numbers
- Interpret simple bar graphs and charts
- Identify time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour on an analog clock
- Identify and name the value of penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
- Add combinations of coins to $1.00
- Measure accurately to the nearest half inch and centimeter
- Name and sequence months of the year and days of the week
Operations and Computation:
- Add one digit numbers using strategy of choice
- Demonstrate the ability to count on when adding
- Demonstrate automaticity of addition facts for +0, +1, doubles, and sums that equal 10
- Create and solve simple addition and subtraction stories to 20+ and writes the corresponding number model (equation) using the symbols +, -, and =
- Identify basic polygons (trapezoid, rhombus, and hexagon)
- Creates, continues, and identifies ABCD patterns