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.
Fourth grade students learn to calculate, solve problems, and develop mathematical fluency using the Bridges In Mathematics program and other resources. Students continue to think and communicate mathematically as they analyze, explore, and investigate with a focus on problem solving and mental math skills. Conceptual and critical thinking skills are targeted using class discussions of highly complex problems. All students are encouraged to present and explain their solutions, the thinking behind them and to explore alternative methods and creative solutions.
Goals and Objectives
- Read, write, and compare numbers beyond 9 digits (billions)
- Name place value in decimals to the thousandths
- Compare and sequence to the thousandths
- Round numbers to the nearest thousandth
- Compare negative and positive integers
- Identify negative and positive numbers on a number line
- Interpret information from a table or graph (bar, line, circle)
- Organize and display data using a graph
- Find median, maximum, minimum, and mode
- Measure accurately to the nearest millimeter (metric) and nearest 1/8 inch (customary)
- Find perimeter of 2-dimensional shapes
- Find the area of a polygon drawn on a grid
Operations and Computation:
- Use parentheses correctly in number sentences
- Add, subtract, and estimate with decimals to the thousandths
- Demonstrate ability to use different strategies for solving multi-digit multiplication equations
- Perform steps of long division using a single digit divisor
- Use multiplication to check for accuracy in division
- Add and subtracts fractions with common denominators
- Identify and demonstrates ability to find common denominators when adding and subtracting fractions
- Label, plot, and read coordinate grids
- Measure acute, obtuse, and right angles using a protractor
- Name points, line segments, lines, and rays
- Form angles and polygons by name
- Measure the diameter and radius of a circle
- Solve for “x” in basic, one-step equations using addition and subtraction and check accuracy using substitution
- Recognize and solves basic, one-step equations using addition and subtraction
- Identify a constant and variable in basic equations
- Compare fractions to compare probability
Fractions/ Decimals and Percents:
- Compare fractions with like denominators
- Identify equivalent fractions
- Convert improper fractions to mixed number form and reverse
- Convert fractions to decimals and reverse