Conant's Mathematics Program
The goal of teaching mathematics is to help all students develop mathematical power. —National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Kindergarten and First Grade uses Investigations in Number, Data, and Space developed by TERC/Scott Foresman. Grades 2 through 6 uses Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics
Grade Level Emphasis
In addition to the areas of emphasis listed below, Conant's students in grades one through six are taught age-appropriate math vocabulary, problem-solving strategies, and skills involving numbers, operations (i.e., estimation, mental-math strategies, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and integers), geometry, measurement, time, money, data analysis and probability, and algebra. The major emphasis of our mathematics program at each grade level is the following:
|Kindergarten - Grade 1
||Hands-on learning and inquiry-based teaching are the basis for our math program. The curriculum is carefully designed to encourage students to participate and take risks in mathematics, based on the TERC/Scott Foresman -Investigations in Number, Data, and Space program. Children use prior knowledge to make sense of and develop an understanding of fundamental mathematical ideas. Students construct their own strategies and approaches, rather than rely on memorized procedures. Prior to the introduction of conventional algorithams, solutions are expressed through discussion, pictures, numbers and words.
|Grade 2 Uses pictures, words, and numbers to have students solve word problems and record their thinking in writing (journal writing). Estimation and mental-math strategies are emphasized. Focus is on addition and subtraction facts through twenty. The concepts of regrouping and multiplication are introduced.
|Grades 3 through 6 From step-by-step instruction on every student page to daily assessment and customized intervention, the math program enables teachers to differentiate instruction and helps students achieve authentic progress.
Grade 3 Stresses mental math, problem-solving strategies, regrouping, and mastering addition and subtraction facts. Whole-number multiplication and division, adding and subtracting money, time, and fraction and decimal concepts are introduced.
|Grade 4 Emphasizes mental math, the concept of place value, reading numbers to 100,000,000, measurement (i.e., length, weight, and temperature), and adding and subtracting whole numbers. Students learn how to multiply two-digit numbers and divide one-digit divisor into a larger dividend and money. Equivalent fractions, decimal-fractions relationships, and adding and subtracting with like and unlike denominators are introduced.
|Grade 5 Values the mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. Emphasis is on mental math, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing mixed numbers, fractions, and decimals. Developing linear measurement and probability skills are continued. Students are introduced to the concepts of number theory (i.e., prime and composite numbers, prime factorization, greatest common factor, and least common multiple) integers, decimal operations, ratio, proportion, and percent.
|Grade 6 Reviews all of the basic skills involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole and mixed numbers, fractions, decimals, geometry, and mental math strategies. Emphasis is on studying integers, ratio, percent, and probability. Students are introduced to the concepts of statistics, patterns and number theory, and the connections of arithmetic to algebra.
Scope and Sequence
- Number Theory
- Fraction Concepts
- Decimal Concepts
- Integers and Other Numbers
|Operations||- Estimation and Mental Math Strategies - Whole-Number Addition|
- Whole-Number Subtraction
- Whole-Number Multiplication
- Whole-Number Division
- Fraction Operations
- Decimal Operations
- Integer Operations
Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
|- Ratio and Proportion|
|Geometry||- Plane and Solid Figures|
- Classifying Figures
|Measurement||- Length, Weight/Mass, Capacity, and Temperature|
- Perimeter, Area, and Volume
- Converting Units
|Data Analysis and Probability||- Graphs|
- Data Collection and Analysis
|Algebra||- Patterns, Properties, and Expressions|
- Equations and Inequalities
|Mathematical Processes||- Problem-Solving Skills|
- Problem-Solving Strategies
- Reasoning and Proof