# Mathematics

The Middle School math program aims to develop an appreciation for mathematics and logical, organized thought. Students are taught to become aware of and confident in their own abilities to communicate and reason mathematically. A strong emphasis is placed upon study skills, organization, and the mathematical process, not just the answer. Students develop active learning strategies and become resourceful and independent. A main goal of the department is to foster metacognition in each student. Each grade has honors-level sectioning for students demonstrating the ability to move at a faster pace.

Students begin the year with a thorough review of place value and addition and subtraction of multi-digit whole numbers, and the basic multiplication facts. Next students practice and develop of understanding of multiplication of two and three-digit numbers before turning to the concept of division. Long division will be introduced and practiced. After students will be introduced to decimal and operations with decimals. These concepts will be modeled using manipulatives followed by the algorithmic representation. From here students begin studying fractions. Students will learn the definition and usage of a fraction. Equivalent fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers will be introduced along with addition and subtraction of fractions. Relationships between decimals and fractions will be explored along with converting among decimal, fraction, and percent equivalencies.
Throughout the year the application of estimation will be examined as it relates to operations with numbers and word problems. This will benefit students in a year-long project which explores math in the real world. Students will learn about concepts such as budgeting, investing, salary, taxes, etc. Supporting and enriching this project will be time spent working in our Collaborative Design Lab, on laptops, and a possible field trip.