The teaching and learning of mathematics begins in a math rich environment. The activities, tasks, and discourse provide a framework for the development of mathematical power in all learners. Mathematical power (NCTM, 2000) is unmistakable in learners that exhibit conceptual and procedural understandings. It is evident in learners that can communicate mathematically. Mathematical power is apparent in learners who can reason logically, problem solve, and exhibit a disposition to persevere with real-life problem-solving situations.
The Central Bucks School District math curriculum aims for mathematical power in all students and addresses the Pennsylvania and Central Bucks Mathematics Standards.
Our program, Math in Focus, helps students build a solid conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving. The strategic, articulated sequence of topics are developed in depth to mastery. Students learn the "why" and the "how" through instruction. Math in Focus consistently employs a concrete-pictorial-abstract progression. Clear and engaging visuals that present concepts and model solutions allow all students to gain a strong conceptual understanding.
Math in Focus addresses topics in greater depth at each level. Knowledge is built carefully and thoroughly with both multi-page lessons and multi-day lessons. Time is built into the program to develop understanding with activities, as well as ample scaffolded, guided learning with every lesson and extensive skills practice. Content is focused on building foundations for number, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement, and geometry.
6th Grade Mathematics: Chapters:
1: Whole Numbers, Prime Numbers, and Prime Factorization
2: Number Lines and Negative Numbers
3: Fractions and Decimals
5: Rates and Speed
7: Algebraic Expressions
8: Equations and Inequalities
9: The Coordinate Plane
10: Areas of Polygons
11: Surface Area and Volume of Solids
12: Introduction to Statistics
13: Measures of Central Tendency and Variability