Math

Elementary Math

The Scituate Public Elementary Schools are committed to providing educational opportunities leading to personal and academic success. We believe that students will achieve math understanding and success occurs in math when math is accessible, meaningful, and connected to previous learning and real world applications. Children successfully learn concepts and skills when exposed to math grounded in concrete experiences that ultimately lead to the abstract. It is our belief that by engaging students' imaginations, common sense, and critical thinking skills, and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners, students will gain a solid understanding and appreciation for the role that math plays in their everyday lives.

Eureka Math is the current math program for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, adopted September 2020. This program incorporates rigor, coherence, and focus in the classroom so students gain a deeper understanding of the why behind the numbers, all while making math more enjoyable to learn. Aligned to the Common Core Mathematical Standards, as well as the 2017 Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks, Eureka Math is a thoughtfully constructed math program with an intense focus on key concepts that layer over time, creating enduring knowledge. Students gain a complete body of math knowledge, not just a discrete set of skills. They use the same models and problem-solving methods from grade to grade, so math concepts stay with them, year after year. The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice are consistently integrated in math instruction, exposing students to important processes and proficiencies in mathematics education that they will need as they move through their middle school and high school years. Noted below, the practices are a balanced combination of procedure and understanding.

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

More information about Eureka Math is available at https://greatminds.org/math

Secondary Math Grades 6-12

Guiding Philosophy:

The mathematics curriculum guidelines envision that all students achieve mathematical competency through a strong mathematics program that emphasizes problem solving and communicating mathematical reasoning. Acquiring such competency depends in on a clear, comprehensive, coherent, and developmentally appropriate set of standards to govern curriculum these expectations.

Mathematical problem solving requires the solver to search for a method for solving a problem rather than following a set procedure. Students will formulate questions, model problem situations in a variety of ways, generalize mathematical relationships, and solve problems in both a mathematical and an everyday context.

The ability to communicate mathematical ideas coherently is an essential component of a student's mathematical development. By talking and writing about mathematics, students will make convincing arguments that represent mathematical ideas both verbally and symbolically.

Primary Objectives:

The mathematics curriculum for students grades 6-12 is based upon the strands outlined initially by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in The Principles of Mathematics Education and formulated by the Massachusetts Department of Education in Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework. 

Elizabeth Grindle, Math Department Chairperson
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