# Math Department

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The Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) was funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a complete middle school mathematics curriculum, Connected Mathematics, for students and teachers. CMP is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings and meaningful skills. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within each problem.

The overarching goal of CMP is to help students and teachers develop mathematical knowledge, understanding, and skill along with an awareness of and appreciation for the rich connections among mathematical strands and between mathematics and other disciplines. The CMP curriculum development has been guided by our single mathematical standard:

All students should be able to reason and communicate proficiently in mathematics. They should have knowledge of and skill in the use of the vocabulary, forms of representation, materials, tools, techniques, and intellectual methods of the discipline of mathematics, including the ability to define and solve problems with reason, insight, inventiveness, and technical proficiency.

### Math Courses offered at each grade level:

Connected Math 1: Connected Math 1 at Blevins Middle School focuses on deepening student understand and application of operations with rational numbers, writing expressions and equations, data analysis, geometry, probability and statistics, and introduction to integers.

Connected Math 2 Accelerated: Students will apply and extend their previous understanding of rational number concepts to add, subtract, multiply and divide integers and fractions. Students will explore ratios and proportions to develop their understanding of linear functions. In addition, they will compare data distributions and be able to compare differences between populations, as well as, analyze geometric figures calculating surface area and volume.

Connected Math 2 Accelerated: Students will apply and extend their previous understanding of rational number concepts to add, subtract, multiply and divide integers and fractions. Students will explore ratios and proportions to develop their understanding of linear functions. In addition, they will compare data distributions and be able to compare differences between populations, as well as, analyze geometric figures calculating surface area and volume.

Connected Math 3: Connected Math 3 is designed with problem-centered units that develop a big idea that is an important cluster of related concepts, skills,
procedures, and ways of thinking. As a result, the student will be able to communicate mathematically, and make connections between mathematics and other disciplines. To address district and state standards, this course interweaves mathematical topics of algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, number systems, and measurement. Connected Math 3 explores linear functions, data analysis, Pythagorean Theorem and irrational numbers, counting principals, basic geometry, linear and non-linear models, symmetry and transformations, algebraic expressions, and introductions to exponential and quadratic models. Upon successful completion, students will progress to Algebra 1.

Algebra: Algebra 1, as it is taught at the 8th grade level, has many challenges for students, especially as the course has transitioned into the rigors of the Core Curriculum. Students will receive High School credit which will become a part of their final GPA. Teachers from a student's previous school year will recommend them for Algebra based on a criteria that includes: a proficient math score (a standards based, level 3 grade), efficient homework habits, an exit assessment and maturity in the classroom. All Algebra students across the district are given a final assessment at the end of the school year which is integrated into their final GPA.

Geometry: Eighth grade Geometry is a high school level course in between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.  After a review of basic terms and definitions, students explore the concepts of congruency, similarity and symmetry with transformations. We move into a deeper study of congruency with basic proofs of triangle and quadrilateral theorems. A unit on similarity transformations is a lead into basic right triangle trigonometry. We finish the year by bringing many concepts together with units on solids and circles. Major concept skills of algebra are reviewed and woven into content throughout the year.