Specific 5th – 8th Grade Math Program Goals and Texts
5th grade text – McGraw-Hill: MyMath 5th OR Glencoe Course 1 (sixth)
Critical Areas of Focus for Grade 5
(1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions);
(2) extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and,
(3) developing understanding of volume.
In fifth grade, there are three levels of math: at grade level, accelerated, and one grade level advanced. Both the at grade level and accelerated groups use the fifth grade MyMath text and move through the fifth grade common core standards. The one grade level advanced works also works through the fifth grade standards using both the MyMath curriculum and supplementary materials. After completing all new fifth grade standards, this group will work through the 6th grade text. We are able to cover two grade levels in one year by eliminating any review work in each of the grade levels.
6th grade text – Glencoe Course 1 6th Math OR Glencoe Accelerated Pre-Algebra
Critical Areas of Focus for Grade 6
(1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems;
(2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers;
(3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and
(4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.
Some of the specific topics covered include: decimals, fractions, number lines, measurement, area, perimeter, volume, place value, solid figures, percent, ratio, unit conversion, probability, angles, coordinates.
In sixth grade, there are three levels of math: at grade level, accelerated, and one grade level advanced. Both the at grade level and accelerated groups use Glencoe Math Course 1 and move through the sixth grade common core standards. The one grade level advanced works also uses a Pre-Algebra text.
7th grade texts – Glencoe Course II OR Glencoe Accelerated Pre-Algebra OR Glencoe Algebra 1
Critical Areas of Focus for Grade 7
(1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships;
(2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations;
(3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three- dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and
(4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
In seventh grade, there are three levels of math: at grade level, accelerated, and one grade level advanced. The at grade level class uses the Glencoe Course 2 text and the accelerated group uses Glencoe Accelerated Pre-Algebra. The one grade level advanced group uses an Algebra 1 text.
8th grade texts – Glencoe Accelerated Pre-Algebra OR Glencoe Algebra 1 OR Glencoe Geometry
Critical Areas of Focus for Grade 8
(1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling as association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations;
(2) grasping the concept of function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships;
(3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
In eighth grade, there are two levels of math: at grade level (1 class) and one grade level advanced (2 classes). The class at grade level use Glencoe: Accelerated Pre-Algebra. The accelerated groups use Glencoe: Algebra.
(These goals were provided by the Common Core State Standards.)