The study of mathematics helps students develop critical thinking skills, as well as make logical arguments and valid inferences.
Students at SBCS are introduced to mathematics as a part of everyday life. Mathematics instruction is experiential, interactive, investigative, and concrete, with an emphasis on exploration and discovery, using hands-on learning materials, and using models to develop mathematical automaticity.
Students are encouraged, throughout their school experience, to develop the spirit of inquiry and curiosity through the study of each mathematical domain. Over time, students focus on eleven mathematical domains including: Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, Geometry, Number and Operations, Fractions, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Statistics and Probability, and Functions. Different domains are introduced or emphasized during different grades.
Context for Learning Mathematics is the centerpiece of the math curriculum. Additionally, FactWise is used throughout the school to encourage math fact automaticity for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Opportunities to use mathematical skills and strategies in contexts are provided through thematic units. Upper grade students explore mathematical ideas as part of The Mathematician’s Expedition. This project-based event engages students in a format that is similar to a Science Fair.
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