FCS has adopted a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based math program that focuses on depth rather than breadth, building conceptual foundations, and most importantly, engagement in the process and application of math concepts. Math Expressions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has been designed to reflect the way children learn mathematics. It provides a solid conceptual base that is grounded in over 20 years of research.
Students are expected to problem solve, explain their thinking, and prove their answers. Each unit begins with an inquiry-based activity to activate thinking, access prior knowledge, and address preconceptions. Foundational to our mathematics instruction is the understanding that there are multiple paths to solving a problem. Providing a math learning environment that goes beyond memorization, rote learning, and basic computation allows students to learn with understanding which then leads to transference and the ability to apply learning in new situations. Additionally, students receive additional math enrichment once a week during a 40-minute math lab. Math lab reinforces math learning through math centers, games, logic, and other activities.
As students move into upper elementary, students... Access Full Curriculum Overview