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This course provides students with the tools to create a strong mathematical foundation by exploring topics related to Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability. Students will work with a variety of representations of numbers to build a strong foundation of number sense. They will develop and apply formulas to trapezoids, prisms, and other shapes, as well as convert between different types units. Through investigations, students will identify relationships between sets of lines, parallelograms, and other geometric shapes. Algebraic and linear relationships will be explored and rules will be formed as patterns emerge. Students will display data in a variety of ways and make inferences based on results and real world investigations. Throughout this course, students will think critically and communicate their findings as they solve multi-step problems.
Course Code: MAT7
Curriculum Policy Document: Mathematics, Grades 1 – 8, 2006 Revised
Course Developer: Virtual Elementary School
Development Date: 2012
Number sense refers to a general understanding of number and operations as well as the ability to apply this understanding in flexible ways to make mathematical judgments and to develop useful strategies for solving problems. In this strand, students develop their understanding of number by learning about different ways of representing numbers and about the relationships among numbers. They learn how to count in various ways, developing a sense of magnitude. They also develop a solid understanding of the four basic operations and learn to compute fluently, using a variety of tools and strategies.
Measurement concepts and skills are directly applicable to the world in which students live. Many of these concepts are also developed in other subject areas, such as science, social studies, and physical education.
Spatial sense is the intuitive awareness of one’s surroundings and the objects in them. Geometry helps us represent and describe objects and their interrelationships in space. A strong sense of spatial relationships and competence in using the concepts and language of geometry also support students’ understanding of number and measurement.
One of the central themes in mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships. This study requires students to recognize, describe, and generalize patterns and to build mathematical models to simulate the behaviour of real-world phenomena that exhibit observable patterns.
The related topics of data management and probability are highly relevant to everyday life. Graphs and statistics bombard the public in advertising, opinion polls, population trends, reliability estimates, descriptions of discoveries by scientists, and estimates of health risks, to name just a few.
The evaluation of the student’s achievement in this course is based on the student’s achievement of the curriculum expectations. The percentage grade represents the student’s overall achievement and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the Achievement chart for this discipline. The final grade for this course is calculated based on each of the five units (20% each) which are broken down as such: Knowledge & Understanding Set 10%; Mid-Unit Test 30%; Thinking & Communication Set 10%; Application Assignment 10%; Final Unit Test 40%.