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Mathematics Department

Mathematics Program Pathways 6-12

Course descriptions may be found in the MS and HS course catalogs.    

What is Math II?
Math II is a course offered to sixth graders for one period on alternating days in addition to the daily Math I class.  Math II affords students a unique opportunity for enrichment beyond the scope of the Grade 6 standards, and also provides students a forum to learn and practice mathematical modeling (problem-solving).

To function effectively in today’s global society, students must be able to think logically, critically, and creatively.  Mathematical modeling encourages these thinking skills through what is very much a literacy-based process.   Mathematical modelling requires students to

  • interpret information and elicit main ideas from a variety of narrative texts that mirror real-life situations
  • organize the information meaningfully
  • describe/explain the situation
  • predict the solution
  • share ideas/approaches
  • produce a model to solve the problem
  • re-use the model in similar situations

Collaboratively, students will regularly engage in Polya’s Problem-Solving Steps as outlined below.  These steps also constitute the “design cycle” used in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. 

  • Understand the problem.
  • Devise a plan.
  • Carry out the plan.
  • Look back.

In Math II, students will learn vital mathematical skills, develop enduring understandings that transfer to further studies and authentic situations, and gain confidence in problem-solving.