Look at what happens in Upper Elementary Math!

During the academic year, third through sixth grade students will accomplish their objectives in Math by receiving instruction in SAXON Math. Saxon is a spiral curriculum which emphasizes a connection between earlier learned concepts and new concepts establishing a solid foundation for learning math well. Students are fortunate to have 80 minutes of math instruction each day.

Third Grade students

  • Begin each class period for twenty minutes at the math meeting board
  • Are provided with numerical sequences for which they must establish an interval pattern and continue the sequence beyond what is provided
  • Become adept at solving story problems and creating and solving expressions that involve multiple operations
  • Are able to work problems forwards and backwards contributing to an intrinsic understanding of concepts
  • Develop sound multiplication and division skills
  • Work with fraction manipulatives to better understand parts of a whole
  • Engage their concepts of spatial reasoning through their hands-on experience with geometric tiles
  • Are assessed after every ten Saxon math lessons

Fourth Grade students

  • Begin the class period with a twenty minute Power Up
    • Solve addition facts, subtraction facts, multiplication facts, and division facts and ultimately progress to more elaborate facts that involve reducing fractions
    • Tackle concepts that enhance students’ mental math problem solving skills
    • Engage in problem solving strategies that contribute to solving a number sense or story problem at the conclusion of the Power Up
  • Develop a concrete understanding of fractions having equivalent values as decimals and percents
  • Solve for unknown addends and factors to begin the algebraic problem solving process
  • Convert cents to dollar amounts
  • Distinguish between whole numbers, counting numbers and integers
  • Graph on a number line
  • Solve story problems involving money
  • Understand and apply vocabulary that supports problem solving processes
  • Create and solve story problems that enhance reasoning
  • Build on the order of operations to prepare for muli-step algebraic expressions
  • Are assessed after every ten Saxon math lessons

Fifth Grade students

  • Are administered a placement test at the beginning of the school year that decides their placement in Saxon 5 or Course 1
  • Begin the class period with a twenty minute Power Up
    • Solve math facts that progress in complexity throughout the year
    • Tackle concepts that enhance students’ mental math problem solving skills
    • Engage in problem solving strategies that contribute to solving a number sense or story problem at the conclusion of the Power Up
  • Become increasingly more adept at converting fractions to decimals; decimals to percents; fractions to percents; and vice versa
  • Apply the order-of-operations to expressions
  • Understand mean, median, mode, and range for a data set
  • Strengthen their analytical problem solving skills when an unknown term is present in an expression and an equation
  • Solve for perimeter, circumference of a circle, and area of 2-dimensional geometric figures
  • Decipher the unique properties of various geometric shapes
  • Apply sales tax to a subtotal to discover the total price
  • Know place value through the hundred billions; and place value through the ten thousandths
  • Analyze data and determine which table or graph best represents the data
  • Are assessed after every ten math lessons

Sixth Grade students

  • Are administered a placement test at the beginning of the school year that decides their placement in Course 1 or Course 2
  • Begin the class period with a Power Up
    • Solve math facts that progress in complexity throughout the year
    • Tackle concepts that enhance students’ mental math problem solving skills for multistep problems
    • Engage in problem solving strategies that contribute to a number sense problem or an elaborate story problem at the conclusion of the Power Up
  • Apply simple interest and compound interest to financial problems
  • Solve functions using function tables
  • Graph functions
  • Find the area of a circle
  • Find the surface area of geometric solids
  • Find the volume of geometric solids
  • Solve multifaceted story problems
  • Use algebraic processes to solve complex algebraic expressions
  • Use box-and-whiskers plots to graph data
  • Graph data on line graphs, pie graphs, and scatter plots
  • Are assessed after every ten math lessons

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