Cardinal Pacelli’s math program is committed to the rigor and high-quality math standards that is necessary for students to be successful in mathematics from K-8th grades. My Math, the curriculum used for K-4, provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement students need to be successful, specifically in number sense and in problem solving in mathematics. Students will be exposed to models and math tools that will allow them to explore mathematics to provide methods of understanding that encourage students to adopt the strategies that makes the most sense to them and to enhance critical thinking in mathematics.
As students move into the intermediate grades, the rigor in the curriculum amplifies in mathematics. The 5th grade curriculum utilizes the Go Math program, written by acclaimed authors Dr. Ed Burger and Dr. Juli Dixon. Go Math exposes students to various strategies through inquiry-based instruction to allow students to once again solve mathematics in ways that are most meaningful to them. Modeling through math manipulatives and students working in cooperative groups is strongly encouraged in this curriculum. Students will share their thoughts and explanations as they investigate mathematic concepts through multi-step applications to understand why and how math relates to real-life math situations.
Sixth through eighth grades implement the Big Ideas program written by renowned authors Dr. Ron Larson and Dr. Laurie Boswell. This curriculum also includes Algebra I for qualifying students. This curriculum utilizes a research-based, balanced instructional approach that includes both discovery learning and direct instruction lessons. Additionally, this curriculum allows enriching performance tasks enabling mathematically advanced students to participate in math studies outside of the classroom.
The knowledge and skills students need to be prepared for mathematics in college, career, and life are woven throughout the mathematics standards. With the exceptional curriculum Cardinal Pacelli has in place, we are confident that we will provide the rigorous course work to produce effective and successful math leaders for 21st Century learning.