Math at BCS

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Math at BCS


At BCS, we strive to provide a variety of learning opportunities to meet students’ individual strengths and needs. We incorporate a wide range of teaching strategies to engage students and challenge them at a level that is appropriate for them. BCS’s individualized grade pacing allows students to access math classes that match their abilities.

BCS offers twelve different math courses with multiple paths of course sequencing. Students are vertically advanced (at any grade level) if they meet specific criteria and pre-requisites. This innovative approach allows us to strive for our overall goal of supporting the individual mathematical needs of each one our students.

Click here or on the image at the right for an overview of the math courses and paths that are offered at BCS.

Click here for a details on the BCS Math Placement Process.

 

Math for grades 3 – 5


Math Expressions Common Core
combines elements of standards-based instruction with the best traditional approaches. Through drawings, conceptual language, and real-world examples, it helps students make sense of mathematics. NSF-funded and research-based, Math Expressions is proven to be effective in raising student achievement. Put your students on the path to becoming lifelong learners—and lovers—of all things math with our trusted Common Core math curriculum.

Math in our classrooms

  • Supports the CCSS by covering select concepts for deeper mastery
  • NSF-funded, research-based, and proven to raise student achievement
  • Offers innovative ways to teach and learn through exploration, modeling and discussion

 

Math 3 – Math Expressions

In third grade, students will learn multiplication and division by looking at number patterns as well as learning that multiplication and division are inverse operations. They will interpret whole number quotients and learn to solve multiplication and division problems up to 100. Students will then explore standard units of measurement in both U.S. and metric units; through this they will understand that a fraction is a number and represent it on the number line. Finally, students will learn to categorize geometric figures based off different attributes.

Math 4 – Math Expressions

In fourth grade, students will expand their knowledge of multiplication through visual arrays and diagrams as well as enhance their math reasoning with a connection between written and drawn numerical work. Students will then learn division up to four digits and be able to interpret remainders in division problems. Measurement will be learned through different systems of units and students will learn formulas to solve geometric problems such as area and perimeter. Next, students will learn fraction and be able to complete numerical operations using fractions. Finally, students will examine geometric shapes to learn how to measure angles, classify shapes and draw geometric figures.

Math 5 – Math Expressions

Fifth grade math will begin connecting algorithms for whole numbers to ones with decimals. Students will explain patterns in the number zero through examining multiples of ten. Students will continue to expand their understanding of division though dividing multi-digit numbers by other multi-digit numbers. Next students will learn different operations applying them to decimals and fractions, including mixed numbers. Finally, students will be able to classify geometric shapes in a hierarchy Math 5/6 – Math Expressions This course incorporates Fifth and Sixth Grade Common Core State Standards using Math Expression Resources. Students complete all concepts to the sixth grade mastery level.

Math 5/6 – Math Expressions

This course incorporates Fifth and Sixth Grade Common Core State Standards using Math Expression Resources. Students complete all concepts to the sixth grade mastery level.

Math for grades 6 – 8


Big Ideas Math®
is the only complete middle school math program developed with the Common Core Standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice as its foundation. In addition it is the only program to offer the Regular, Accelerated, and Compacted Pathways through middle school math. Students master content through inductive reasoning opportunities, engaging activities that provide deeper understanding, stepped-out examples, and a continual building on prior knowledge.

Math in our classrooms

  • Consistent and clear path of learning for students and teachers with rigorous real-world practices
  • Revolutionary curriculum with balance of discovery and direct instruction
  • Offers innovative ways to teach and learn through exploration, modeling and discussion

 

Math for grades 6


Math 6 – Big Ideas

Sixth Grade Big Ideas emphasizes the following content: Numbers, numeration, equivalence and order relations; measurement, measures and numbers in reference frames, including using linear, area, capacity and personal reference measures and using metric and U.S. customary units; operations, mental arithmetic and number systems, including evaluating symbolic expressions and applying distributive property; and algorithms and procedures.

Math 6+ – Big Ideas

This is a faster-paced version of Math 6 – Big Ideas and incorporates a few Pre-Algebra concepts.

Math 7/8 – Big Ideas Accelerated

This course incorporates seventh and eighth grade Common Core State Standards using Big Ideas Accelerated resources. Students complete all concepts to the eighth grade mastery level.

 

Math for grades 7 & 8


At grades 7 and 8, multiple math placement options continue. At these grades, classes include 7/8 Math Lab, Pre-Algebra, Introduction to Algebra, 7/8 Accelerated Math, Algebra 1, and Honors Geometry. All of these courses offer opportunities to explore math concepts and to develop logical-critical thinking skills. Through mathematical inquiry, students will master critical content, learn to persist with challenging questions, and articulate their math reasoning. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to develop valuable problem solving skills that will not only help them to be successful in their future math classes but will also show students how to relate material they have learned to other disciplines and real life relatable situations.

Pre-Algebra-7th grade standards

Seventh Grade Big Ideas emphasizes the following content: analyzing proportional relationships; performing rational number operations; generating equivalent expressions, solving problems using linear equations and inequalities; understanding geometric relationships, solving problems involving angles, surface area and volume; analyzing and comparing populations, finding probabilities of events.

Math 7/8 – Big Ideas Accelerated

This course incorporates seventh and eighth grade Common Core State Standards using Big Ideas Accelerated resources. Students complete all concepts to the eighth grade mastery level.

Math 8 – Introduction to Algebra-8th grade standards

This course is designed for the student who needs more time to develop basic algebra skills while also allowing more time to work on topics such as: approximating real numbers and performing real number operations; using radicals and integer exponents, connecting proportional relationships and lines, solving systems of linear equations; defining , evaluating and comparing functions; modeling relationships; understanding congruence and similarity, applying the Pythagorean theorem and applying volume formulas; analyzing bivariate data.

Algebra 1 – 9th grade standards

Algebra 1 is an extension of arithmetic into problem-solving using variables. This course uses an integrated approach in which connections to other disciplines and the application of algebra to real-world problems are given special attention. Topics studies include real numbers, polynomials, fractional expressions, radical expressions, equations, functions, inequalities, graphing, systems of equations, statistics, probability, matrices, geometry and problem-solving. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate use of technology to enhance understanding of concepts and as a tool for problem-solving.

Honors Geometry – 10th grade Honors standards

Honors Geometry is the in-depth study of two- and three-dimensional figures offered at BCS (the course is a sophomore level class offered at Groves and Seaholm High Schools as well). Both inductive and deductive reasoning are used to explore the properties of geometrical figures. Theorems are proven with deductive logic. Transformations, coordinate geometry and trigonometry are introduced. Algebraic formulations are used throughout the course. Honors Geometry moves at a faster pace than regular Geometry, and greater emphasis is placed on the role of proof and multi-step problems. BCS does not offer regular Geometry.

BCS Math PathsIt is important to note:

  • Multiple math paths are available to students, and student placement is based upon their performance. Criteria for advanced placement include teacher recommendation, evaluation (grades, work habits and assessments), 88% grade maintained in the accelerated class and parent approval.
  • If a student successfully completes Honors Geometry prior to their 8th grade year at BCS, he/she will complete the next level of math at one of our high schools during that school’s first hour, returning by bus to BCS after 9:00 AM.  The impact of this will be the student missing their C-0 (first hour co-curricular/rotation class at BCS).

Click here or on the image at the right for an overview of the math courses and paths that are offered at BCS.