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Math at BCS
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 prerequisites. 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 in our classrooms
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 multidigit numbers by other multidigit 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 in our classrooms
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 fasterpaced version of Math 6 – Big Ideas and incorporates a few PreAlgebra 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.
PreAlgebra7th 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 Algebra8th 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 problemsolving using variables. This course uses an integrated approach in which connections to other disciplines and the application of algebra to realworld 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 problemsolving. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate use of technology to enhance understanding of concepts and as a tool for problemsolving. Honors Geometry – 10th grade Honors standards Honors Geometry is the indepth study of two and threedimensional 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 multistep problems. BCS does not offer regular Geometry.
Click here or on the image at the right for an overview of the math courses and paths that are offered at BCS.
