Fridley Public Schools is committed to providing an engaging and developmentally appropriate learning environment for your child to learn and master the skills and concepts of math. Our district is committed to math instruction that allows students to excel in the skills they need to succeed in college and the workplace. We advocate instruction that engages students in understanding mathematics, computing fluently, applying strategies to solve problems, reasoning logically, and connecting and communicating mathematical ideas through the standards for mathematical practice. Our curriculum and instruction is coherent, focused and consistent with research in the field where every student is empowered by the opportunities mathematics affords. The instructional program is built on the IB Framework and embeds the MN Academic Standards in Mathematics.
Mathematics Instruction Continuum
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for Grades K-4 provides teaching and learning experiences to challenge students to be curious, ask questions, explore and interact with the environment physically, socially and intellectually to construct meaning and refine their understanding. The use of structured inquiry is a precursor to the problem-solving and inquiry-based approach of Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 5-10 mathematics. Students continuing on to the IB Diploma Programme (DP) will have developed not only an inquiring and reflective approach to mathematics learning but also critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which they will be able to apply and extend in further DP mathematics courses. This continuum of instruction is designed to accommodate the range of needs, interests and abilities of students, and to ensure that students are college and career ready.
Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics
The Minnesota Academic Standards in Mathematics set the expectations for achievement in mathematics for K-12 students in Minnesota. The standards are grounded in the belief that all students can and should be mathematically proficient. All students should learn important mathematical concepts, skills, and relationships with understanding. The standards and benchmarks describe a connected body of mathematical knowledge that is gained through the processes of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation.
The Minnesota Academic Standards in Mathematics are organized by grade level into four content strands:
- Number and Operation
- Geometry and Measurement
- Data Analysis and Probability
Teachers utilize multiple resources to provide differentiated learning experiences in their classrooms designed to meet the diverse needs of students. To support a coherent and consistent curriculum, the school district provides the following as primary resources for instruction.
Grades K-6: Math Expressions
Math Expressions is a comprehensive, standards-based K-6 mathematics resource that offers a balanced approach to teaching and learning mathematics. Math Expressions uses manipulatives, visual models, conceptual language, and real-world situations to help students build deep mathematical understanding.
Math Expressions Education Place for Students and Families
Grade 7-8: Core Connections (College Preparatory Math)
Grades 7 and 8 will use the Core Connections Course 2 and Course 3 for pre-algebra and algebra classes. The Core Connections courses emphasize the connected nature of mathematics. Each course consistently weaves strands of topics together so that the connections emerge naturally and can facilitate deeper understanding. Through the use of challenging problems, accelerated students are pushed to learn more and are not lost to boredom, while traditionally struggling students are actively engaged in the work of developing solution plans and executing them. At the same time, to support students with and learning gaps, these courses build the conceptual foundation slowly with an emphasis on manipulatives and looking at problems in multiple ways. The mastery over time approach helps struggling students build understanding over time and accommodates different learning styles.
CPM Core Connections Principles of Design
Grades 9-12: Key Curriculum Press
To meet graduation requirements, a student must complete three years of math. It is recommended that students planning to attend a 4-year college or university take a fourth year of math. There are multiple math pathways for students designed to support student learning and ensure that all students have the opportunity to meet the math academic standards for college and career readiness.
Four-Year Math Pathways
Algebra 2→Pre-Calculus→DP Math SL Yr 1→DP Math SL Yr 2
Algebra 2→Pre-Calculus→Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry→DP Math SL Yr 1
Algebra 2→Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry→Pre-Calculus→DP Math SL Yr 1
Geometry→Algebra 2→Math Studies Yr 1→Math Studies Yr 2
Geometry→Algebra 2→Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry→Math Studies Yr 1
Geometry→Algebra 2→Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry→DP Math SL Yr 1
Geometry→Intermediate Algebra→Algebra 2→Math Studies Yr 1
Geometry→Intermediate Algebra→Algebra 2→Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry
Resources for high school math