Little Egg Harbor School District
Math Curriculum Guides
Mathematics is the symbolic language of thinking and prepares students for all other curriculum content. It represents the most international of all curriculum areas and influences not only students’ ability to problem solve in a mathematical context but also in every area of personal and civil life. Little Egg Harbor School District recognizes the importance of mathematics and believes that students of all ages can and should develop positive mathematical identities and attitudes, as they become powerful math learners. The instructional goal of the mathematics program is to promote an understanding of mathematical concepts so that students can apply their skills and knowledge to novel problems and situations. In so doing the program challenges students to attack all problems in a reasoned and logical manner. Computational skills and the ability to choose and apply abstract algorithms to problem-solving are important components of the program. In order for students to successfully meet the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics, they must develop a strong number sense in order to conceptually understand why algorithms work and to recognize and appreciate the elegance with which equations can represent mathematical thinking.
Daily Problem-Based Interactive Math Learning followed by Visual Learning strategies deepen conceptual understanding by making meaningful connections for students and delivering strong, sequential visual/verbal connections through the Visual Learning Bridge in every lesson. Ongoing Diagnosis & Intervention and daily Data-Driven Differentiation ensure that Go Math gives every student the opportunity to succeed.
In addition, we use several online programs to supplement and enhance student learning. Reflex Math is used in Grades 2-6 to improve math fluency and automaticity.
Happy Numbers is utilized in Grades K-5 to foster conceptual understanding of each grade level's math skills and concepts. Happy Numbers is based on the best pedagogical practices for approaching each skill and concept: visual modeling, using concrete manipulatives and other time-tested approaches to math instruction.
Students in grades 3-6 also use take advantage of a program called Gizmos. Gizmos provide interactive online math simulations aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Math. Gizmos are inquiry-based and designed to foster deeper thinking and problem-solving skills for all students.