Math - Grade Level Descriptions

Math - Grade Level Descriptions

Math Grades Tabs

Course Description

Sixth graders complete a year of dynamic College Preparatory Math (CPM) curriculum, rooted in the real world. Pre-algebra skills are developed, refined, and extended. CPM’s unique presentation encourages students to use Five Ways of Thinking – Comparing, Visualizing, Describing and Explaining, Multiple Ways of Seeing, and Sense Making. Through exploration, discussion, and practice, students gain an understanding of the mathematical reasoning behind core concepts. The goal is that a sense of fun will be preserved and a sense of wonder will be fostered in sixth-grade math.    

Units of Study:

Unit   1: Representations of Quantities and Characteristics of Numbers

Unit   2: Representations of Data, Area of Rectangles and Generic Rectangles

Unit   3: Representations of Portions and Integers on a Number Line

Unit   4: Variables and Ratios

Unit   5: Fraction Multiplication and Area of Additional Geometric Shapes

Unit   6: Representations of Fraction Division and Algebraic Expressions

Unit   7: Rates, More Strategies for Fraction Division, and Equivalent Expressions

Unit   8: Statistics and Multiplication Equations

Unit   9: Volume and Percents

Unit 10: Probability and Integer Addition

Unit 11: More Integer Operations, Arithmetic Properties, and Proportional Relationships

Unit 12: Compound Probability 

Course Description

Seventh graders complete a Pre-Algebra curriculum, College Preparatory Math, Core Connections Course 2 and 3. The curriculum asks the students to employ various strategies, question and investigate, find and construct evidence, analyze critically, and rigorously justify their thinking. The course focuses on problem solving and on allowing students to discover generalizations and mathematical principles through exploration. This curriculum guides the students toward understanding the reasons behind the math. Students do a combination of independent practice and group investigations.

Units of Study:

Unit 1:      Problem Solving and Simplifying with Variables
Unit 2:      Graphs and Equations, Multiple Representations
Unit 3:      Systems of Equations
Unit 4:      Proportions and Percents
Unit 5:      Statistics and Angle Relationships
Unit 6:      Circles and Volume
Unit 7:      Transformations and Similarity
Unit 8:      Slope and Association
Unit 9:      Exponents and Functions
Unit 10:    Angles and the Pythagorean Theorem
Unit 11:    Surface Area and Volume

Course Description - Algebra I

Eighth grade completes a comprehensive Algebra I curriculum using, Core Connections Algebra, a College Preparatory Math text. The approach of this curriculum is for students to make connections, discover relationships, figure out what strategies can be used to solve problems, and explain their thinking. In math at The Girls' Middle School, students are asked to think in order to problem solve, not just memorize algorithms. This curriculum guides the students toward understanding the reasons behind the math. Students do a combination of independent practice and group investigations. 

Units of Study


Linear Relationships

Simplifying and Solving

Systems of Equations


Modeling Two Variable Data

Exponential Functions

Quadratic Functions

Solving Complex Equations

Functions and Data