Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3)
Focus on critical thinking and problem solving with advanced math content
Emphasis on communicating mathematically both verbally and in writing
Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3) Unit Descriptions:
Third Grade Unit: At the Mall With Algebra
Students explore how to solve for an unknown in a mathematical situation. They learn to use variables to express mathematical ideas.
Fourth Grade Unit: Record Makes and Breakers
Students extend their knowledge of variables to explore quantities that can change and how they relate to each other. They explore the use of graphing to represent algebraic relationships among changing situations.
Fifth Grade Unit: Funkytown Fun House Focusing on Proportional Reasoning and Similarity
Students are introduced to similarity and congruence. The foundational mathematics behind these concepts is proportional reasoning. Students explore ratio as a comparison of two quantities. They discover that if the ratio between side lengths and angle measures of two figures is 1:1 (i.e., the measures are identical), then the geometric figures are congruent. They learn that for two figures to be similar their corresponding side lengths must be in proportion, meaning that there is a common ratio that relates corresponding lengths of the sides, and their corresponding angles must be congruent. Students also explore the relationship between congruence and similarity.
Other Enrichment Units
Teachers will use other high-quality gifted and talented curriculum units in addtion to M3 as needs and student interests arise. These may include, but are not limited to, units on electricity, Arduino programming, and further math, science, and technology units to build students' STEM capacities.