Curriculum Units Level 5
Treasures from the Attic: Exploring Fractions
In this unit, students are introduced to two children, Tori and Jordan, who uncover hidden treasures in their grandparents’ attic from a general store that their great grandparents used to own. These treasures lead to an interesting exploration of fraction concepts. The focus of the entire unit is on making sense of fractions rather than on learning algorithms to perform computations.
Funkytown Fun House: Focusing on Proportional Reasoning and Similarity
In our 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. Students also explore the relationship between congruence and similarity.
What Are Your Chances?
In this unit, students begin their exploration of probability as a measurement of the likelihood of events. Students may have had some prior experience such as predicting which color tile would be drawn from a bag or which number would be rolled on a dice. This unit extends beyond the activities to mathematics behind the experiments.
Record Makers and Breakers: Using Algebra to Analyze Change
In this unit, students learn about algebra as a set of concepts tied to the representation of relationships either by words, tables or graphs. They also learn about algebra as a style of mathematical thinking for formalizing patterns of change. They extend their notion of variable from a letter in an equation that represents a number to a more broad definition, that of a quantity that varies or changes.