Summary: Our mathematics curriculum is based on Connected Mathematics 3, a highly esteemed inquiry based curriculum developed at Michigan State. It emphasizes students teams conducting inquiry around a topic to formulate hands on understandings. Student teams have a broad supply of materials available so they can choose whether making a poster, using a whiteboard or working in a notebook works best for the given task. This allows them to have open ended options instead of the teacher instructing them in which tools to use when. This curriculum is enhanced by the use of performance tasks from many sources including Mathalicious, a newer program offering real world problems that are built around video or audio experiences such as finding the ratio between musical notes or looking at the ratio of negative to positive messages in nightly television programming. We also utilize materials from Nrich; a program out of Cambridge that offers high level complex tasks. Students engage in frequent group work and reflective practices. 
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Prime Time: Factors. Students look at patterns in number systems in order to explore relationships among factors, multiples, divisors and products. 
Comparing Bits and Pieces: Ratios. Students understand the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. They understand ratios and rates as comparisons of quantities and explore them in real world settings. 
Let’s Be Rational: Operations with Fractions. Students work with rational numbers to develop fluency computing with fractions. They solve real world problems involving the multiplication and division of fractions. 
Covering and Surrounding: Volume and Area. Students learn the formulas for volume and surface area for rectangular prisms. They use problem solving skills to break complex shapes apart and translate flat nets into three dimensional figures. 
Assignments & Tasks 
 Building on factors and Multiples
 Common multiples and common factors
 Factorizations
 Distributive property and order of operations
 Performance tasks

 Making comparisons
 Connecting ratios and rates
 The Jen Ratio  negative new media ratio
 Using unit rate for comparison shopping.
 Using proportions
 Percent proportions
 Is it fair to use unit rates to price clothing sizes?
 Performance tasks

 Determining when to use fractions or decimals.
 Negative numbers and temperature
 Absolute values and sea level
 Multiplication Models with fractions
 Multiplication algorithm
 Division models with fractions
 Division algorithm for fractions
 Comparing multiplication and division of fractions
 Real world problem solving.

 Exploring area and perimeter.
 Formulas for area.
 Defining volume
 Formulas for volume
 Comparing volume and surface area
 Deriving formulas for surface area
 Breaking apart complex shapes
 Performance tasks

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Variables and Patterns: Algebra. Students examine the role of variables and how they show relationships. Students practice algebraic practices through graphing, tables and the writing of equations and expressions. 
Data About Us: Statistics. Students explore the practice of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. They distinguish data types and how data can be presented. 
Assignments & Tasks 
 Exploring patterns and tables
 Defining variables and terms
 Writing equations with a single variable.
 Combining like terms
 Evaluating expressions
 Writing equivalent expressions.
 Reviewing properties
 Deriving expressions from real world situations
 Performance tasks

 Organizing and describing data
 Using mean
 Measuring variability
 Using graphs to group data
