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7-12 Math

7th Grade Math

Central Lee Middle School uses the curriculum “Illustrative Mathematics.” In it, students learn that math is not just about memorizing rules—it’s about rolling up your sleeves and diving in. The curriculum is built around hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a great deal of peer collaboration. 

In 7th grade math, students are having thoughtful and rich discussions with one another, using mathematical language! We are encouraging students to really use that mathematical language to explain their answers. Many times, in math, students get to the correct solution, but don’t explain how they got there! 

This is our second year with math workbooks, and we absolutely are LOVING them! They are organized for each unit, with lesson activities and extra practice problems. Students can follow along and write in their workbooks as we go through presentations. It keeps everything organized, and they can go back and look at examples as well as lesson summaries. THANK YOU, CLCSD!

We are currently working on Unit 4 in the curriculum. The unit uses situations involving color mixtures, recipes, unit price, discounts, etc. Then, we will finish getting into percentages. We’re looking forward to the rest of the year! 

8th Grade Math

Math students are using a problem-based approach that is student centered. We focus on allowing students to understand why math strategies work and how to apply them to real-world problems. Students work diligently to solve complex problems by first determining an approach and working independently, then working with others to expand their thinking and deepen their understanding, and finally bringing it all back together with class discussions and practice. 

Eighth-grade math has covered rigid transformations, dilations, similarity, slope, and linear relationships. Students will continue the year with linear equations, functions, volume, associations, and the Pythagorean theorem. Eighth-grade algebra has covered one-variable statistics, linear equations, inequalities, and two-variable statistics. Students will continue on with functions and quadratic equations. 

9th-12th Grade Mathematics

Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 classes continue to use the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum that was implemented last year. It’s a problem-based and inquiry approach to learning the mathematics curriculum. Algebra 1 is currently in Unit 3: Two Variable Statistics. Geometry is currently in Unit 4: Right Triangle Trigonometry, while Algebra 2 is in Unit 3: Complex Numbers and the Quadratic Formula. 

New to the high school curriculum is AP Statistics, which is a full-year weighted, college-level math course. ISASP practice is being incorporated into the Math Minutes Soar Sessions each week, as well.