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: Unraveling the Mystery of the Moli Stone
Students explore our Base Ten, Hindu-Arabic number system. They learn the difference between face value and place value through comparing our number system to base 3, and the Egyptian and Chinese number systems. The concept of zero is exposed as it pertains to our number system.
Fourth 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.
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.