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Two by two, the 4th graders move about the classroom, meter sticks in hand, paper and pencil at the ready. In tandem they discuss perimeter and grapple with scale. Together they note the size and placement of windows, bookcases, and blackboards. Gradually it comes together – a detailed floor plan of their classroom. The hum in the room tells the story – HANDS-ON MATH is fun.
Day by day, Emerson offers opportunities for students to get their hands on mathematics, to think and reason about operations and procedures as they engage in them, to problem solve in real life. A strong understanding of concepts that builds year to year and an atmosphere that encourages resourceful and independent thinking are keys to mathematical success.
The Emerson math program fosters competence and confidence in basic skills and mathematical reasoning. Strands linking each grade level include instruction in patterns, relationships and functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis and statistics, number sense and numeration, numerical and algebraic operation, analytical thinking, probability and discrete mathematics. Manipulatives and math tools (such as calculators, computers, compasses, protractors, patternblocks, and geoboards) are used to develop concepts.