Math

The K-5 mathematics curriculum at Hildreth Elementary School is fully aligned with the most current version of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Each of our grade levels focuses on the Common Core math domains, including Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations, The Number System, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. The specific standards for each grade level are full integrated and spiraled throughout our math curriculum. The MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education posts a detailed listing of the grade level standards. You can also view detail on the 8 Mathematical Practices.

Within our classrooms our students actively participate in a variety of math learning activities: large group instruction which often incorporates our SmartBoards, collaboration in small groups as well as individual investigations which allow them to try, apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems. Formal and informal assessments include class discussions, individual assignments, projects, quizzes, tests, teacher observation, as well as probing questions that help students articulate their thinking both orally and in writing. Each spring, all students in grades 3-5 participate in the state-wide MCAS math assessment. Preparation for these tests is integrated within our daily instructional activities and includes practice in multiple choices, short and open response questions. We are currently use Go Math as the basis of our math instruction, with grade level modification and enhancements according to the needs and strengths of our students.

Our math program is supplemented by our math tutors based on the Response to Intervention model so that we provide instructional support for both struggling students as well as enrichment opportunities at each grade level. We also offer software support with the Successmaker program in our computer lab during Targeted Instruction Block as well as before and after school.

Click here for more information on The Importance of Number Fact Mastery.

Click here for more information regarding the State Department of Education Guiding Principals.