In elementary math, teachers emphasize the conceptual understanding of mathematical principles and the importance of growth mindset. In fourth grade, there’s an emphasis on learning to be mathematically creative and inspiring a passion for the subject. The bulk of fourth grade math focuses on multiplication, division and fractions, and students are introduced to a variety of techniques with the goal of helping them find the method that works best for their style of learning.
Fifth grade math is also very project-based, with the goal of connecting to real-world math, building creativity and problem-solving. Through a range of activities targeted at a variety of learning styles, students develop algebraic thinking and begin to transition into geometry. In addition to developing concepts and skills, the class aims to strengthen students’ confidence as mathematicians.