In LS-Elementary math, teachers emphasize the conceptual understanding of mathematical principles and the importance of growth mindset. With a curriculum that combines research-based methods with hands-on projects and technology tools such as Dreambox and IXL, third graders delve into foundational skills such as place value, equivalency, fractions and geometry. 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.