Field Elementary School is using the California Math curriculum published by Houghton Mifflin. This publisher also offers a free website to our students that allows them to practice skills they are learning in school. Below is a summary of the topics our students encounter on their journey from Kindergarten through 5th grade. More specific and detailed information about math content for each grade level can be found in the content standards published on the California State Board of Education website.
In Kindergarten we begin by describing, sorting, and classifying shapes, objects and patterns. We practice counting and writing numbers through twenty (20) and begin working with simple addition and subtraction problems. By the end of the year we are beginning to tell time to the nearest hour and explore larger numbers as well as solid shapes.
First graders learn about place value up to the number 100. They learn how to tell time to the half hour, count coins, and will create graphs. By the end of the year they add and subtract two digit and one digit numbers.
We begin adding and subtracting with two digit numbers and extend that knowledge to three digit numbers. Our foundation with skip counting and mastery of addition and subtraction facts allows us to ease into multiplication. We are working more with fractions and expand our knowledge of geometry to include exploring solid figures.
By the end of third grade it is necessary for our children to memorize multiplication and division facts through 10. We begin the year working on place value to 10,000 and refining our addition and subtraction skills. We begin working with perimeter, area, and volume of solid figures. We focus several weeks working toward understanding decimals and fractions. A key component of this grade level is understanding multiple digit multiplication and division.
Fourth graders begin to understand numbers through a hundred million as well as positive and negative numbers. We learn how to solve equations with variables (solving for x) and we begin to work with a coordinate plane.
The year begins with a focus on factors and fractions. As we work through they year we go more in depth into evaluating algebraic expressions. Finally we work more with decimals, percents, geometry, and coordinate planes.