“The beauty in mathematics can be found in the process of deriving elegant and succinct approaches to resolving problems. Other times, messy problems and seeming chaos may culminate in beautiful, sometimes surprising, results that are both simple and generalizable. Most important, the beauty of mathematics is experienced when exciting breakthroughs in problem solving are made and an air of relief and awe is enjoyed. The two aspects of mathematics, aesthetics and application, are deeply interconnected.” (Ontario Curriculum, 2020)
At YRDSB: Students will be confident problem solvers who use mathematical knowledge, skills and processes to be contributing members of a changing society.
To support the learning and teaching of math, we have developed a board-wide Math Strategy. Math success for all students requires a strong partnership between home and school. That’s why we are committed to providing parents with the support they need to support the mathematical thinking of their child.
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Monthly Math Newsletter
Check out our monthly math newsletter for tips, resources and more to support math learning.
- Math Newsletter
Any one of the numbers …, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, …. Integers are the entire set of whole numbers and their opposites (negative numbers).
Although not formally introduced until grade 6, children are exposed to positive and negative numbers in their everyday lives, even at a young age. The winter months offer lots of possibilities to help children understand integers as the temperatures often dip below 0. This provides great opportunities to discuss negative numbers in a context that is meaningful and relevant during everyday routines like getting ready for school.
Math Problem of the Month
Here is the current math problem of the month as well as the previous month's problem with a solution and extension question.
- Math Problems
This Month’s Problem
Consider the following pattern.
- Math Problems
In the puzzle below, the value of a square in any of the top three levels is the sum of the two squares directly beneath it. What will be the value in the top square?