Mathematics

“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. 

  • May 2022 - Spatial Reasoning

    Do you know that working on your Spatial Reasoning actually helps develop stronger number sense and overall mathematical understanding? 

    “Research on spatial reasoning substantiates the critical importance of spatial reasoning abilities in geometry, measurement and problem solving both early in students’ mathematics experiences as well as later in high school and beyond, especially in STEM areas” (Shumway, 2013, p. 50).

    So, what exactly do we mean by spatial reasoning? 

    Math Newsletter

 

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.

  • May 2022 - Math Problem

    The number 15 can be written as the sum of consecutive whole numbers in three ways.  

    15 = 7 + 8 

    15 = 4 + 5 + 6

    15 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5

    In how many ways can you write 105 as the sum of whole numbers?

    Solution to be posted at the end of the month!

     

    Math Problems
  • April 2022 - Math Problem

    Create a set of 9 cards that are numbered 1 to 9.  Select 4 cards at random and use the numbers on all  4 the cards and the 4 operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide) so that the result is 24.  For example if the numbers are 9, 6, 8, 1 then one possibility is 1 x (9 - 6) x 8.  

    What if the numbers were 6, 2, 7, 3?

    You can also play the interactive game online.

     

    Solution:

    One possibility is 7 x 6 / 2 + 3

    What if the numbers were 9, 3, 7, 7?

    Math Problems