Introduction

Everybody uses math whether they realize it or not.  Like reading and writing, a solid understanding of mathematics is essential for everyday living and in the workplace. 

Mathematical skills help us to shop wisely, buy the right insurance, remodel a home, interpret statistics, understand population growth, calculate travel distances and so much more. 

Through mathematics we develop numeracy, reasoning, thinking and problem solving skills. These skills are valued not only in science, business, trades and technology, but in other areas like fine arts, music and sports.

More than ever, Alberta students need a strong grounding in mathematics to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to be successful in their futures.

Alberta’s revised mathematics program

Alberta is recognized worldwide as a leader in the development of quality curriculum. The revised Kindergarten to Grade 12 mathematics program maintains this standard by integrating current research, developments and trends in mathematics learning and teaching.

The revised mathematics programs of study were developed in collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, business representatives, post-secondary institutions and others to ensure they meet the needs of Alberta students.

Alberta Education began to roll out the revised mathematics curriculum, province-wide, through a staggered implementation schedule to ease the transition on students, teachers and school jurisdictions as well publishers who provide learning resources.

The revised program was approved by the Minister of Education in April 2007 for implementation according to the following schedule:

Year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Grade(s)

K, 1, 4, 7

2, 5, 8

3, 6, 9,10

11

12

 

Understanding the value of mathematics education

Mathematical skills, along with reading and writing, are fundamental to your child’s success both in school and beyond the classroom.

Parents have a significant role to play in student learning by actively supporting and reinforcing what is learned at school. 

To ensure that your child is prepared for high school and for future post-secondary studies or the workforce, you must become involved early—and stay involved over the school years—to reinforce your child’s skills and positive attitudes toward mathematics.

Alberta’s revised mathematics program

Alberta is recognized worldwide as a leader in the development of quality curriculum. The revised Kindergarten to Grade 12 mathematics program maintains this standard by integrating current research, developments and trends in mathematics learning and teaching. 

Most of what students are learning is as familiar as the mathematics you learned when you were in school. The change in mathematics is not so much in what students are learning but in how students are engaged with and learning the mathematics.

One of the changes to the mathematics program is the concept that there are multiple approaches to solving problems.  Students will gain skill and understanding that there is more than one way to solve a problem and that some methods are more effective than others.

To learn more about the revised mathematics programs, we encourage you to take a look at the 
My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource. Click here This resource provides in-depth information on what students are expected to learn at each grade level and provides concise grade-at-a-glance information.

Video Series

Click on the link below to access a series of videos from Alberta Education. The videos are great vignettes in helping parents understand the math curriculum and how students are learning, problem solving and communicating with others in math class. 

 

http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/program/math/videos.aspx

Math FAQ for Parents

Click on the link below to access a Math FAQ for Parents. It will answer a whole number of your questions, such as how the math curriculum has changed, are students still able to do math the way parents were taught, and how parents can help with homework. The FAQ also provides many links to additional information in your understanding of math instruction in Alberta and how to help your child at home.

http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/program/math/parents/faq.aspx

Fact Sheets and Useful Links

 

 

Below, you will find some useful links to provide you with a further understanding of math instruction in Alberta.

Facts About Mathematics Education in Alberta for Parents

Courtesy of the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia:  

How does today's mathematics classroom differ from what I experienced? 

How can I help my child look forward to math?  

How can technology support the learning of mathematics?   

Why is the focus in my child's math class on problem solving?  

Why are elementary students studying algebra?  

What does it mean for my child to communicate in math? 

What is “mental mathematics”?  

What is number sense?  

What are manipulatives?  

How can literature support mathematics?  

What are personal strategies and formal algorithms?  

Additional Resources and Website Links

 

 

 

 

Click on the links below for additional resources and website links!

 

 

Learning the Multiplication Table:

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_learnmultfacts.html

Fractions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57yoRQIOzIc

Online educational games for practicing multiplication:

http://www.multiplication.com/games

Repeated Subtraction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh2t_Po_QCc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjRxGsBhLj8

Partial Products Strategy

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=221002

Math is Fun Website:

http://www.mathisfun.com/

Doubles rap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik_-OAgzD-8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUprfk7UWNA

Subtracting with a Pirate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkPa9V2wtZs

Counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq3cDj3Uj3I

Simple to more advanced counting:

http://www.teachkidshow.com/teach-your-child-how-to-count/

Numbers to 20:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHyM2wX5X0M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw6Fps2O7XY&list=PL99B59ABC16E10410

Counting to 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmXuvGvJtqo

Counting by 1s to 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RhBhzFJ4Ww

Link for all Grade 6 Math Units:

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mesg/html/math6web/index.html?page=home

 “Repeated subtraction” strategy for Long Division:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL_mKSdEVMo

 

Handouts

Addition Strategies

Addition - Subtraction Strategies

Money - Candystand

Subtraction Strategies

Mental Math Addition Strategies