SEM131: Focus Math M -1hr (2012-2013)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Special Education
COURSE TITLE: Focus Math M -1hr
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 5-8
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The Focus Math course is designed to provide students with the developmentally appropriate math skills necessary to explore and solve problems in everyday life. Students will develop skills in basic math operations common in everyday life, and learn the use of numbers for a variety of scenarios. Students will learn to select and use appropriate strategies (e.g. pencil and paper, calculator, estimation, concrete materials) to solve number problems in real life. Technology is utilized to provide support and build skills.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities include practical application of math skills in natural settings such as school, community, and home. Lessons emphasize hands-on opportunities to practice math skills in community settings with the goal of generalization to real-life situations. Basic math concepts are reinforced to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. Assistive technology is integrated as appropriate. Activities include measurement (i.e., crafts, home improvement, etc.), counting calories, sports, calendar use, telling time, money handling, calculator use, and number recognition. Additional opportunities include activities to practice the necessary math skills for use in everyday life and work settings (i.e., shopping for food, counting objects).
Major Evaluative Techniques: Multiple assessments to include authentic, informal, and formal will be used to measure student growth. Multiple authentic assessments will be used as students perform, produce, and demonstrate skills in the context of real life scenarios (i.e., shopping, banking). The course objectives may not be mastered in one school year and students may earn multiple credits in this course.
Course Objectives: The essential objectives of the Focus Math course are designed to facilitate the learning outcomes appropriate for each student's instructional needs. Instructional activities are based upon real world needs with the goal of increased independence and autonomy in his or her home and community setting.