• Welcome to Math


    The following is a typical math schedule:


    1. Students arrive and get out their homework for me to check off.

    2. They proceed with W.U.P. Warm -up.  They will complete some problems projected on the overhead.

    3. Solve W.U.P.

    4. Correct previous homework

    5. Start lesson

    6. Remainder time for homework and teacher assisted work.



    CMP - Understanding the Math Book and Curriculum


    Purpose of the CMP Curriculum:  To help students develop sound mathematical habits. Through their work in the various units, students learn important questions to ask themselves about any situation that can be represented and modeled mathematically. It is designed for the student to struggle and hopefully come to an understanding. It's "Inquiry-based, discovery-based and student-centered learning.”


    Computation – Computation is important and I supplement the CMP curriculum with work sheets.  I continue to have the students practice various computation skills throughout the year.


     How the book works:

    The book is divided into investigations.  1.1, 1.2, 2.1 etc.

    Here in class we complete the investigation.  Following the classwork the students begin their assigned homework.


    Tests and quizzes:

    There usually will be a weekly quiz on the information covered in the investigation that was taught.

    Typically there are two tests per book.  The tests are more involved or have more questions and are worth more points than quizzes.


    The following units are taught:


    Prime Time: Factors and Multiples Understand relationships among factors, multiples, divisors, and products.

    Comparing Bits and Pieces: Fractions as Numbers Understand fractions and decimals as numbers that can be located on the number line, compared, counted, partitioned, and decomposed.

    Let’s Be Rational: Numeric Estimation Understand that estimation is a tool used in a variety of situations including checking answers and making decisions, and develop strategies for estimating results of arithmetic operations.

    Covering and Surrounding: In Covering and Surrounding, students explore areas and perimeters of quadrilaterals and triangles, as well as surface area and volume of prisms and pyramids.

    Decimal Ops: Numeric Estimation Understand that estimation can be used as a tool in a variety of situations, including as a way to check answers and make decisions.

    Variables and Patterns: Develop understanding of variables and how they are related.

    Data About Us: Understand and use the process of statistical investigation

    Ask questions, collect and analyze data, and interpret data to answer questions

    Describe data with respect to its shape, center, and variability or spread

    Construct and use simple surveys as a method of collecting data.


    Finally, I do spend time teaching Hands On Equations, H.O.E.  I really like teaching H.O.E., because it helps many kids visually and manipulatively grasp how algebra works.


    We have three math projects during the year. We build scaled gingerbread houses, design and draw three dimensional buildings and advertise and manage a snow cone booth.



    Questions: email: tatkinson@bainbridge.wednet.edu

    phone: 780-6557