Wilson Foundation Academy
MYP Course Outline: Mathematics (Level 2)
Course: IB MYP Level 2 (grade 7) Mathematics
Teachers: Louise Barco, George Ealy, Tracy Czudak
This course will expose students to a wide variety of mathematical skills, concepts, and the applications of skills. These concepts will be delivered with a focus on the fundamental concepts of holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication of ideas. An emphasis will be placed on the development of qualities outlined in the IB Learner Profile throughout the course.
Aims & Objectives
The aims of MYP Mathematics at Wilson Foundation Academy are to encourage and enable students to:
- Recognize that mathematics permeates the world around us
- Appreciate the usefulness, power, and beauty of mathematics
- Enjoy mathematics and develop patience and persistence when solving problems
- Understand and be able to use the language, symbols, and notation of mathematics
- Develop mathematical curiosity and use inductive and deductive reasoning when solving problems
- Become confident in using mathematics to analyze and solve problems both in school and in real life situations
- Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to pursue further studies in mathematics
- Develop abstract, logical, and critical thinking and the ability to reflect critically upon their work and the work of others
- Develop critical appreciation of the use of information and communication technology in mathematics
- Appreciate the international dimension of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives
The objectives of this course are:
- Knowledge and Understanding- to know and demonstrate understanding of the concepts and to use appropriate concepts and skills to solve problems in real life contexts.
- Investigating Patterns- to recognize patterns and to be able to select appropriate inquiry and problem solving techniques to describe the relationships and draw conclusions.
- Communication in Mathematics- to use appropriate mathematical language including notation, symbols, and terminology to communicate a complete and coherent mathematical line of reasoning
- Reflection in Mathematics- to be able to explain if the results make sense in the context of the problem, explain the importance of the findings. Also being able to justify the degree of accuracy of results and be able to suggest improvements to the method when necessary.
Areas of Interaction
The Areas of Interaction are Approaches to Learning, Environments, Health and Social Education, Human Ingenuity, and Community and Service. Each unit will have a focus in Approaches to Learning and one of the other Areas of Interaction. The Areas of Interaction are ways to apply the learning that takes place in the classroom to real world situations. These experiences make learning more meaningful and memorable to the students.
Topics of Study
Summative (Final) Assessment
Positive or Negative: What’s the difference?
Why is there so much negative in the world?
Life is a Balancing Act
Why would I need balance?
Equations and Inequalities
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
How do my actions impact the environment?
Probability and Data Analysis
Designed to Fit in
How do I fit in?
Proportions, Conversions, and Percent
Don’t Get Played
Health and Social Education
How do I make decisions?
Graphing and Linear Equations
Throughout all units, students will be in variety of learning settings, such as lecture, independent work, small groups, etc. Technology will be used regularly in the classroom. A variety of hands on learning experiences will be provided throughout the course to solidify concepts.
Resources & Materials
- Variety of Manipulatives
- Computers/ Websites
The following assessment criteria have been established by the IB for MYP Mathematics:
Knowledge and Understanding
Communication in Mathematics
Reflection in Mathematics
Each summative assessment will be assessed based on one or more of the criteria listed above. Each criterion will be assessed at least twice during the school year. At the start of each unit, scholars will be informed which criteria are being assessed on that particular unit, and will have access to the rubrics which will be used.