Mathematics (or simply, Maths) is the learning area where sense is made of the patterns and units in use in the world around us. Measuring, counting, calculating, calibrating, organising, predicting and commerce are just some of the mathematical skills required to succeed in this modern world. Mathematics learning is as integral to learning and functioning in society as are reading and writing.
The New Zealand Mathematics curriculum is presented under the following strands:
- Number and Algebra
- Geometry and Measurement
The achievement objectives are presented in three strands. It is important that students can see and make sense of the many connections within and across these strands.
Number and algebra – Number involves calculating and estimating, using appropriate mental, written, or machine calculation methods in flexible ways. It also involves knowing when it is appropriate to use estimation and being able to discern whether results are reasonable. Algebra involves generalising and representing the patterns and relationships found in numbers, shapes, and measures.
Geometry and measurement – Geometry involves recognising and using the properties and symmetries of shapes and describing position and movement. Measurement involves quantifying the attributes of objects, using appropriate units and instruments. It also involves predicting and calculating rates of change.
Statistics involves identifying problems that can be explored by the use of appropriate data, designing investigations, collecting data, exploring and using patterns and relationships in data, solving problems, and communicating findings. Statistics also involves interpreting statistical information, evaluating data-based arguments, and dealing with uncertainty and variation.
FREE Mathematics Unit Plan Templates
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If you are doing a unit on settlement with your kids, consider doing the Misty Skies unit as part of your studies. It makes a nice comparison with the settlement of New Zealand. The difference on Rekohu is that the Europeans came before the Maori, and after the Moriori. Have a look, its fascinating and kids love it. This is something completely new for them and gets them away from the ‘same old stuff’ that some teachers tend to teach for their Treaty topics.
To download unit plan templates in each curriculum area, simply go to the appropriate curriculum area by clicking on one of the links to the left. Each curriculum page has a series of links containing all of the unit plan templates….(for FREE)…..or you could try this drop-down list below?