Connected Mathematics is the math program used by students in grades 6, 7, and 8
Connected Mathematics is a complete mathematics curriculum that helps students develop understanding
of important concepts, skills, procedures, and ways of thinking and reasoning. This curriculum develops six mathematical strands: number, geometry, measurement, probability, statistics, and algebra.
Mathematical concepts are embedded in the context of interesting problems such as real applications, whimsical settings, or mathematical problem situations. As students explore a series of connected problems, they develop skill and deep understanding of mathematical ideas. Problem content becomes a vehicle for understanding and remembering concepts.
Here are some key features of Connected Mathematics:
- It is problem-centered. Important mathematical concepts are embedded in engaging problems. Students develop understanding and skill as they explore the problems individually, in a group, or with the class.
- It provides skills practice. The in-class problems and homework questions give students practice with important concepts, skills, and algorithms.
- It is organized into units that investigate important mathematical ideas. Each unit contains four to seven investigations; each investigation explores one to five major problems in class to develop students understanding and reasoning.
- It includes investigations which culminate in Mathematical Reflections, helping students articulate their understandings and connect "big" mathematical ideas and applications.
- It is research based. Each Connected Mathematics unit has been field tested, evaluated, and revised over a three-to four-year period. Approximately 160 teachers and 45,000 students in diverse school settings across the United States participated in the development of the curriculum.