Fayetteville-Manlius Elementary Math Curriculum
During the summer of 2010, New York adopted the New York P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics. All New York districts are required to implement these Common Core Standards in grades K-8 in the 2012-2013 school year.
To phase these learning objectives into classroom instruction, our district began teaching the Common Core Math Standards in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade during the 2011-2012 school year. The shift to the Common Core standards in grades 3 and 4 is taking place during the 2012-2013 school year.
For all grades, K-4, our district instruction is primarily supported by TERC: Investigations in Number, Data, and Space (K-5). Investigations is a research-based program that emphasizes critical thinking, reasoning and communication. The program develops in-depth number sense before introducing the traditional methods or "short cuts." With this approach, students are more able to make connections in later grades with more complex problems and topics, such as algebra.
"Each time one prematurely teaches a child something he could have discovered for himself,
that child is kept from inventing it and consequently from understanding it completely."
New York Math Common Core (2010)
Math Resource, K-4
Fayetteville-Manlius School District