Middle School Math

Connected Mathematics Project

Middle School students in Walled Lake use Connected Mathematics Project 3 (CMP3). The newest edition of Connected Math, developed at Michigan State University, provides students with a unique opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of mathematics, and strengthen communication and reasoning skills.

CMP is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a carefully sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings. The Michigan Math Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice emerge as students pursue solutions to problems. The curriculum helps students grow in their ability to reason effectively with information represented in graphic, numeric, symbolic, and verbal forms and to move flexibly among these representations to produce fluency in both conceptual and procedural knowledge.

The CMP materials reflect the understanding that teaching and learning are not distinct—“what to teach” and “how to teach it” are inextricably linked. The circumstances in which students learn affect what is learned. The needs of both students and teachers are considered in the development of the CMP curriculum materials. This curriculum helps teachers and those who work to support teachers examine their expectations for students and analyze the extent to which classroom mathematics tasks and teaching practices align with their goals and expectations.*

To learn more about the history, development and research behind this program click here.

Supporting Your Student

Parents are an instrumental part of the educational process.  Supporting students at home with mathematical understanding can be accomplished in many ways.  For information about supporting students with their homework and establishing routines click here.  For specific information about grade level concepts and explanations, worked homework examples, and math background click here.  

Look for ways everyday to point out and reinforce math skills at home. For example:

  • talk about how you use math at work or in the home

  • involve children in tasks that require computing, measuring, estimating, building, following directions, problem solving and reasoning

  • look for activities that require children to use their math skills such as building scale models, cooking, planning trips, and playing logic games*

*Information taken from Michigan State University’s Connected Mathematics Program site

John Gregg,
Nov 16, 2015, 12:03 PM