#### Mathematics

**Welcome to the Villanova Math Page!**

Grade 8 students no longer have to choose between applied and academic math classes. The new grade 9 destreamed math course enables students to consolidate and continue to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to number sense and operations, algebra,

measurement and geometry, data management and financial literacy. Students will use mathematical processes, mathematical modelling, and coding to make sense of the mathematics they are learning, and apply their understanding to culturally responsive and relevant real-world situations. Students will continue to enhance their mathematical reasoning skills, including proportional reasoning, spatial reasoning and algebraic reasoning, as they solve problems and communicate their thinking. Students will develop and explore a variety of social-emotional learning (SEL) in a context that supports and reflects the learning in connection to the other strands.

**Typically, students coming into Grade 9 should have the following prerequisite skills:**

- knowledge and understanding of fractions, integers, order of operations and proportional reasoning
- some knowledge of algebraic reasoning and how to solve a linear equation (ex. Solve for x in x – 7 = 3)
- proficiency in applying measurement formulas such as the area of a rectangle and volume of a rectangular prism and geometry concepts such as angle theorems
- skills in graphing scatter plots
- number sense (e.g. understanding the meaning of zero, adding and subtracting integers on a number line)

In an effort to accommodate all learning styles, curriculum will be delivered using a variety of strategies, including collaborative activities, using online graphing and geometry tools, and direct instruction. Students will be expected to complete homework every day.

Our math teachers are accessible and always willing to help out struggling students. In a typical year, most teachers in the Math Department offer after school Homework Help at least once a week.

The math department looks forward to seeing your children next September.

Kind regards,

Lorna Baltrusiunas

Mathematics Department Head