This math curriculum is intended as a resource for teachers who are working with special needs students in Grades 6-8 or who are providing remedial instruction for students at the same level.
In this curriculum, you will find a wide range of strategies and activities that can be used to help you teach your students mathematics skills. By using these resources, you can make your lessons more accessible and engaging to your students, regardless of their learning needs. If you want to hone in on specific learning difficulties, we’ve included resources that can help you identify and address specific challenges.
In this course, we’ll walk through many of the skills students need to master math in daily life. We’ll start with the basics—working with whole numbers and decimals, building an understanding of fractions, and basic algebraic operations. Then we’ll move on to more advanced topics including geometry, measurement, and place value. Throughout this course we will also build strong foundational skills in order to help our students understand how to apply math in their day-to-day lives.
We suggest starting this course with a unit on basic addition and subtraction. We recommend including games that help students develop fluency with these operations, such as “Math Baseball” (see attached). We also recommend using bright colors and visual aids, such as counters or charts, to engage students who are more visual learners.
For multiplication and division, we suggest beginning by having students practice their skip counting skills while playing games. Skip counting is an important precursor to multiplication because it helps kids recognize the patterns that make up the multiplication tables. We have attached several worksheets and games that can be used to help kids practice their skip counting skills. Once they are comfortable with this skill, we recommend introducing them to simple multiplication problems using manipulatives like counters or blocks so that they can see the relationship between skip counting and multiplication.