School is just around the corner and grade 9 students in Ontario, Canada who are taking the de-streamed grade 9 math course (MTH1W) will be learning based on the new grade 9 math curriculum.
In this blog post we will go over the components of the new Ontario grade 9 math curriculum and offer some helpful grade 9 math resources.
So, the new curriculum consists of the following strands:
AA. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills in Mathematics
A. Mathematical Thinking and Making Connections
E. Geometry and Measurement
F. Financial Literacy
Ontario Grade 9 Math Curriculum Strands Overview
The SEL skills in mathematics will be developed through activities and various instructional approaches as students progress through strands B-F.
Strand A is listed separately, but is not really an independent strand. Rather, the expectation is that it will be embedded into Strands B through F of the new grade 9 math curriculum to ensure students have thorough understanding of and fluency with mathematical processes, as well as are able to make connections between the math they learn in class and various real life situations.
Strand B is concerned with understanding number systems and learning about the origins of those systems, based on the discoveries in different cultures; performing math operations on different types of numbers (integers, fractions, decimals), understanding ratios, proportions, percent and evaluating powers.
Strand C focuses on Algebra and incorporates coding. Students will learn how to convert between different mathematical representations of particular situations (for example, translating a word problem into an algebraic expression). Simplifying algebraic expressions and solving equations are also part of this strand of the new grade 9 math curriculum. Strand C also covers linear relations and their applications. In addition, teachers will be asking students to expand their understanding of algebra onto programming by defining variables, setting parameters and writing code to create math tools (a basic calculator in Python, for example).
Keep reading to get to the list of helpful math resources divided by strand
Strand D will provide students with lots of opportunities to connect what they observe and experience in real life with math they learn in class and extend their understanding. Students will be collecting data, analyzing and displaying it. They will learn how to use quartiles and box plots to analyze one variable data and how a scatterplot can help display two variable data. Students will discuss the process of mathematical modelling, as well as try to determine ways to display and analyze real life data in order to create a mathematical model. The strand also gives students an opportunity to make predictions, discuss potential limitations, and present their innovative ideas.
Strand E is all about geometric shapes, measurement and their applications. Students are expected to research and discuss the origin and meaning of geometric shapes in various cultures and designs. Students will work with different measurement systems. They will work on finding area and perimeter, volume and surface area of various 2D and 3D shapes, including composite shapes.
Finally, strand F is dedicated to financial literacy. Students will learn how to make informed financial decisions based on analyzing situations. They will learn about appreciation and depreciation, interest rates and down payments. Students will also analyze sample budgets and create their own.
Grade 9 Math Resources
Strand AA Resources:
Developing and Fostering Grit in Students
Strand A Resources:
Things you can do to think like Einstein
15 Math Phrases Students Should Know
Strand B Resources:
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Natural Numbers up to 1000
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Numbers up to 100,000 and their properties
Math Number Patterns and Cool Number Tricks
The importance of brackets in math
Math tricks involving numbers and powers
Fractions and rational expressions (with history)
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Operations with Integers
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Exponents and exponent laws
Strand C Resources:
Equations: their properties and origin
Why software developers need to learn math
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Polynomials and algebraic expressions
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Solving linear equations
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Linear Relations
Online Whiteboard Template: Functions and Python
Strand D Resources:
Learning history through math: analyzing data
Online Whiteboard Template: Data structure and binary trees
Strand E Resources:
Survival Math: If you ever get lost in the wild
Sketchometry Interactive Tool Overview
Different ways to find the area of a triangle
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Surface area and Volume
Strand F Resources:
Video Lesson and Printable Practice: Money operations and tax
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