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Math Enrichment

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Elementary Mathematics Enrichment Program

The purpose of the Enrichment Program is to provide horizontal enrichment for the identified mathematically talented students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the area of problem solving and mathematical investigations. This enrichment will occur during two days a week in place of the student's regular math class.     Instructional Procedures, Purpose, and Objectives:   The student will master a four step method of problem solving:   1. Understand the problem. 2. Plan how to solve the problem. 3. Carry out the plan. 4. Look back at the process.   The student will learn to solve a variety of problems using one or more of the following strategies:  
draw a picture trial and error
find a pattern experimenting
make an organized list act out the problem
make a table work backwards
solve a simpler problem write an equation
guess and check use logic and deduction
change your point of view
    The student will analyze problems and use his/her understanding of mathematics to devise one or more plans of attach and continue to work with the problem until a method is devised to solve it.    

Using various materials, the student will translate written or oral problems into the language of mathematics.

The student will be encouraged to strive for brevity and elegance in his/her problem solutions and to find more than one method of solution.

The students will interact with one another at appropriate times during the solution of a problem or the development of a project to challenge them to defend, clarify, and generalize their thinking.

The students will participate in the Pennsylvania Mathematics League competition and the Elementary Math Olympiads.