Middle School Mathematics

Grade Level Specific Mathematics Curriculum Information
 6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

The Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations define what the state expects students to know and be able to do in mathematics at the end of each grade level.

The Connected Math Project is the published program the Ann Arbor Public Schools has adopted to provide students with the mathematical instruction and experiences they need to reach expected grade level targets.  Each year students build on competencies in six mathematical content areas and five mathematical process skill areas:

Content Strands

  • Numbers and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Data and Chance
  • Patterns, Functions and Algebra
  • Geometry

Process Strands

  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • Communications
  • Connections
  • Representation

Conceptual understanding is developed through a carefully sequenced series of lessons and investigations that involve students in concrete and abstract activities.  Mastery of skills is reached through ongoing practice and application over time.  Below is a description of the big ideas addressed at each grade level and the topics that support those big ideas.   Teachers differentiate instruction to support students who need additional support to develop mastery of these concepts and to challenge students who have already mastered grade level targets.

Those students who have not mastered grade level targets have access to a variety of math support option.