Elementary Mathematics Course Descriptions


$350.00 per class per year

Alpha - Level A

Students who are ready for Alpha:

(click for link to MUS Alpha Assessment)

  • can accurately count up to 9

  • can associate a number with a given quantity of objects

  • can write the numerals 0 to 9

  • can follow simple directions

  • can engage in a lesson with an instructor for about 15 minutes

  • can work to commit addition and subtraction facts to memory

  • can persevere at a task until new skills are mastered

Major Concepts and Skills Include:

  • Understanding place value

  • Extending the counting sequence

  • Fluently adding all single-digit numbers

  • Solving for an unknown addend

  • Understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction

  • Fluently subtracting all single-digit numbers                          

Books needed:

Mathusee Alpha student workbook and mathusee blocks (one set of blocks per family).

See https://store.demmelearning.com/math-u-see/general-math/alpha


Beta - Level B

Students who are ready for Beta:

(click for MUS Beta assessment test)

  • can count by tens

  • can begin at any number and count to 100

  • can write any number between 0 and 999

  • can recall the addition and subtraction facts from memory

  • can use place value to identify the digits that represent units, tens, and hundreds

  • can write a mathematical expression (number sentence) to represent a word problem

  • can solve for an unknown in a simple addition or subtraction equation

Major Concepts and Skills Include:

  • Understanding place value and using it to add or subtract

  • Fluently adding any combination of whole numbers

  • Solving for an unknown addend

  • Fluently subtracting any combination of whole numbers

  • Solving abstract and real-world problems involving addition and subtraction

Books needed:

Beta student pack and mathusee blocks (one set of blocks per family)

https://store.demmelearning.com/math-u-see/general-math/beta


Gamma - Level C

(click for MUS Gamma assessment test)

Students who are ready for Gamma:

  • can read and write numbers through the hundred thousands

  • can count by twos, fives, and tens

  • can recall addition and subtraction facts from memory

  • can add and subtract multiple-digit numbers, using regrouping (carrying or borrowing) as needed

Major Concepts and Skills Include:

  • Using strategies based on place value and properties of operations to multiply

  • Fluently multiplying any combination of whole numbers

  • Solving for an unknown factor

  • Solving abstract and real-world problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication

  • Measuring and computing area

  • Relating concepts of area to addition and multiplication

Books Needed:

Gamma student pack and mathusee blocks (only one block set for per family)

See more info at https://store.demmelearning.com/math-u-see/general-math/gamma

Delta - Level D

(click for MUS Delta assessment test)

Students who are ready for Delta:

  • can comfortably add or subtract multiple-digit numbers, using regrouping as needed

  • can recall single-digit multiplication facts from memory

  • can demonstrate a multiplication problem by building or drawing a rectangle

  • can list the multiplication facts of a given number

  • can solve for an unknown factor

  • can write a subtraction equation (number sentence) to solve a word problem

  • can write a multiplication equation (number sentence) to solve a word problem

Major Concepts and Skills Include:

  • Using strategies based on place value and properties of operations to divide

  • Understanding division as solving for an unknown factor

  • Fluently dividing any combination of whole numbers

  • Solving abstract and real-world problems involving all four operations

  • Interpreting remainders in short and long division

  • Understanding fraction notation in light of division

Books needed:

Delta Student pack and mathusee blocks (only one set of blocks per family)

https://store.demmelearning.com/math-u-see/general-math/delta

Epsilon - Level E

(click for MUS Epsilon assessment test)

Students who are ready for Epsilon:

  • can comfortably add or subtract multiple-digit numbers, using regrouping as necessary

  • can demonstrate a division problem by drawing a diagram

  • can give the quotients for single-digit division facts from memory

  • can comfortably multiply multiple-digit numbers, regrouping as necessary

  • can comfortably divide multiple-digit numbers with remainders

  • can determine and apply the operation(s) needed to solve a word problem

Major Concepts and Skills Include:

  • Recognizing and generating equivalent fractions

  • Understanding addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and mixed numbers

  • Fluently adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and mixed numbers

Additional Concepts and Skills:

  • Using multiple strategies to recognize common factors

  • Understanding grouping symbols and their effect on order of operations

  • Interpreting and solving word problems

  • Comparing, and converting decimal fractions

  • Finding the area and circumference of circles

  • Classifying quadrilaterals

  • Representing fractions and fractional measurements on line plots and number lines

  • Using coordinates to represent ordered relationships

Books Needed:

Epsilon student pack and Fraction overlays, for more info see:

https://store.demmelearning.com/math-u-see/general-math/epsilon


Zeta - Level F

(click for MUS Zeta assessment test)

Students who are ready for Zeta:

  • can competently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multiple-digit whole numbers

  • can competently add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions

  • can competently add, subtract, multiply, and divide mixed numbers

  • can determine and apply the operation(s) necessary to solve a word problem with whole numbers or fractions

Major Concepts and Skills Include:

  • Expanding understanding of place value from positive powers of ten to include decimals

  • Fluently adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing multiple digit decimals using place-value strategies

  • Solving real-world problems with decimals and percentages

  • Understanding the metric system and converting from one unit of measure to another

Additional Concepts and Skills:

  • Understanding and simplifying exponents

  • Understanding negative numbers and representing them on the coordinate plane

  • Using properties of operations to simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions

  • Interpreting and graphing relationships between dependent and independent variables

  • Understanding of plane geometry & geometric symbols

  • Using ratio reasoning to solve problems

Books Needed:

Zeta student pack and mathusee blocks (only one set of blocks per family)

see more info at https://store.demmelearning.com/math-u-see/general-math/zeta