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Highlights of the draft elementary mathematics curriculum (Mar 2021).
The draft mathematics curriculum was released in March 2021. On December 13, 2021 we announced Alberta's K-6 curriculum is moving forward based on valuable insights gained from listening to Albertans.
Mathematics is a powerful tool used every day to solve real-life problems. It includes arithmetic, geometry, data, statistics, and probability.
Through mathematics, students learn critical thinking skills to analyze information and make decisions in a variety of situations. For example, they rely on mathematics to tell time, manage a budget, change a recipe, play a board game, build a Lego® model, or make a schedule.
Studying mathematics can lead to jobs in computer science, construction, artificial intelligence, teaching, the restaurant industry, and many other fields.
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When comparing the draft mathematics curriculum from March 2021 to the current curriculum, these are the main shifts in knowledge and skill requirements.
Draft curriculum | Current curriculum | |
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Spatial reasoning | More focus on spatial reasoning at earlier grades to help students understand number and geometry concepts earlier. | Limited focus on spatial reasoning at earlier grades. |
Fractions | Students learn fractions in Grade 1 to build a strong foundation for understanding proportions. | Students start learning fractions in Grade 3. |
Number facts | Expectations for students to learn, recall, and apply number facts so they can add, subtract, multiply, and divide more efficiently in various situations. | Expectations for students to recall number facts. |
Operations | Clear expectations for students to use standard algorithms to add, subtract, multiply, or divide so there are consistent, reliable processes to find answers. Students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and negative numbers to build a strong foundation for later grades. |
Students do not have to use a particular method to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. Students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with whole numbers and decimals. |
Financial literacy | Students learn money basics using mathematics to develop financial literacy skills. | Students are not required to learn about money and financial concepts. |
In mathematics, students will learn about numbers and operations, geometry, and measurement of length, area, volume, and time.
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