Enrichment Experience Mandala (Grades 9-12)
This course provides a series of math topics for students to select from based on their needs. It can be used for math acceleration, remediation or to supplement existing curriculum. Each topic begins with a pre-assessment from which a personal learning path is developed for the student. Based on the pre-assessment, the learning path includes refreshers on concepts students may have forgotten and lessons on concepts the student has not yet mastered. The learning path does not require students to complete lessons on concepts the student has mastered.
This offering is not a pre-algebra course or a replacement for a pre-algebra course.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of decimals and fractions by reading and writing numbers in decimal notation, converting between decimals and fractions, ordering and rounding decimals, performing operations with decimals (+, -, x, /), and estimating the solution to problems involving decimals.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of fractions and mixed numbers by identifying parts of a fraction, converting between proper and improper fractions, simplifying, comparing, and performing operations with fractions and mixed numbers.
Students will demonstrate understanding of various forms of measurements by defining units of measurement and converting between various units for length, weight and capacity, converting between Celsius and Fahrenheit, describing the relationships between the US customary units and the corresponding metric units, and working with various metric units of measurements to solve problems.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of percents by describing the meaning of percents, converting between percents, decimals and fractions, and solving problems involving percents.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of rations, rates and proportions by simplifying ratios and rates, finding unit rates and prices, evaluating the validity of proportions and solving problems using proportions.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of whole numbers by naming, rounding, comparing, performing operations, utilizing properties and laws, evaluating exponents and square roots, and using order of operations to solve problems.
Students work with a certified VLACS math teacher throughout the course. The teacher coaches the student through the course by completing a Welcome Call at the beginning of the course, monitoring student progress, identifying areas of struggle, meeting regularly with the student, and completing monthly calls with the student and parent.
Students may work with their school to identify the set of topics that meet their needs. The groupings below are provided to aid in potential sets of topics, but students may select whatever topics meet their particular needs.
Credit for completion of topics will be determined by the student’s school of record. VLACS will not award credit but will report topics in which a student has demonstrated competency, which can be used by schools to award credit. Credit Recommendations: VLACS recommends that students be awarded 0.5 credits for each set of 4 competencies completed.
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