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Math Specialist

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 Melissa Taylor, Math Specialist

Alanton Elementary School


Virginia Beach City Public Schools uses a Virginia Beach Curriculum for math with Math Connects as its main resource.  

 Math Connects

Grade Levels K - 5

 Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Math Connects provides opportunities for students to build their understanding of mathematical concepts and ample practice to master important skills. Most importantly, all concepts are taught through and practiced within a strong problem-solving environment, insuring that students become life-long problem solvers.   


  •  It’s All Connected
    Math Connectsis intended for use in all elementary math classes as a balanced approach to teaching mathematics.   This program is designed to excite your students about learning mathematics while at the same time providing the teachers with all the tools and materials they need to teach the program.
    Your students will be motivated as they solve real-world problems.

In Math you can expect to see...  


Problem Solving 

  • Build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving
  • Solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts
  • Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems
  • Monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving


Reasoning and Proof 

  • Recognize reasoning and proof as fundamental aspects of mathematics
  • Make and investigate mathematical conjectures
  • Develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs
  • Select and use various types of reasoning and methods of proof 



  • Organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication 
  • Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others
  • Analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others;
  • Use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely.   



  • Recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas
  • Understand how mathematical ideas interconnect and build on one another to produce a coherent whole
  • Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics



  • Create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas
  • Select, apply, and translate among mathematical representations to solve problems
  • Use representations to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena 


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