You have been learning how to develop your skills in speaking, reading, and writing the English language. Did you know that when you were in math class, you were also learning how to speak, read, and write the language of mathematics?
Mathematics uses numbers and number systems instead of the alphabet, but it's also a language: a language of patterns and symbols.
Mathematics can help you recognize, understand, describe and identify changes in patterns.
The elementary school curriculum is organized to help you learn about:
- Numbers and number systems.
- Shapes and space.
- Statistics and probability.
You have been learning about these math areas, and you've learned how math can help you to:
- Describe size and number of things in your world.
- Solve problems.
- Recognize and study shapes in the world around us.
- Understand relationships and patterns.
- Communicate with others.
There are many concepts or big ideas that you discover as you study math. Some of these ideas have been illustrated in the lessons that follow. These lessons can help you learn and check your understanding.