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Areas of Study | | MATH118 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Mathematics for Elementary Education I
IAI CODE(S): M1 903

The study of concepts taught in elementary school with a focus on problem solving and reasoning. Topics include whole numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, basic number theory, arithmetic, number patterns, and algebra. This is the first of a two-course sequence (followed with MATH 119).

Place into MATH118 with approved and documented math placement test scores or by completing MATH108 (Intermediate Algebra) with a grade of C or better.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Clearly relate, either in written or oral form, interpretations of solutions and the methods/steps, including all steps and reasoning on how the solution was achieved (using multiple forms of explanations such as expressions, equations, charts, tables, diagrams).
  • Use all appropriate symbolic forms that elementary school students would encounter, verbally and in writing.
  • Explain steps and solutions using multiple methods for mathematical concepts or processes, verbally and in writing, including
    • base-ten system using words, diagrams, situations, and contexts.
    • fraction concepts (including, but not limited to, size, identifying the whole, arithmetic of fractions and percents).
    • addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of all rational numbers.
    • how to use and set-up ratios and proportions.
    • aspects of basic number theory (including, but not limited to, factors, multiples, divisibility tests, prime numbers, greatest common factors, and least common multiples).
    • basic algebraic reasoning to solve problems.
  • Model the use of mathematical ideas using multiple methods including
    • fraction concepts (including, but not limited to, size, identifying the whole, arithmetic of fractions and percents).
    • addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of all rational numbers.
    • how to use and set-up ratios and proportions.
  • Compare numbers (including decimals, fractions, and negative numbers) using multiple methods.
  • Apply the use of all technology skills appropriate for the class, including the use of mathematical manipulatives.
  • Use appropriate mathematical terminology

  • Numbers and the Base-10 System - 4 hours
    • Explain the base-ten system and how we use it with place values
    • Describe how adjacent place values are related in the base-ten system
    • Draw diagrams and show how to group objects based off the base-ten system
    • Illustrate the base-ten system (including decimals) using bundling
    • Explain how to plot points (including decimals and fractions) on number lines
    • Explain the difference between positive and negative numbers and illustrate with examples
    • Compare numbers (including fractions and negatives) using either inequalities, ordering from least to greatest, using place value, bundling, lengths, common denominators, common numerators, and/or by benchmarks
    • Round numbers correctly
    • Identify the characteristics of a good mathematical explanation
  • Fractions - 9 hours
    • Calculate/Determine fractional amounts of an object, collection, or quantity and justify the amount
    • Determine which value is the whole in a problem/situation
    • Use fractions to compare quantities
    • Explain how to calculate equivalent fractions and why we need them
    • Calculate common denominators for fractions and explain why we need them and what we are actually doing when we find common denominators
    • Simplify fractions (both numerically and through diagrams)
    • Solve basic percent problems (using equivalent fractions, percent tables, going through 1%, going through 1, math drawings, benchmark fractions, and/or mental calculations)
  • Addition & Subtraction - 8 hours
    • Write equations that correspond to mental calculations
    • Write and solve word problems involving addition and subtraction with negative numbers
    • Explain how to use a number line to add and subtract numbers (including negative numbers)
    • Explain and illustrate how to use bundled objects and base-ten drawings to do addition and subtraction problems
    • State the associative property of addition and give examples of how to use the associative property of addition to make mental addition easier
    • State the commutative property of addition and give examples of how to use the commutative property of addition to make mental subtraction easier
    • Describe how to view subtraction problems as addend problems
    • Identify problematic keywords in math problems
    • Use and explain how to use a number line to add and subtract non-negative numbers
    • Write and identify Add To, Take From, Put Together/Take Apart, and Compare problems of all subtypes
  • Multiplication & Division - 22 hours
    • Correctly use the scaffold method of division
    • Correctly use the standard long division algorithm
    • Write equations that correspond to mental calculations
    • Write array, ordered pair, and multiplicative comparison word problems for a given multiplication problem (including word problems)
    • Explain multiplication using the area model
    • State the commutative property of multiplication and explain how we can use it to subdivide rectangles/arrays
    • State the associative property of multiplication and explain how we can use it to subdivide groups of objects in two different ways
    • State the distributive property
    • Explain why the distributive property is valid (subdividing arrays/objects/rectangles)
    • Relate multiplication problems to arrays & subdivide the array to correspond to the partial-products algorithm
    • Explain why the partial-products algorithm is valid
    • Write and solve word problems for given numerical problems (including integers, fractions, and decimals) using equations, logic, and math drawings
    • Explain why and how decimal multiplication works
    • Explain the rules for multiplying and dividing positive and negative numbers
    • Use exponents to express powers
    • Write and recognize division word problems for both interpretations of division (how many groups and how many in each group)
    • Explain the difference between dividing by 0 and dividing 0 by a number
    • Write division calculations to solve problems
    • Solve division problems with math drawings, tables, double number lines, and algorithms
    • Explain why we can rewrite division as fractions
    • Recognize when problems are best answered as a decimal, fraction, mixed number, whole number with remainder, or rounded
    • Describe how the whole-number-with-remainder answer to a division problem is related to the mixed number answer and why this relationship holds
    • Explain how to add and subtract decimals and why the algorithm works
    • Describe how to add and subtract fractions, including explaining why we use the process of common denominators
    • Write math problems involving fractions with addition and subtraction
    • Determine if a given word problem fits a specific fraction addition or subtraction problem
  • Ratio & Proportion - 9 hours
    • Describe ratios in terms of composed unit or batch and fixed number of parts
    • Write equivalent ratios using tables, double number lines, or calculations
    • Compare qualities of quantities in different ratios
    • Solve ratio problems (using reasoning, strip diagrams, ratio tables, double number lines, and unit rates)
    • Identify and write unit rates
    • Explain what a unit rate means in terms of a context
    • Explain why we can solve proportions by setting two fractions equal to each other
    • Recognize and give examples of inversely proportional relationships
    • Explain the difference between inversely proportional relationships and proportional relationships
    • Solve problems using inversely proportional relationships
    • Calculate and explain percent increase and percent decrease in several ways
    • Calculate quantities from a given percent increase or decrease
    • Solve problems involving percent increase or decrease
  • Number Theory - 5 hours
    • State the meaning of factor and state the meaning of multiple
    • Determine all factors of a given number and explain how to find them
    • Determine multiples of a given number and explain how to calculate them
    • Write and solve word problems that can be solved by finding all of the factors of a number
    • Write and solve word problems that can be solved by finding several multiples of a number
    • Describe and use the divisibility tests for 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10, and explain why they work
    • State the meaning of a prime number
    • Determine if a number is prime and explain how to tell
    • Factor a counting number into a product of prime numbers
    • State the meaning of Greatest Common Factor
    • State the meaning of Least Common Multiple
    • Explain the difference between the GCF and LCM
    • Using the definition, determine the GCF of a set of numbers
    • Using the definition, determine the LCM of a set of numbers
    • Write and solve word problems that can be solved by calculating the GCF and/or LCM of a set of numbers
    • Use the standard division algorithm to explain why fractions have decimal representations that either terminate or repeat
    • Given a terminating or repeating decimal, write it as a fraction
    • Explain how the different number systems are related and identify how they are different
  • Algebraic Thinking - 5 hours
    • Write equations and make math drawings to represent problems
    • Formulate numerical expressions from scenarios
    • Define the term variable
    • Correctly define variables within the context of a problem and identify incorrect variable definitions
    • Generate and recognize equivalent expressions
    • Recognize when expressions are not equivalent
    • Formulate equations arising from scenarios/word problems
    • Solve equations through reasoning and algebraically


Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. 5th Edition. Beckmann
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Students will be evaluated with homework, class quizzes, chapter tests, instructional projects, and a comprehensive final examination.

Grading Criteria
Final Exam
Problem Sets

Grading Scale
below 60


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