Cryptology & Mathematics: Secret Codes & Number Secrets
Course Objectives

Cryptology & Mathematics: Secret Codes & Number Secrets, is a unit designed for gifted students in fourth through sixth grade. This gifted curriculum provides a range of skill development opportunities, from novice gifted to advanced gifted students.

These course objectives are taken from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards for Mathematics and North Carolina Standard Course of Study, NC Department of Public Instruction and serve as specific reference points for national and state mathematics standards.

NCTM Standards for Mathematics

NC Standard Course of Study: Mathematics

 

NCTM Standards for Mathematics

Visit Standards for Grades 6-8 at the NCTM web site for more information.

Number and Operations Standard for Grades 3–12

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Algebra Standard for Grades 3-12

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Problem Solving Standard for Grades 3-12

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Geometry Standards for Grades 3-12

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Reasoning and Proof Standards for Grades 3-12

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Communication Standards for Grades 3-12

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Connections Standards for Grades 3-12

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Representation Standards for Grades 3-12

 

 

NC Standard Course of Study

Sixth-Grade Mathematics, Competency Goal 1: The learner will understand and compute with rational numbers.

1.04     Students will develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of non-negative rational numbers.

1.05     Students will develop fluency in the use of factors, multiples, exponential notation, and prime factorization.

1.07     Students will develop flexibility in solving problems by selecting strategies and using mental computation, estimation, calculators or computers, and paper and pencil.

Sixth-Grade Mathematics, Competency Goal 5: The learner will demonstrate an understanding of simple algebraic expressions.

5.01     Students will simplify algebraic expressions and verify the results using the basic properties of rational numbers.

5.02     Students will use and evaluate algebraic expressions.

5.03     Students will solve simple (one- and two-step) equations or inequalities.

Seventh-Grade Mathematics, Competency Goal 5: The learner will demonstrate an understanding of linear relations and fundamental algebraic concepts.

5.04     Develop fluency in the use of formulas to solve problems

Eight- Grade Mathematics, Competency Goal 4: The learner will understand and use graphs and data analysis.

4.01     Collect, organize, analyze, and display data  (including scatterplots) to solve problems

4.03     Identify misuses of statistical and numerical data

Eighth Grade Mathematics, Competency Goal 5: The learner will understand and use linear relations and functions.

5.04     Solve equations using the inverse relationships of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and squares and square roots

Other Mathematical Objectives, Adapted from NCSCOS:

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