A fresh approach to elementary mathematics, Math Expressions Common Core is a comprehensive Kindergarten to Grade 6 mathematics curriculum that offers new ways to teach and learn mathematics. Combining the most powerful elements of standards-based instruction with the best of traditional approaches, Math Expressions Common Core uses objects, drawings, conceptual language, and real-world situations to help students build mathematical ideas that make sense to them.
Math Expressions’ single focus is the Common Core State Standards. With this focus, students using Math Expressions study a small number of mathematical concepts. Therefore, they have the time to develop the knowledge to build in-depth understanding of major mathematical ideas. The Standards for Mathematical Practice are incorporated into all of the lessons. In Math Expressions, teachers create an inquiry environment and encourage constructive discussion. Students invent, question, model, represent and explore, but also learn and practice important math strategies. Through daily Math Talk, students explain their methods and, in turn, become more fluent in them. Mathematics content and models connect and build across the grade levels in Math Expressions to provide a progression of teaching and learning that aligns precisely with the Common Core State Standards.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers ESI-9816320, REC-9806020, and RED-935373. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.