Support all learners with easy-to-use differentiation resources.
Highly Scaffolded Curriculum
Math in Focus adapts instruction to the needs of individual learners through scaffolding—the systematic sequencing of prompted content—and support to optimize learning. The ultimate goal of scaffolding is to gradually remove the supports as the learner masters the task.
Math in Focus uses this approach to introduce new concepts and increasingly difficult problems. Scaffolding is apparent in the concrete–pictorial–abstract approach that appears throughout the program, and in the sequencing of the word problems that go from one step to two step to multistep.
Math in Focus uses the bar modeling method as a problem-solving tool that is taught explicitly beginning in Grade 2. Students become familiar with this systematic way to translate complex word problems into mathematical equations and avoid the common issue of not knowing where to start. Word problems grow in complexity from one step to two step to multistep, which enhances students' ability to think critically in a systematic process.
Extra Practice and Reteach opportunities are provided for every lesson. These can be implemented on a whole-class basis. Math in Focus Teacher's Editions provide tips for helping struggling students at point of use and reference additional Reteach and Extra Practice pages for additional support.
Transition Guide (Grades 2–5) provides a map to help transition students into the Math in Focus program. Teachers can easily scan through the skills and concepts presented in prior years to identify background knowledge necessary for student success.
English Language Learners
The concrete–pictorial–abstract approach is well-suited for English language learners since it is less text-heavy and has more illustrations and visuals. The Teacher's Edition provides lesson-specific suggestions for facilitating instruction for English language learners. The complete program is also available in Spanish.
Reteach (Struggling Students)
Reteach provides more exposure to concepts for those students who need more time to master new skills or concepts.
Extra Practice (On-Level Students)
Extra Practice pages correlate directly to the Workbook practices. Put On Your Thinking Cap! questions provide more practice on both non-routine and strategy-based questions.
Enrichment (Advanced Students)
Enrichment exercises of varying complexity provide advanced students opportunities to extend learning.
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