Learn how to think about math

The deep conceptual understanding that’s the hallmark of the program leads to strong skills fluency and the ability to make generalizations within and among mathematical strands. As students grow and learn to think critically, teachers develop their own rich understanding of math through detailed instruction and embedded support.

Math Expressions is based on NSF-funded research.

Contextual Learning
Students develop an understanding of mathematics through real-world situations and visual supports.

Multiple Strategies
Students learn multiple ways to solve problems, including algorithms based on reasoning.

Manageable Instruction
Teaching materials were designed to embody a "learn-while-teaching" style.

Student Experience

Lessons build understanding through active inquiry.

Students make connections between key topics both within and across grades.

Math Talk gives students the chance to ask questions and use their MathBoards to explain and justify their solutions.

The online Student Activity Book gives young learners the tools to explore, practice, and deepen their understanding of key math concepts.

Teacher Experience

Differentiated support to encourage all students.

Differentiated Instruction 

The Math Activity Center supports every child with Practice, Re-teach, and Challenge resources for each lesson.

Adaptive Practice

Customize instruction with the Personal Math Trainer® Powered by Knewton™, an online personalized learning and assessment system with real-time reporting and adaptive practice.


The instruction keeps students constantly moving forward while providing teachers with explicit support. Learn more about Dr. Fuson’s approach through the samplers below.

Deepen mathematical understanding

Students understand the concepts behind the math and build connections between concrete, pictorial, and abstract relationships.

Develop critical-thinking skills

Students learn to ask questions, and use the answers to devise thoughtful, informed approaches to solving problems.

Enhance teacher effectiveness

Teachers use the program’s extensive, lesson-by-lesson support to supplement and deepen their own mathematical understanding.

Increase student participation

Math Talk classrooms are lively, collaborative environments where children share their ideas and solutions and listen respectfully to the ideas of their classmates.

Improve student performance

Students learn to effectively communicate their mathematical understanding both verbally and in writing.

Test drive Math Expressions.