Help Students Build Numerical Reasoning
Math is about more than finding the correct answer. It's about using numerical reasoning to find the best strategy for solving a problem. Created by Marilyn Burns, one of America's most trusted math educators, and a team of master educators, Do The Math® provides flexible, classroom-tested instruction for building numerical reasoning and confidence. Whether used for core instruction in numerical reasoning, pull-out intervention, or summer school settings, Do The Math provides effective instruction at any elementary grade level.
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Every Child Deserves a Confident Start
Created by award-winning educator Marilyn Burns
Supports any Response to Intervention (RTI) strategy
Can be used with all core programs as supplemental or intervention
Every student can succeed
Hear about Do The Math from Marilyn Burns.
Build a solid mathematical foundation with classroom-tested lessons
"Classroom tested" means there's plenty of support in each module's 30 half-hour lessons. Teachers build capacity as students move from basic conceptual understanding to skills development in addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.
- Addition and Subtraction
Supports the development of quantity by using benchmark numbers, thinking flexibly about composing and decomposing numbers, and building facility with figuring sums.
A: ADDITION WITH SUMS UP TO 100
Builds on the big idea that â10â is an organizer for our number system.
B: SUBTRACTION WITH NUMBERS UP TO 100
Reinforces addition and subtraction as inverse operations and teaches the three meanings of subtraction: take-away, missing parts, and comparison problems.
C: NUMBERS GREATER THAN 100
Applies these big ideas to calculations with greater numbers and provides strategies for solving word problems.
A: BASIC CONCEPTS
Provides visual and contextual models to help students understand the meaning of multiplication, supporting the shift from thinking additively to thinking multiplicatively.
B: FACTS THROUGH 12x12
Uses an array model to represent the basic facts and demonstrate key concepts and strategies for multiplication.
C: FACTORS GREATER THAN 12
Develops strategies for making estimates and computing products with two- and three-digit factors, using the distributive property and multiplying by multiples of 10.
A: BASIC CONCEPTS
Builds upon the idea that division is inverse to multiplication and provides computational methods for solving division problems, using contextual and concrete methods to support the two meanings of divisionâsharing and ungrouping.
B: FACTS THROUGH 100Ã·10
Applies the inverse relationship between multiplication and division to make sense of divisibility and the concept of taking out a quantity by groups of 10.
C: DIVIDENDS TO 1000
Extends to dividing two- and three-digit dividends by two-digit divisors, engages students in exploring divisibility, and provides experiences with solving contextual problems involving greater numbers.
A: BASIC CONCEPTS
Connects and builds upon the big ideas of whole numbers as they apply to fractions, using concrete materials to help students give meaning to the abstract idea of fractions.
B: EQUIVALENCE AND COMPARISON
Helps students learn key strategies for comparing and ordering fractions while keeping the instructional focus on the meaning of the fractions being compared.
C: ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION
Builds on what students have learned in order to develop the computational tools and strategies to add and subtract fractions, including improper fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators.
Strategically placed formative assessments support students’ progress.
Pre- and post-module assessments
Students complete online assessments for a pre-module snapshot of what they know and a post-module portrait of all theyâve learned.
Letters from Marilyn
Detailed preparation materials before each set of five lessons include Letters From Marilyn.
Every lesson begins with objectives, and then itâs on to detailed, step-by-step instruction.
Every fifth lesson offers an assessment so teachers can regularly monitor student progress.
Hands-on learning helps build conceptual understanding
The Digital Student Experience
Games and manipulatives
Partner games and manipulatives play a crucial role in supporting and extending learning throughout the modules.
The WorkSpace is designed to support studentsâ transition to independent work and to help teachers monitor studentsâ progress and understanding.
The Digital Student Experience
The digital student app gives each child full access to interactive visual models and partner games.
Materials provide clear instructional guidance and professional support.
Do The Math lesson example - Writing Fraction Equations
The Teacher Bookcase
All of the teaching resources for each module are stored in the teacher bookcase for clear instructional guidance and easy lesson planning.
Thoughtfully designed lessons
Every lesson models mathematical thinking, provides visual representations, and includes point-of-use support.
The Digital Teacher Experience
The digital tool includes professional development videos plus instructional add-ons, downloads, online games, and progress monitoring.
Teachers Talk About Do The Math
"After 10 years of classroom teaching, I felt that this year I was finally teaching math successfully."
Sara Liebert, Instructional Reform Facilitator, John Muir Elementary School
Learn more about Sara's experience using Do The Math and hear from other educators at John Muir Elementary.
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Rashida Carter, a first year teacher teaching fourth grade, especially liked the timeliness of these assessments.
Kristin Matthews discusses the digital tools that come with Do The Math.
Justin Stoddard, a third-grade teacher with 11 years of classroom experience reflects on his experience with Do The Math.
Unlock the math potential in every student
Do The Math Summer School helps students in Grades 1â5 rebuild their math foundation. Designed for at-risk and struggling students, as well as those who require more practice, the program provides the skills and understanding students need to progress to grade-level proficiency during the school year.
Summer school specific design
Do The Math experts and authors created detailed Planning Guides that address a variety of summer school implementations.
Easy to implement
From day one, teachers have the embedded professional learning and point-of-use support they need to confidently guide students through summer math.
Rebuilds a solid foundation
With scaffolded instruction, students progress from basics to more complex operational work and rebuild their understanding of key math concepts.
Engaging for students
Classroom-tested instructional practices facilitate differentiation and meet the needs of every student.
Do The Math Getting Started PD and Coaching
Do The Math Getting Started PD develops teachersâ understanding of the Do The Math supplemental program and how its classroom-tested instruction builds studentsâ numerical reasoning. Teachers learn how to support the development of their studentsâ understanding and skills with whole numbers and fractions by using Do The Math lessons, games, childrenâs literature, and assessments.
During Do The Math Coaching coaches work with school leaders and classroom teachers to build on the Getting Started PD experience, creating learning partnerships that are sustainable, data-driven, and customized to participantsâ particular needs.
Learn More and Inquire
Focus on effective teaching
Build and strengthen numerical reasoning
Strengthen vocabulary for English learners
Restore student confidence
Research & Results
Do The Math has a long history of turning research into practice.
ESSA Evidence Criteria for Do The Math
Overview of how Do The Math meets ESSA âMODERATEâ evidence criteria.
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Do The Math Clear Creek Independent School District Efficacy Study
Significant improvement was seen across the 51 Grade 2 classrooms that implemented Addition and Subtraction Modules A and B.
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Do The Math St. Louis Park Public Schools Efficacy Study
Students in grades 3-5 showed performance improvements on the NWEA MAP assessment and on ProgressSpace assessments after using Do The Math.
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Meet the Authors
Created by Marilyn Burns and a team of master educators.
Marilyn Burns is one of today’s most highly respected mathematics educators. In 1984, she formed Math Solutions Professional Development, an organization dedicated to the improvement of math instruction in Grades K–8.
Over the course of more than 55 years, Marilyn has taught children, led in-service sessions, and written acclaimed professional learning and children’s books. Marilyn continues to teach regularly in the classroom, finding the experience essential to developing and testing new ideas and materials.
Marilyn and herDo The Mathcoauthors—Eunice Hendrix-Martin, Leo Kostelnik, Kris Lee, Melody Randel, Susan Scharton, Mallika Scott, Danielle Weill, Maryann Wickett, and Lynne Zolli—continue to refine their methods for supporting students who struggle with math so every child has a real chance for success.
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Curricular resources include the different kinds of materials (digital or physical) that teachers use in or for their teaching (textbooks, lesson plans, etc.) and have a significant influence on students' opportunities to learn.What is math in practice for kindergarten? ›
Math in Practice is a comprehensive, grade-by-grade professional learning resource designed to fit with any math curriculum you are using. It identifies the big ideas of both math content and math teaching, unpacking key instructional strategies and detailing why those strategies are so powerful.Why are math books important? ›
Books introduce math concepts in a non-threatening way and build interest. Good stories make math come alive and children find that math isn't boring or inaccessible.What is math by the books? ›
The Math by the Book series is dedicated to connecting literacy to math and teaching mathematics strategically through literature. Real learning comes from authentically and purposefully linking a story to important mathematical concepts.Why are authors leaving Heinemann? ›
“Due to irreconcilable differences regarding the work of equity, inclusion, and antiracism, effective immediately, we are ending our professional development and publishing relationships with Heinemann,” wrote Sonja Cherry-Paul and Tricia Ebarvia, in a Twitter statement.What are examples of curricular materials? ›
Materials collected may include instructional games, posters, kits, models, maps, puppets, manipulatives, etc. TESTS: Educational tests and measures that support education courses may be collected.What is the best way to teach math to kindergarten? ›
- Start with counting. Learning math begins with counting. ...
- Use pictures. Pictures are helpful tools when teaching children math concepts. ...
- Make flashcards. ...
- Make math fun. ...
- Use hands-on teaching tools. ...
- Play math games. ...
- Use everyday objects.
- Cup Stacking. Practice counting double-digit numbers with this unique cup-stacking game. ...
- Number Bingo. ...
- Shape Scavenger Hunt. ...
- Jumping Bean. ...
- Gauging Weight. ...
- Numerical Collage. ...
- Playing Card Addition. ...
- Button Sorting.
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Algebra is one of the most important branches of study for mathematics and is applied in various other fields of study as well such as physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, biotechnology, and even economics and accounting.
- Step 1 - Skim the assigned reading material. ...
- Step 2 - As you skim the chapter, circle (using pencil) the new words that you do not understand. ...
- Step 3 - Put all your concentration into reading. ...
- Step 4 - When you get to the examples, go through each step.
Typical symptoms include: difficulty counting backwards. difficulty remembering 'basic' facts. slow to perform calculations.What is the dyslexia for math? ›
Dyscalculia is a learning disorder that affects a person's ability to do math. Much like dyslexia disrupts areas of the brain related to reading, dyscalculia affects brain areas that handle math- and number-related skills and understanding.What is the Bible of mathematics? ›
Euclid's Elements (Ancient Greek: Στοιχεῖα Stoikheîa) is a mathematical treatise consisting of 13 books attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid in Alexandria, Ptolemaic Egypt c. 300 BC.What does curricular mean in education? ›
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Curricular activities are those activities that are a part of the curriculum. Co-curricular activities are those activities that are outside of but usually complementing the regular curriculum. Extracurricular activities are defined as those school-based activities that are not tied to the curriculum.What are the four main curricular components? ›
From a UDL perspective, we think of four components to a curriculum: the goals, the methods, the materials, and the assessment. They are very closely interrelated in that the goal is the primary thing with which a lesson begins and the others line up to achieve that goal.What does curricular activities mean on resume? ›
Co-Curricular Activities can be defined as: “Activities that are recognized by a school or university, that fall beyond the domain of academic curriculum but is an essential part of a student's life at an educational institute. Co curricular activities include sports, school bands, student newspaper etc.