Bridges is one of the few elementary math programs that achieved EdReport’s highest rating. Bridges met the needs of both my high and low students. Students work with models that spur thinking and engagement —starting with manipulatives, moving to two-dimensional representations, and then progressing to mental images. Materials provide a balanced portrayal of various demographic and personal characteristics. revised review criteria here. Bridges classroom packages feature a comprehensive set of materials for creating an engaging learning environment. First, students complete tasks whole group in a teacher directed setting. All teachers of Bridges have access to these materials. She is a Google Certified Educator (Level 2), mildly obsessed with the power of Twitter for educators, and co-organizer of @edcampBigSky. The materials are structured so that a teacher could make modifications of days or time if necessary. The assignments are intentionally sequenced, moving from introducing a skill to developing that skill and finally mastering the skill. In the Implementation section of the Online Resources, there is a "Math Coach" tab that provides the Implementation Guide, Scope & Sequence, Unpacked Content, and CCSS Focus for Grade 5 Mathematics. Materials are consistent with the progressions in the Standards The teacher's edition explains the math in each unit as well as the role of the grade-level mathematics within the program as a whole. The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 5 partially meet the expectations for coherence. (The Gates and Hewlett foundations also support, respec… This face-to-face workshop is appropriate for districts after their first year of implementing Bridges in Mathematics. For example, in Unit 5, Module 1, Session 2 students are considering ways to multiply a whole number by a unit fraction. For example, in Unit 3, 14 out of 18 sessions address whole number or decimal operations, including adding and subtracting decimals and whole number division using the area model. Now much of this information is stored on parents' phones, tablets and computers. Many student pages and sessions throughout the materials contain application problems aligned to the work of the grade, however most of the multi-step, non-routine problems are at the end of the pages and labeled "Challenge.". Materials provide opportunities for advanced students to investigate mathematics content at greater depth. Content is available in print format. In the Sessions and Number Corner activities, there are ELL strategies, support strategies, and challenge strategies to assist with scaffolding lessons and making content accessible to all learners. Students using the materials as intended will engage in the MPs along with the content standards for the grade. They identify how the students engage with the MPs along with the content standards. Now she will not miss school for anything because she'd miss Bridges. ", "If you multiply a fraction less than 1 by another fraction less than 1, what kind of product will you get? Overall, the materials engaged students in major clusters of the grade while focusing on supporting clusters. It is ideal for small groups and can also be used with individuals. They begin with a partner discussion as to how they might find the answer to the given combination. That math program you're using is great! Materials support teachers in planning and providing effective learning experiences by providing quality questions to help guide students' mathematical development. Why or why not? Are all standards present and treated with appropriate depth and quality required to support student learning? There are ELL, Support, and Challenge accommodations throughout the Sessions and Number Corner activities to assist teachers with scaffolding instructions. You will see a page titled Support & Intervention. They help all children understand the math concepts— students who might otherwise struggle with the content, and those ready for the challenge of generalizing the math concepts to larger numbers and different situations. You will almost certainly want to pair ELL students with partners who speak both languages. We want students to have many meanings come to mind when they see a fraction. While a district, school or teacher would not need to make significant changes to the curriculum scope and sequence, reviewers indicated concerns for the amount of time necessary to complete all required components of each daily requirement, including sessions and Number Corners. Optional Daily Practice pages and Home Connection pages were not considered for this indicator because they did not appear to be a required component of the sessions. I also like to go up to the board and share and explain my thinking! Instruction is designed to complement core math instruction and focuses on providing targeted small group and one-to-one instruction in fundamental numeracy and computation concepts and skills. Can you tell us why?”, In Number Corner February Solving Problems Activity 4, the teacher asks, “How did you know that?” and “Can you say more about how you knew that 0.1 liters was the same as 100 milliliters? and "Which problems lend themselves to using a double number line to think about finding a common denominators? Materials provide opportunities for ongoing review and practice, with feedback for students in learning both concepts and skills. The "Math Practices in Action" explains, "Discussing how different strategies work and when they might be most useful is part of constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others." ii. In addition, materials are "platform neutral" (i.e., are compatible with multiple operating systems such as Windows and Apple and are not proprietary to any single platform) and allow the use of tablets and mobile devices. All three of the aspects of rigor are present and focused on in the materials. An indicator of the effect of the intervention, the improvement index can be interpreted as the expected change in percentile rank for an average comparison group student if that student had received the intervention. Final reports are the result of multiple educators analyzing every page, calibrating all findings, and reaching a unified conclusion. Bridges Intervention offers supplemental, targeted small-group instruction matched to student needs. Suggestions for support or challenge are noted in the Teachers Guide in the Differentiation Table at the end of the introduction pages for each unit. EdReports requested that publishers fill out The Instructional Materials Technology Information document about each of their products that met our alignment criteria. Materials contain a teacher's edition (in print or clearly distinguished/accessible as a teacher's edition in digital materials) that explains the role of the specific grade-level mathematics in the context of the overall mathematics curriculum for kindergarten through grade twelve. Three filled in ovals indicates that at least one study that met standards was conducted on students very similar to yours. Approximately 45 percent of Bridges sessions, or 66 out of 146 Bridges Sessions, address operations of fractions, a critical area and major work in Grade 5. Materials develop according to the grade-by-grade progressions in the Standards. Spanish translations of student materials are included as PDF files at no extra charge. In Section 3 of the Assessment Guide, Assessing Math Practices, an app called Math Vocabulary Cards, which included the same illustrated terms and illustrations as the Word Resource Cards, is also available to serve as a compact and convenient math dictionary. I used to wish math would go by fast because I didn't get it and I also hoped my teacher wouldn't call on me. The annual Leadership Institute offers lead teachers, coaches, and curriculum specialists the tools for developing and sustaining a successful implementation of Bridges in Mathematics, Number Corner, and Bridges Intervention. I am so grateful to finally have a curriculum that digs deep into the concepts! Materials assist teachers in engaging students in constructing viable arguments and analyzing the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics detailed in the content standards. It seems everyday one of our teachers stops me in the hall to share what great things are happening in math. Digital materials (either included as supplementary to a textbook or as part of a digital curriculum) are web-based and compatible with multiple internet browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.). Scroll to the third or fourth page of that section. The kids were challenged and really enjoyed math -- even those who started the year hating math. Modules that do not spend time on major work of the grade are Unit 6, Modules 1 and 2. She said they can think of more ways to solve problems and come up with math solutions rarely produced by first graders. The materials suggest that the teacher should encourage students who want or need to build with the base ten area pieces before sketching to do so. In Unit 4, Module 2, Session 4, students are solving equations that require multiplying whole numbers by fractions as part of the activity “Over & Under”. The K-8 review rubric identifies the criteria and indicators for high quality instructional materials. But now I hope we do math all day long because I love it so much. The concepts covered by this curriculum include numbers and operations, data analysis, geometry, probability, sorting, and measurement. For example, in Unit 6, Module 3, students are moving from using discrete counting to the continuous measurement definition of volume. i. Overall students are prompted to construct viable arguments and analyze the arguments of others. Application is the focus in Unit 8, when students are designing solar homes. Procedural skill and fluency is attended to separately in the Number Corner component "Computational Fluency.". Students engage with previous, grade-level content in Unit 1: “In Unit 1, an exploration of volume serves as a bridge between fourth and fifth grade. All Checkpoints, Check-ups, Comprehensive Growth Assessment, and Baseline Assessments are accompanied by a detailed rubric and scoring guideline that provide sufficient guidance to teachers for interpreting student performance. Emphasis on Mathematical Reasoning: Materials support the Standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning by: Materials prompt students to construct viable arguments and analyze the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics detailed in the content standards. The types of assessments and their purpose is laid out for teachers. Overall, the materials lack learning objectives that are visibly shaped by CCSSM cluster headings, however the materials do include problems and activities that serve to connect two or more clusters in a domain and two or more domains in a grade. They also discuss their finding of patterns they noticed when using the number ten and the place value patterns that emerge within these findings. The Number Corner November Teaching Tip prompts the teacher to emphasize the mathematical practices of persevering to solve problems and using precise mathematical language. Once a review is complete, publishers have the opportunity to post a 1,500-word response to the educator report and a 1,500-word document that includes any background information or research on the instructional materials. Finally the teacher brings the class together to make observations about the game. Overall, the Grade 5 materials are focused and follow a coherent plan. Each grade level in the Bridges program provides one year’s worth of mathematics lessons as well as daily basic skills practices, textbooks, homework assignments, teacher guides, student assessments, manipulatives, and visual models. ", "How is multiplying with fractions different from multiplying with whole numbers? To further their understanding, the students are asked to work with a problem using a common rather than a unit fraction.