Math Curriculum & Instruction
Investigations is a focused and coherent K-5 curriculum, which was intentionally designed and sequenced to promote a deep understanding of mathematics. The curriculum units at each grade level represent a cohesive whole. Each successive unit builds on the previous unit both within and across strands and across grades. The geometry and measurement, data, and patterns and functions units focus on foundational mathematical ideas and practices and also support work in the number and operations units. By teaching theInvestigations curriculum as written, teachers enable students to go deeply into mathematical practices and content.
Six major goals guided the development of Investigations. The curriculum is designed to:
- Support students to make sense of mathematics and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers
- Focus on computational fluency with whole numbers as a major goal of the elementary grades
- Provide substantive work in important areas of mathematics—rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, and early algebra—and connections among them
- Emphasize reasoning about mathematical ideas
- Communicate mathematics content and pedagogy to teachers
- Engage the range of learners in understanding mathematics.
Mathematics in Context is a comprehensive middle school mathematics curriculum primarily used in grades 6-8. Development of the curriculum was funded in part by the National Science Foundation. The pedagogy and mathematical content of the program are consistent with both the Common Core State Standards and the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The units are organized by strand: Number, Geometry and Measurement, Algebra, and Data Analysis and Probability. The rich mathematics in MiC is developed using realistic contexts to engage and motivate students, and the mathematical models help insure retention by using various modes of representation.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Core-Plus Mathematics Project (CPMP) has developed, field-tested, and evaluated a major updating and revision of its texts for college-preparatory high school mathematics. Core-Plus Mathematics 2nd edition builds on the strengths of the first edition that was cited as Exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education.
Key features of the curriculum materials include:
- integrated development of fundamental concepts and skills in algebra and functions, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, and discrete mathematics.
- student-centered investigations of important mathematics, in the context of realistic problems and applications, leading to a robust understanding of mathematical concepts, principles, and techniques and productive habits of mind.
- impressive new technology tools to enhance learning, teaching, and problem solving across the mathematics curriculum.