The goal of the elementary mathematics curriculum is to develop students who are proficient in and empowered by the effective use of mathematics. Students come to school with ideas about numbers, shapes, measurements, patterns, and data. If given the opportunity to learn in an environment that stresses making sense of mathematics, students build on the ideas they already have and learn about new mathematics they have never encountered.
Our K-5 Mathematics Program is Investigations in Number, Data, and Space (2008, Pearson Scott Foresman). The Investigations curriculum incorporates years of research about how children make sense of mathematical ideas. Students use a variety of hands-on materials to engage in thinking about and interacting with mathematical concepts. Major goals of the curriculum are 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 by demonstrating a variety of problem-solving strategies and communicating this thinking.
Learn more about the units at each grade level.