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What distinguishes Think Math! from other K-5 curricula

These items are in alphabetical order, as I could not possibly rank one higher than the other!


Standard US algorithm for each operation; develops through the cross number puzzles with addition and subtraction, and via the area model for both multiplication and division. Strong connections to the US standard algorithm, student come away from these units confident and competent.

Cross Number Puzzles

Making the numbers come alive for students of all ages. Experience a sense of wonder and excitement, not to mention accomplishment and confidence! Builds algebraic reasoning, addition and subtraction hand-in-hand.

Differentiated Instruction

Practical, effective “really works in the classroom” differentiation for each and every lesson. Applications for ELL students, intervention and extension activities… more in-depth work, not more worksheet work.

Headline Stories

Differentiate the math without differentiating the kids! Students can enter into this open-ended-problem-solving model with confidence and success!

Intervention Activities

Fabulous, quick and easy ways to “level the playing field” for ALL students. Great to use with our SPED groups before the lesson.

Leveled Problem Solving

Using the same math problem, a teacher can simply and effectively meet the needs of learners at three different levels.

Magic Squares: grade 3 and 4

What happens when we add magic squares…subtract them…..multiply them ..divide them? Generalize a rule…does it work all the time?

Place Value

Place Value for free!!!! In all models of the cross number puzzle in 2nd and 3rd grade you get awesome place value for free. Students engage in decomposing numbers so effortlessly and efficiently that the place value happens! No longer do students rotely cross out zeros and turn them into nines (subtraction). They see that they are really tens and hundreds! Terrific!

Skills Practice Review

With concentrated practice on the skills that the students need to be successful. These are practical and simple to implement in any classroom or small group setting with little to no prep.

Student Handbook . . .highlights that are unique to Think Math

Full/complete concept development, continuous flow from year to year

Challenges are challenging….going beyond the curriculum at hand, more in-depth, differentiating the math in a way that has never been done before. Not accelerating the math, rather digging deeper/looking at the math through a different lens.

Examples: grade 3 addition trick, grade 4 base-8 system and tangram fractions