The Five Content Strands of Mathematics are Number Sense and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Statistics and Probability and are numbered according to the NYS Learning Standards. (See the codes as outlines in the specific grade level packets.) This Mathematics Standard (MST-3) is divided into the appropriate Key Ideas and Performance Indicators, as well as sample tasks for each. Most importantly, the key ideas for each strand have been aligned with the Everyday Math program for K-5 and Connected Math for Grades 6-8. Whenever possible, page numbers from the 2003 edition have been cited in order to ensure cohesiveness within the program. While mathematical skills are taught, the teachers needs to correlate appropriate skills within content integrated within other content areas such as Science and Social Studies using Essential Questions.
Teachers are urged to utilize the Everyday Math spiral for teaching each unit. Concerns regarding below level achievement [i.e., B(eginning) on a D(eveloping) or S(ecure) skill] can be addressed through centers focused on explorations, games, as well as use of the Everyday Math software. Manipulatives that accompany the program should be maintained and extended, if necessary. It is important to note that manipulatives do not teach mathematics themselves. It is in their use, modeling, and guidance of an informed teacher that the manipulatives are effective to enhance student understanding.
Formative assessment is also necessary. Teaching is assessing. Find out how students are thinking about mathematical ideas and what they are able to accomplish. Instruction should mirror assessment and assessment should inform instruction. Monitoring of students' achievement is accomplished through data input and analysis into Math unit spreadsheets.