Grades K-5 Elementary Math Program
In grades K-5, the Pearson EnVision Math series is used as the core text. The resources are fully aligned to the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks.
EnVision Math is a math program that balances skill instruction with instruction that develops conceptual understanding through problem-based interactive and visual learning.
The program’s philosophy has 3 key focal points:
- Conceptual Development- Interactive Learning + Visual Learning
- Ongoing Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention
- Differentiated Instruction
Topics are organized around math strands focusing on the Big Ideas and Essential Understandings of math. The Big Ideas are the conceptual underpinnings of the program and the glue that provides conceptual cohesion across lessons, topics, grades, and standards. Big Ideas connect Essential Understandings which occur within and across lessons.
The Massachusetts Math Curriculum Frameworks are divided into content and practice standards. The content standards outline the math concepts students should know by the end of the year. The practice standards are the mathematical habits of mind that students will develop as they go through the grades.
Pearson has a website, www.pearsonsuccessnet.com, which can be accessed for additional information about these materials. Each student receives a username and password and will have full access to their grade level math book and all program materials online. Teachers are able to assign homework and review sheets through this website. For technological assistance, you can reach the Pearson Tech Help Line at 1-800-234-5832 or contact them through the website above.
Melrose Public Schools this year is implementing the assessment program called i-Ready Diagnostic in grades 1-5. Below, you will find information on the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.
What is i-Ready?
i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Readyallows us to meet your child exactly where he or she is and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.
If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or school principal. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting http://i-readycentral.com/familycenter/
More Parent Resources:
- K-12 Standards for Mathematical Practices
- Making Sense and Persevering with Problem Solving in Mathematics
- What’s Different in Mathematics Instruction
- Activities at Home for Increasing Math Fluency
- Common Core Math Main Focus by Grade for Parents
- What are Math Talk Moves
- Information on Supporting Math at Home
- Modeling with Mathematics
- Using the Hundreds and Thousands Chart
- Using Bar Models to Support Math Instruction
- DICE for Problem Solving