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Common Core State Standards Lessons

Teacher-designed math lessons and math lesson plans strengthen Common Core readiness.
Our curriculum and instructional designers are National Board Certified teachers who work with our technologists to create easy-to-implement ways of supporting the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The DreamBox math lessons and math lesson plans they’ve designed provide instruction that supports and develops the math skills and concepts outlined in the CCSSM:

  • Counting and Cardinality
  • Comparing, Operations, and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Number and Operations in Fractions

Visual reinforcement of key math concepts. Our virtual manipulatives are web-based tools that help students more easily grasp math concepts in visual terms, and give them hands-on opportunities to manipulate the objects to construct mathematical knowledge. Today, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recommends the use of manipulatives to teach math at all grade levels and to teach from the NCTM standards: problem solving, communicating, reasoning, connections, and estimation.
Engaging, rigorous math lessons leverage the power of virtual manipulatives to support mathematical thinking and the Standards for Mathematical Practice by:

  • Creating an ideal environment for students to express their thinking, share their strategies, and defend their own work
  • Providing a digital environment that allows exploration of math concepts anytime, anywhere
  • Allowing multiple ways to arrive at a solution

Reinforcement for students who need it. Educational research suggests that the most valuable learning happens when students actively construct their own mathematical understanding. The essential abstract concepts can be difficult for some students, especially younger learners. Virtual manipulatives can make an enormous contribution to sense-making abilities for all students—and have been shown to be of special benefit to students who are high-risk, learning disabled, or with limited English proficiency to understand the symbolic language of math. 

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CCSSM Lessons in DreamBox
Counting 6–10  Building a Decade of a Hundreds Chart
Doubles and Near Doubles  
Grade 1
Building Numbers in Different Ways (11–20) Comparisons with More and Less Symbols
Number Strings  
Grade 2
Building Equal Expressions with Snap Blocks™ Addition using Compensation Buckets™
Adding and Subtracting using the Function Machine and T-charts Addition using the Open Number Line
Grade 3
Place Value Multiplication Area Models
Building and Comparing Fractions Placing Fractions on the Number Line
Grade 4
Multiplication: Open Arrays Subtraction Algorithm
Find the Factors Understanding Equivalent Fractions
Comparing Fractions with Unlike Denominators Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators
Grade 5
Decimal Numbers to the Thousands on the Number Line Place Value of Decimal Numbers to the Thousandths
Division within 10,000 with Remainders Add and Subtract Decimals with the Number Line
Multiplying Fractions Multiplication Standard Algorithm