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October 27, 2021

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**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.

**Kindergarten**

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

**Kindergarten**

Numbers to Twenty on the MathRack

**Grade 1**

Numbers to One Hundreds on the MathRack

**Grade 2**

Adding and Subtracting with Tens on the Open Number Line

Build Expressions Equal to Twenty

**Grade 3**

Ordering Fractions on the Number Line

Using Landmark Numbers to Add on the Open Number Line

Decomposing Fractions Using Time or Money

**Grade 4**

Place Value with Decimals(Also includes Grade 5)

Equivalent Fractions on the Number Line

Open Arrays

**Grade 5**

Decimal Numbers on the Number Line

Divisions within 10,000 with Remainders

Multiplying Fractions

***New Math Lesson Plans coming soon!**

DreamBox Learning takes children from whereever they are to where they want to be by transforming the way they learn.

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