Bridges in Mathematics, second edition, is a comprehensive K–5 curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.
The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.
Philosophy and Expectations
We believe… Learning is a collaborative and social endeavor. Learning is a process of constructing meaning to make sense of concepts. Learning requires perseverance and willingness to experience disequilibrium.
Bridges teachers… Encourage students to be responsible for their own learning. Use good questioning strategies and draw out student thinking. Promote discourse while creating a safe learning environment.
Bridges students… Solve problems using visual models and manipulatives. Make and test conjectures while recording their thinking. Talk and move around the classroom as they actively engage in learning.
Bridges administrators… Provide time and resources for professional development and collaboration. Allocate funds for required items not included as well as for copying needs. Plan for and expect a full implementation with fidelity.
Bridges calls for… 80 minutes each day for math. Teacher prep time, especially the first year. Wall space for the Calendar Grid and other anchor charts.
A Bridges classroom is active. Students play games, draw sketches, and use manipulatives as they learn together.
Bridges classroom packages come complete with the materials teachers need to make math come alive. Custom game pieces and carefully selected manipulatives promote student engagement.
Games and Activities
Students consolidate and extend their comprehension of key skills and concepts through games and activities. Bridges includes colorful pre-made components including card decks, spinners, and game boards that support over three dozen Work Places at each grade level. For a complete list of games & activities by grade level, visit Bridges By Grade.
Concrete representations of shapes and visual models provide tools for individual, small group, and whole group inquiry. Bridges includes a comprehensive manipulative kit that supports up to thirty students. For a complete list of manipulatives by grade level, visit Bridges By Grade.
Word Resource Cards
With over 200 definitions across grades K-5, word resource cards build essential math vocabulary. Each card features a word and multiple illustrations on the front and a working definition on the back. See more.
Student books include instructions, worksheets, and record sheets for independent practice, and homework. All books are included in electronic form as part of the Bridges Educators site, allowing teachers to print pages as needed. Pre-printed consumable copies are also available for purchase. (Color covers, black and white pages). Learn more.
Bridges is rich with connections to other subject areas. All grade levels include children's literature recommendations and most include one or more titles. Read on.