The math program we use is called Everyday Mathematics, a curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. Everyday Mathematics emphasizes the application of mathematics to real world situations. Numbers, skills and mathematical concepts are not presented in isolation, but are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday lives. Throughout the Everyday Mathematics curriculum students are encouraged to explain and discuss their mathematical thinking, in their own words. Opportunities to verbalize their thoughts and strategies give children the chance to clarify their thinking and gain insights from others.
The beginning of Math class involves whole class instruction followed by Math Workshop rotations. Students travel to 6 stations during math workshop.
The stations are:
1) Math Table w/teacher: Reteaching and extra support for the day's lesson, or enrichment.
2) "I Can" Practice: Independent practice on a specific 3rd grade common core standard.
3) Facts Practice: Adding, Subtracting, Dividing, Multiplying using a variety of strategies and algorithms
4) Games: To practice concepts learned during instruction and reinforce new concepts and review skills learned in previous lessons.
5) Problem Solving: Math prompts that require students to explain and discuss their mathematical thinking, in their own words. Opportunities to verbalize their thoughts and strategies and clarify their thinking while gaining insights from others.
6) Computer: The DreamBox Learning Math curriculum is aligned with Common Core State Standards, helping every student learn the foundation that's needed to achieve proficiency