Bridges Blog Archive for September 2013

What is Guided Math? Part I

In the first of a 4-part exploration of guided math, Bridges Author Dr. Barbara Blanke provides an overview, answering the question, "What is Guided Math?"

"The most basic idea in mathematics is that mathematics makes sense...to ALL students!" -John Van de Walle


CCSS Supplement Answer Keys, Grades 1-5

Answer Keys for Grade 1-5 CCSS Supplements, Bridges First Edition, are complete and posted in the online catalog. They are located on the catalog pages for CCSS Supplements, by grade level. Answer Keys are not provided for Kindergarten because there are no student sheets requiring "answers."

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Letter to Parents

This month's National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website includes a helpful article on "Partnering with Parents" from President Linda Gojak. She suggests connecting with parents early in the year to share a variety of messages:


CCSS Cluster Checklists

Based on the Key Instruction Shifts that prioritized the Common Core State Standard clusters, Director of Professional Development Pia Hansen created checklists of the major clusters by domain for grades K-5.


Number Corner: Spanish Immersion Classroom

Shannon Russell teaches a fifth grade Spanish immersion class in Portland Public Schools. She and her assistant, Melissa Kunert, share the Number Corner plans and photos that follow. They write,