Bridges has been so effective. My students are challenged and engaged, and parents and administrators are very impressed. I am very confident that my students learned far more in math this year than in previous years.
Grade 5 Teacher, Durham, NC
Bridges in Mathematics 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. View bibliography
As educators, you strive to make well-informed curriculum adoption decisions. We fully support this goal and invite you to read What you need to know about Bridges.
Designed for classroom use, the flexible three-ring binder format allows teachers to add notes and other reference materials. (Color covers, black and white pages.)
All guides are also available in electronic form on the Bridges Educator site, which includes additional support resources.
Include a wide variety of age-appropriate assessments at each grade level, ranging from interviews, observation tips, and short performance tasks for the youngest students to unit pre- and post-assessments, mid-unit checkpoints, and more extensive performance tasks for Grades 2 and up.
New with the second edition, the Bridges Educator Site provides 24/7 online access and always up-to-date content. A free account is included with the purchase of every Bridges classroom package.
All teacher guides, teacher masters, game components, and student materials are available as PDF files for easy viewing and downloading.
Spanish translations of student materials are included as PDF files at no extra charge.
Carefully selected games, books, videos and other resources to complement each Bridges unit. This collection makes use of the many excellent, often free, resources available to enhance student learning.
Comprehensive support includes background articles, blog postings, and access to curriculum specialists.
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). Also available in Spanish.
The Bridges Student Book supports participation in whole-group investigations and games.
The Number Corner Student Book presents opportunities for independent practice and engagement with the skills and concepts covered in the daily workouts
Home Connections—family-friendly assignments that include games and activities as well as worksheets for students to complete independently—offer another source of practice and reinforcement.
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.
Bridges includes colorful pre-made components including card decks, spinners, and game boards that support over three dozen Work Places at each grade level.
Bridges includes a comprehensive manipulative kit that supports up to 30 students.
Bridges also incorporates a collection of free virtual manipulatives.
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.
Word resource cards are also available as a free app.
Every Bridges classroom package includes Number Corner, a self-contained supplemental program that is also available separately.
Number Corner complements the Bridges units through 20-minute daily workouts that provide practice with a wide variety of skills.
Find out more about Number Corner.
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Our two-day summer workshop brings our teacher leaders to your district. They work face-to-face with your classroom teachers, stepping them through unpacking the curriculum components and exploring math practices in the contexts of the models and strategies. These workshops are packed with information, pedagogy, and hands-on activities. Teachers explore resources, dive into Number Corner, and do math that resembles a Bridges classroom.
“We thoroughly enjoyed having you lead our first group of K–2 teachers; you set such a wonderful tone for this group. Thank you for sharing your expertise, bringing laughter to the room, and cultivating confidence for teachers who were otherwise wary of Bridges.”
~ Math Coordinator, Avon, IN
Support/Follow-up workshops are scheduled and tailored to address district needs. These workshops offer guidance in specific areas where teachers struggle and model methods for successful implementation.
“Our site truly benefited from having a MLC curriculum specialist on-site for targeted and individualized support for our staff having an expert answer our questions, share resources, and experience.”
~ Kindergarten Teacher, Napa, CA
This 12-week online course is offered in both fall and winter. It is designed to support math coaches and instructional leaders working to increase student achievement and teacher content knowledge during a Bridges Second Edition implementation. Participants read, reflect, and respond to prompts every two weeks.
“I really enjoyed connecting with other math coaches and hearing about their work. I also found the readings helpful to put a frame around the work I have been doing.”
~ Participant from fall 2015 session
This three-day workshop is designed to equip math coaches and lead teachers to facilitate Getting Started workshops in-district for new hires or new-to-grade-level teachers. Participants will experience a condensed Getting Started workshop for K-2 and 3-5. They'll leave with the knowledge and materials necessary to offer the training in their district. Included is digital access to The Math Learning Center facilitator guide, participant packets, videos, and PowerPoint presentations. Planning time with specialists is provided on day 3. This course is being offered face-to-face by Bridges curriculum specialists at locations predetermined by MLC.
Once a year, the Math Learning Center hosts a two-day event that offers leaders tools for developing and sustaining local support in the implementation of Bridges in Mathematics Second Edition. Outstanding speakers—which have included Jo Boaler, Alisa Simeral, and Mary Pitman—are noted educators with years of research and math leadership experience. Bridges curriculum specialists, as well MLC’s Director of Professional Development, Pia Hansen, contribute their expertise and insight.