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 PK–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.
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.
Includes 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.
The Bridges Educator Site also includes a curated collection of games, books, videos, and other resources mapped to 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 PDF form as part of the Bridges Educators Site, allowing teachers to print pages as needed. While the content of student books is required, the purchase of pre-printed consumable copies is optional. (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 K–5 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.
Bridges is one of the few elementary math programs that achieved EdReport’s highest rating.
An independent study found that students who use Bridges perform better than their peers.
Bridges draws upon decades of research into the best methods for teaching and learning math.
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This two-day summer workshop brings our workshop leaders to your district. They work face-to-face with your classroom teachers, walking through unpacking of the curriculum components and exploring math practices in the contexts of the models and strategies. Each workshop is packed with information, pedagogy, and hands-on activities. Teachers explore resources, dive into Number Corner, and do math that resembles a Bridges classroom.
Bridges Getting Started workshops are scheduled either by grade-level bands, such as K–2 and 3–5, or are grade specific. A maximum of 30 participants is allowed in each session, but multiple sessions can be scheduled.
“We thoroughly enjoyed having you set such a wonderful tone for our group. Thank you for sharing your expertise, bringing laughter to the room, and cultivating confidence for our teachers.”
Math coordinator — Avon, IN
This three-day workshop is designed to equip instructional leaders to lead their own Bridges Getting Started Workshops in-district for new hires or new-to-grade-level teachers.
Participants will experience a condensed Bridges Getting Started Workshop covering both K–2 and 3–5 grade bands. They'll leave with the knowledge and materials necessary to offer these workshops in their own district.
This face-to-face workshop is appropriate for districts after their first year of implementing Bridges in Mathematics.
"I came away feeling so much more confident in the curriculum and ready to share what I learned with colleagues who will be new to Bridges next year!"
Lead teacher — Snohomish, WA
This 12-week online course is offered in both fall and winter. It is designed to support math coaches and instructional leaders working towards increasing student achievement and teacher content knowledge during a Bridges in Mathematics implementation. Participants read, reflect, and respond to prompts every two weeks.
"I enjoyed connecting with math coaches from across the country and hearing about their schools. The readings were helpful because I could directly apply them to the work I have been doing."
Course attendee — fall 2015 session
Support & Follow-up workshops are scheduled and tailored to address your specific needs. Prior to the workshop, we work with you to determine these needs.
Our workshop leaders come to your district and work face-to-face with your classroom teachers. These leaders offer guidance in specific areas where teachers struggle and model methods for successful implementation.
“Our site truly benefited from having an MLC curriculum specialist on-site for targeted and individualized support. We appreciated having an expert on-site to answer our questions, share resources, and share their experience.”
Kindergarten teacher — Napa, CA
The annual Leadership Institute offers lead teachers, coaches, and curriculum specialists the tools for developing and sustaining a successful implementation of Bridges in Mathematics, Number Corner, and Bridges Intervention.
This institute is limited to districts after their first year of implementing Bridges in Mathematics 2nd Edition.
"I enjoyed and learned something from each presenter. I left feeling enthusiastic and excited as we head into our second year of using Bridges. It’s great to hear what people in other districts are doing and to learn from it."
Institute attendee — July 2015 session