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Bridges in Mathematics

Building Mathematical Thinkers

Inquiry-based and student-centered, Bridges focuses on developing mathematical reasoning while creating an inclusive and equitable learning community for all students.

Rich Learning Experiences

In a Bridges classroom, students gather evidence, explain their results, and develop respect for others’ opinions. Teachers encourage students to employ multiple strategies when solving problems. They foster student initiative by providing opportunities to work in pairs, discuss in small groups, or share with the whole class. As a result, students develop positive math identities while building problem-solving skills, conceptual understanding, and procedural fluency.

Math Learning Center aims to engage students through hands-on classroom experiences.

Inclusive Learning Environments

Bridges Third Edition brings focus to representation, provides guidance for creating an inclusive learning environment, and includes revised tasks that support equity.

Visual Models Deepen Understanding

Bridges utilizes visual models that build on one another across grade levels. These materials and manipulatives let students represent and interpret numbers, shapes, and patterns—and make sense of mathematics.

Active Learning

Bridges fosters collaboration by incorporating familiar mathematical and instructional routines, ensuring that each student feels heard. Students have opportunities to think independently and work in pairs or small groups before sharing strategies with the whole class. The integration of The Math Learning Center’s apps further encourages active investigation.

Key Elements of Bridges Third Edition

Problems & Investigations

Whole-group activities transition into individual and partner work, followed by a whole-class strategy-sharing session.

Work Places

Engaging games and activities allow students to apply the concepts they explore in Problems & Investigations.

Number Corner

A daily program develops reasoning with inquiry-based activities that engage students in pattern recognition, concept development, and conjecture.

Concept Quests

Rich, open-ended tasks provide horizontal enrichment and additional opportunities for all students to problem solve.

Implementation Support

Professional Learning

New adoption sites receive a free Getting Started workshop led by an experienced Bridges educator. Webinars, online courses, videos, and articles build on the professional learning embedded in the Bridges materials. Additional offerings include the Bridges Leadership Institute, and workshops focused on equitable and effective teaching practices.

Bridges Educator Site

In addition to digital versions of the Teachers Guides and student-facing print materials, the Bridges Educator Site (BES) includes videos, an extensive professional development library, and tips from Bridges classroom teachers. The BES also offers district leaders, principals, and coaches resources to support implementation at the school or district level.

Customer Support

Our customer experience team is dedicated to ensuring you get timely answers to questions that might arise during evaluation or implementation. In addition to their own knowledge, they have access to our subject-matter experts and cadre of experienced Bridges educators.

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The Buzz About Bridges

All of our students, including our special needs students, have grown significantly in math. 


Curriculum Coordinator — Roseburg, OR

I have a very challenging group of kids, and we are having an outstanding year in math. The kids are so engaged and interested.

Grade 1 teacher — Middlebury, VT

In more than 20 years of teaching elementary math I have used a range of curricula in several states and two countries. I have never before had the level of success that I have experienced using Bridges as reflected in both exceptional test scores as well as the growth I witnessed on a daily basis.

Grade 3 teacher — Madras, OR

Bridges really helped me pull all of the pieces together in terms of content, delivery, and motivation. My students really excel in math, and I owe much of that to this curriculum.

Kindergarten Teacher and Presidential Award Winner — Roseburg, OR

I would recommend Bridges to every elementary school in the nation if I could. Every kid in America deserves access to this quality of a universal core resource.

Director of Teaching & Learning — Huxley, IA

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