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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Buzz About Bridges
Curriculum coordinator — Kodiak, AK
I got pulled aside by one teacher who was so excited because the students in her class who had used Bridges the previous year were noticeably better math thinkers. She said they can think of more ways to solve problems and come up with math solutions rarely produced by first graders.
Math coach — Sandy, UT
It seems everyday one of our teachers stops me in the hall to share what great things are happening in math.
Grade 5 student — Evansville, WY
I used to wish math would go by fast because I didn't get it and I also hoped my teacher wouldn't call on me. But now I hope we do math all day long because I love it so much. I also like to go up to the board and share and explain my thinking!
Grade 5 parent — Evansville, WY
My daughter never liked math before this year. Now she will not miss school for anything because she'd miss Bridges. That math program you're using is great!
ade 3 teacher — Ft. Bridger, WY
One student wanted to cancel spring break so we could keep doing math. I was astounded.