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Collin Nelson

The Number Line app is already a great tool to help students visualize the relationship among numbers, as well as to demonstrate different strategies for counting, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Now, it’s even better with the addition of some great new features you’ve been requesting!

Marion Leonard

Children need lots of practice, with various activities in different settings, to develop a strong sense of number. My kindergartners love an activity I call Estimation Bag. I place a small plastic container inside a canvas bag, and a student adds a single type of object: paperclips, pennies, barrettes, etc. We start with 10 or fewer and increase the quantity to between 10 and 20 after a month or so.

Collin Nelson

Bridges in Mathematics Second Edition was evaluated by EdReports  and met all three major criteria at each grade level. This places Bridges among the very few programs that have achieved the organization’s highest rating.

Lori Bluemel

All students at my school learn the Spanish language all year long—the culture, how to speak, to understand, and so on. Another language they engage in all year long is the math language we use.

Lisa Lord

Math opens the door to partnership with families of ELL students. One of my students recently said, “My daddy is real smart in math. He showed me how he does this problem. I showed him how I did it and he liked my way.” We have interpreters and we have translated materials, but even better, we have visual ways of doing the work. A picture is worth more than a thousand words for sure!

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

Andrew Bishop, a fourth grade teacher in Mount Vernon, Washington, educates families about Bridges through video presentations. We think you’ll agree that they are very educational…and entertaining!

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

And this year the theme is “The Future of Predictability.” Students usually love the challenge of predicting a pattern, but the concept of predictability can extend into further explorations too. Try asking students to make predictions about future technologies or how mathematicians will help change our world. For more information, download the poster or visit