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Curriculum Associates Expands Ready Mathematics to Further Help Students Master the Rigor of New Standards

By Abi Mandelbaum
November 12th, 2014

Curriculum Associates Expands Ready Mathematics to Further Help Students Master the Rigor of New Standards

Two new resources further develop conceptual understanding, problem-solving strategies, and procedural fluency

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 12, 2014—Curriculum Associates has expanded its Ready® Mathematics program to include a student Practice and Problem Solving Book, as well as online Math Center Activities for grades 2–5, to help students further develop conceptual understanding, problem-solving strategies, and procedural fluency. The Ready program now provides teachers with more classroom activities as well as options for rigorous, independent student practice in class, after school, or at home.

“It is essential for students to receive rigorous math practice—both at school and at home—so that they gain confidence in their skills and successfully meet the expectations of the new standards,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Now with the new additions to the Ready Common Core Mathematics program, students have even more opportunities to strengthen their higher-order thinking skills to solve complex problems and make real progress toward their math goals.”

The Mathematics Practice and Problem Solving Book complements the Student Instruction Book and includes:

• A family letter for every lesson that helps parents or caregivers understand the content and participate in the lesson activity with their child
• Problems that require greater levels of higher-order thinking and encourage students to reason and explain their thinking
• Performance tasks that require students to integrate concepts and skills from multiple standards within the unit to solve a multi-step problem
• Unit games that provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively as they build fluency and deepen conceptual understanding
The new Math Center Activities, available within Ready’s Online Teacher Toolbox, further reinforce the program’s instructional and practice components. There are two activities providing differentiated instruction for each standard, and each activity is differentiated for students performing on-level, below-level, and above-level. The activities can be used by teachers to differentiate instruction or by students either individually or in small groups without direct teacher involvement, which make the activities ideal for use as part of a classroom rotation or for use in tutoring centers.

More about Ready Mathematics
Built from scratch by strictly following the Publishers’ Criteria, Ready Mathematics supports a rich classroom environment in which mathematical reasoning, mathematical discourse, and a range of mathematical practices all thrive. Ready Common Core Mathematics Instruction, available for grades K–8, addresses the Common Core’s emphasis on conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning by using problem solving throughout the instruction. The Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded throughout the instruction.

Teacher Resource Books support teachers with strong embedded professional development, including step-by-step lesson plans, mathematical discourse questions and possible student solutions to help support teachers in learning the new standards, and instructional strategies. In addition to the new Math Center Activities, the Online Teacher Toolbox provides teachers with invaluable, easy-to-use resources, including access to all Ready Mathematics K–8 lessons, and additional resources to enable teachers to differentiate instruction and reteach prerequisite skills students may not have mastered in earlier grade levels.

Pricing and Availability
Both the student Practice and Problem Solving Book and the Math Center Activities are currently available. The student Practice and Problem Solving Book can be purchased for an introductory cost of $5 per student until December 31, 2014. The Math Center Activities are available for free to teachers with a subscription to the Online Teacher Toolbox.

To learn more about Ready Mathematics, visit Ready Mathematics.

About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC, designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students. For company information, visit Curriculum Associates on the Web at http://www.CurriculumAssociates.com or call 800-225-0248.

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About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.