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Curriculum for Grades 3-5 math that includes multiple visual models, daily discussion, and assessments.

Overview

Conceptua Math’s curriculum takes the “manipulatives” approach to learning elementary math and puts it onto the computer. This is no surprise since company founder Arjan Khalsa has an extensive background in assistive learning technology.

To help students learn elementary math, the program begins by facilitating the teacher’s own instruction. This is achieved by providing instructors with lesson openers and closers to support best practices in content and pedagogy (which the company describes as “Keep the Teacher in the Equation”). The program then provides students with an online environment to build conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. The program is typically projected on an interactive whiteboard to tee up a lesson in the classroom, with students then working independently in the browser-based tool with practice problems and checking with their teacher when they miss an answer to determine the best next step.

Aligned with Common Core standards, the Conceptua Math curriculum is broken down into 13 units covering two domains in grades 3-5: fractions and multiplication/division of whole numbers. These units are further organized into more than 200 lesson sequences. The curriculum first presents concepts using interactive models, then links the models to procedures, and finally moves to procedures-only -- similar to the “concrete-representational-abstract” approach of Singapore Math. While many whole-class lesson materials are made available for free, curriculum materials, formative assessments, fact fluency and data reporting are only available with a subscription.

The company website currently has several case studies available from pilots at elementary schools in Maryland, Wisconsin and Arizona.

The company offers the product for a campus price of $3,500, which provides unlimited licenses. District pricing and onsite professional development are also available. Teacher-priced options are available on Edmodo and include a selection of individual units for $15 each and individual topics for $5 each. As of May 2014, the company reports that students in 12 states, primarily in 16 districts, are using the product.

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Classroom Teacher/Webmaster/Gt Facilitator. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

A cheap version for teachers that allows them to save lessons without needing the whole school to sign up would be nice. Only allowing access to one unit for $50 seems like something most teachers would not be able to afford, especially knowing they only have access for one year.

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Classroom Teacher/Webmaster/Gt Facilitator. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

A cheap version for teachers that allows them to save lessons without needing the whole school to sign up would be nice. Only allowing access to one unit for $50 seems like something most teachers would not be able to afford, especially knowing they only have access for one year.

I also think ...

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School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Standards

Common Core Aligned Common Core Aligned

Audience

3rd grade 3rd grade
4th grade 4th grade
5th grade 5th grade

Characteristics

Assessment Assessment
Collaboration Tools Collaboration Tools
Core Curriculum Core Curriculum
Supplemental Supplemental

Subject Matter

Arithmetic Arithmetic
Early Math Early Math
Math Math