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Do The Math

Help Students Build Numerical Reasoning

Math is about more than finding the correct answer. It's about using numerical reasoning to find the best strategy for solving a problem. Created by Marilyn Burns, one of America's most trusted math educators, and a team of master educators, Do The Math® provides flexible, classroom-tested instruction for building numerical reasoning and confidence. Whether used for core instruction in numerical reasoning, pull-out intervention, or summer school settings, Do The Math provides effective instruction at any elementary grade level.

Every Child Deserves a Confident Start

Created by award-winning educator Marilyn Burns

Supports any Response to Intervention (RTI) strategy

Can be used with all core programs as supplemental or intervention

Every student can succeed

Hear about Do The Math from Marilyn Burns.


Build a solid mathematical foundation with classroom-tested lessons

"Classroom tested" means there's plenty of support in each module's 30 half-hour lessons. Teachers build capacity as students move from basic conceptual understanding to skills development in addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.

  • Addition and Subtraction
    Four Do The Math Teacher Guide books for addition and subtraction

    Supports the development of quantity by using benchmark numbers, thinking flexibly about composing and decomposing numbers, and building facility with figuring sums.

    Builds on the big idea that “10” is an organizer for our number system.

    Reinforces addition and subtraction as inverse operations and teaches the three meanings of subtraction: take-away, missing parts, and comparison problems.

    Applies these big ideas to calculations with greater numbers and provides strategies for solving word problems.

  • Multiplication
    Three Do The Math Teacher Guide books for multiplication

    Provides visual and contextual models to help students understand the meaning of multiplication, supporting the shift from thinking additively to thinking multiplicatively.

    B: FACTS THROUGH 12x12
    Uses an array model to represent the basic facts and demonstrate key concepts and strategies for multiplication.

    Develops strategies for making estimates and computing products with two- and three-digit factors, using the distributive property and multiplying by multiples of 10.

  • Division
    Three Do The Math Teacher Guide books for division

    Builds upon the idea that division is inverse to multiplication and provides computational methods for solving division problems, using contextual and concrete methods to support the two meanings of division—sharing and ungrouping.

    B: FACTS THROUGH 100÷10
    Applies the inverse relationship between multiplication and division to make sense of divisibility and the concept of taking out a quantity by groups of 10.

    C: DIVIDENDS TO 1000
    Extends to dividing two- and three-digit dividends by two-digit divisors, engages students in exploring divisibility, and provides experiences with solving contextual problems involving greater numbers.

  • Fractions
    Three Do The Math Teacher Guide books for fractions

    Connects and builds upon the big ideas of whole numbers as they apply to fractions, using concrete materials to help students give meaning to the abstract idea of fractions.

    Helps students learn key strategies for comparing and ordering fractions while keeping the instructional focus on the meaning of the fractions being compared.

    Builds on what students have learned in order to develop the computational tools and strategies to add and subtract fractions, including improper fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators.

Student Engagement

Strategically placed formative assessments support students’ progress.

An example of an assessment sheet from Do The Math for Lesson 10

Middle-of-module assessment

Pre- and post-module assessments
Students complete online assessments for a pre-module snapshot of what they know and a post-module portrait of all they’ve learned.

Letters from Marilyn
Detailed preparation materials before each set of five lessons include Letters From Marilyn.

Step-by-step instruction
Every lesson begins with objectives, and then it’s on to detailed, step-by-step instruction.

Mid-module assessments
Every fifth lesson offers an assessment so teachers can regularly monitor student progress.

Hands-on learning helps build conceptual understanding

A screenshot of what a student will see during Do The Math

The Digital Student Experience

Games and manipulatives
Partner games and manipulatives play a crucial role in supporting and extending learning throughout the modules.

Student WorkSpace®
The WorkSpace is designed to support students’ transition to independent work and to help teachers monitor students’ progress and understanding.

The Digital Student Experience
The digital student app gives each child full access to interactive visual models and partner games.

Teacher Support

Materials provide clear instructional guidance and professional support.

A sample lesson from Do The Math

Do The Math lesson example - Writing Fraction Equations

The Teacher Bookcase
All of the teaching resources for each module are stored in the student bookcase for clear instructional guidance and easy lesson planning.

Thoughtfully designed lessons
Every lesson models mathematical thinking, provides visual representations, and includes point-of-use support.

The Digital Teacher Experience
The digital tool includes professional development videos plus instructional add-ons, downloads, online games, and progress monitoring.

Teachers Talk About Do The Math

Sara Liebert

"After 10 years of classroom teaching, I felt that this year I was finally teaching math successfully."

Sara Liebert, Instructional Reform Facilitator, John Muir Elementary School

Learn more about Sara's experience using Do The Math and hear from other educators at John Muir Elementary.
Read the Case Study (PDF)


Rashida Carter, a first year teacher teaching fourth grade, especially liked the timeliness of these assessments.

Kristin Matthews discusses the digital tools that come with Do The Math.

Justin Stoddard, a third-grade teacher with 11 years of classroom experience reflects on his experience with Do The Math.

Summer School

Unlock the math potential in every student

A young girl is writing.

Do The Math Summer School helps students in Grades 1–5 rebuild their math foundation. Designed for at-risk and struggling students, as well as those who require more practice, the program provides the skills and understanding students need to progress to grade-level proficiency during the school year.

Summer school specific design
Do The Math experts and authors created detailed Planning Guides that address a variety of summer school implementations.

Easy to implement
From day one, teachers have the embedded professional learning and point-of-use support they need to confidently guide students through summer math.

Rebuilds a solid foundation
With scaffolded instruction, students progress from basics to more complex operational work and rebuild their understanding of key math concepts.

Engaging for students
Classroom-tested instructional practices facilitate differentiation and meet the needs of every student.



Meet the Authors

Created by Marilyn Burns and a team of master educators.

Marilyn Burns

Marilyn Burns is one of today’s most highly respected mathematics educators. In 1984, she formed Math Solutions Professional Development, an organization dedicated to the improvement of math instruction in Grades K–8.

Over the course of more than 55 years, Marilyn has taught children, led in-service sessions, and written acclaimed professional learning and children’s books. Marilyn continues to teach regularly in the classroom, finding the experience essential to developing and testing new ideas and materials.

Marilyn and her Do The Math coauthors—Eunice Hendrix-Martin, Leo Kostelnik, Kris Lee, Melody Randel, Susan Scharton, Mallika Scott, Danielle Weill, Maryann Wickett, and Lynne Zolli—continue to refine their methods for supporting students who struggle with math so every child has a real chance for success.

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