# 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.

## Overview

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.

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

A: ADDITION WITH SUMS UP TO 100
Builds on the big idea that “10” is an organizer for our number system.

B: SUBTRACTION WITH NUMBERS UP TO 100
Reinforces addition and subtraction as inverse operations and teaches the three meanings of subtraction: take-away, missing parts, and comparison problems.

C: NUMBERS GREATER THAN 100
Applies these big ideas to calculations with greater numbers and provides strategies for solving word problems.

• Multiplication

A: BASIC CONCEPTS
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.

C: FACTORS GREATER THAN 12
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

A: BASIC CONCEPTS
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

A: BASIC CONCEPTS
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.

B: EQUIVALENCE AND COMPARISON
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.

## Middle School

Intensive Math Intervention with the Right Direction

Elevate learning with research-based approaches to explicit, intensive intervention
Do The Math Middle School is for older, striving learners. Research shows students with diverse needs succeed in learning mathematics through explicit, intentional teaching based on proven instructional strategies. Research-based instructional principles include:

Scaffolded Content

Explicit Instruction

Multiple Strategies

"Think, Pair, Share"

Meaningful Practice

Vocabulary and Language

Differentiation

## Student Engagement

Strategically placed formative assessments support students’ progress.

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

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.

Do The Math lesson example - Writing Fraction Equations

The Teacher Bookcase
All of the teaching resources for each module are stored in the teacher 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

## Response to Intervention (RtI)

Flexible Support for Focused Interventions

With embedded formative and summative assessments, the modular design of Do The Math spans multiple grades and supports delivery of instruction across all tiers of the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework. Plus, Do The Math’s flexible and focused approach supports any number of implementation models, including:

Pull-Out Intervention
Students are taken out of core instruction or taught during an additional resource period.

Push-In Intervention/Prevention
Do The Math is used either as a station in a rotation model or as part of the core instruction block.

Embedded within the Core Instruction Block
Do The Math lessons are used to reinforce prerequisite concepts and skills, are used to preview content, and are included as part of the core instruction pacing plan.

After School/Summer School
Do The Math instruction is delivered outside of normal school hours.

## Digital Resources

Next-Level Blended Learning with Do The Math on Heinemann Flight

Teachers get digital access to every instructional module and classroomtested lesson. The modern, teacher-friendly platform includes simplified rostering, single sign-on, and empowering professional services and point-of-use supports conveniently located throughout the intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface.

Do The Math’s enhanced experience on Heinemann Flight provides:

Convenient connectivity with streamlined and simplified implementation that elevates instruction.

Engaging differentiation with active and rigorous inquiry-based learning that builds confidence.

Targeted growth with flexible, focused, and formative instruction that ensures sensemaking.

Personalized, Adaptive Learning Paths with Engaging Educational Technology from Matific

Delivering powerful and informative educational technology, Matific personalizes learning paths to support adaptive engagement for active learning.

Wrapped in a fun journey of discovery, carefully curated and rigorous 5-point pedagogy designed by educational experts from leading universities is fully aligned into a robust curriculum of topics and skills.

Multimedia activities bring learning to life with real-world problems through student agency and adventure driven by challenging responsiveness and rewards.

Easy to assign digital and printable activities provide teachers formative feedback and real-time insight to inform instruction and monitor progress.

## Teachers Talk About Do The Math

"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.

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

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.

## Professional Development

Do The Math Getting Started PD and Coaching

Do The Math Getting Started PD develops teachers’ understanding of the Do The Math supplemental program and how its classroom-tested instruction builds students’ numerical reasoning. Teachers learn how to support the development of their students’ understanding and skills with whole numbers and fractions by using Do The Math lessons, games, children’s literature, and assessments.

During Do The Math Coaching coaches work with school leaders and classroom teachers to build on the Getting Started PD experience, creating learning partnerships that are sustainable, data-driven, and customized to participants’ particular needs.

## Research & Results

Do The Math has a long history of turning research into practice.

#### ESSA Evidence Criteria for Do The Math

Overview of how Do The Math meets ESSA “MODERATE” evidence criteria.

#### Do The Math Clear Creek Independent School District Efficacy Study

Significant improvement was seen across the 51 Grade 2 classrooms that implemented Addition and Subtraction Modules A and B.

#### Do The Math St. Louis Park Public Schools Efficacy Study

Students in grades 3-5 showed performance improvements on the NWEA MAP assessment and on ProgressSpace assessments after using Do The Math.

## Meet the Authors

Created by Marilyn Burns and a team of master educators.

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.

Keep up with Marilyn on her Blog