Build deep understanding with this essential inquiry-based mathematics curriculum
Mastering math starts with knowing the numbers. We get students started on the right path in Pre-K, but that's just the beginning. It's also about looking beyond numbers to understand how and why they work, and learning to ask the questions that lead to a thoughtful, informed approach to solving problems.
Based on research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Math Expressions is a proven Pre-K–6 curriculum that helps children make sense of math by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating their understanding of key concepts. In busy, active lessons, students learn how to look deeper and choose their own path to the answers—skills that will take them far beyond the math classroom.
Looking deeper produces exceptional results
A Yearlong Study of Success
Students from eight schools across four states showed "statistically significant" improvement.
When children understand math, they're not relying on memorization. They're relying on themselves. Dr. Karen Fuson's comprehensively researched approach to teaching math is based on the way children actually learn and is used across the country because it raises student achievement.
How to think about math
The deep conceptual understanding that's the hallmark of the program leads to strong skills fluency and the ability to make generalizations within and among mathematical strands. As students grow and learn to think critically, teachers develop their own richer understanding of math through detailed instruction and embedded support.
Math Expressions classrooms are collaborative
Hear from a teacher about how Math Talk engages his class.
Math Expressions in SpanishExpresioñes en matemáticas brings the proven curriculum of Math Expressions—in Spanish! Ideal for English learners, or students in Spanish immersion programs, Expresioñes en matemáticas is designed to help students develop content language and literacy skills while building deep conceptual understanding of mathematics.
- Built on a Solid Foundation of Research
- Instruction that Supports Language Development
- Available in Both Print and Digital
- Consumable Student Book with cut-out vocabulary cards, paper manipulatives, fluency checks, a glossary, and more
- Homework and Remembering Book that includes daily lesson homework and mixed daily review
- Digital Student Access with virtual manipulative tools, online assessments, adaptive homework support, and more
- Extensive suite of print and digital teacher resources: Teacher Edition, assessment guide, reteach, practice and enrichment activity masters, Math Activity Center with gameboards, math readers, and activity cards
For twenty-five years, Dr. Karen Fuson, Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology at Northwestern University, researched effective methods of teaching and learning mathematics. Results from her research indicated students using the approaches featured in Math Expressions achieved higher rate than students using other programs.
Expresioñes en matemáticas instruction starts at the students’ level and continually elicits their thinking; provides visual and linguistic supports to move them rapidly to understanding; and ends with extended fluency practice and application while continuing the emphasis on understanding and explaining.
Making teachers' lives easier by changing the learning landscape
Hear what Dr. Fuson thinks about early learning in mathematics and how it can help close the equity gap.
Early Learning Resources
The instruction keeps students constantly moving forward while providing teachers with explicit support. Learn more about Dr. Fuson's approach through the samplers below.
Deepen mathematical understanding
Develop critical-thinking skills
Enhance teacher effectiveness
Increase student participation
Improve student performance
Research & Results
The research driving Math Expressions gives students a full understanding of concepts behind the math and the tools to effectively express what they've learned. Learn more about what's behind the program and its impact on students across the country.
"All-Green" Rating from EdReports
Math Expressions Grades K-5 has been rated as Meets Expectations at Gateways 1, 2, and 3 by EdReports.
Strong ESSA Rating
Math Expressions received a Strong ESSA rating based on the distinctive amount and quality of professional learning teachers receive.
Foundational and Efficacy Research
Math Expressions is based on the results of the NSF-funded Children's Math Worlds research project, a 10-year study led by Dr. Fuson.
Math Expressions: Research Evidence Base
- Report Type: Research Evidence Base
- Grade Level: Elementary, Middle
US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Achievement Effects of Four Early Elementary School Math Curricula: Finding for First and Second Graders (Year 2)
- Report Type: Efficacy Study, Publication from External Organization, Study Conducted by Third Party
- Grade Level: Elementary
- District Urbanicity: Urban, Suburban
Math Expressions: Impact Study, Grades 2 and 4
- Report Type: Efficacy Study, Study Conducted by Third Party
- Grade Level: Elementary
- Region: Midwest, West
- District Urbanicity: Suburban, Rural
About the Author
Dr. Karen Fuson, is a leading voice in math education today
Dr. Karen Fuson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, has studied how children understand math ideas for more than 50 years. She designs teaching materials based on how children learn and understand, along with working in schools to help teachers support every child.