Investigations in Number, Data and Space
is a K-5 mathematic curriculum designed to engage students in making sense of mathematical ideas. It is supported by research on the success of inquiry-based curriculum with students of all ability levels.
THE GOALS ARE TO:
- Help students to make sense of math and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers.
- Focus on using strategies to solve problems with whole numbers as a major goal of the elementary grades.
- Provide substantive work in important areas of mathematics and connections among them.
- Emphasize reasoning about mathematical ideas.
- Provide learning tools for mathematics content and philosophy to teachers.
- Engage the range of learners in understanding mathematics.
- Students have mathematical ideas.
- Teachers are engaged in ongoing learning about mathematics content, methods, philosophy and student learning.
- Teachers work with the students and the curriculum materials to implement the curriculum in the classroom.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE CLASSROOM:
- Rich, challenging problems requiring students to build on prior learning experiences in order to develop new learning.
- Collaborative learning groups to foster mathematical discussions between peers in order to develop conceptual understanding and varied strategies in problem-solving situations.
- Classroom mathematical discussions to share multiple strategies and make connections between them.
- Focused mathematics games to develop skills, practice skills and create fun learning opportunities.
The Investigations program develops depth in conceptual understanding and gives students experiences on which to build new learning. As students progress in the curriculum, their understanding of mathematics provides solid foundations for the learning of new content, confidence in their mathematics skills, and success in mathematics programming. Students become mathematical thinkers who can take everyday situations and apply learned mathematical concepts.
As parents and teachers we can continually foster deeper mathematical learning by challenging students to see math in the world around us. Our implementation of the Investigations program supports that goal by bringing those experiences to the classroom.