Curriculum Details for
Moving with Math
Content Expert Reviewer
Lisa Ting is currently involved with educational consulting projects and private tutoring. She previously taught first grade and fourth grade at Charles River School in Dover, Massachusetts. She was active in creating age-appropriate and engaging curricula in math, reading, writing and social studies. She is certified in Project Read and Math Curriculum at Dana Hall for grades 3-5. She received her Masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2004 with interests in developmental psychology and after school programs.
- This is a structured math curriculum, covering topics from grades pre-kindergarten through high school.
- Certain topics spiral across the grades for reinforcement.
- Moving with Math is an appropriate and detailed math curriculum for the classroom, however, it can also be implemented in a summer school, after school, or weekend class.
- The content appears to be accurate, explicit for the teacher, and hands-on by means of using lots of manipulatives.
- It assumes that students will understand and improve their skills through memorization and practice.
- List of skills taught for each grade. For example, Grade 4 covers numeration, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, rational numbers, geometry, measurement, and problem solving.
- Charts for quick teaching reference, linking problems to additional reviews and skill builders.
- Curriculum does not explicitly develop study skills, although some students may infer from the repeated practice that being organized and persistent can yield positive results.
- There is an element of cooperative play while the students play games.
Alignment to Standards
- The curriculum is clearly aligned with state and national standards. It provides compelling graphs, charts, and research to support its efficiency and success rates.
- The objective for each lesson correlates with the state standards.
- Students are assessed with pre- and post-tests, each containing 50 questions and referring to a specific objective.
- The format allows the teacher to target the areas that students are struggling with, and can offer more practice and re-teaching.
- This curriculum is highly structured, offering a calendar to chart out what to cover and when to cover particular content areas.
- There is flexibility as to how long the lessons can be. Depending on time and need, they can run anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours.
- Teachers can teach one concept in more depth if needed.
- Lessons are entirely teacher-directed.
Addressing Diverse Student Needs
- Assessments help to identify students’ skill sets.
Learning Styles Addressed
- Tailored for pre-K through high school. Problems are developmentally appropriate.
- Movement/spatial learning: Students are up and away from their desks when playing games.
- Interpersonal learning: The students can work together on problem solving.
- Artistic learning: During journaling, prompts are given to explain one’s thinking.
- This curriculum does not explicitly address students’ diverse background, although the materials do offer a few pictures of students of different ethnicities.
Strengths and Challenges
Challenges and Drawbacks
- Scripted lessons are clear and objectives are aligned with standards.
- Explicit instruction is effective for students who thrive on repeated exposure.
- Calendar plans out lessons.
- Does not directly address different learning styles.
- Interaction with other students only occurs during game time.