Math Curriculum "Equals" - What is it? Part 1

Do you teach math and struggle with deciding what and how to teach math- or are you using your time finding and pulling materials together to best meet the needs of your diverse students? You are doing all that and plus you are trying to follow along with your state's standards- whether you teach to your specific state standards, the common core or your states alternative standards? (In Wisconsin we are a Common Core state and our alternative standards are called the Common Core Essential Elements.)

I am in my tenth year of teaching and besides teaching with SRA Connecting Math (which is great, but not for my students with moderate to severe disabilities), there hasn't been a core curriculum to teach special education students with that can reach the needs of all students. Then I found Equals Math!

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I have decided to do a few posts on the Equals math program and today I will share with you an overview.

What is Equals Math?
Equals math is a comprehensive k-12 math program designed for special education students and is an appropriate choice for students with Autism or ELL students. Equals math can be purchased through the company Ablenetinc and they are wonderful to work with. If you would like more information or training for this math curriculum feel free to contact them. They also will provide you a free 2 week trial at no cost.

Equals math program provides a hands-on, muti-sensory learning experience with three instructional strategies designed in each lesson to meet the different levels of your students. There is a complete scope and sequence that you may find at the link given below if you would like to see what will be taught. Equals math also contains a comprehensive assessment that you may give to your students before you begin teaching with Equals. The assessment will help you decide where your student (or math group- based on your professional judgment) should be placed. I have 5 fourth grade students and I based where to place my groups with where the assessment told me my lowest student was. I felt all my students could begin in that chapter and it would be a good fit. (Chapter 3, Section D: Object Graphs and Pictographs, Lesson 1.)

Equals contains 12 math Chapters (units). Within those chapters, it is divided into sections (ie A, B, C, D, E), and then within those sections it is divided into several lessons (ie: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).
I started my students in Chapter 3, Section D and then started with section D's first lesson. There is a suggested pacing guide for how long to teach each lesson but more on that later.

List of Chapters:
Chapter 1-  Attending and Exploring, Patterns, Matching and Sorting, More about Attributes

Chapter 2- Counting 1 and 2, Counting 3 and 4, Counting 5 and 6, Zero, More, Equal and Less, Counting 7-10

Chapter 3- Ordering Numbers, Patterns and Units, Calendar, Object Graphs and Pictographs, Predictions and Bar Graphs

Chapter 4- Compose and Decompose Numbers 2-10, Addition and Subtraction to 10, Make Ten, More Addition and Subtraction

Chapter 5- Counting to 20, Time, Comparison of Numbers 11-20, Geometric Shapes and Figures

Chapter 6- Categorical Data Graph, Numbers to 50, Place Value, Measuring Tools, Money,

Chapter 7- Addition and Subtraction to 20, Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems, Adding and Subtracting Doubles, Adding 3 numbers, 2-Digit Numbers, Place Value

Chapter 8- 3-Digit Place Value, Adding and Subtracting 2- and 3- Digit Numbers, Rounding and Estimating, Regrouping, Larger Numbers, Place Value, Number Patterns, Time, Money

Chapter 9- Weight and Length, Two-Dimensional and Congruent Shapes, Angles, Polygons, Three-Dimensional Shapes

Chapter 10- Line and Plot Graphs, Probability, Change Over Time, Missing Addends, Variables, Constant Rate of Change

Chapter 11- Multiplication Models, Solving Multiplication Problems, Division Models, Solving Division Problems, Measurement and Geometry

Chapter 12- Fractions and Wholes, Common Fractions, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Fraction, Decimals, and Percents

Scope and Sequence:

What is included in the Equals Curriculum:

I hope that provided you an overview on Equals Math. I will be posting more this week on different components from this curriculum. I hope that you found this helpful and I would love to hear from you if you use this  math curriculum or if you found a different math curriculum you like- until next time!

Future Posts on Equals Math:
The Contents and Organization of Equals Math
The Assessment
Resources in Equals Math
Lesson Set up

1 comment

  1. Have you found a good way to organize your lessons in advance? We had one day of training and I am finding very little time to pull materials in advance. Since it is summertime I am looking for a way to organize. Suggestions please @ would be greatly appreciated!


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