Everyday Mathematics The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project
About Everyday Mathematics

Everyday Mathematics Curriculum Features

Real-life Problem Solving

Everyday Mathematics emphasizes the application of mathematics to real-world situations. Numbers, skills, and mathematics concepts are not presented in isolation, but are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday life. The curriculum also provides numerous suggestions for incorporating mathematics into daily classroom routines and other subject areas.

Balanced Instruction

Each Everyday Mathematics lesson includes time for whole-class instruction as well as small-group, partner, or individual activities. These activities balance teacher-directed instruction with opportunities for open-ended problem solving, hands-on explorations, long-term projects, and ongoing practice.

Multiple Opportunities for Basic Skills Practice

Everyday Mathematics provides numerous opportunities for basic skills practice and review. These include written and choral fact drills, mental math routines, practice with Fact Triangles (flash cards of fact families), daily sets of review problems called Math Boxes, homework assignments called Home Links or Study Links, timed tests, and a wide variety of math games.

Emphasis on Communication

Throughout the Everyday Mathematics curriculum, students are encouraged to explain and discuss their mathematical thinking. Opportunities to verbalize their thoughts and strategies give children the chance to clarify their thinking and gain insights from others.

Enhanced Home/School Partnerships

Daily Home Links (Grades K-3) and Study Links (Grades 4-6) provide opportunities for family members to participate in students' mathematical learning. Study Links are provided for most lessons in grades 4-6, and all grades include periodic letters to help keep parents informed about their children's experience with Everyday Mathematics.

Appropriate Use of Technology

Everyday Mathematics teaches students how to use technology appropriately. The curriculum includes many activities in which learning is extended and enhanced through the use of calculators. At the same time, all activities intended to reinforce basic paper and pencil and mental computation skills are clearly marked with a no calculator icon.

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Teaching Everyday Mathematics

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Everyday Mathematics Virtual Learning Community

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Professional Development

The UChicago STEM Education offers strategic planning services for schools that want to strengthen their Pre-K–6 mathematics programs.

On the Publisher's Site

McGraw-Hill Education's website features supplemental materials, games, assessment and planning tools, technical support, and more.

About the Authors

Find out more information about the creators of Everyday Mathematics.