Teaching Tip: Math centers, blended
multigrade classroom will help each child
feel empowered and accountable for
their math success.
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The Multigrade Classroom
The Adventist multigrade curriculum enables learners to develop a life of faith in God, and use their knowledge, skills, and understandings to serve God and humanity.
A well-planned behavior management and organization system is key to creating a classroom conducive to learning, while establishing norms of behavior that help each child feel safe and protected.
Ongoing learning opportunities for teachers, staff, and administrators are provided by professional development products and experiences.
Being a Seventh-day Adventist teaching-principal is an awesome opportunity and responsibility to serve God, change lives, and further the mission of the world church.
The math program has many differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for the multigrade classroom. NAD standards are comprehensively covered.
Math in the
Go Math! (2012), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is a comprehensive Grade K–6 mathematics program that supports the Adventist Education Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. The program emphasizes Essential Questions and Big Ideas with depth of understanding as the goal. Interactive lessons utilize research based instructional approaches and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students.
Big Ideas Math (2012), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is a “narrower and deeper program,” combining discovery and direct instruction approaches, that addresses the Adventist Education Standards for Mathematics. A deeper understanding of the math concepts is achieved by narrowing the focus to fewer topics and developing concepts through inductive reasoning, engaging activities, examples, and thought-provoking exercises. The program supports differentiated instruction as well as the 3-tier RTI model.
Kindergarten Stepping Stones: A Journey to Excellence through Discovery ( 2012 ) is an integrated curriculum that utilizes literature-based themes with strong spiritual connections so children may come to know God better and love Him more. In a multigrade classroom the teacher may choose to use Go Math! (2012) Grade K, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
In multigrade classrooms that include kindergarten, teachers have the option of using the kindergarten level of the NAD adopted textbooks or Kindergarten Stepping Stones which is the NAD integrated kindergarten curriculum.
K-2 BRIDGE is an integrated curriculum currently in development for K-1 or K-2 multigrade classrooms.
Math should be taught by grade level and not by cycles.
Go Math (2012) Grade 1
Go Math (2012) Grade 2
Go Math (2012) Grade 3
Go Math (2012) Grade 4
Go Math (2012) Grade 5
Go Math (2012) Grade 6
Big Ideas Math (2012) Grade 6 (Green)
Big Ideas Math (2012) Accelerated Ch 1-9
Big Ideas Math (2012) Accelerated Ch 1-13
Big Ideas Math (2012) Grade 8 (Blue)
Big Ideas Math (2012) Algebra I (Purple)
Explore Math Standards
Standards in education are a statement of what students should know (content knowledge) and be able to do (applicable skills) upon completing a course of study. Standards state in clear, concise terms what students are expected to learn. Standards identify the students’ learning destination, but much more is required to complete the educational journey. As goals for student learning, standards inform the development of curriculum, the implementation of instruction, and assessment for learning.
Just as standards for student learning do not describe in full the students’ learning journey, they also do not alone give meaning to student learning. The big ideas and essential questions of life are developed from many sources. Beyond the classroom, family and significant others in a young person’s life influence the student’s personal beliefs and values. A personal worldview is formed by students when they integrate the knowledge learned at school and from other sources into a coherent understanding of the learner’s world. A worldview also gives the learner a vision for how to use the skills acquired to participate in their community and improve themselves. Ultimately, a meaningful, productive life depends on a student’s core beliefs and values from an emerging worldview equipping them to assess the authenticity and relevance of their learning, and to intelligently utilize the knowledge and skills learned.
Go Math! (2012) | Grades K-6
A comprehensive Grade K-6 mathematics program developed to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points.
Big Ideas Math (2012) | Grades 6-8
A “narrower and deeper program,” combining discovery and direct instruction approaches, that addresses the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Online teacher resources are available to all teachers at the Big Ideas Math site. Register using access code: RT4C2B9QGF3B
NAD math | Grades K-8
A micro-site with a wealth of math support materials including Practices that Work and Curriculum Help.
K-2 BRIDGE (2017+) | grades k-2
An integrated curriculum currently in development for K-1 or K-2 multigrade classrooms. This curriculum uses Stepping Stones and Pathways , and embeds all other subjects. Units 1-10 are now available. As other units are completed, they will also be available online.
Math Resources from Elementary Textbook List | Grades 1-8
Atlantic Union Conference
Teacher Bulletin (2000–2015)
Pacific Union Conference
I Can Statement Student Summaries for Math | Grades k-8
North Pacific Union Conference
Multiplication.com | Grades 1-8
A website for assessing and practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Can be monitored by the teacher.
Core Standards | Grades k-8
Glossary of mathematical terms covering common terms from grades K-8.
Introduction video to Mathematical Standards
An interview with Multigrade teachers of Math
An interview with Multigrade teachers of Math
Grades 4–8 math instruction videos created by Michael Armstrong, an SDA teacher.
View them here.
Videos and pdf with strategies for teaching math in mutli-grade and single-grade classrooms at nadeducation.com.
This curriculum is outdated and/or no longer in print. It is not on the approved NAD Textbook list and should not be used.
Harcourt Math (2002) | Grades 1–8
Harcourt School Publishers
Find subject-specific information and resources on the NAD Math Microsite.
Join the Adventist Multigrade Facebook group.