This is a wonderful collection of primary Math Lessons, Worksheets, Blackline Masters and Story Workbooks necessary to teach students in kindergarten through third grade. The Comprehensive School Mathematics Program (CSMP) was developed to be an exemplary curriculum by National Institute of Education for others to emulate. While many pieces have been adapted, some thirty years later there are few curricula that compare. The intermediate math program is also available in the linked folder above.
To install and start using this program download and unzip the “Primary CS Mathematics Program.zip“ file (128mb) into a new folder, it will create a new sub-folder named “Primary CS Mathematics Program”. In the same main folder, download and unzip “Math Story Workbooks.zip“ (183mb), it will create a folder named “Math Story Workbooks”. Then double-click on “START.html” in the “Primary CS Mathematics Program” folder to open the main page in your browser.
These materials are comprised of Lesson Descriptions for the teacher, Worksheets (blackline masters) and Story Workbooks for the students. Lesson Descriptions are written in Teacher Student dialogue to demonstrate how to present and teach them. Lesson Descriptions in Kindergarten and First grade are one teacher’s guide file. The answers for all the worksheets and workbooks are in the lesson descriptions. It is designed on a spiral approach where all of the material is integrated as the program progresses. The primary program has these strands: World of Numbers, Language of Strings and Arrows, Geometry and Workbooks. These make extensive use of color. Each week a lesson from a different strands can be taught. This creates the spiral effect for the curriculum. (UPG means upper primary grades.)
– Kindergarten Teacher Guide
– 1. First Grade Teacher Guide
– 2. UPG Part I and UPG Part II
– 3. UPG Part III and UPG Part IV
Upper Primary each has two parts:
– 2nd Grade UPG Part I and Part II
– 3rd Grade UPG Part III and IV
Information about the Star System and Workbooks Pages:
The Story Workbooks are designed to do every two weeks and can be used independently. The first time the student work as far as they can. The workbooks are corrected then returned to the students. The students correct mistakes them proceed as far as they can. Do not force the student to do all of the pages if they are not able.
All of the worksheets are rated * ** *** ****. This is a level of difficulty. All students should be able to do a * worksheet. Not all students are expected to do all worksheets for a lesson. Approximately the upper 2/3 of the students will be to do ** and the most able to do *** or ****. This system is to keep all students challenged and a a child should work to their ability. Forcing a child to do all the worksheets will only turn them off. Allow the student to do work level appropriate. Similarly, in general the workbook pages 1-10 are for all students, 11- 20 for the upper 2/3’s and 21 -32 for the most able. Students should be encourage to work to the highest level but not beyond.
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