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Grades PK–5

What is the Dimensions Math PK–5 series?

The Dimensions Math® PK–5 is a new series written by a team of teachers and trainers with more than 100 years of combined classroom experience. This series is designed to better serve U.S. teachers and students. We’ve updated aspects of existing Singapore math curriculum for clarity and relevance, while preserving the solid foundation that makes it unique. Dimensions Math PK–5 is a rigorous, effective, and engaging program for homeschools and classrooms.

Is DM PK–5 aligned with the Common Core State Standards?

DM PK–5 is not precisely aligned with the CC Standards, but covers all the standards in its own unique progression. Any few standards not included in the textbooks (for example, line plots of measurements to fractions of an inch in grade 3) are in teacher’s guides.

What are the components of Dimensions Math PK–5?

There are two books, A and B, to correspond with the first and second halves of the school year.

  • Student materials
    • textbooks and workbooks
  • Educator materials
    • wrap-around teacher’s guides
    • online resources
  • Assessments
    • test books
When will all the components be available?
  • Textbooks, workbooks and teacher’s guides for PK–3 are available starting April 2018.
  • Textbooks, workbooks and teacher’s guides for grade 4 will be available in 2019.
  • Textbooks, workbooks and teacher’s guides for grade 5 will be available in 2020.
  • Tests for grades 1–5 will be available in 2020.
Where are the table of contents?

Table of contents are on the Scope & Sequence page.

Tell me more about the textbooks...

The textbooks feature vibrant graphics to support mathematical concepts. Each chapter opens with a real-life situation that stimulates student curiosity about new concepts. Lessons include discussion and exploration, strategic use of manipulatives, and exercises that progress systematically. Throughout the series, five friends join students on their math journey, offering prompts and questions. Pre-K and Kindergarten textbooks are designed for students to write in directly. Lessons incorporate fun activities, such as art projects, musical exploration, and more. Textbooks for grades 1–5 are meant to be reused.

Tell me more about the workbooks...

PK–1 workbooks are perforated. PK–K workbooks are in full color. Grades 1–5 workbooks are in grayscale.

Tell me more about the teacher’s guides...

Teacher’s guides are spiral bound with durable hard back covers. They are in full color and include reduced-sized textbook and workbook pages for easy reference. This wrap-around format means that educators have everything they need in one place. The guides include clearly defined objectives and concise materials lists. Teaching notes and activities offer guidance for students at a variety of levels. Games and activities encourage creativity and exploration in mathematics. These can be used by homeschoolers.

Are there answers in the textbooks and workbooks?

No. Answers are in the teacher’s guides.

Do we need the textbook and workbook?

Yes, you need both. Textbooks contain learning tasks that are central to lessons, as well as practices and reviews to be done in class. Workbooks contain additional practice and independent work, which can be assigned as homework.

Are there supplementary titles?
How is it similar to Primary Mathematics?

Dimensions Math 1–5 follows the same Singapore math approach as Primary Mathematics 1–6. It emphasizes the Concrete>Pictorial>Abstract progression. It encourages the use of bar models to solve word problems, and the mastery of mental math to gain number sense, computational fluency, and logical thinking.

The problem-solving processes of the learning tasks deepen and broaden understanding of concepts (in contrast to the method of simply following an example to solve a similar problem).

There is minimal vocabulary and textual information. Concepts are conveyed primarily through images and careful sequencing.

How is it different from Primary Mathematics?

The Dimensions Math program is a cohesive PK-5 series. It is an updated version of the Singapore math approach that includes more teacher-friendly materials.

Grades PK-K include specific visualization activities and provide suggestions for small group and center work. Lessons in grades 1-5 are well-defined and follow a consistent sequence. They begin with a problem for discussion, move to an explanation of the concepts, introduce vocabulary, and provide various approaches to solving the problem. This is followed by a set of learning tasks that extend the concept, ending with a set of problems to assess understanding. The series provides guidance on hands-on components.

Overall, this curriculum is more demanding than most. Textbooks and workbooks include additional problems. Workbook exercises are differentiated and include basic problems, practice problems, and challenging problems.

The Dimensions Math teacher’s guides are in full color and include reduced-size copies of the textbook and workbook pages for easy reference to every lesson. The guides give more ideas for differentiation and include math literature suggestions.

Grades 6–8

What is Dimensions Math G6-8 series?

The Dimensions Math G6-8 series is designed to teach middle school students foundational and problem-solving skills. It follows the Singapore Mathematics Framework. Find out more.

What are the components of Dimensions Math G6-8?

There are two books, A and B, to correspond with the first and second halves of the school year.

  • Grade 6
    • textbooks, teacher’s guides, workbooks, and workbook solutions.
  • Grades 7 and 8
    • textbooks, teaching notes, workbooks, and workbook solutions.
How are lessons structured?

Lessons consist of explanations and worked examples. Many lessons include one or more class activities, which allow students to learn through discovery. Some of these use Geometer’s Sketchpad. Each lesson is followed by an exercise. Each chapter is followed by a summary of concepts, a review exercise, an open-ended “Extend Your Learning Curve” problem, and one or two questions for journal writing. Problems are divided by difficulty level into Basic Practice, Further Practice, Maths@Work (application) and Brainworks (challenge). Chapter review exercises are not divided by difficulty level.

Tell me about the Teaching Notes and Solutions...

Teaching Notes and Solutions for Grades 7 and 8 include brief notes and fully worked solutions to all problems in the textbook, including class activities. They do not include lesson plans or a daily schedule. Look at Teaching Notes samples.

Tell me about the Workbooks and Workbook Solutions...

The workbook offers corresponding exercises to the textbooks. Each exercise starts with simpler problems and progress to more challenging problems. Answers are in the back. A separate Workbook Solutions contains fully worked solutions. Look at Teaching Notes samples.

Where are the table of contents?

Table of contents are on each product page.

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