District 70 uses Bridges as its primary instructional resource for teaching math in kindergarten through fourth grade and enVision Mathematics for 5th through eighth grades.
Bridges is a PK–4 curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the Illinois Learning Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, accessible to all learners, and follows best practice in mathematics instruction. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.
Additional benefits of Bridges include:
It promotes student discourse about math;
It is highly interactive. Students spend a lot of time "doing". This includes hands-on math manipulatives that come with the program and are integrated into lessons. There are many engaging games (called workplaces) that allow students to practice skills. During workplace time (which happens daily K-2), teachers can be working with small groups to differentiate.
It has built-in differentiation- both for students who need additional support and those that need more. There are also EL tips and recommendations.
The Bridges resources provided below are for family members of students in classrooms currently using Bridges 2nd Edition. The resources provide guidance and suggestions for participating in your child's learning—your best source for answering questions and getting assistance is your student's teacher.
An overview of Bridges in Mathematics for families; available in English or Spanish
Helping Your Child with Today's Math from National PTA; available in English or Spanish
DreamBox is an online support component for math in Libertyville District 70 for kindergarten through fifth grade students. Using adaptive technology, DreamBox individualizes learning for each student, assessing student performance within each lesson and differentiating future learning experiences to support struggling, advanced, and on-level students. Lessons are game-based, motivating and engaging students while developing conceptual understanding, reasoning, and problem solving skills.