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Project M² built upon the success of Project M³: Mentoring Mathematical Minds, a grade 3-5 advanced curriculum study. Studies investigating this curriculum found statistically significant gains on open-response, criterion-referenced, and standardized tests. The Project M² units focused on “in-depth” mathematics using research-based practices and standards in mathematics education and early childhood education. One unit at each grade K-2 focuses on geometry and the other on measurement, both concepts that recently were identified in the Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM, 2006) as key areas to be emphasized in these grades. As scores on national and international assessments indicate, not much attention is presently devoted to geometry or measurement in primary level curriculum.

The Project M² units have the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice as their core philosophy. Students think and act like practicing mathematicians.

  • Students make sense of problems and persevere in problem solving.
  • Students construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Students model with mathematics to solve real-world problems.
  • Students use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Students attend to precision by communicating with appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

Each geometry and measurement unit:

  • Engages students in critical and creative thinking and problem solving;
  • Encourages students to communicate verbally and in writing like practicing mathematicians;
  • Is differentiated to meet the needs of all students;