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    What is Math in Focus?

    Math in Focus

    -      is a textbook series based on Singapore’s Ministry of Education’s Mathematics Framework.

    Math in Focus

    -      is organized to teach fewer concepts at each level, but to teach them thoroughly.  When a concept appears in a subsequent grade level, it is always at a higher or deeper level.

    Math in Focus

    -      helps students build solid conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving.  The sequences of topics are written to develop a level of mastery, following the Singapore Mathematics Problem Solving Framework.  Students learn the“why” and “how” through instruction, hands-on activities, and problem solving.

    Math in Focus

    -      consistently employs a concrete-pictorial-abstract progression.  Clear and engaging visuals that present concepts and model solutions allow all students to gain a strong conceptual understanding.

    Math in Focus

    -      is divided into two sections.  Book A concentrates heavily on key Number and Operations concepts so students build a strong foundation in the beginning of the year. Book B focuses on the application of the concepts taught in Book A.  The Standards for Mathematical Practice are integrated within the content through activities, explorations, practice and meaningful discussion.

    What is the Philosophy Behind Math in Focus?

    Singapore’s Approach to Becoming Strategic Mathematical Problem Solvers focuses on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s pedagogy that emphasizes conceptual understanding, skill development, strategies for solving problems, attitudes towards math, and metacognition


    The center of the pentagon is problem solving.  The primary goal of Math in Focus is to enable students to become strategic mathematical problem solvers and persevere in solving problem as outlined in mathematical practice. This goal is the same as the first Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice – “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.”


    Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
    Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

    Reason abstractly and quantitatively

    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

    Model with mathematics

    Use appropriate tools strategically

    Attend to precision

    Look for and make use of structure

    Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


    Parents are encouraged to visit the district’s math website for information regarding our math curriculum and additional resources.  (https://www.claytonschools.net/page/481)  For parent information created by Math in Focus go to:   http://www.greatsource.com/singaporemath/

Last Modified on August 24, 2018