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MATH IN FOCUS®: SINGAPORE MATH® BY MARSHALL CAVENDISH®

Make Math Classrooms Stronger than Ever

Math in Focus helps students in Grades K–8 learn the language of math.

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The U.S. Edition of the Effective Singapore Math Curriculum®

Leveraging global best practices and a consistent K–8 pedagogical approach, Math in Focus: Singapore Math empowers students to develop the critical-thinking skills, positive attitude, and confidence needed for achievement.

Built on Research Emphasizing Problem-Solving

The Singapore math curriculum framework recognizes problem-solving skills as central to learning.

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Visual Models Promote Understanding

The program’s concrete-pictorial-abstract approach builds math conceptual understanding through manipulatives, diagrams, models, and abstract symbols.

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Learn How Math in Focus Meets the Needs of All Learners

Equity and Access in Every Classroom: From scaffolding in math to unparalleled digital supports, Math in Focus ensures equity for every student.

Everything Educators Need to Support Students

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Interactive Resources Ensure Growth

Visual models help students develop the ability to visualize mathematical situations, which is key to becoming a successful problem solver.

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Hands-On Learning Engages Students

Hands-on math activities and mathematical manipulatives let learners experience concepts in a concrete way.

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Online Access from Anywhere

Students can complete assessments and interact with eBooks, videos, mini-games, and virtual manipulatives from anywhere on Ed, the HMH learning platform.

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TEACHER EXPERIENCE

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Tools for Differentiation

Resources for differentiated math instruction help teachers meet the needs of striving, on-level, advanced, and multilingual learners.

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Actionable Data Promotes Growth

Summative and formative math assessments measure student progress, assess true mastery, and identify learning gaps.

The Power of Connected Teaching and Learning

Pair Math in Focus with Waggle’s online supplemental practice and instruction for ongoing support.

Adaptive Math Practice

Waggle® goes beyond adaptive learning to personalize practice and instruction by complementing Math in Focus: Singapore Math to support students at all levels. Customers using NWEA®MAP® Growth™ with Waggle will benefit from automatic placement into personalized pathways. MAP Growth scores seamlessly integrate into Waggle, ensuring that students start at their appropriate grade equivalency level.

Teachers can utilize this data in tandem with Math in Focusprogram assessments to form a more complete picture of student knowledge.

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Professional Learning for Teacher and Leader Success

  • Guided Implementation

    Teachers starting at any time of the year can get up and running with resources in their Teacher Success Pathway that help them plan, teach, and assess learning, using their new HMH program.

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  • Teacher’s Corner

    Teacher's Corner® on HMH Ed™ supports educators with year-round PD that puts classroom videos, teaching best practices, and live online events at their fingertips.

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  • Coaching and Courses

    HMH Coachly™ and professional development courses provide personalized support aligned todistrict needs. Teachers of all experience levels can own their professional growth through continuous partnership with an HMH instructional coach, or get year-round unlimited access to a virtual coach, using Coachly on the HMH Ed platform.

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  • Leader Support

    School and district leaders partner with experts who can help them drive transformation for all learners.

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Strong ESSA Rating

Math in Focus received a Strong ESSA rating based on the distinctive amount and quality of professional learning that teachers receive as part of the Math in Focus program.

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Supporting Teachers to Promote Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom

A curriculum that includes math discourse in daily lessons has several learning benefits.

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Using Engaging and Systematic Tasks to Build Mastery in Math

A teacher explains why not only engaging but also systematic tasks can help students generalize their learning in order to demonstrate mastery.

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Combining Conceptual and Procedural Understanding in Math

With this approach, teachers can help students become confident, creative, and persistent learners.

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Math in Focus®: Singapore Math® by Marshall Cavendish®: Research Evidence Base 2

  • Report Type: Research Evidence Base
  • Grade Level: Elementary, Middle
  • Demonstrates a Rationale
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Math in Focus: Efficacy Study, Grades 3, 4, and 5

  • Report Type: Efficacy Study, Study Conducted by Third Party
  • Grade Level: Elementary
  • Region: Midwest, Northeast
  • District Urbanicity: Urban, Suburban, Rural
  • Demonstrates a Rationale
  • Math

Math in Focus: Randomized Control Trial (RCT), Grades 3–5

  • Report Type: Efficacy Study, Study Conducted by Third Party
  • Grade Level: Elementary
  • Region: West
  • District Urbanicity: Urban, Suburban, Rural
  • District Size: Large
  • Strong Evidence
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Math in Focus: Singapore Math Middle Grades Efficacy Study

  • Report Type: Efficacy Study, Study Conducted by Third Party
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Region: Northeast, West
  • District Urbanicity: Suburban, Rural
  • District Size: Large, Small
  • Demonstrates a Rationale
  • Math

Webinar

Singapore Math®: A Visual Approach to Problem Solving

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Using Engaging and Systematic Tasks to Build Generalization and Mastery

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Promote Student Discourse, Deeper Understanding of Math Concepts and Problem Solving

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Document

Problem Solving in Singapore Math®

A look at Singapore’s approach to teaching problem solving and why it is so successful.

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A History of Success

The strength of the Singapore Math®curriculum relies on continual revisions based on current research and best practices. Explore how it has changed over the years.

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FAQs

Is math in focus the same as Singapore math? ›

Math in Focus (MIF) is the U.S. version of Singapore's mathematics program My Pals are Here! which is currently used in Singapore. Math in Focus is distributed in the U.S. through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

What is the math in focus program? ›

The Singapore Math® Approach

Math in Focus provides a focused, coherent curriculum built upon a research-based framework that develops concepts, skills, processes, attitudes, and metacognition and emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving.

What maths are in year 8 of the national curriculum? ›

Some of the mathematical terms students are expected to know in Year 8 maths are: factor, multiple, prime number, square number, denominator, numerator, solve, simplify, factorise, congruent, similar, mean, median, mode and range.

How is Singapore math different from traditional math? ›

Unlike traditional math education, which often emphasizes memorization and rote learning, Singapore Math encourages students to explore mathematical concepts through hands-on activities, visual aids, and problem-solving strategies.

Why is Singapore Math so good? ›

Instead of pushing through rote memorization, students learn to think mathematically and rely on the depth of knowledge gained in previous lessons. An attitude that math is important and approachable is also essential.

What grade level is Singapore Math? ›

Learn about our Singapore Math® programs

Our two most popular programs are Dimensions Math® PK–8 and Primary Mathematics 1–6. Start by learning about what each has to offer to decide on a good fit.

Is math 8 pre algebra? ›

Eighth-grade math is typically a course in pre-algebra to help prepare students for high school algebra.

What type of math is in Grade 8? ›

The main areas covered by Grade 8 Mathematics syllabus include: numbers, shapes, measurements, transformations, sets, ratios, algebra, probability and statistics. The Learning Outcomes are arranged in such a way that concepts show logical connections in order to facilitate continuous learning.

What kind of math do 8 year olds do? ›

Eight-year-olds are working on adding and subtracting with more sophisticated strategies, like "counting on" from the higher number for addition, or base-10 facts to compose or decompose numbers. Two-digit addition and subtraction is being explored too.

Is Singapore Math tough? ›

However, since Singapore Math is sequential and doesn't re-teach concepts or skills, using the program could potentially set these students up for failure whether they're moving into or out of a district using it. It has less of a focus on applied mathematics than traditional U.S. math textbooks.

What age to start Singapore Math? ›

Singapore Math® offers an Early Bird Pre-School Mathematics series of two books for children starting at age 4. The first book is for children 4 years old. The second is for 5-year olds.

What method of teaching is Singapore Math? ›

The term was coined in the United States to describe an approach originally developed in Singapore to teach students to learn and master fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having them learn these concepts using a three-step learning process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract.

What is the alternative to Singapore Math? ›

Eureka Math echoes Singapore Math: students learn to develop an understanding of a number as a unit and learn mathematics through solving problems. In K-5, Eureka curriculum uses essentially the same content, teaching method (CPA), and models as Singapore Math.

Is Common Core Math the same as Singapore Math? ›

In general, the Sinagpore Mathematics curriculums used in the United States do align with the Common Core State Standards. It is important to note that there are currently at least 5 different Singapore Math curriculums used in the United States.

What is the difference between CTC Math and Singapore Math? ›

CTCMath uses a mastery approach to math meaning that the previous topics aren't reviewed over and over. This type of approach assumes you have mastered the content and can therefore move on. Singapore Math introduces skills in small increments, which sounds like a “spiral” program.

What is the difference between Singapore Math Standard and US Edition? ›

It is similar to the US edition but has some rearrangement of topics and some added units, primarily in probability and data analysis, negative number, and coordinate graphing. A side-by-side comparison of the scope and sequence of the two curricula appears on the SingaporeMath.com website.

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