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    Welcome to Math Resources for Special Education Teachers

    Welcome JPEGCheck here for math resources available to Special Education Teachers in ISD 196. If you have questions or suggestions for content, please contact






    • District 196 Curriculum Frameworks

      Search for Math Standards by grade and strand to get information on misconceptions, resources, and assessment ideas here

      Take a short tour of the website here

      The attached document lists K-5 standards, by topic.

    • Frameworks 2.0

      Frameworks 2.0 is a Google Document in Collab that includes District 196 Trimester Benchmarks, Learning Targets in student friendly language, Assessments, and Resources for Grades K-5.

      District 196 teachers, can access Frameworks 2.0 here.  You must be using your Collab account to access Frameworks 2.0.

      • District 196 Curriculum Resources

        The current resource being used in ISD 196 is Bridges in Mathematics.

        Bridges in Mathematics materials are available on the district shared server.

        How to get to the District Shared Bridges in Mathematics files on a Mac.

        • From your desktop, click on the GO menu
        • Click on Connect to Server
        • Type in or select DistShared (in the server address line)....please note there are NO spaces in DistShared
        • Click CONNECT
        • Type in your username and password
        • Select District Shared
        • Open the District Shared server if it doesn’t auto open (icon is on your desktop)
        • Double click 196Shared
        • Double click Bridges in Mathematics
        • Navigate to the file you need.

        How to get to the District Shared Bridges in Mathematics files on a Windows machine.

        • Double click My Computer
        • Under Network Drives, double click district_shared on ‘fs1cg7’ (Rsmile (This is your R: drive)
        • Double click 196shared
        • Double click Bridges in Mathematics
        • Navigate to the file you need.
        • Web and iPad Apps from Math Learning Center

          All apps are available in two or more versions: a web app which works on all modern browsers, and downloadable versions for specific operating systems and devices, such as Apple iOS for iPad. These apps are based on the visual models featured in Bridges in Mathematics K-5.

          Fractions lets students use a bar or circle to represent, compare, and perform operations with fractions with denominators from 1 to 100.

          Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in grades K-8. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, fractions, and more.

          Math Vocabulary Cards help students deepen their conceptual understanding of key terms in mathematics. Each card features three sections: a math term, a representative example or model, and a concise definition.

          Number Frames help students structure numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute with numbers in a particular range.

          Number Line helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students use the pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

          Number Pieces helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students use the number pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

          Number Pieces Basic is a simplified version of the Number Pieces app, designed for use with primary students. It has fewer features, putting greater focus on place value, counting, addition, and subtraction. Note that Web version is full Number Pieces app.

          Number Rack facilitates the natural development of children’s number sense. Rows of moveable, colored beads encourage learners to think in groups of fives and tens, helping them to explore and discover a variety of addition and subtraction strategies.

          Students use Pattern Shapes to explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines. As they work with the shapes students think about angles, investigate symmetry, and compose and decompose larger shapes.

          Money Pieces help students visualize and understand money values and relationships. Two versions of coins and bills are provided: virtual currency pieces that replicate the appearance and relative size of U.S. coins and the dollar bill, and area money pieces.


          • Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR)

            Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR) is professional development for general and special education teachers. AVMR is designed to provide teachers with efficient and effective assessment tools to understand their students' current understandings of number concepts. The goal is to support teachers in using the resources they currently have in an informed manner. This training is required for Elementary Special Education Teachers.

            AVMR training during the 2018 - 2019 school year:

            AVMR Course 1:  

            • Option 1 - During the school day. November 8-9 and December 11-12 (Teachers must attend all sessions)
            • Option 2 - After school. September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 4:30 - 8:30 (Teachers must attend all sessions)

            AVMR Course 2:

            • Option 1 - During the school day. January 8-9 and January 29-30 (Teachers must attend all sessions)
            • Option 2 - After school. Nov. 12, 19, 26, Dec. 4, 11, 18  4:30 – 8:30 (Teachers must attend all sessions)

            AVMR Fractions - Coming in January.

            Register on Keep Certified

            Sample PLAAFP, Needs Statements, and Objectives based on AVMR assessment information are attached.

          • Recording Forms for Math Skills

            The following forms can be used to communicate about math activities with paraprofessionals or other staff who may be assisting with math activities.  The activities and tools used are based on Add+Vantage Math Recovery. Contact Dawn Dibley, if you have questions about using the forms.

          • AVMR Materials

            The District 196 Printing and Graphics Department has produced teaching materials that support students in learning mathematics.

            To order materials and see samples of some materials click here

            You will also have to fill out a Graphics Arts Work Order Form available here or from your building secretary.

            • Math Resource Library

              Each elementary building has a Math Resource Library.  The library contains activities (arranged by AVMR Levels and Constructs)

              and tools for mathematics instruction.



              • DreamBox Learning

                All students at Cedar Park, East Lake, Echo Park, Northview, Oak Ridge, Parkview, Pinewood, Southview, Westview, Woodland will be enrolled in DreamBox Learning.  You will receive instructions at your building. 

                Students receiving Special Education services at other elementary buildings may be enrolled in DreamBox learning.

                • All Center-Base students are eligible.
                • Resource students who have a math goal on their IEP are eligible.

                Try sample lessons at DreamBox Learning. Click on Resources and Teacher Tools.

                Enroll students in DreamBox by completing the attached form and sending it to Dawn Dibley.

              • Interactive Websites

                Click the link for my favorite interactive websites

                • YouTube Channel

                   A collection of YouTube videos for mathematics can be found here.

                  • Web Resources

                    Games and activities with some worksheets.

                    Using the Rekenrek as a Visual Model for Strategic Reasoning in Mathematics
                    A 46 page booklet with 10 activities for using the Rekenrek (math rack).

                    Sparkle Box Numeracy
                    The owner of this site requests that materials be directly downloaded by each individual using the materials. This site contains many materials for Numeral ID, Number Word Sequences,and Structuring as well as Measurement and Geometry. Many of the materials will be useful for centers, file folder games, and small group activities.

                    K-5 Math Teaching Resources
                    This site provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Our math printables are suitable for use in math centers, small group or whole class settings. Instructions for each activity are presented in large print on a task card in child-friendly language to enable students to work on tasks independently after a brief introduction to the task. All files are in PDF format and can be accessed using Adobe Reader.

                    • Making and Interpreting Graphs

                      Bridges in Mathematics: To find graphing and data materials from the Bridges in Mathematics materials, go to:

                      • District Shared Server
                        • Bridges in Mathematics
                          • Bridges Special Education
                            • Data

                      Online Resources

                      Additional Printable Resources

                    • Vocabulary

                      See the attached document for vocabulary used in the Minnesota State Academic Standards for Mathematics. 

                      Resources for teaching vocabulary include:

                      A Maths Dictionary for Kids


                      Word Resource Cards from Bridges in Mathematics

                      The Math Vocabulary Card App


                      Directions for using the Math Vocabulary Card App can be found here

                    • Moodle Sites

                      Developing Multiplication Skills

                      Mathematics Process Standards
                      Enrolment Key: processk8

                      AVMR Resources for Number Sense and Computation

                      • Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments - MCA

                        The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made adequate yearly progress (AYP). Science is required for No Child Left Behind but is not included in AYP calculations at this time.

                        Reading and mathematics tests are given in grades 3-8, 10 and 11. Science tests are given in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school, depending on when students complete their life sciences curriculum.

                        MCA information from the Minnesota Department of Education - Click here

                        The PearsonAccess website is the portal to all Pearson services used by Minnesota school districts. Use this site to access test administration activities, training, and other resources

                        Jefferson Labs (JLabs) has worked with Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to input several released and sampler items into their practice test engine. One of the unique advantages of this tool is that test takers receive immediate item-by-item feedback on their answer selections.  Try it out here

                        Use the "Quick Links" to access Resources, Item Samplers, Perspective for Families, and Perspective for Educators.

                      • Minnesota Alternate Assessments

                        An alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards, the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), is provided for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

                        Although the target population, content coverage, rigor and format are very different for the MTAS, there are some important similarities:

                        • An alternate assessment may only be administered to a student who currently receives special education services.
                        • The IEP team is responsible for determining, on an annual basis, how a student with a disability will participate in statewide testing. This decision-making process must start with a consideration of the general education assessment.
                        • Participation in the administration of the MTAS is not limited to any particular disability category.
                        • The MTAS is aligned with grade-level content standards.
                        • Students must meet all eligibility requirements for the MTAS before it is selected by the IEP team.

                        Alternate Assessment information from the Minnesota Department of Education - Click here

                        Resources for helping students prepare for the MTAS are available by clicking below.