Learning List has reviewed McGraw Hill’s Number Worlds. This supplemental mathematics intervention program supports targeted remediation and intervention for students in grades PK-8 (i.e., Levels A-J). Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction focuses on building the foundational concepts and skills needed to close achievement gaps and enable struggling students to perform at grade level. Levels A-C constitute a “prevention” program for students in grades PK-1 who begin school lacking knowledge of fundamental concepts and skills, such as numbers, quantity, and counting. Levels D-J are an “intervention” program for students in grades 2-8. Instruction addresses the key CCSSs at each grade level (i.e., Level D = grade 2; Level J = grade 8) and supports RtI Tier 2 and 3 pullout programs.
Across grades PK-8, Number Worlds is organized in ten levels (i.e., A-J) that correspond to each year’s instruction. Each year begins with a set of placement tests that identifies each student’s level of mathematics proficiency. Placement tests are available in English and Spanish, and may be administered in oral, written, and/or online formats. Based on placement test results, students are grouped according to their instructional needs.
At each level, instruction is presented in 32 sequential weeks of lessons that emphasize the real world applications of mathematics. Daily lesson plans are flexible and have been adapted to meet the needs of different instructional time periods (i.e., 30-minutes, 45-minutes, 60-minutes). Lessons incorporate a four-part structure that establishes a familiar routine for learning: (1) warm-up, (2) engage, (3) reflect, and (4) assess. Engage activities are at the center of instruction for Days 1-4 of each week and Day 5 focuses on assessment. In classrooms with more time for instruction (i.e., 45- or 60-minute periods), Day 5 also includes project-based learning activities and opportunities for deeper reflection and discussion. All student materials are available in English and Spanish.
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