Math Skills Builder

A researched math problem-solving curriculum with real-world scenarios

Product Features:

  • Aligned with state and national standards, and NCTM standards for problem solving
  • A multiyear curriculum for students with mild-to-severe disabilities
  • Ideal for elementary and secondary students 
  • Includes eight units with easy-to-follow lesson plans
  • Uses several forms of media to ensure student success
  • Addresses problem-solving skills in real-world scenarios
  • Reviews early numeracy skills and advances to addition and subtraction
Product Name Item No. Price Qty
Math Skills Builder Curriculum Plus MSB-30W $595.00
Math Skills Builder Student Workbook - 10 Pack MSB-C01W $69.00
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  • Differentiated Instruction
    Differentiated Instruction

    This product integrates individualized student objectives to encourage active participation and access to learning.

  • Data Capture
    Data Capture

    This product includes ongoing assessments and progress monitoring tools to capture data and document student achievement.

  • Research Based
    Research Based

    This product uses highly effective instructional strategies supported by research to promote student learning and progress.

  • Standards Alignment
    Standards Alignment

    This product aligns to both state and Common Core standards.



Math Skills Builder develops students’ emerging problem-solving skills using real-world math problems. The real-life scenarios in the curriculum help students learn when and why to use their math problem-solving skills. Math Skills Builder uses authentic story problems as the focus of all instruction so students learn to apply their new skills from the get-go. 

Eight units of instruction with five lessons each, provide over 500 story problems that are theme-based (e.g., math in the grocery store). Problems were written by teachers to represent a variety of students’ interests, preferences, and community contexts. The eight units teach students to solve addition (sums to 10) and subtraction story problems (differences to 9) use three problem-solving strategies: Group, Change, and Compare.

The teacher-friendly lessons are scripted to suggest feedback responses for prompting, error correction, and praise, and each math story problem is presented using various media, including a workbook, software/iPad app, and video simulations to ensure student success. 

Students with mild disabilities will advance through the curriculum quickly and be ready for higher-level math concepts; students with moderate-to-severe disabilities may require multiple years of instruction. The curriculum begins with a review of early numeracy foundational skills, then advances to solving math story problems. It is designed to be taught in small groups for ease of instruction; lessons address adaptations required for students who are nonreaders and/or nonverbal. All materials students will need are included: Counting Cubes, graphic organizers, markers and pens and handy zipper pouches for keeping materials organized.

The software/iPad app provides additional practice for students and gathers data as students work; it also provides an opportunity for assessment of a unit to determine whether the student is ready to move to the next unit. Detailed data summaries are available for teacher viewing.

In this curriculum, problem-solving is taught in an explicit manner using principles of direct instruction, task analytic instruction, and self-monitoring strategies.

Curriculum Plus includes 2 Teacher's Guides, 1 Implementation Guide, 1 Real-World Problem Solver book, Software/iPad App, 1 Poster, Graphic Organizers, Counting Cubes, Pouch, Markers and Video Simulations DVD, a total of 10 consumable Student Workbooks, the GoWorksheet Maker iPad App, a set of corresponding GoWorksheet Maker iPad activities, and samples of communication overlays. 


Additional Info

Additional Info

Subject Math
Age Group Elementary, Secondary
Author Alicia Saunders, PhD; Jenny Root, PhD; Diane Browder, PhD
Format Blended, Print, Software, Video
Copyright 2017

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