Building Math Ideas builds mathematical thinking by emphasizing number sense, estimation, and mental computation as it reviews skills and builds familiarity with test-taking strategies. Students will receive content review and exposure with test taking formats and strategies will improve their performance on high-stakes tests.
The Workbook cuts down on preparation time, and allows students to work independently at home or at school. The Teacher's Guide contains complete answers plus information on how to lead discussions of the problems that allow students to make connections between the work that they have done and the mathematical reasoning that will increase their understanding and improve their performance.
Building Math Ideas is the only program that offers staff development embedded in the teacher's edition, making it both appealing and superior to all other test-prep and skill-practice products. However, there are several products that will indirectly compete with this product. Most test-prep products are designed for use during a short review period. In contrast, Building Math Ideas builds key thinking strategies throughout the year, and the skills are important beyond taking the test.