Math Curriculum for Gifted Students

Lessons, Activities, and Extensions for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grades 3–6

The Math Curriculum for Gifted Students series:

  • Provides gifted and advanced learners with challenging activities to extend their mathematical thinking.
  • Includes lessons, activities, and extensions that are aligned to national standards.
  • Is designed to provide high-ability learners advancement beyond the general curriculum.
  • Is ideal for gifted classrooms, gifted pull-out groups, and differentiation in the general education classroom.
  • Was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary.

 

Each lesson includes a teacher page that outlines the estimated time, key terms, materials, and objectives; a challenging activity to allow students to explore the concepts in depth; practice problems; and an assessment similar to standards-based grade-level standardized assessments.

Purpose

The units were developed to support learners who have:

  • demonstrated advanced achievement in mathematics;
  • been identified with high ability or aptitude specifically in mathematics;
  • been identified in general as gifted or talented;
  • demonstrated potential talent or intense interest in mathematics;
  • participated successfully in school-based or out-of-school challenging activities that utilize math, such as math bees or STEM competitions; and
  • participated successfully in challenging math problems independently in at least one environment, such as in the classroom, the home, or an informal learning activity.

School or Program Use

The math units may be used for extended learning within the context of a formal gifted and talented program, such as the math class within an all-day program, a special advanced mathematics class, a pull-out math enrichment program, or within a general education classroom to differentiate instruction for individuals, groups, or clusters of students. Teachers may also decide to use the materials to support acceleration of content at different grade levels. For example, students who are learning advanced grade-level content can participate in the corresponding grade level for these units.

Teachers can use the assessments to determine individual, group, or class understanding of the assessed concepts and skills. The unit can be used with individuals, for flexible grouping, or for enrichment with clusters. Students may complete the lessons at their own pace, work with partners, or collaborate within small groups for peer discussion or review. Teachers may act as facilitators of student self-directed learning, providing instruction as needed.

 

Student Workbooks

The student workbooks, exclusively available directly from Prufrock Press, feature ample room for student responses and notes, make reviewing and providing feedback on student work easier than ever, provide students with an easy-to-use reference to use during discussions, and save time, as there is no need to reproduce student handouts.

Complete Sets for All Grade Levels

Complete sets are available for each grade level of the Math Curriculum for Gifted Students series (grade 3
grade 4, grade 5, grade 6). Each complete set includes the teacher's guide and 5 copies of each companion student workbook.
 

 

Books in the Series

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6