Equals Math (Canadian Version) is a teacher resource for educators who work with students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Equals Math encompasses:
- pre-readiness math skills (attending, cause and effect, etc.),
- fundamental math skills (numbers and operations, measurement, and estimation), and
- higher order math skills (data analysis, probability, spatial sense, geometry, algebra, and problem solving).
Each lesson provides three levels of instruction for students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. The resource comes with over 100 manipulatives, vocabulary cards, and other hands-on materials.
Equals is an age-neutral, multi-sensory special education math curriculum that connects functional math to abstract ideas. By basing each lesson in real-life themes of homes, community, and/or school, students using Equals have shown significant gains while building essential life skills. It comes complete with manipulatives, adapted tools, vocab cards, worksheets and other materials making it ideal for a contained classroom or resource room. Equals Math is available for purchase through Bridges Canada.
AbleNet offers hundreds of recorded webinars. Each webinar is free to view and available 24/7. Webinars to support the use of Equals Math include the following:
- Equals Curriculum Walk Through
- Getting to Know Equals New Enhancements of Distance Learning & Transition
- Distance Learning with Equals Math
- Equals Lesson Components
- Equals Assessment Training
ALIGNMENT OF EQUALS MATH WITH ALBERTA PROGRAM OF STUDIES
These grade-level alignments are a reference that teachers can use in their instructional planning. When students are working on specific grade-level outcomes from the program of studies, some students, particularly students with significant disabilities, may need parallel types of learning activities that are more structured, more concrete or less complex. Most outcomes from the the Grade 1 – 6 Mathematics Program of Studies can be addressed through one or more lessons in the Equals Math resource—these alignment documents show these relationships. Using this alignment for planning will enhance a teachers’ ability to differentiate mathematics instruction as well as provide increased opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in meaningful learning experiences to develop numeracy, similar to their same-age peers.