Building on the basic math skills acquired in first grade, Everyday Mathematics continues to teach basic arithmetic and critical thinking skills. It moves students beyond basic arithmetic to higher order and critical thinking skills, yet recognizes the importance of teaching basic skills, including “automatic fact recall.” This is accomplished using everyday, real-world problems and situations. Paper and pencil tasks are integrated with hands-on activities. Using a variety of manipulatives children are encouraged to build their own mathematical understandings. Working with partners and in small groups, students share problem-solving strategies with their classmates. Students explore concepts in the mathematical strands of: a) numeration and order (counting orally to 10,000, reading and writing numbers to 10,000, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, place value to 10,000); b) measures and measurement and reference frames (measures of length, area, capacity, weight, temperature, time, coin and currency recognition and exchanges, clocks, calendars, rulers, timelines, thermometers, and ordinal numbers); c) operations (master basic addition and subtraction facts, addition and subtraction up to 3-digits with regrouping, memorization of number facts and informal work with properties); d) exploring data and chance (collect, order and display data, using tables, charts, and graphs); e) geometry and spatial sense (expanding the exploration of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes); and f) patterns, functions, and sequences (attributes, patterns, sequences, relations, and functions). Math is linked to other subject areas and is incorporated in activities throughout the day.