Main Office (973) 334-2861
Lower/Middle School (973) 334-4375
Craig High School (973) 334-1234

The Craig Lower & Middle Schools

Math Curriculum

Singapore Math (Grades 2-5)

The Singapore Math curriculum was selected by Craig School as a comprehensive program that meets the following criteria:

  • A method that allows teachers to spend more time on introducing new skills and less time reviewing math facts previously learned but not truly mastered
  • Materials that are visually compelling, concrete and uncluttered to appeal to students with attention deficit disorder
  • Problem solving steps that are clearly defined with an emphasis on understanding word problems
  • Practice materials that reinforce concepts and are organized so that a student may work independently
  • Assessment tools that permit incoming Craig students to enter the curriculum at an appropriate level
  • Teacher guides that summarize lessons, activities and problem solutions and suggest many different methods of presenting

The goal at Craig is not only to provide a systemic method of teaching math across all grades, but to facilitate the transition to a math curriculum for a student entering Craig at any grade level.

Big Ideas Math (Grade 6)

The Big Ideas Math curriculum was selected by the Craig School as a comprehensive program that meets the following criteria:

  • Balances conceptual understanding with procedural fluency
  • Research-based program providing a rigorous, focused, and coherent curriculum
  • Research shows that students benefit from equal exposure to discovery learning and direct instruction

Pre-Algebra and Algebra courses (Grades 7 & 8)

Most students in the 7th and 8th grades use Pre-Algebra and Algebra textbooks supplemented by resource worksheets. A host of creative thinking and reinforcement exercises accompanies the textbook lessons.  For example, students built a “Geo-Town” using geometric solids; a string art exercise demonstrated that circles in different designs could be created by straight lines; pictures of landscapes and various other objects were drawn on large graph sheets to help students calculate “Slope”; and March Madness with Pi Day” provided lessons in probability, measurement, (standard & metric), measures of Central Tendency and modern art designs by well-known artists.  In addition, a “Problem of the Day” is presented at the beginning of every math class. These problems are often a challenging word problem, number pattern, or sequence that focuses on critical, logical or analytical reasoning.

The curriculum at this level is designed to prepare students for more advanced and higher level math for high school.

In addition to our existing Pre-Algebra courses, we will be launching a new Project Based Pre-Algebra for grades 7th and 8th beginning this upcoming school year (2019-2020). Current research has shown that project based learning helps students retain what they learn in the classroom as well as prepare the students to do real life math. Although basic math skills are incorporated into these classes, the majority of the exercises will deal with word problems that come from various work place or life scenarios. This program will utilize many hands-on, multi-sensory projects that will help bring the math processes to life.

Automaticity Drills (K-8)

Because processing speed affects working memory, it is important to include math drills in the curriculum that help students to process numerical information more rapidly. The math teachers at Craig conduct automaticity drills in their classrooms according to the skill level of their students. The lower grade students begin each math class with a “To Do’ worksheet which is individualized to his/her specific needs. Students in 7th and 8th grade math classes are given daily 3 to 4 minute timed drills of math facts which include all four operations.

Assistive Technology (all grade levels)

  • “Kahn Academy” and “United Streaming” offer a host of math problems for students to solve as well as lessons taught using various techniques
  • Mathletics online math program which incorporate competitive math contests, basic math skill reviews, assessments and online assignments
  • Prodigy online math program for grades K-5 similar to the Mathletics program on a more elementary scale

Classroom Organization (all grades)

  • Color–coded Reference sheets – available on the school servers as well as in each student’s binders for easy reference.
  • Specific Math binders which are kept in school to keep completed assignments according to chapters
  • Math vocabulary lists are also created and kept in the vocabulary section
  • Checklists – all students are required to keep a checklist which are coordinated with their specific math programs

Additional Information

By the end of this summer (2019), all of our Craig Math teachers will have completed Orton-Gillingham training and will continue to implement innovative Orton-Gillingham techniques into their teaching approach.  In OG Academic Math, teachers seek to create good instruction that focuses on the individual needs of each student. Part of focusing on these individual needs is recognizing a student’s strengths and weaknesses and using his/her strengths to help build his/her weaknesses. OG Math reaches a broader range of students and enables them to use their established intellect, giving students the confidence to use multiple avenues to achieve success.

Main Office
The Craig Lower/Middle School Campus

15 Tower Hill Rd
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.4375 | Fax 973.334.2861

Craig High School

24 Changebridge Road
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone 973.334.1234 | Fax 973.334.1288

The Craig School Admission and Administration office

10 Tower Hill Road
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.1295 | Fax 973 334 1299


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