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Primary Math

Welcome to the primary math curriculum. Here you will find everything you need to get started with JUMP Math from kindergarten to grade six.

1. Introduction to the JUMP Math Approach

1.1 What is JUMP Math?

JUMP Math is a philosophy and a set of classroom materials that aim to improve the teaching of mathematics and to help students enjoy and meet their potential in the subject.

We reinforce a belief that only a few are born with ability. But what if our belief itself was the main cause of the problem?

John Mighton

This video features how JUMP Math resources use guided discovery to support and challenge all students.

1.2 What is the JUMP Math Approach?

The JUMP Math approach is based on the belief that all children in the regular school system, even those diagnosed as having serious learning disabilities or who are failing at math, can excel at math. The JUMP Math lessons in the Teacher Resource provide teachers with a tool for teaching new concepts step by step so that teachers can engage learners to notice new concepts, make sense of new ideas and build confidence.

Breaking challenges into small steps; every child can succeed in math!

1.3 Teach, Practice, Assess

The JUMP Math teaching approach uses a model of teach, practice, assess.

In the JUMP Math model of teach, practice, assess there are short teaching explanations followed by student practice and on-going assessment by the classroom teacher during the lesson. Assessment takes place throughout the lesson so that teachers can check for student understanding before moving on to the next step.

  1. Mental Math: 5 minutes
  2. Lesson Plan: 10-20 minutes
  3. Follow-up with AP books: 5-10 minutes

JUMP Math Model of Teach, Practice, Assess

Here is a video of John Mighton demonstrating the teaching approach.

1.4 Models for Using JUMP Math

There are 4 model approaches to teaching with JUMP Math. Each model represents a typical Math class duration of 45 minutes, balancing lesson teaching, practice, activities, extensions and on-going assessment.

Model 1

Model 2

Model 3

Model 4

1.5 On-Going Assessment

On-going assessment is key… Keep the following principles in mind.

  • Never assume all students understand
  • Question students frequently
  • Listen to their responses and conversations
  • Observe their practice
  • Use signaling, whiteboards, manipulatives for assessment of learning
  • Be prepared to make adjustments for confusion, misconceptions and gaps

Whiteboard and Signaling

1.6 Research

JUMP Math is based on the latest research in cognitive science and educational psychology. For more information about the research supporting JUMP Math visit the research section of their website.

2. JUMP Math Resources

2.1 Teacher Resources

JUMP Math teacher’s resources are available on Kativik Ilisarniliriniq Community on Teams and include:

  • Teacher’s Guides;
  • Assessment and Practice books;
  • Smart Board Digital Lesson Slides;
  • Quizzes and Tests.

2.2 Lesson Plans

1. Each lesson in JUMP Math starts with the curriculum requirement, goals, vocabulary, prior knowledge required and materials needed for hands-on activities.

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2. JUMP Math lessons are scripted for teaching math for student understanding, to create engagement and to build student confidence in mathematics. When planning lessons note key words that are used to give step by step instructions and to create student engagement.

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3. JUMP Math lessons also include bonus questions, ideas for activities and games as well as extensions.

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2.3 Organizing your Teacher’s Resource

The Teacher’s Resource (TR) is the core of the JUMP Math program. Getting familiar with each of these components provide:

  • improved planning to cover curriculum
  • enhanced teaching strategies
  • detailed options for lessons
  • ideas for contextualizing math concepts and differentiated instruction

Main Parts of the TR

  • Table of Contents
  • Mental Math
  • Lesson Plans
  • Blackline Masters (BLM’S)
  • Quizzes & Tests
  • Answer Keys

2.4 Assessment and Practice Books

Assessment and Practice (AP) books are used in tandem with the Teacher Resource and not intended to be used in isolation (without the lesson plan).

JUMP Math ≠ Workbook Program

Set of two books for full curriculum coverage including: varied practice, bonuses, activities and extensions

  • Gives opportunity for skill building, consolidation, mastery
  • Provides consolidation of ideas one concept at a time with adequate practice

It is essential for teachers to check for understanding and continuously assess before assigning the AP book. Exercises are designed so that students do not need to know anything that wasn’t taught in the lesson. It is recommended that students not work ahead in the AP book.

2.5 Smart Board Digital Lesson Slides

Each lesson in JUMP Math has accompanying digital lesson slides that facilitate teaching the lesson content.

Digital Slide
Corresponding Lesson

Teach, Practice and Assess with Lessons Plans and Digital Lesson Slides

Digital lesson slides contain little text, have vocabulary highlighted in blue, contain all charts or graphics needed and can easily be modified.

Why Use Digital Lesson Slides?

  • Aids teacher preparation
  • Supports student engagement
  • Increases student-teacher interaction
  • Highlights critical features of the lesson
  • Facilitates the flow of the lesson
  • Includes: 
    • Vocabulary, text
    • Questions, prompts, explanations
    • Shapes, tables, graphics
    • Exercises, activities and extensions

2.6 Mental Math

Mental math is a mathematical framework that includes number sense, computational fluency and the application of number concepts through purposeful and varied practice, not just rote memorization.

  • Mental Math Minutes are included in the lessons.
  • Copy or print off the checklists – there is enough room on each form to list each student.
  • Put them on a clip board so you can run quick assessments at your discretion.

1 Learn through games and puzzles

2 Integrate mental math practice and opportunities throughout the day, at least 5 minutes/day

3 Keep track of the skills that you have assessed by using these mental math running records…

Mental Math Activities

2.7 Assessment Tools – Quizzes and Tests

  • Quizzes are administered after a series of lessons which allows for a more formal assessment as learning.
  • Final unit tests to be administered at the end of each unit for assessment of learning.

2.8 Blackline Masters (BLMs)

  • Reproducible pages in every Unit of the Teacher’s Resource
  • Supplement instruction
  • Lesson Specific or used throughout a unit
  • Provide practice
  • Serve as templates or manipulatives

2.9 Ordering JUMP Math Resources

Send orders to the Printing Department Printing.KSB@kativik.qc.ca

Please contact matthew.smith@kativik.qc.ca for any inquires regarding Print Requests and Curriculum Orders.

Don’t forget that these resources are also available in digital format on your school computers using DB Server.

3. Tools to Support Teaching and Learning

3.1 Tools for Multi-level Classrooms

These documents will help to align the JUMP Math lessons you may be able to teach to the whole group at one time.

Note: However, there may also be lessons that each individual grade will have to complete or specific content to cover before or after for further understanding.

Check the Teacher’s Guide to make sure you are covering all the required material for each level.

Note: Lessons listed on the same line may cover the same content in different ways.

3.2 Second Language Vocabulary

Vocabulary is highlighted in each lesson plan so that you can purposefully plan to explain, and define each mathematical term.

  • In your lesson plan, new vocabulary will appear in bold: simplify
  • Create a Math Word Wall; include the words in spelling and journal activities, encourage your students to use the words when speaking
  • The more exposure to them, the more likely students will adopt the terms as a normal course of speaking 

Review vocabulary before teaching and plan to incorporate this language throughout the day or week.

Create a Math Word Wall for the week

Daily Weather Calendar can be part of a Math routine

4. Curriculum and Evaluation

4.1 Competencies

Here are the competencies for primary mathematics.

Competency 1

To solve a situational problem related to Mathematics.

Competency 2

To reason using mathematical concepts and processes.

Competency 3

To communicate by using mathematical language.

To access the curriculum documents for primary mathematics, visit the MEES website.

4.2 Strands

The development of the competencies in mathematics is developed through learning in the following five strands.

The math content in arithmetic is seen in the JUMP Math units in Number Sense and Patterns and Algebra. The math content in Statistics and Probability is seen in the JUMP Math Probability and Data Management Units.

Each JUMP Math lesson is identified by a code that indicates its strand, its grade and its number.

4.3 QEP Competency Weightings

For the 2022-2023 school year, competency #2 will be weighted for 100% of the students’ mark on the report card.

MEES – Report Card Weightings and Wordings – Elementary School

4.4 Progression of Learning

Sample of JUMP Math Grade 3 Table of Contents

4.5 Report Card Guidelines

The following table lists the minimal mandatory strands to be evaluated for the 2022-2023 school year. For Term one and two, Number Sense, Patterns and Algebra are mandatory however the other strands will remain open on the report card.  Teachers are encouraged to explore the other strands each term according to students’ needs.

5. Teacher Support

5.1 Getting Started with JUMP Math

Review lesson plan, paying attention to:

  • Mental Math section
    which skills (one or two) to introduce, practice and assess prior to lesson
  • Skills in the lesson
    link to corresponding Digital Slides, choose, add, edit or modify to support your teaching and student practice

Considerations and decisions in advance: 

  • Prerequisite skills and review
  • What prompts, activities, manipulatives, extensions?
  • Effective means of organizing for learning, discussion, practice
  • How will I assess?
  • Preview corresponding pages in AP books and decide which questions to assign

Planning time for teachers to work together

  • Short and Long Term Planning
  • Planning between Grade Levels
  • Planning for Grade 3 teachers, Inuktitut, English and French
  • Planning with Gr. 1 and 2 Second Language teacher (vocabulary)

5.2 JUMP Math Website

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