We will be adopting a new math textbook for next year. I am just wondering if there is anything out there that is just absolutely fabulous. I teach 4th grade and currently use Everyday Math. It definitely has its pros and cons. What else is out there?

I don't teach elementary, but I know what I want in a math book!! Why not come up with a wish list of all the things you want? (For me it would include lots and lots and lots of practice exercises, getting gradually more difficult, a logical progression of topics, a coherent explanation of new topics...) In the meantime hit the internet and contact all the big publishers. Ask for examination copies of their 4th grade texts. They'll be happy to send them if you're thinking of adopting their book.

One thing I realized is important is that there needs to be a cohesiveness through the grade levels. If your 1st-3rd grades use a particular series (and like it!), you might want to consider the same one. That way the children are building on what they have already learned, instead of learning things a new way. Oh, and we just got a new math series (Harcourt) and I miss the problem solving practice we had in our old series (which was an older version of Harcourt).

We are doing the same thing right now... here is what we are thinking about 1- Everyday Math (NOT MY CHOICE!) 2- Revised Terc Investigations 3- 1, 2, 3 grade math: a month by month guide WITH the Terc (4th and 5th grade come out in the fall) 4- TERC and something very traditional like Progress in Math (because there are no grade levels on the books, so we can use them in our multiage classes) 5- Math Steps (from Australia)

We don't have a text but use the Pat Jones Deep Math, which includes a focus lesson each day and then review skills as a workbook page. It is all done in word problems and really makes the students think through the problem. I do have to pull from other sources to drill addition and subtraction facts and at times to reinforce the focus lesson skill, but over all I like it!

My school is also looking to purchase a new math series. We currently use Saxon Math (have been using for about 6 years). Have heard that Saxon was sold to Harcourt. I basically want a good text with a workbook. So many series have tons of extra stuff that you never end up using. With so little time to get through everything in the classroom I want the meat and potatoes of the program readily available at my fingertips. Any suggestions? We are also looking for a new reading series. We currently use MacMillan. We are a K - 4 school.

From the website: TERC is a nonprofit research and development organization whose mission is to improve mathematics, science, and technology teaching and learning. TERC, founded in 1965, is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. TERC staff includes researchers, scientists, and mathematicians, and curriculum and professional development specialists who ground their work on inquiry-based approaches that deepen all learnersâ€™ understandings. http://investigations.terc.edu/index.cfm

Just my opinion...but I would NOT recommend Investigations series. At first, I thought..."Wow this series is great! There are a lot of hands-on activities built right in to the curriculum. This is very student-friendly." But I feel the complete opposite after using it now! As a school, we have been looking at it and realizing that there are way too many holes in the curriculum. I'm teaching 5th grade students who just don't have good number sense and are two grade levels behind because of the abstract curriculum. Many teachers in our building have to add A LOT of suppliments to the curriculum to make sure we are covering state standards. One big issue with Investigations is that there is little taught on place value and many of the "building blocks" of Math. Every math curriculum has holes, but some are better than others. I would just take a second look at Investigations before you adopt it, unless you really like to hunt for supplimental activities.

We're using Harcourt and ThinkMath this year. I dislike them both. I really preferred our Scott Foresman we had last year.

What do you dislike about Harcourt, shouldbeasleep? We use it (3rd grade) and I like it for the most parts. Two things I don't like: 1) There are about 5 chapters on multiplication--way to many, and 2) most of the skills go beyond what the standards say (For example we have to round to the thousands place, but the books has us rounding to the tens in 4-digit numbers also) so it makes the skills way too hard for many kids and it's difficult to just teach the standards without weeding out and making a lot of my own stuff.

We use everday math in grades 1-5, and I cannot stand it. I hate the partial sums, patrial products, latice, etc. methods. I would prefer if they taught the regular methods. In middle school we use McDougel Littels Middle School Math Series, and I love it. We use to use Impact Math, but decided to move away from it.

I don't like the Harcourt in 5th grade because it doesn't really meet our needs for teaching the standards in our state. I've been able to use about 10 pages so far. I also need a bit more in the way of practice.

We have Harcourt. I really like it. We had Saxon Math last year in 2nd grade and I totally disliked it. It didn't follow anything where our standards were concerned, didn't provide adequate practice problems and was totally off target for the state testing in the spring. Harcourt on the other hand for 3rd grade, is geared to the standards, has a page of practice/homework for each lesson, has reteach, problem solving, and challenge for each lesson and the kids really like it. So far we have done the first 7 chapters and they have done really well on most parts, the only thing I have had to suppliment has been "fact practice", which I have done with the Straight Forward series for addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

At my current school, I only teach Language Arts, but we are looking into a new series because of all of the holes in Investigations. Previously I taught out of Everyday Math and absolutely LOVED it! The skills that my fourth graders learned were amazing. I also learned a ton because as a global learner, I was finally shown the concepts behind the algorithms.