Enduring Mathematical Understandings
These 5 overarching mathematical themes define the learning that elementary students do. Each is the foundation for the next and, together, they are the foundation for later success in algebra. Examination of the Common Core State Standards for math reveals that the vast majority of the standards for any grade level fall under one or two of these themes. As students progress through the grades, their understandings build on each other and they are able to reason in progressively more complex ways.