Modeling Real Life K-5

Big Ideas Math: Modeling Real Life is a elementary math curriculum that empowers teachers and promotes student ownership so that all learners can succeed in math. 

Written by renowned authors, Dr. Ron Larson and Dr. Laurie Boswell, Big Ideas Math: Modeling Real Life provides a cohesive, coherent, and rigorous mathematics curriculum for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8, successfully preparing students for Big Ideas Learning’s high school math curriculum. Program resources, both digital and print, are thoughtfully designed to have the highest impact on learning for all students in any setting. 

Virtual Samples of Modeling Real Life K-5

Support to Empower Teachers

We help teachers recognize the impact they have on their students through the consistent use of learning targets and success criteria. Big Ideas Learning provides teachers with everything they need to plan, teach, and assess to accelerate learning for all students



Teachers can review Laurie's Notes in the print Teaching Edition or digitally in the Dynamic Classroom, making it easy to plan lessons at their convenience.




Teachers use the Dynamic Classroom to present lessons with engaging explorations, digital examples, and interactive practice all at their fingertips. They can even use the Flip-To feature to send students directly to a specific place in their Dynamic Student Edition.



With a variety of powerful assessment tools, teachers gain insight into actionable data, making it easier to provide all students with the exact support they need to be successful.


Teacher Empowerment

We help teachers recognize the impact they have on their students through the consistent use of learning targets and success criteria. Big Ideas Math provides teachers with these clear and detailed goals to help indicate what students are learning and guide their decision making during instruction.


Student Progression

Big Ideas Math allows students to grow as independent learners and experience the joy of mathematics. The instructional design guides students through concepts from surface-level to deep-level learning and allows them to transfer these skills for success in higher-level math courses.

Student doing homework

Diagnostic Assessments

The DAP (Diagnostic Adaptive Progression) Assessment and Reporting feature gives teachers the information they need to make informed decisions that will improve their students' success.

DAP Laptop

Components of Modeling Real Life K-5

  • Teaching Edition (Volume 1 & 2) *
  • Student Edition (Volume 1 & 2) *
  • Resources by Chapter *
  • Assessment Book *
  • Pre-and-Post-Course Tests *
  • Prerequisite Skills Practice *
  • Course Benchmark Tests *
  • Chapter Tests *
  • Instructional Resources *
  • Vocabulary Cards *
  • Activities *
  • Blackline Masters *
  • Manipulative Kits *
  • Literature Kits ** 
  • Math Musicals *
  • Dynamic Student Edition
  • Dynamic Classroom
  • Dynamic Teaching Tools
  • Dynamic Assessment Tools
  • Steam Videos
  • Lesson Tutorial Videos

* Denotes component also available as a print resource.

** Denotes component only available as a print resource.

"Differentiation is huge because in my class I have one kid who is here, and I have one who is at like a 3rd grade level. So having that differentiation option and the resources that are attached online or in the book is huge."



"I always look at her notes before we start any lesson, because, that's what they're there for. She's the expert on it, and sometimes she'll think of something I didn't, and so let me try it to see how it works."

Laurie's Notes


"Since we started using it we have noticed our math scores have really gone up. So it seems it's really working. Obviously you have to be able to teach it, so it's not just the program, but giving us the right tools to use has definitely helped opposed to what we were using before."

Student Success


"Not going to lie, Math has not always been my favorite, but since we started using Big Ideas Math I'm looking forward more every day to teaching math because I know I have a good resource that's going to get my kids excited."

Teacher Empowerment


"I absolutely love the Dig In portion because it's always like a fun activity that gets the kids interested in what we're going to do. As a teacher it's nice that that is there to get them involved and excited no matter what type of learner you have, so we really like to dig in."



"It's not scripted in a way that says 'this is what you have to say' or it's not going to work. It's really nice to have that flexibility because for one kid it might work this way but for another kid that way or language isn't going to work. I love how there are multiple different strategies but by the end the kid can pick which works best for them."

Instructional Design


"And with all of the different levels of practice that it lets them do starting with Laurie's Notes and that dig in, then follows that 'I do, you do, we do model,' their confidence has grown because they know we're going to start our whole group, if I can do that then they ask "can I do it myself?" So by the time we're done they literally want to go 'look what I can do, I can't wait to go home and show somebody what I can do!'"

Student Confidence

Dewey L. Carter Elementary School

"It gives each lesson or chapter a structure. So for first grade, structure is really important, they thrive on consistency. Laurie puts it in a certain order because she knows it works. So that consistency throughout the lesson has helped a lot with students staying engaged because they know what's coming next."



"They love how they are kind of woven throughout the chapters. They go and look for them, they go "what are Newt and Desi going to tell us this time?" They absolutely love it, so we've seen a lot of improvements in their interest in math, because they really like the characters. They like that it doesn't use names in the problems, it says you or your friend, or your teacher, so it helps them see themselves more in the problem as opposed to when it uses a name that they're not familiar with. Because then it helps that they can read it more, because in first grade they can't read names really well but they can read 'you' and 'the teacher.' So our students have absolutely loved it."

Instructional Design


"Last year was such a good experience, I've been teaching, this is my 26th year. And I can honestly say it's more closely aligned than any textbook  I've ever used in my 26 years of teaching, as far as standards are concerned."