The Montana Board of Education has approved and mandated the K-12 Math standards and respective benchmarks and divided them into three levels: K-4, 5-8, and upon graduation.  Helena Schools determines specific critical competencies which align to these state standards and benchmarks.  The local Board of Trustees is then charged with approving the Helena School District K-12 Math Curriculum.

The Math Curriculum is color-coded to align with the Montana Standards-Based Education Framework.  HPS critical competencies are aligned with the state standards, benchmarks, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) broad focal areas.  Each document includes critical content-specific vocabulary and assessment statements/specific examples which align to the HPS critical competencies.  Coupled with each grade level and course document are “Teacher Resource Guides” that condense the information into a “teacher-friendly” document.

Elementary Resources

Elementary Math

  • Kindergarten
    • Quick Introduction to your online Math Expressions (MX) resources. Your username and password is required to enter this site.
  • Kindergarten Vocabulary
    • Sample letter for Parent and Student access to Math Expressions online.
  • Kindergarten Teacher Resource
    • Helping parents understand both the mathematics their child is learning and how it is being presented in the classroom.
    • In Math Expressions, a Home School Connection through homework and remembering is included in each lesson at every grade level (K–5). The opening lesson of each unit provides a Family Letter (in English and in Spanish) that explains the conceptual ideas of the unit. The letter also provides examples of accessible algorithms that the students will be learning in school and need to apply to their homework. These explanations and examples give parents a concrete strategy to use with their child to review and reinforce the concept and/or skill taught in the lesson.
    • In the Student Activity Book and the Homework and Remembering Book, take-home games, manipulatives, and fluency routines are provided for students. This encourages at-home practice to continue when students leave school.
    • Also, in the Student Activity Book and the Homework and Remembering Book, models, explanations, questions, and examples on the lesson and homework pages are valuable tools for parents to understand, and then reinforce, what their child is learning and how they are learning it.
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 1 Vocabulary
    • has printable resources for families including unit overview, family leters, and math background. All of the units with letter names are the mini-units for Geometry/Measurement. Just choose the grade level, then go to the “MX Resources for Families”.
  • Grade 1 Teacher Resource
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 2 Vocabulary
  • Grade 2 Teacher Resource
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 3 Vocabulary
  • Grade 3 Teacher Resource
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 4 Vocabulary
  • Grade 4 Teacher Resource
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 5 Vocabulary
  • Grade 5 Teacher Resource

Middle School Math

High School Math