CRA is a sequential instructional approach during which students move from working with concrete materials to creating representational drawings to using abstract symbols. Using this concrete-representational-abstract sequence helps students develop the thorough mental representations that are foundational for conceptual understanding.

Watch how CRA can be used to teach difficult math concepts. By using algebra tiles, students can connect concrete objects to abstract algebraic expressions.

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Learn how ST Math uses CRA to build mathematical understanding. All math concepts are first presented visually in games requiring digital manipulation of objects. As students progress, the math symbols are slowly introduced until a student sees the full equation represented in the game they are playing.

Mathematics

Algebraic Thinking

Arithmetic Fact Retrieval

Math Communication

Mathematical Flexibility

Number Sense

Operations

Proportional Reasoning

Cognition

Long-term Memory

Sensory Integration

Short-term Memory

Spatial Skills

Speed of Processing

Working Memory

Student Background

Adverse Experiences

Math Learning Environment

Physical Well-being

Safety

Sleep

Socioeconomic Status