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This is a study about which modifications to conceptual math strategies for the newly adopted Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) curriculum are most effective when used with students on Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for mild to moderate disabilities. Three units of the CGI curriculum (addition, subtraction, and multiplication) will be modified for this research. CGI is currently being implemented in a mid-sized suburban community in the greater Orange County area, but the curriculum has not been modified for special education teachers. The goal of this research is to take grade level standards that are being addressed in CGI and modify them to the academic levels of the students within this study (give access to all students). The curriculum will include several different types of daily problems in addition to a direct instruction teacher manual for each lesson. The goal of this research is learn how CGI can better support students with mild to moderate disabilities in math to improve their understanding of mathematics concepts.