Implementing the Common Core in Mathematics

These resources can help district implement the Common Core in math:


Common Core Mathematics Implementation Resources

NYS Curriculum Models

New York State is purchasing curriculum modules from vendors. Our advice to districts is that they explore these materials. Ultimately, districts have options to adopt, adapt, or refer to these curriculum materials as they develop their own curricula.

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Implementing the Common Core in Math Institute (with the University of Arizona)

The conference is over! Wow, it was great to here from Bill McCallum and to get the chance to "do" and "think" math for the weekend! Participants are to be commended for the hard work and dedication each demonstrated by giving up their weekend.

Artifacts of the event, including the activities generated by participants, are available online.

Highlights of the weekend included:

  • Perspective from Bill McCallum, lead writer of the Common Core, on "What's different about these standards?"
  • Activities that can be immediately used in the classroom.
  • Breakout sessions from classroom teachers modeling the focus of the Common Core by digging into a particular standard or cluster.
  • Mathematicians discussing the focus of different grade levels and the mathematics behind the standards.
  • Online resources to support the Common Core.
  • Participants produced activities related to a specific task aligned to the Common Core.

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Math Solutions Institute (OCM BOCES, August 8-10, 2012)

The OCM BOCES Network Team arranged for Math Solutions to come to Central New York.

The Math Solutions Institute introduced educators to the central ideas embodied in the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

We were treated to a race appearance by none other than Marilyn Burns, founder of Math Solutions. She spoke at the close of the Institute and used her newly released Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) to demonstrate the important of questions, formative assessment, and the mathematical practices. Marilyn generously shared her presentation with us. Click here to access a compressed form (without any pictures or videos from a recent conference presentation). Click here to access the entire deck, including the videos.

To arrange for follow up, contact OCM BOCES Network Team member Jill Fendt or Jeff Craig.

Related Resources from the OCM BOCES Network Team

Before you attend the Institute, you might want to become familiar with:

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Choosing (and Purchasing) Mathematics Materials

Choosing material to support your math program is an important decision. Go slow! Be deliberate! Do your HW!

Resources to help you with your decision:

Mathematics Vendor Fair

On May 10, 2013, the OCM BOCES Network Team is hosted its Math Vendor Fair.

Math Vendor Fair LogoThe event will run from 9:00am - 3:00pm.
  • In addition to being able to browse, 30 minute presentations are scheduled. These will be scheduled for once in the morning and once in the afternoon for each vendor, the times will be staggered.
  • It is anticipated that attendees would be able to visit all vendors and attend any mini-presentations in approximately half of a day's worth of time.
  • A light breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

The OCM BOCES Network Team is pleased to invite leaders from the expanded JMT to attend: Broome-Tioga BOCES, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, Oswego BOCES, and TST BOCES.

Registration is being collected via MLP:    Register

Vendors indicating they will participate include:

  • CK-12
  • Connected Math
  • Connecting math concepts
  • Core-Plus Mathematics Project
  • Corrective math
  • Curriculum Associates
  • Digits
  • Envision
  • Everyday Math
  • Fast Math
  • Focus Math
  • Glencoe Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
  • Glencoe Math for grades 6-8 + new NY CCLS
  • Impact Math
  • Investigations
  • Marilyn Burns: Math Reads
  • Math 180
  • Math and Movement
  • Math labs
  • Math Navigator
  • Math Trailblazers [K-12]
  • Math Triumphs
  • Math Triumphs [intervention for below grade level]
  • My Math [PreK-5]
  • Number worlds
  • Scholastic
    • Scholastic Math Suite- Math 180
    • Fastt Math
    • Fraction Nation
    • Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI ) on NYS approved list for APPR
    • Marilyn Burns which includes
      • Do the Math
      • Math Reads
      • Math Solutions.
  • Singapore Math
  • Stepping Stones

Attendees are asked to park in the Henry Campus lot and walk over to Rodax 8 where the vendors are located. It is a very short walk.

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Math Website Database for Elementary Teachers

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Common Core Professional Development
Common Core Math Reports
Looking for a quick way to find out which math concepts should be taught in a specific grade, or how the standards handle the concept of probability? This handy tool demystifies the Common Core math standards. Simply select a grade or math concept and get a printable report of the related standards or key concepts. The easy-to-read reports help you analyze how a concept is developed over time, create instruction for struggling or advanced learners, and plan and deliver professional development.
Common Core Tools
Additional tools that continue to be developed are posted from time to time on this blog moderated by Dr. William McCallum, distinguished professor and head of mathematics at the University of Arizona and mathematics lead for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Grade Level CCSS Flipbooks
The Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics created flip books of the Common Core State Standards for each grade level.
Illustrative Mathematics
Under the guidance of members of the working group as well as other national experts in mathematics and mathematics education, The Illustrative Mathematics Project will illustrate the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.
Instructional Resources for Math
This site was developed by the Utah State Office of Education, and is a great instructional resource for mathematics teachers in grades 4-6. Contains links to other sites, unpacking materials, etc.
K-4 Math Resources
Website created at the FM school district under the guidance of Brian Cohen. The link will take you to the “Computation Strategies” page on the website. The addition and subtraction pages will show you pictures of some strategies that might be used to teach these skills in second grade. Clicking on any of the pictures of student work will play a video of a student explaining how to do that strategy. The site is a great resource to share with parents, as well.
Mathematical Practices Videos
These videos help explain the mathematical practices. There is a short explanation of each one.
PARCC Resources
In the future, PARCC intends to build additional supplementary materials to further illustrate implementation of the standards, which may include model instructional units and sample tasks. In general, these materials will likely focus on areas of the standards that are particularly new to educators to support transition efforts. As the materials become available, they will be published for use at this website.
Parent Resources for Math
This link, developed by the Utah State Office of Education, contains parent resources for CCSS in math by grade level.
The Progressions are being developed by members of the Common Core State Standards working group and writing team through the University of Arizona’s Institute for Mathematics and Education. Progressions are narratives of the standards that describe how student skill and understanding in a particular domain develop from grade to grade. One of the primary uses of the progressions is to give educators and curriculum developers information that can help them develop materials for instruction aligned to the standards.
Sample Task Videos
Under the Next Generation Assessment area you can find webinars and videos of sample tasks. In the video there are examples of 6th grade online performance tasks. You can use these examples to demonstrate the change to parents - it is also in PowerPoint. It will also provide a concrete example for teachers of “what does an Online Performance Based Task look like?”
Scope and Sequence Tool
This is a quick scope and sequence tool for math K-8 CCSS. You can toggle back and forth between grade levels and domains.
A portal developed by the Verizon Foundation where you can find discipline-specific, standards-based Thinkfinity resources, network with colleagues and education leaders to create and innovate classroom practices, organize your bookmarks and documents for easy retrieval from school or home, share ideas, resources, and useful advice in various ongoing discussions throughout the community, join groups whose members have interests similar to your own, create groups for collaborating with your colleagues or extending learning beyond the classroom with your students, read blogs by your favorite Verizon Education Bloggers and interact with them, and try strategies tested and designed for you to replicate in your school that have been developed by Verizon Technology Schools.
Transition to Common Core
This is a website that Pearson created over a year ago as a resource for teachers and administrators as they transition to the Common Core. The resources and webinar tabs are particularly useful.
Unpacking the Standards (BOCES Wiki)
This Wiki was made by teachers for teachers with assistance from OCM BOCES. This Wiki is a living document intended to help teachers analyze and understand each standard, its nuances, the knowledge and skills it demands of students, and connections to other standards. The information in it was not provided by the Common Core authors or by New York State. Consequently, there is room for disagreement and discussion.To that end, please feel free to post a note suggesting additions or revisions. New York State will implement the Common Core Standards in Mathematics (K-8) beginning in 2012-'13. As you work to accomplish this, please use this Wiki in conjunction with national-, state-, and district-level resources and professional development to help you make the transition to the new standards in your classroom. Links to some good resources are provided in the sidebar.
Webinars Explaining “Why” Behind Standards
This link brings you to webinars by Bill McCallum, Skip Fennell, Phil Daro and Jane Schielack. They are very useful for the “why” behind the “what” of the standards. It is directly from the CC authors with no filters, and is a great source of ELA CC info, as well.

Lesson Planning
Arkansas State Math Interventions Matrix
The Math Interventions Matrix is a research-based K-12 resource used to help educators identify and implement interventions for students struggling to master math skills in the Common Core State Standards.
This site features animated videos and curricular content that engage students and support educators in grades 4-6. The animated characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. The content is mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and searchable with the online Standards Tool. BrainPOP is easy to use, with no downloading, installation, or special hardware required. Lessons, games, activities, and quizzes go along with each video...and the kids LOVE IT!

Username: wgcsd
Password: 13031
BrainPOP Junior
This site features animated videos and curricular content that engage students and support educators in grades K-3. The animated characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. The content is mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and searchable with the online Standards Tool. BrainPOP is easy to use, with no downloading, installation, or special hardware required. Lessons, games, activities, and quizzes go along with each video...and the kids LOVE IT!

Username: wgcsd
Password: 13031
Eggsactly With Fractions Unit
In this complete unit plan students explore relationships among fractions through work with the set model. This early work with fraction relationships helps students make sense of basic fraction concepts and facilitates work with comparing and ordering fractions and working with equivalency.
EnVisions Aligned Resources
This website was built to be used with the EnVisions math program that we are using – but the topics are numbered differently, so some exploration is necessary to find the topic you are looking for. It has links to flipcharts, videos that can be projected on the Promethean Board, websites, and other tech-type resources for each topic. It also has a different page for each grade!
Fraction Model App
Explore different representations for fractions including improper fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percentages. Additionally, there are length, area, region, and set models. Adjust numerators and denominators to see how they alter the representations and models. Use the table to keep track of interesting fractions.
Georgia Lesson Plans
On the right side of the page, you will see a blue box to select each grade level with units. When you click on the plus sign it will list "student frameworks" which have many lesson plans.
Intervention Central
Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and districts with free resources to help struggling learners and implement Response to Intervention and attain the Common Core State Standards.
K-5 Math Teaching Resources
This page provides examples of 1st Grade Number Activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. All activities are suitable for use in math centers, small group or whole class settings and are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. All files for the 1st Grade Number Activities listed are in PDF format. For more 1st Grade math ideas, you can click on the E-Book covers on the left of the page. This site has similar activities for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Math Solutions
There are a lot of great lessons to look at and great ways for teaching concepts deeply. They aren’t linked to the standards for us unfortunately, but are broken down by suggested grade levels.
Oregon City School District
Welcome to OCSD's math curriculum resource for elementary teachers! Use the links to the left to access online resources such as curriculum maps, common vocabulary, instructional activities, student games, and more. Check back frequently for new information and resources to support mathematics instruction.
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, for us as educators, there are thousands and thousands of exceptionally well done education things: lessons, activities, worksheets, ideas, organizational systems, classroom decorations, tools, templates, etc. You can browse pinboards created by other teachers. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
Place Value Unit
This unit was found on the Georgia website and has some nice lessons to use for place value and other things – it even includes essential questions! Geared for grade 4. (For printing purposes, know that the PDF is 114 pages long.)
Printable Games
Here is a site with some easy games to implement at a range of grade levels. Can download printable game boards, as well.
RtI Menu
This is a RTi Intervention Menu-it's 2012, it uses the sources we use (Intervention Central, etc.) and it’s great! You can download and print out!
Teachers Pay Teachers
An open marketplace where teachers buy and sell original teaching materials. You can download materials, lessons, worksheets, resources, ideas, etc. for free or sometimes for a small fee. The search feature makes it easy to type in the topic you are searching for, and narrow it down by grade level, type, subject, and price. Many of the educational things that people “pin” on Pinterest come from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Thinkfinity Fractions Resources
Common Core aligned fractions lessons and activities on the Thinkfinity website.
Thinking Blocks
Thinking Blocks is a suite of learning tools designed to help students solve math word problems accurately and efficiently. Using brightly colored blocks, students model mathematical relationships and identify known and unknown quantities. The model provides students with a powerful image that organizes information and simplifies the problem solving process. By modeling increasingly complex word problems, students develop strong reasoning skills which will facilitate the transition from arithmetic to algebra.

Just For Kids...

Independent Computer Games
Khan Academy
On this site, students can make use of an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web. Parents and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy. The library of videos covers K-12 math and science topics in 10 minute long chunks. Students can practice math at their own pace with the adaptive assessment environment. Each problem is randomly generated, so you never run out of practice material. If students need a hint, every single problem can be broken down, step-by-step, with one click. Teachers can access all of their students' data. You can get a summary of class performance as a whole or dive into a particular student's profile to figure out exactly which topics are problematic.
Missing Number Online Game
Cool site for finding the missing number at 1st grade.
NCTM Math Games
This link takes you to Calculation Nation – a NCTM created page of math games for students. Topics include fractions, geometry, probability, computation, and algebra.
Partial Quotients Online Game
This link takes you to the Illuminations Quotient Café . Students solve division problems using the partial quotients method. The program helps students self-check every step of the way, and allows them to choose their own partial quotients.
Scoot Pad
This is an easy to use site with activities for K-5 that are all aligned with the CCLS. It is really simple – go on, set up log-ins for your students, then practice! It is just like Study Island except you don’t have to set up the activities – it does it for you!
Study Island
Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement. Study Island’s programs enable educators to track student performance in real-time to address individual learning gaps, while allowing administrators to monitor student progress and measure teacher effectiveness.
Study Ladder
This site can be used to set up math interventions, or to target specific skill areas in grades prek-6. Usernames and passwords will be generated for students, and you can create class or individual assignments, much like Study Island. The assignments can be videos, interactive games, or printable worksheets. Moreover, it's not just for math – it has topics for all other subject areas, too.
Xtra Math
This is a free web math fact fluency program for teachers, students, and parents that help students master their basic math fact combinations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Students get their own login, the program remembers facts that students have mastered, and weekly reports are emailed to teachers.






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