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Implementing the Common Core in Mathematics


Principles to Actions

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)

Artifacts from implementing the Common Core Institute with University of Arizona, including the activities generated by participants, are available online.


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

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:

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Progressions 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BrainPOP
    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.

  • 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.

  • Pinterest
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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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