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common core resources /mathematical practice standards / Inside Mathematics illuminates the mathematical practice standards with video excerpts of mathematics lessons. Just as with content standards, not every lesson reflects all elements of the individual standards for mathematical practice. By representing examples from different classrooms for each standard, we want to emphasize how many different ways teachers may enact these standards for mathematical practice in their classrooms, with their particular learners. This alignment was developed in collaboration with educators from the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and the Charles A. Common Core Support Tools Below you will find unpacking standards documents to support teachers in their understanding of the common core and essential standards. The unpacking documents demonstrate at a granular level the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at a particular grade. Important Note: The current Standard Course of Study will continue to be taught and tested during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. New standards and assessments are to be implemented for the first time beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Please send any thoughts, feedback, questions and ideas about additional resources that would help you start preparing to teach the new standards to English Language Arts Unpacking Standards Kindergarten (pdf, 276kb) 1st Grade (pdf, 161kb) 2nd Grade (pdf, 170kb) 3rd Grade (pdf, 165kb) 4th Grade (pdf, 282kb) 5th Grade (pdf, 298kb) 6th Grade (pdf, 315kb) 7th Grade (pdf, 300kb) 8th Grade (pdf, 340kb) English I & II (pdf, 303kb) English III & IV (pdf, 302kb)

Using Writing In Mathematic Using Writing In Mathematics This strand provides a developmental model for incorporating writing into a math class. The strand includes specific suggestions for managing journals, developing prompts for writing, and providing students with feedback on their writing. In addition, the site includes two sample lessons for introducing students to important ideas related to writing about their mathematical thinking. Teaching Strategies For Incorporating Writing Into Math Class: Moving From Open-Ended Questions To Math Concepts Starting Out Gently with Affective, Open-Ended Prompts Writing about thinking is challenging. Begin with affective, open-ended questions about students' feelings. Have students write a "mathography"-a paragraph or so in which they describe their feelings about and experiences in math, both in and out of school. Encourage students to keep their pencils moving. Try requiring 20 words per answer, even if they have to copy the same words again to reach 20. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 1.

Academics / Eight Mathematical Practices Explanation of the Eight Mathematical Practices The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education. The first of these are the NCTM process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections. The Eight Practices are: Websites for explanations Check out this list for a specific description of each. Here's another website with great resources. But my favorite website for the Eight MPs? Posters to put in your classroom But really. So, what are the MPs? Let’s say I, Amy, ask Shaun to go get me a sandwich for lunch. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. What a good friend! Checklist to keep records A Really Clear Video to Explain the Eight MPs To get information about MP 1, go to 3:16 in the video. MPs in Kid Friendly Language Classroom Sneak Peeks:

illustrativemathematics Illustrated Standards Count to 100 by ones and by tens. (see illustrations) Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1). Write numbers from 0 to 20. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger. Count to answer “how many?” Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies. Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals. Fluently add and subtract within 5. Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.

The University of Arizona - Institute for Mathematics & Education The Common Core State Standards in mathematics were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. These documents were spliced together and then sliced into grade level standards. From that point on the work focused on refining and revising the grade level standards. The early drafts of the progressions documents no longer correspond to the current state of the standards. It is important to produce up-to-date versions of the progressions documents. They can explain why standards are sequenced the way they are, point out cognitive difficulties and pedagogical solutions, and give more detail on particularly knotty areas of the mathematics. This project is organizing the writing of final versions of the progressions documents for the K–12 Common Core State Standards.

Class dissection: 'Lesson study' aims to improve teaching In the sunlit library at Jorge Prieto Elementary on Chicago’s’ northwest side, an experiment is underway. A provisional classroom has been set up. A white board sits at the front of the room, and 20 eighth graders are seated at library tables. Math teacher Michael Hock is giving a lesson about the distributive property. Scattered throughout the room are some 30 other teachers. “What is the area of the garden?” Nestor answers the question, and the 30 adults, including visiting teachers from Japan, scribble notes. The exercise is called “lesson study.” Here’s how it works: teachers come up with a detailed lesson plan and explain ahead of time to colleagues the goals of the lesson. “[We’ve been] doing lesson study more than 100 years in Japan,” says Toshiakira Fujii, a premier professor of math education in Japan who was among those teachers observing at Prieto. Fujii says Japanese teachers see lesson study as a proving ground, a way to shine in front of their colleagues.

Learn to Count Money ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. ABCya’s award-winning Preschool computer games and apps are conceived and realized under the direction of a certified technology education teacher, and have been trusted by parents and teachers for ten years. Our educational games are easy to use and classroom friendly, with a focus on the alphabet, numbers, shapes, storybooks, art, music, holidays and much more! ABCya’s award-winning Kindergarten computer games and apps are conceived and realized under the direction of a certified technology education teacher, and have been trusted by parents and teachers for ten years.

Beginning Your Interactive Notebook I hope that this blog inspires you to start using interactive notebooks with your students. Here are some things to think about when you get started... First, you need to decide what type of notebook you will be using. I went with a Five Subject Notebook (because I believe I need one that large). Next, figure out what you want to include in your notebook (besides notes, problems, and foldables). Table of Contents - one of the major benefits of using an interactive notebook is that it helps keep your students more organized. I also decided to include a grade sheet for each marking period and my grading policy. My Cover Page (I apologize...I am no artist!) My Guidelines: My Rubric: My Grade Logs (There is one for each marking period, for a total of four pages): A few other things to keep in mind: Don't let your students use permanent marker in their notebooks. Okay, you're ready!

Using Minecraft to teach Math Literacy You’ve probably heard of the game Minecraft – millions of children around the world play it – but did you know that it can help teach math skills? I didn’t. When my 7-year-old asked me to download Minecraft for him, I checked it out online first, and what I read astounded me. Minecraft is a game in which players can use 3D blocks to build simple things like houses, as well as complex things like programmable computers! (see video) It can be used in the classroom to teach math concepts; from beginning multiplication tables to advanced physics. Mitch Brotherton teaches 6th and 7th grade Literacy Math at Otwell Middle school in Cumming, Georgia. If you can imagine it, you can build it “Minecraft is what gamers refer to as a "sandbox" game, in which the player does whatever he or she chooses to do. His course incorporates many of the common core standards required in math and literacy classes. Encouraging creativity Minecraft promotes creativity in both students and teachers. Fun Factor

Interactive Whiteboard Resources: Maths, Key Stage 2 - Topmarks Education Class Clock A brilliant tool for helping children tell the time using both analogue and digital times. Clock A great teaching clock which gives the time in analogue and digital times. Turn the clock on or back in different time periods. Telling the Time A telling the time game which is good for demonstrating vocabulary associated with telling the time. On Time - Advanced Level Set the time on the analogue clock using the hours and minutes hand. Telling the Time This site can help you to read the time on an analogue clock. Twenty-four Hour Clock This site explains the 24 hour clock. Measures A maths game which combines measuring length and weight with data handling skills. Balance Scales This simple to use site has balance scales which shows how things used to be weighed but it uses grams. Understanding Measures This maths 'booster' activity can help children to differentiate different units of metric measurement and read scales. Temperature Learn to read a thermometer. Dartboard - Rounding Geoboard

NKC Addition Blast Off Skip to main content NKC Addition Blast Off › Text Only Site Quadratic Equation Solver If you have an equation of the form "ax2 + bx + c = 0", we can solve it for you. Just enter the values of a, b and c below Is it Quadratic? Only if it can be put in the form ax2 + bx + c = 0, and a is not zero. The name comes from "quad" meaning square, because the variable is squared (in other words x2). These are all quadratic equations in disguise: How Does this Work? The solution(s) to a quadratic equation can be calculated using the Quadratic Formula: The "±" means you need to do a plus AND a minus, so there are normally TWO solutions ! The blue part (b2 - 4ac) is called the "discriminant", because it can "discriminate" between the possible types of answer. Note: you can still access the old version here.

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