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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) K-12 resources related to the following standard:
Standards for Mathematical Practice
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The authors of this 18-page article discuss their efforts to explore the implications of using rich mathematical tasks and promoting mathematical discourse, as proposed in the NCTM's teaching standards. While team-teaching in a third grade class, they analyzed the relative merits and challenges of presenting children with convergent and divergent tasks. The article includes anecdotes to illustrate the kinds of thinking and communication that children engaged in, and the empowerment they exhibited, as they explored questions about negative numbers and regrouping in subtraction.
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Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
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This iOS app requires students to use a ten frame to fill in the remaining addend with contrasting chips and then count them to tell how many more to make ten. The app can be set to build sequentially or it can be set to give random values. Additionally, the app includes an option to show number sentences when the problem is complete.
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Grade Level: K, 1
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This short article suggests ten math activities which parents can incorporate into their children's summer routines to prevent loss of learning over the summer months. These suggestions can be used year round to help students develop number sense and positive connections to mathematics.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This page provides classroom teachers with numerous ideas to celebrate the one-hundredth day of the school year with their students. Activities explore counting, sorting, patterning with the number 100 and various other math skills and concepts. A read-aloud book list is included, as well as, contributions from other visitors to this page.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
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In this 15 minute video, Mary Holden and her 4th/5th grade class reason about the appropriateness of different computational methods (base-ten blocks, calculators, mental math, or paper and pencil) to specific problems. The video includes a description of how the teacher manages her multi-level class and encourages hands on exploration and discussion in small group learning sessions. At the conclusion of the video are reflection questions for professional development.
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Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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This 46-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the grade 1 level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades K and 2-5.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 1
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This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support first grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) and Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The activities were designed to measure students' ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. Resources are listed for specific grade 1 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 1
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This page provides examples of 1st Grade Measurement and Data activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A CCSS standard is stated and the possible activities are listed below and linked. 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. Instructions for each task are typed in large print and written in child-friendly language to enable students to work on activities independently after a brief introduction to the task. All files for 1st Grade Measurement and Data Activities listed are in PDF format.
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Grade Level: 1
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This 34-page document (pdf) identifies student learning outcomes for each of eleven 21st Century Skills and provides examples of tasks for grade 4, 8, and 12. It strives to fuse mathematical content and mathematical practices with the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) and integrate them with interdisciplinary themes. Each skill is aligned with CCSS mathematical practices. This map was designed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and dozens of math educators across the country.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
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In this open-ended investigation, students use visualizing skill and work systematically to explore surface area. Learners use linking cubes to build three-dimensional objects with exactly 28 faces exposed. Ideas for implementation, extension and support are included.
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Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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