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Standards for Mathematical Practice: Commentary and Elaborations for K-5

This 19-page draft document (pdf) offers guidance to K-5 educators in interpreting the CCSS Mathematical Practices for the elementary grades. The first section provides annotations to the original language. The second section integrates those annotations into coherent descriptions of how each practice standard applies in the K–5 classroom.
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Contributed by: Illustrative Mathematics - Publisher, Mary Knuck - Author, Deborah Schifter - Author, Susan Jo Russell - Author
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 6Common Core’s Mathematical Practice 6, Attend to Precision, calls for students to be clear in their reasoning, calculation, and communication through the precise use of words, symbols, units of measure, mathematical expressions, and processes. Students recognize various levels of precision and apply them appropriately; they calculate accurately and efficiently. These resources are intended to help teachers and math specialists understand the intent and scope of MP 6 and plan for successful attainment in the classroom. A companion Classroom collection, Implementing CCSS Practice Standard 6, includes resources to help teachers foster this practice with their students.
CCSS Practice Standard 2This collection aims to shed light on Practice Standard 2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively, and offers instructional strategies for helping students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. These resources provide meaningful ways to support children as they learn to represent problem contexts with numbers and symbols, and then re-interpret the numbers and symbols in terms of the original problem. A companion Classroom Collection includes resources to help teachers develop this practice with their students.
Math TopicMathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade LevelK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeReference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorIllustrative Mathematics - Publisher, Mary Knuck - Author, Deborah Schifter - Author, Susan Jo Russell - Author
    • Publication Date2014-02-12
    • RightsCopyright (c) Illustrative Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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