• Understand the Mathematics Lessons

    All of the lessons presented are designed to highlight the math Shifts. These lessons and classroom resources focus on bringing the Shifts required by the Standards into everyday instruction. The resources below explain how to identify and create lessons aligned to the Shifts. 

    The math Shifts are:
    Focus: focus strongly where the Standards focus
    Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
    Rigor: in major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity

  • How these Lessons Address the Shifts

    These lessons illustrate the Shifts and can be used immediately in classrooms for teachers to get a sense of the expectations of the Standards. They can also be used in PLCs as part of a lesson study or shared observations.

    Focus: All of these lessons align to the major work of the grade. Most focus on content that is approached differently in CCSS than in previous standards.

    Coherence: These lessons demonstrate how to build student understanding from previous learning and prepare students for future learning.

    Rigor: These lessons were selected to represent a balance of the aspects of rigor required by the Standards.

  • Planning a Shifts-aligned Lesson

    Use the Lesson Planning Tool to deeply consider focus, coherence, and rigor in your lessons.

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  • Understand how Standards Relate to One Another

    After reviewing a lesson, use the Coherence Map to find related standards and additional lessons.

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  • Build a Meaningful Sequence of Lessons

    Many of the lessons reference a specific progression document, 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.  The progressions 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.