A document explaining the biggest changes in mathematics for the CCSS and other college- and career-ready standards.
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.
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.
Understand how Standards Relate to One Another
After reviewing a lesson, use the Coherence Map to find related standards and additional lessons.
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.