Where can I find lesson ideas and math tasks?
- Check out some samples organized by standard at Illustrative Mathematics or use the tasks in the units developed by Georgia.
- Sharemylesson is a place for teachers to post lessons and share ideas.
- More K-5 Lessons can be found at K-5 Math Teaching Resources.
- Curriculum exemplars from Engage NY can be found here.
- Illuminations provides great lessons and learning tasks as well as web links to hundreds of online resources for each strand.
- Math Landings has a collection of lessons and classroom resources.
- The Math Forum @ Drexel has developed problems of the week for a variety of learning levels. The site requires membership (about $25 a year per classroom). InsideMathematics.org has free problems of the month and MARS tasks.
- The California Math Project has curriculum resources sorted by area of focus.
- Teacher created math tasks can be found here.
- NCTM has a list of online resources can be found here.
- MathLanding provides a search engine to look for lessons, videos, and interactive games or activities around the web.
- Edu.americangraduate.org has a nice page of math activities and links to other sites.
- SoutheastComprehensiveCenter has videos for teachers on how to teach math concepts from the Core
- NorthDakota has "I can" statements for all grade levels as well as some teaching tasks for each grade level.
- Goshen, North Dakota has a template for planning units.
- Blackline masters for all kinds of math lessons can be found here. Pearson has others.
- Number lines created to your specifications.
- K-5 Math Teaching Resources has excellent lessons activities.
- CCSSM Math has an amazing search engine to look for materials from all over the internet by standard.
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Here are some of the ways you can use Learn Zillion.
1. To understand the standard -- Search LearnZillion.com on their Common Core Navigation Page to see if any lessons have been written for your focus standard. Once you click on a Grade level and Domain, it will zoom in to a page which lists each standard individually. If you see a file icon next to the standard, there is lesson set for that standard. If you click on the file icon, you will see all the lessons built to address that standard. What is awesome about this is that you can see how outstanding teachers from around the nation have "unpacked" the standard into a series of lessons. There is also a Coach's Commentary in which the teacher who wrote the unit explains the reasoning and background behind their instructional decisions.
2. To plan lessons. After you find the LearnZillion video which applies to your lesson, you pick how you use it. I have used them to review past material, to provide a visual introduction to a new topic, to present the new content, or to reinforce the content I have already taught. With a free teacher account, you can download the PowerPoints and present them yourself if you prefer that to showing the video.
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