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Introduction to the Math Common Core. Presented by Dr. Nicki Newton. Introduction. Welcome Introductions Overview Logistics – blog, pearltree , twitter Conference Handbook. Goals of the Workshop. Learn Practical Strategies to Implement CCSS Standards A. Mathematical Practices

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Introduction to the Math Common Core

Presented by Dr. Nicki Newton


  • Welcome

  • Introductions

  • Overview

  • Logistics – blog, pearltree, twitter

  • Conference Handbook

Goals of the Workshop

  • Learn Practical Strategies to Implement CCSS Standards

    A. Mathematical Practices

    B. Domains

    2. Scaffold Instruction

  • Meaningfully Integrate Technology

  • Meaningfully Integrate Literature

Essential Questions

  • How does the New Math CCSS change the way we think about teaching and learning math?

  • How do I teach the mathematical practices?

  • What’s different about the content in the Domains?

History of the Common Core

  • A Nation at Risk, 1983

  • NCTM, 1989

  • Goals 2000

  • Achieve, Inc.

  • No Child Left Behind

  • The NGA/CCSSO Standards Initiative

Why the CCSS?

  • Preparation: The standards are college- and career-ready. They will help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in education and training after high school.

Why the CCSS?

  • Competition: The standards are internationally benchmarked. Common standards will help ensure our students are globally competitive.

Why the CCSS?

  • Equity: Expectations are consistent for all – and not dependent on a student’s zip code.

Why the CCSS?

  • Clarity: The standards are focused, coherent, and clear. Clearer standards help students (and parents and teachers) understand what is expected of them.

Why the CCSS?

  • Collaboration: The standards create a foundation to work collaboratively across states and districts, pooling resources and expertise, to create curricular tools, professional development, common assessments and other materials

Greater Focus & Coherence

Who is involved?

As of October, 2011

Key Points in Math

  • The K-5 standards provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals—which help young students build the foundation to successfully apply more demanding math concepts and procedures, and move into applications.


Key Points in Math

  • The K-5 standards build on the best state standards to provide detailed guidance to teachers on how to navigate their way through knotty topics such as fractions, negative numbers, and geometry, and do so by maintaining a continuous progression from grade to grade.


Key Points in Math

  • The standards stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding, to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels


Key Points in Math

  • - rather than the current practices by which many students learn enough to get by on the next test, but forget it shortly thereafter, only to review again the following year.


Math Components

  • Mathematical Practices

  • Critical Areas

  • Domains

Big Ideas for Grades 3 - 5

Measurement and Data

Number and Operations in Base Ten

Operations in Algebraic Thinking

Must Look at CCSS Progressions

  • Content Progressions

  • *Good resource is NC



Critical Areas – Grade 3

Instructional time should focus on four critical areas:

  • developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100 (i.e. sticks, circles and squares; divide and ride)

  • developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1) (math stories –numerator/denominator dogs)(find your match)

Critical Areas – Grade 3

Instructional time should focus on four critical areas:

(3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area

(4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes (Tell me all you can).

Critical Areas – Grade 4

Instructionaltime should focus on three critical areas:

  • developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends (base ten block division; equal groups; dots and dashes)

  • developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers (Show video of models)(show fraction man)(fraction bingo)

  • Understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry. (show matrices)

Critical Areas – Grade 5

Instructional time should focus on three critical areas:

  • developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions) (show video)

  • extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations (show videos)

  • developing understanding of volume

8 Mathematical Practices

Processes & Proficiencies

Processes & Proficiencies


  • Problem Solving 

  • Reasoning and Proof 

  • Communication 

  • Connections 

  • Representation 

Adding it Up:

  • Conceptual Understanding

  • Procedural Fluency

  • Strategic Competence

  • Adaptive Reasoning

  • Mathematical Reasoning

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals.

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt.

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution.

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary.

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, “Does this make sense?”

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.

Let’s Make Sense of a Problem and Persevere in Solving it!

Let’s Make Sense of a Problem and Persevere in Solving it!

  • Timothy’s Dice Problem

Level 1 of Problem Solving(O& Ap.25)

  • Level 1 is making and counting all of the quantities involved in a multiplication or division. As before, the quantities can be represented by objects or with a diagram, but a diagram affords reflection and sharing when it is drawn on the board and explained by a student.

Level 2 of Problem Solving(O& Ap.25)

  • Level 2 is repeated counting on by a given number, such as for 3: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30. The count-bys give the running total. The number of 3s said is tracked with fingers or a visual or physical (e.g., head bobs) pattern. For 8x 3, you know the number of 3s and count by 3 until you reach 8 of them. For 24/3, you count by 3 until you hear 24, then look at your tracking method to see how many 3s you have. Because listening for 24 is easier than monitoring the tracking method for 8 3s to stop at 8, dividing can be easier than multiplying.

Level 3 of Problem Solving(O& Ap.25)

  • Level 3 methods use the associative property or the distributive property to compose and decompose. These compositions and de- compositions may be additive (as for addition and subtraction) or multiplicative. For example, students multiplicatively compose or decompose:


Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships:

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • the ability to decontextualize—to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents—

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • —and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand;

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.

Play Thinking Puzzles and Games

  • 1. Contextualizing Stories

  • 2. Reasoning Matrices

  • 3. Reasoning Circles

  • 4. The Digits Game

  • 5. Digital Function Table Game

Reasoning in grades 3-5

  • 1. Reasoning Routines:

    Prove It Papers, Defend It, Challenge It, Convince Me,

    2. Some Student Examples

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • Mathematically proficient students are also able to compare the effectiveness of two plausible arguments, distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and—if there is a flaw in an argument—explain what it is.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • They reason inductively about data, making plausible arguments that take into account the context from which the data arose.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.

Getting Students Ready to Talk Students in Action

  • 1. Guidelines for Talking

  • 2. Public Prompts

  • 3. Cunningham’s Framework

    (See packet)

Students Talking

  • 1. Fraction Tracks

  • 2. Talking about Multiplication

Quick Review

  • MP 1

  • MP 2

  • MP 3

  • What are 3 things you know.

  • What is 1 question you have or thing you are thinking about?

Model with mathematics.

  • Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace.

Model with mathematics.

  • In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation.

Model with mathematics.

  • They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas.

Model with mathematics.

  • They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.

Models, Models, Models

  • More of the Tape Diagram

    A Multiplicative Comparison Problem




Models, Models, Models

Open Numberline

Word Problem

Missing Addend

Subtraction Problem

Models, Models, Models

Group Modeling of a Problem

Divide and Ride

Make a Group of 4: Take Turns

  • 1. Translate problem (verbal)

    2. People Models (concrete)

  • 3. Illustrate with picture, numberline, table (pictorial)

  • 4. Write the equation (abstract)

Christine’s Posters (the five)

Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software.

Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations.

Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.

Let’s Look at Some Tools

  • 1. Elapsed Time Ruler

  • 2. Alien Angle Rescue

Attend to precision.

  • Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately.

Attend to precision.

  • They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently, express numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context

Attend to precision.

  • In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other.

Let’s Look at Some Examples

  • Vocabulary is Essential.

    (See blog)(See glog)

    A Vocabulary Game:

    Geometry Dice Roll

    Space Alien Rescue

Look for Structure

  • Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure. Young students, for example, might notice that three and seven more is the same amount as seven and three more, or they may sort a collection of shapes according to how many sides the shapes have.

Look for Structure

  • Later, students will see 7 × 8 equals the well remembered 7 × 5 + 7 × 3, in preparation for learning about the distributive property.

Looking for Structure

  • They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects. For example, they can see 5 – 3(x – y)2 as 5 minus a positive number times a square and use that to realize that its value cannot be more than 5 for any real numbers x and y.

Let’s Take a Look

Students talking about 12 x 15

What do you notice?

How did the teacher artfully scaffold this conversation?

Looking at Structure

  • Let’s Use the Open Array

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

  • Mathematically proficient students notice if calculations are repeated, and look both for general methods and for shortcuts. Upper elementary students might notice when dividing 25 by 11 that they are repeating the same calculations over and over again, and conclude they have a repeating decimal.

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

  • As they work to solve a problem, mathematically proficient students maintain oversight of the process, while attending to the details. They continually evaluate the reasonableness of their intermediate results.


  • Math Common Core

    Common Core Blog (

  • Dr. Nicki’s Guided Math Blog CCSS Toolkit (

  • Math Progressions

More Resources

  • Illustrative Math:

    Great Math Resources:

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