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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Need math tasks for the Common Core?

At the beginning of November, the Illustrative Mathematics Project website went live!

Why is this important news?

There is now a set of tasks for one standard at each grade level K-8, and eventually, there will be a task for EVERY standard at each grade level.

Eventually the sets of tasks will include elaborated teaching tasks with detailed information about using them for instructional purposes, rubrics, and student work.

Right now, this is what you get:
  • A minimum of 4 tasks (although typically 5-6 or more depending on the standard).
  • Most will be more like assessment tasks or brief teaching tasks. At least one will be the kernel of an instructional task that can eventually be more fully developed and elaborated with the help of teachers using it in classrooms.
  • The tasks in the set will vary in difficulty. Some but not all will be scaffolded.
  • A balance in computational/algorithmic and conceptual tasks.
  • An appropriate number of contextual problems for the standard.
  • Most of the tasks will illuminate the “center of mass” of the standard, and a few will light up the periphery.
  • At least one task will bridge in some way to another standard, ideally across domains or grade levels.

Illustrative Mathematics also allows users to register. This is not necessary to see the tasks, but if you register you will be eligible for news bulletins and various opportunities for involvement in the project that will arise over the next few months.

Happy Hunting!

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