Lesson Planning Resources and Common Core links

Lesson Planning

High cognitively demanding tasks are important for getting students to think mathematically. In order to choose good tasks, I need to know my students and what mathematics they need to learn. In addition, it is critical that I consider sequencing. Many times, it is easy to get lost in helping kids solve problems and think mathematically while losing sight of the bigger picture of what I want them to understand and do.  Whatever tasks I choose, I need to consider how they fit in with the “bigger picture” of what I am trying to teach. The Common Core Standards as well as the progressions documents are helpful to consider sequencing. Researchers on Learning Trajectories point out that we need to consider tasks and student thinking in order to adjust our teaching to support student learning.  I decided to compile a list of teaching resources here to help with lesson planning. I plan to keep adding to this list over time. Thanks to many people who recommended these sites.  This page is organized as follows: Lesson Plans, Common Core Progressions documents and other links for Understanding the Common Core Standards, RTI Resources and State Created Resources for implementing the Common Core. You will need to scroll down this page to find these links.

Lesson Plans

Annenberg Learner -Lessons and Videos


Primary Resources UK

NCTM Illuminations – Lessons from NCTM -can select by grade bands and topics

The Teacher’s Guide

Inside Mathematics: Has great math problems related to different grade level topics

Mathematics Vision Project


A website containing several links to Lesson Planning Resources compiled by Edmund J. Sass.

Cut the Knot- Interactive Mathematics and Puzzles

Early Algebra, Early Mathematics

EDC Think Math – provides explanations and examples

Misha Miller a Nevada Teacher compiled the following website with Interactive Math links.

Geometry proofs classroom materials

Van Hiele levels

Dialog Journals

Resources for Algebra 1 teachers  Blog created by Jeanette Stein

Free Federal Resources of Educational Excellence

Estimation 180. com (videos for estimation)

The teaching Channel

K-5 Math Teaching Resource

Lesson Plan Sites below that charge a fee

Mathelicous – real world problems -appropriate for middle school

Dan Meyer’ blog- real word interesting problems

Yummymath.com provides real world context for problems


Progressions Documents and Understanding the Common Standards

Progressions documents are helpful to understand how the Common Core Mathematics Content standards are organized around “big mathematical ideas.” These documents are helpful for unpacking the Common Core standards, looking at examples and for planning lessons. When teaching the Common Core standards, it is helpful to think about how the math content builds on each other over time. This way, you can easily find gaps in student learning or be able to challenge your students’ learning to the next level.  Here is a list of progressions documents and other tools that I found on the web. Please let me know about any other links you find. I will be happy to post them here.  Facilitating effective whole class discussions involves understanding the math concepts that students should learn and how they build on each other. Having a clear idea of what you want students to learn helps you pose questions and select tasks that target student learning. This makes teaching more efficient and easier.

This page contains helpful links to the Common Core  Standards:

Three minute video explaining the Common Core Standards

Common Core Implementation Video Series -CCSSO

California Math Framework – breaks down the Common Core standards by grade levels and provides examples

Learn Zillion.com –  explains each standards in a video format and provides an example of a lesson or problem.

Zimba charts – diagram illustrating how the different standards connect and build on each other

University of Arizona Progressions Documents – click on progressions on the right hand side of screen (Gives examples and shows how a concepts builds across grade levels.)

Illustrative Mathematics (Progression document with examples)

Turn on on Common Core (Shows how each concept builds across grade levels, provides examples and synthesizes research studies

Implementing the Standards of Mathematical Practices

Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards

Rubric for Implementing Standards of Mathematical Practice from Math Forum

Resource to Supplement Rubric listed above explains Standards of Mathematical Practices

Common Core Toolbox- Dana Davis Center

Achieve the Core

Common Core Works

NCSM Common Core Resource website

CCSS MATH – website has links to explanations of standards

NCTM Resources

Common Core Conversations

Jim Olson’s Page listing Common Core Resources including Assessment

RTI Resources additional help for Students who struggle with mathematics

IRIS Center at Vanderbilt – This website has case studies and resources

National Center on Response to Intervention

Arizona Department of Education RTI Resource Bibliography

The following link was recommended for working with Special education and ELL students:. STERN Math Program

Mathematics and Learning Disabilities


Engage New York

State of California Resources

North Carolina Resources

Georgia Resources

Howard County School Resources


NAEYC Position Statement for Early Childhood Mathematics

Early Math Learning.com


Mathematics methods textbooks are great resources for teachers. They synthesize the research on various math topics. I have found the following textbooks to be helpful for planning and improving teaching.

The methods books answers the following questions:

What does the research say about teaching a particular concepts.

What does the research say about how students think and learn the topic. In addition, it may point out the errors and misconceptions students are likely to make.

Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally This particular edition is written for Pre-service teachers but Teachers who are also teaching have found this book useful as well.

A new set of books were developed that were more grade level specific. (Grades PreK-2,  3-5, 6-8) Teaching Student Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate instruction. These books are cheaper.

Whole Class Mathematics Discussions book is useful for planning and facilitating the instruction.


Mathematics (Photo credit: Daniel Morris)

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