Everyday Math emphasizes coherent content that is spiraled (i.e., revisited) appropriately within and across grade-levels. This “spiraled” approach distributes learning over time rather than concentrating instruction in a single unit, section, or lesson. Instruction is sequenced to address the CCSS and structured in sections and lessons that address “Goals for Mathematical Content” (GMC) and “Goals for “Mathematical Practice” (GMP). For each GMC, sections provide introductory lessons that allow students to explore and practice new concepts. Subsequent lessons develop students’ skills and ability to apply what they have learned. Sections end with concluding instruction in which students review, apply, and transfer their learning in new contexts and to non-routine problems.
A set of “Spiral” tools allow teachers to see how each lesson’s instruction connects concepts and ensures coherent instruction within and across grade levels. The “Spiral Shapshot” is a lesson-level resource that illustrates how content is building across previous lessons, the current lesson, and future instruction. The “Spiral Trace” is presented at the opening of each unit and illustrates how concepts develop over the course of the unit’s instruction. The “Spiral Tracker” provides a comprehensive view of how content is developed over the course of a year, including lesson activities and assessments.
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