Great Minds provides a comprehensive set of mathematics resources to support the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The downloadable materials, known as Eureka Math, provide lesson plans and professional development resources to support mathematics instruction in grades PK-12. Learning List recently reviewed Eureka Math resources for grades K-12. Some Eureka Math resources may be accessed at no cost at www.GreatMinds.org
Eureka Math mathematics resources focus on exploring fewer topics in greater depth at each grade level. Content is organized using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines, which structure instruction by providing multiple means of engaging students, representing content, and expressing and acting upon learning. Further, lesson plans strive to meet the rigor of the CCSS by balancing conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and the application of mathematics to real-world problems. To achieve this goal, Eureka Math lessons are presented in four-parts:
- Fluency Practice includes activities that develop proficiency, connect to prior learning, and preview new concepts.
- Concept Development provides core instruction in new concepts and skills, including step-by-step examples.
- Application Problems allow students to practice using problem sets that are related to the instruction provided in the Concept Development portion of the lesson.
- Student Debrief provides opportunities for students to discuss and share what they have learned. Debriefs close with an “exit ticket” –a short formative assessment of the day’s learning as students leave the classroom.
The Mathematical Practice Standards (MPS) are integrated throughout Eureka Math lessons, and teacher resources include comprehensive support to help teachers adapt to the new standards and integrate the practices in instruction. Other teacher resources include full-year scope and sequence materials (i.e., curriculum maps) that provide a detailed overview of instruction at each grade level, background in key content, rationale for the structure of instruction, and CCSS alignment documents.
About Eureka Math*
A group of education leaders founded the non-profit Great Minds in 2007 to define and encourage content-rich comprehensive education for all American schoolchildren. In pursuit of that mission, Great Minds brings schoolteachers together in collaboration with scholars to craft exemplary instructional materials and share them with the field. Great Minds’ Eureka Math curriculum has won accolades at the state and national levels, and is the only comprehensive math curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards at every grade.
Content in this section is provided by or adapted from Great Minds.
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