Mr. Brennan's resources for Common Core and Standards for Mathematical Practice (and related) Activities

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Core in the Classroom:
From Standards to Practice
    University of Massachusetts Boston
    100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

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Workshop Notes
    From a workshop in Worcester Increasing Accessibility to Algebra & Geometry for ALL Students .
    Important take-aways from this workshop include:

  • When we are covering math topics we select from a variety of instructional strategies. For any particular topic we have choices about the strategies we choose, and different strategies exercise different mathematical practices. We could argue that for any class we have components of almost all of the Standards for Mathematical Practice all of the time. But strategies that we select can shift which of the practices are exercised the most. For example, if we have students working independently than we are not exercising Practice 3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as much as we had selected a partner or small-group activity that uses cooperative learning. So another consideration for delivering instruction is selecting a strategy that can (better) support a particular practice.

  • How to make mathematics accessible to all learners. Some very good ways are summarized in this resource by EDC Ways to Address Accessibility in Math. This is a really great list, but of course it is not always practical, or applicable, to include all of these methods in all of our lessons.

  • As an update to the Standards for Mathematical Practice page SMP.html , for each of the practices Iíll add a couple of strategies that can be used to exercise each practice, and tie in how the strategy can be used to make math accessible for all learners. Some of the strategies that will be mentioned include:
    • Jigsaw
    • Table top
    • Link Sheets
    • Flip cards
    • Concept maps
    • Splashes
    • I have-who has
    • Webs
    • stations
    • Sorts and Matches
    • Parallel Tasks
    • Open questions
Workshop Notes
    From a workshop in Holyoke called Developing Mathematical Practices for Algebraic Grades 5-10.
    The course applies the standards of mathematical practice to Algebra from Elementary to High School.

  • Although all 8 practices are covered, the workshop focusus on numbers 2, 7, and 8. There are many of the standards that seem to overlap - and they do. The course makes some sense out of them and helps to tell them apart.

  • A summary of the Standards of Mathematical Practices is provided SMP.html
    This will list some of the big ideas of each practice. I will put together some sample activities that illustrate each one - but teachers would get the most out of them by doing the problems themselves to see how the math practice applies.

June 15
    Activity Files Most of these files are available on; using most of the Internet search engines you can search on the title and add to find these. The teacher guides are also available here for easy access as permitted with their copyright requirements.

  • Activity one
    Each small group was assigned one of the eight standards of mathematical practice and we were to read through the standard are extract the relevant verbs and nouns that are used to describe each standard. Next, we were to write an example of how those nouns and verbs (and thus the standard) could apply or be seen in both an Algebra and Geometry classroom. The output of this activity was a poster for each standard. Images of each poster follows the description of each standard.

  • Activity: Generalizing Patterns: Table Tiles
    File: generalizing_patterns_complete.pdf

  • Activity: Interpreting Algebraic Expressions
    File: l16_algebraic_expressions_beta_complete.pdf

  • Activity: Representing and Combining Transformations
    File: l19_transformations_beta_complete.pdf

  • Activity: increasing and decreasing quantity by a percent
    File: increasing_decreasing_by_percent.pdf

    External links
  • Illustrative Mathematics
    Web site: Illustrative Mathematics provides guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.
    This site will be
    you will want to use to see how to connect math standards to math practices and the way that the standards will be assessed.

    Source of the activities used in the workshop Friday June 15, 2012.

  • Table Tiles web page but you can also search for other resources.


    The online resources tab will provide access to
  • General information about the Common Core standards and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
  • General information about the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Speicif files and links from/for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District.

      The Newsletter Tab contains an index to the newsletters that we began sending out to the math faculty June 2012.

      This [HWMath Common Core Home] page will contain news items and update notes for what has been recently added.