Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Workshops

17 May, 2012

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Workshops

Grade level workshops have been designed for grades K-3.

The workshops begin with an introduction to the eight practices that are to be integrated into the teaching of the grade level content.  The practices are introduced using teacher friendly language and using appropriate grade level examples and activities.  The practices are mentioned and used throughout the workshops. 

All the standards are introduced with examples or activities. 

DMG suggests having a workshop for each grade level since there are new standards at each grade level and not the repetition found in previous standards. We have combined grade one with grade two in the past.  This works but is not as effective as having them alone. There are new things at each grade level and it is difficult to get it all covered.

 At the end of a grade level CCSSM workshop, teachers will know exactly what they are required to teach and they will have activities and resources to use.


The standards are organized into the framework of word, quantity, symbol, and relationships. The practices are integrated into the content. Four types of situations for addition and subtraction are introduced.

The foundation for place and value is set with learning about the value of teen numbers as ten ones and some more.  First grade is the first time students begin to think of ten ones as one ten.  

Number is the most important topic in kindergarten but there are standards for measurement, data and geometry, these are covered in the workshop. 

First Grade

The workshop covers developing understanding of addition and subtraction, place value, linear measurement and reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes.  Time is spent on developing strategies for learning the basic facts using ten and double ten frames and solving word problems involving situations using mats. Strategies for adding within a hundred will be presented using algorithms based on place value and the empty number line. An eight step method for developing place value concepts will be presented. Resources used are the 99/100 board, grouping materials, small ten frames, place value mats and games.

Second grade

The focus is on extending understanding of place value using an eight step method and hands on resources: 99/100 board, grouping materials, small ten frames, base ten blocks and place and value mats. Another focus is building fluency with addition and subtraction within a hundred and solving problems within 1000 using models such as number lines and pre-grouped materials.

Using standard units of measure and describing and analyzing shapes will be covered.

Third Grade

Focus is on developing understanding of multiplication and division, fractions, and the structure of rectangular arrays and of area, and describing and analyzing two- dimensional figures.

Strategies for learning basic facts for multiplication and division will be introduced along with an algorithm based on place and value.  

The place value steps will be reviewed.  Resources used are base ten models, 99/100 Board, number lines, fraction models, and array models.

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