How I Use It
I used this website to access 5th and 6th grade Common Core aligned lesson plans. The plans are very detailed and helpful. The daily plans and overviews do an excellent job of helping teachers understand the rigor demanded by the Common Core Standards and Practices. It has been more challenging for 5th and 6th graders to think this way because they have not had the benefit of having had Common Core math instruction starting in kindergarten.
I love most of the lessons and professional development videos available on this site. The plans intentionally embed the mathematical practices in a very specific way in each lesson. It has been an excellent training tool for teachers just learning strategies for teaching to the Common Core. It definitely pushes the students' thinking and helps them to make sense of math. The downside is that since it is such a shift from the traditional way of teaching math it is difficult for many parents to understand without adequate explanation. If teachers followed every lesson it would also require them to make numerous copies.