The best way to prepare students for the Common Core State Standards in Math is through daily practice. This book provides engaging, practical lesson starters you can use each day to help middle school students become proficient in the complex mathematical thinking required by the Common Core.
The lesson starters in this book are…
- reproducible and ready-to-use in the classroom;
- aligned with the five domains of the Common Core State Standards in Math;
- written to elicit the type of deep thinking that students need to succeed on the non-traditional PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments; and
- powerful formative assessment tools to assist teachers in diagnosing student misconceptions so that daily lessons can be fine-tuned to meet the immediate learning needs of their students.
Lesson starters not only aid instruction but also cut back on classroom management problems, since students get to work right when the bell rings. This book will help you engage students, save planning time, and bring all students to success in math!
Table of Contents
Lesson Starters, the Common Core State Standards and This Book
What is a Lesson Starter and How Can They Improve Classroom Instruction and Behavior Management?
Classroom Suggestions for Successful Lesson Starters
Classroom Expectations for Lesson Starters
The Common Core State Standards: Content Standards for Grades 6-8
The Common Core State Standards: Mathematical Practice Standards for Grades K-12
Unit 1. CCSS-M Domain RP: Ratios & Proportional Relationships
Unit 2. CCSS-M Domain NS: The Number System
Unit 3. CCSS-M Domain EE: Expressions & Equations
Unit 4. CCSS-M Domain G: Geometry
Unit 5. CCSS-M Domain SP: Statistics & Probability
Unit 6. Lesson Starters to Use With Multiple Math Topics
Complete List of Lesson Starters
Dr. Paige Graiser is a mathematics consultant who frequently conducts professional development workshops for schools and school districts. She also presents at local and national conferences. Before becoming a consultant, she taught elementary, middle and high school mathematics in both private and public schools.
"Math Lesson Starters for the Common Core, Grades 6-8 by Paige Graiser is filled with a variety of ideas for beginning your math class. The activities range from basic review to advanced levels of rigor, and are clearly linked to the CCSS for middle grades. If you are a middle school teacher looking for ideas to start your class and review the content of the Common Core, this is for you!"
--Barbara R. Blackburn, education consultant and bestselling author of numerous books including Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers
"Math teachers will love this book filled with helpful CCSS-aligned activities which they can incorporate into their lessons immediately. This practical book is an outstanding resource for anyone wishing to ensure that students are engaging in daily practices to master content standards in all mathematics domains."
--Dr. Jeffrey Zoul, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Deerfield (IL) Public Schools