The Math Forum @ Drexel
Resources for Curriculum Design
Standards and Research Sources
Common Core State Standards
This website contains the standards themselves in both online and downloadable format. If you're unfamiliar with them, this is the first place you should go!
CCSS-M Progressions Documents
These documents are very helpful in gaining insight into how the CCSSM writing team envisions the progression of mathematical ideas within the domains of the standards. They can be very helpful during curriculum discussions.
Learning Trajectories for the K-8 Common Core Math Standards
Also known as the "honeycomb map," this site can help teachers see the relationships among the standards and the likely route learning might take from beginning of a grade level to the end among a group of related standards. Each standard has a significant explanation attached to it, with many valuable insights into how student understanding tends to develop. The tool can be very useful in planning instructional sequences within units.
Curriculum Design and Organization Sources
MAISA CCSSI Curriculum Materials
The MAISA Units are a framework for organizing the content of the K-12 CCSS-M into units that focus teachers' attention on the vital connections between topics and the big ideas/essential questions at each grade level. They were developed by Oakland Schools in Michigan and are a free, copyrighted resource.
The Georgia Department of Education has developed a set of units with associated games, performance tasks, and performance assessments. Many of these activities are of high quality and are classified into levels of learning. They are a useful resource when searching for quality hands on activities to add to your curriculum.
Engage NY is the New York Department of Education's answer to the Common Core curriculum problem. The site contains a set of units and modules for each grade level, with interim and summative assessments for each module. They are a useful resource when considering ways to organize the CCSSM into units for curriculum purposes.
MARS Assessment Tasks
Part of the Mathematics Assessment Project, these tasks are designed as contextual situations (some real-world, some mathematical) that can be used in classrooms. There are three levels to the tasks: novice, apprentice, and expert. The tasks are for middle school and high school students.
The Mathematics Vision Project
This is a free set of pdf textbooks for an integrated Secondary curriculum. The materials are problem-based, with a decent balance of procedural practice. The materials were created by a group of teachers in partnership with the Utah Department of Education.