## Classroom Materials

The most often asked question being asked is what materials will be used for classroom instruction as we transition to the common core. After researching various math programs from the major publishing companies and meeting with leaders from the Dana Center, the decision not to make a long term commitment to a math program was made. The driving factors for this decision were

We do understand the need for proper math materials. To help bridge the gap until we find these materials, we have decided on using the OnCore math materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. OnCore Mathematics provide complete coverage of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics including the Standards of Mathematical Practice, for Kindergarten through Algebra 2. The OnCore materials are scheduled to be ordered in July and should arrive by August. Once the materials arrive, teacher editions will be delivered to each school for teacher pick up.

Grades K - 5

The K - 5 OnCore

Grades 6 - 8

Grades 6 - 8 will be using OnCore's middle school math series. The middle school math series differs from the K - 5 series in that the structure of the lessons are by units and not individual standards. Beginning with Middle School 6, the lessons are designed to be interactive. Each lesson begins with an Engage question in which the student is guided through the overarching concept of the lesson and is expected to fill in the missing parts in their text. The Engage question is followed by 2 to 3 Examples. These examples are similar to what you would find in a traditional math textbook with one major difference, the student is guided like in the Engage question to fill in the missing parts. Both the Engage and Examples are each followed by 3 reflection questions that the students must answer. These questions help the students synthesize the concepts being presented in the lesson. The lesson concludes with 15 to 20 quality Practice examples which the student would typically do for homework. The materials are designed so students work collaboratively on the Engage and Example sections and provide natural transitions where concepts are reviewed whole class.

Because Grade 6 does not use the Investigations program, and the OnCore middle school series can be used on its own, the decision to use the middle school series in Grade 6 was made.

Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2

Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 classes will be using the OnCore materials for each of these courses. The structure of the materials for these courses are identical to the structure of the middle school materials. These lessons are aligned to the Common Core in that the Geometry lessons are transformational based and include probability. The Algebra 2 lessons focus on true Algebra 2 concepts that can be taught without 3 months of review of Algebra 1.

- Book companies have not fully embraced the common core and are attempting to place a square peg in a round hole by packaging their traditional books with a common core alignment guide. Most of these alignment guides state were the common core is addressed on the surface. After looking closely at these alignment guides, you find that the materials are truly not following the common core and lack implementation of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
- Very little guidance has been released from the PARCC group on what the new state assessments will look like. Until we receive more guidance on what the PARCC assessment look like, we feel it is in the best interest to wait on a math program.

We do understand the need for proper math materials. To help bridge the gap until we find these materials, we have decided on using the OnCore math materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. OnCore Mathematics provide complete coverage of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics including the Standards of Mathematical Practice, for Kindergarten through Algebra 2. The OnCore materials are scheduled to be ordered in July and should arrive by August. Once the materials arrive, teacher editions will be delivered to each school for teacher pick up.

Grades K - 5

The K - 5 OnCore

*Mathematics*program is a supplemental program that provides two page lessons for each Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The lesson are in order of the standards in the Common Core. The teacher's edition provides lesson background for topics or skills covered in the lesson, questioning strategies to prompt classroom discussions, strategies on how to integrate the Standards of Mathematical Practice into every lesson, and suggestions for differentiating instruction. The use of the OnCore materials will be blended with the lessons that are already being used through our Investigations program.Grades 6 - 8

Grades 6 - 8 will be using OnCore's middle school math series. The middle school math series differs from the K - 5 series in that the structure of the lessons are by units and not individual standards. Beginning with Middle School 6, the lessons are designed to be interactive. Each lesson begins with an Engage question in which the student is guided through the overarching concept of the lesson and is expected to fill in the missing parts in their text. The Engage question is followed by 2 to 3 Examples. These examples are similar to what you would find in a traditional math textbook with one major difference, the student is guided like in the Engage question to fill in the missing parts. Both the Engage and Examples are each followed by 3 reflection questions that the students must answer. These questions help the students synthesize the concepts being presented in the lesson. The lesson concludes with 15 to 20 quality Practice examples which the student would typically do for homework. The materials are designed so students work collaboratively on the Engage and Example sections and provide natural transitions where concepts are reviewed whole class.

Because Grade 6 does not use the Investigations program, and the OnCore middle school series can be used on its own, the decision to use the middle school series in Grade 6 was made.

Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2

Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 classes will be using the OnCore materials for each of these courses. The structure of the materials for these courses are identical to the structure of the middle school materials. These lessons are aligned to the Common Core in that the Geometry lessons are transformational based and include probability. The Algebra 2 lessons focus on true Algebra 2 concepts that can be taught without 3 months of review of Algebra 1.