Common Core Math / PARCC Workshops

Learn how to put the Common Core Math standards into action in the classroom. These interactive full-day workshops will engage teachers in deeper explorations of high leverage math practices required for improved student learning. Some of the workshops are offered as separate workshops for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 grade bands since the workshops feature grade-appropriate lessons and strategies.  

Building Math is an innovative modular curriculum developed through a partnership with the Boston Museum of Science and Tufts University for grades 6-8 mathematics studies that integrates math concepts, algebraic reasoning, data analysis and engineering through an engineering design challenge in a realistic story context. Each Building Math workshop will serve as an introduction to that unit. Participants will engage in selected activities from that unit.  More information about Building Math may be found at: http://walch.com/Building-Math-for-Common-Core-State-Standards-3-Book-Series.html .

Grades
One-Day Workshop Description
CCSS-Math Standards

K-2

3-5

6-8

Common Core Problem Solving through Math Practices 1 & 2

Participants learn to implement high leverage math practices MP1 (Make sense of problems and persevere) and MP2 (Reason abstractly and quantitatively) with targeted math tasks to develop students into confident and skilled mathematical problem solvers.

Practices: MP1, MP2

Content: K.CC, K-5-OA, NBT, NF, MD, G; 6-8-RP, NS, EE, G, SP

K-2

3-5

6-8

Common Core Problem Solving through Math Practices 3 & 4

Participants learn to implement high leverage math practices MP3 (Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others) and MP4 (Model with mathematics) with targeted math tasks to aid students to model math problems with multiple representations (concrete, pictorial, abstract) and explain their thinking in writing as required by the extended constructed response problems in state PARCC assessments.

Practices: MP3, MP4

Content: K.CC; K-5-OA, NBT, NF, MD, G; 6-8-RP, NS, EE, G, SP

7-10

Algebra I-the Key Gateway

Learn classroom techniques of Common Core Math standards for Algebra I. Algebra I is an important opportunity as well as a critical hurdle for many students. Students who succeed in Algebra I in 8th grade are well on their way to a college preparatory track towards Calculus (the college STEM gateway). Those who struggle still need to pass the PARCC Algebra I exam for high school graduation. This workshop will focus on Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice of problem solving, modeling, and constructing arguments to improve algebra engagement and comprehension. Recommended for teachers in grades 7-10.
 

6-8

Building Math Unit: Everest Trek

Participants conduct mathematics investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem: Design a well-insulated coat, a bridge to cross a crevasse, and a zip-line transporter to descend the world’s highest mountain in an emergency.

Topics include:

  • Locating and representing the range of acceptable values on a graph to meet design criteria;
  • Extrapolating data based on trends;
  • Producing and analyzing graphs that relate two variables;
  • Distinguishing between independent and dependent variables;
  • Producing and analyzing graphs that relate two variables;
  • Comparing rates of change (linear versus non linear relationships);
  • Measuring angles using a protractor;
  • Comparing and discussing appropriate measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode);
  • Applying the distance-time-speed formula;
  • Conducting two controlled experiments;
  • Collecting experimental data in a table; and
  • Using physical and math models.
Practices: MP2, MP3, MP6

Content: 6.RP.3b, 6.NS.3, 
6.NS.6.a, 6.NS.6.b

 6-8

Building Math Unit: Stranded!

Participants conduct mathematics investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem: Design a shelter, a water collector, and a canoe loading plan to survive on a remote South Pacific island.

Topics include:

  • Using proportional reasoning to calculate actual distance and drawn distance on a map according to a scale;
  • Identify corresponding dimension of similar objects;
  • Finding the area of an irregular two-dimensional shape using strategies for finding the areas of triangles, rectangles, and parallelograms;
  • Calculating the surface area and volume of three-dimensional objects;
  • Making and testing conjectures about the relationship between surface area and volume, and dimensions and volume;
  • Producing and analyzing line graphs that represent the relationship between two variables;
  • Using the relationship speed = distance/time to find one quantity given the other two quantities;
  • Analyzing a table of values for patterns; and
  • Generating patterns using symbols.
Practices: MP2, MP3, MP6

Content: 6.RP.1, 6.RP.3a, 6.RP.3b, 6.RP.3d,  6.NS.1, 7.G.1

6-8

Building Math Unit: Amazon Mission

Participants conduct mathematics investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem: Design a carrier to insulate medicine, a water filter, and a plan to stop the spread of malaria in a native village.

Topics include:

  • Calculating and interpreting the slope of a line;
  • Graphing a compound inequality; producing and analyzing a line graph that relates two variables;
  • Distinguishing between independent and dependent variables;
  • Drawing a three-dimensional object and its net;
  • Finding the surface area of a three-dimensional object;
  • Writing a compound inequality statement;
  • Identifying and extending exponential patterns;
  • Calculating compound probabilities;
  • Conducting two controlled experiments;
  • Collecting experimental data in a table;
  • Graphing simulation data and describing trends; and
  • Using a computer model.
Practices: MP2, MP5, MP6

Content: 6.EE.9, 6.G, 7.RP.2.a, 7.RP.2.b,  7.RP.2.c