Current Instructional Materials Under Review
On May 6, 2020, the Middle School Math Curriculum Adoption Committee decided to recommend
LearnZillion Illustrative Mathematics
Highly Rated Curriculum:
LearnZillion Illustrative Mathematics has scored all green on EdReports:
Access the Curriculum Online
- The entire curriculum is free to access during school closure.
- Check out example lessons below:
What a Daily Lesson Looks Like:
Click here for details for each part of the lesson
Problem Based Curriculum:
Intriguing and authentic problems at the center of every lesson
In a problem-based curriculum, students spend most of their time in class working on carefully crafted and sequenced problems. Teachers help students understand the problems, ask questions to push their thinking, and orchestrate discussions to be sure that the mathematical takeaways are clear. Learners gain a rich and lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures and experience applying this knowledge to new situations. Students frequently collaborate with their classmates—they talk about math, listen to each other’s ideas, justify their thinking, and critique the reasoning of others. They gain experience communicating their ideas both verbally and in writing, developing skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.
This kind of instruction may look different from what you experienced in your own math education. Current research says that students need to be able to think flexibly in order to use mathematical skills in their lives (and also on the types of tests they will encounter throughout their schooling). Flexible thinking relies on understanding concepts and making connections between them. Over time, students gain the skills and the confidence to independently solve problems that they've never seen before.
Digital Lesson Plans
Digital lesson plans can be projected or assigned (example)
Scope and Sequence
Tightly coherent scope and sequence that builds from elementary school concepts
Supports to Help Students Succeed:
- Each lesson includes a lesson summary (example - scroll down to pg. 4) that describes the key mathematical work of the lesson and provides worked examples when relevant. Students can use this resource if they are absent from class, to check their understanding of the day’s topics, and as a reference when they are working on practice problems or studying for an assessment.
- Each lesson is followed by a practice problem set (digital example, printout example). These problems help students synthesize their knowledge and build their skills. Some practice problems in each set relate to the content of the current lesson, while others revisit concepts from previous lessons and units. Distributed practice like this has been shown to be more effective at helping students retain information over time.
- Each lesson includes a few learning targets (example), which summarize the goals of the lesson. Each unit’s complete set of learning targets is available on a single page, which can be used as a self-assessment tool as students progress through the course.
- Family support materials are included several times in each unit (example). These materials give an overview of the unit's math content and provide a problem to work on with your student.
Supports for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities
- Click here to read about the theory of action, design principles, and specific language routines used in the curriculum.
- Click here to learn more about the principles, design, and specific supports for students with disabilities
Extensions for Students Who Are Ready to Go Deeper
- Click here to learn about how "Are you ready for more" activities go deeper for students who are ready
- Example “Are you ready for more” problem
Consumable Student Workbooks:
Sample Grade 6
Sample Grade 7
Sample Grade 8
FAQ’s for Approval Process of Instructional Materials
District Instructional Materials Committee (DIMC) is made up of the Director of Teaching and Learning, the Director of Special Education, and a representative from the following groups: Professional Development, Media/Technology, high school administrator, middle school administrator, elementary administrator, high school teacher, middle school teacher, elementary teacher, secondary librarian, elementary librarian, counselor/special programs, Home Education Exchange, parent (secondary and elementary), and secretary.
All textbooks, novels, plays, software, online programs, supplemental materials that DO NOT fall under one of the following categories (more information outlined in Shoreline 2311P):
1. Resources used infrequently or for a short period of time
2. Non-sensitive individual resources used in sets of fewer than five
3. Plays, musicals, and productions used only outside of the school day as part of an extra-curricular program (Building principal’s approval is required.)
You must go through the process of getting that material articulated by the District Instructional Materials Committee (DIMC). Please refer to the submission deadlines and forms on this page.