Whenever I come across fabulous resources for teaching math, I feel compelled to share. The website I’m sharing today is Inside Mathematics, and it contains a plethora of mathematics resources! You will seriously want to bookmark this website!
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Where should I start? How about with their amazing bank of problem tasks. You know how you’re always looking for great, rich problems that your kiddos can really sink their teeth into, right? Well, how would you like it if you not only had an extensive bank of fabulous problems with incredible teacher instructions for use, but they were also grade-banded and aligned to standards? I know, right? I think you can now see the reason for my exuberance.
Choose your grade level from the drop-down menu. Click on the link for any of the problems, and you can open a complete lesson plan with differentiated versions of the problem. These are non-routine problems that are perfect for letting your students engage in productive struggle.
But there is more! The website also includes an extensive collection of classroom lesson videos organized by various topics.
There is another series of videos called MathCuts. These are super brief professional development videos showing best practices for teaching math concepts, such as modeling how to use cubes and a graphic organizer to teach word problem structures (as you see pictured below).
Finally, there is a grade-banded bank of formative performance assessment tasks. Each task includes a rubric for scoring student work along with student samples to use as you discuss student work.
Okay, so there you go! I know this one will keep you busy for a while. It’s also your responsibility to share this great resource, so be sure to pass it on!
Donna, this site is a gold mine! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Glad you like it, Linda! I think it’s amazing! 🙂
What a terrific resource! I am excited to give these a shot with my kiddos as we begin to intentionally work on problem solving strategies next quarter.
I know! I’m really excited about it. BTW, I checked out your blog and I’m a new follower! 🙂
What a wonderful site!! Thanks for sharing!
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My pleasure, Stephanie. I hopped over to your blog. Love the post on number talks!! 🙂
Thank you for sharing a great site. I have passed it onto our administration to share with the district. Great find!
It is a GREAT find!! So nice to not have to reinvent the wheel!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This resource is exactly what I have been looking for!!!!! I cannot begin to express how much stress this has taken off of my shoulders. (There is plenty more, but a little bit less helps.) 🙂
I totally get your reaction, Melissa! This is an amazing resource! 🙂
Thanks for this. These are really great! I’ve really just started to delve deeply into problem solving with my kiddos, and this will certainly come in handy.
You’re so welcome, Karen!
OH WOWZA~ This is a WONDERFUL resource!!!!!!!! Thanks Donna for sharing this!!!!!!!
This one will keep us all busy for awhile, Amy! It’s fabulous!!
I checked out the resoure and it is fan-tab-u-lous! Thank you so much for sharing! This website really aligns with the EQAO type of questions we have here in Ontario!
Thank you again!
I know,it’s great, right? Glad to hear it aligns with your assessments. 🙂
Thanks Donna fr all the wonderful things you share-right over here in Australia! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs and TPT resources. Thank you!
Thanks so much! It always gives me a thrill to get comments from around the globe! 🙂
Thank you for sharing. I love problem solving with my 7th and 8th graders and I want to extend this to the whole school. The first question I will get however is, ‘Where are the solutions?’ I scoured the website but couldn’t find them. Any help would be appreciated!
I’m not sure there are solutions for the problems. I think part of the power of the problems is that there might be many ways to solve them. It’s valuable for teachers to work through the problems themselves, so they can experience what the students will experience. Or, often I don’t even know the solution to a problem! I enjoy seeing it unfold with the students. As we discuss our solutions, the correct answer inevitably comes out.
Hello, Donna! Sara Spiegel here from the Inside Mathematics team at the Charles A. Dana Center. Thank you for the kind words about Inside Mathematics and the Problems of the Month. We do have solutions to the problems, which we make available to educators on request. We used to post the solutions on the website, but then we learned that students who had been assigned the problems were just Googling them and finding the solutions that way. Any educator who would like the solutions should request them here: http://www.insidemathematics.org/about/feedback – there is a field for comments and questions.
All the best,
Our district is rewriting our math curriculum and I think this site will be a treasure trove of the types of problems and tasks we’re looking to build in. Thank you for sharing!