At Irish, we use the Understanding by Design model to design standards based units in math. We begin by designing a scope and sequence of the Colorado State 21st century Math standards. Next, we examine and design performance-based assesments so that we may understand students level of mastery of those standards. Finally, we design daily lessons to ensure that all students, regardless of language level and skill are able to master the grade level expecations in math. We use our math curriculum, Everday Math, as a resource to ensure that all students are meeting or exceeding standards in math at every grade level. You can follow the links to see a sample Understanding by Design unit plan, as well as some fun math lessons and games.
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