Monthly Featured Resource

  • November 2019

    Theme: Goals, Tasks, and Representations (Best of Issue)




    Each month, NCTM provides its members with one highlighted classroom resource per grade band. These resources are updated during the first week of every month.

    Elementary (K-5)

    For each grade level, Kindergarten through 5th grade, you will find resources focused on the major work of each grade level.

    Access Resource Pre K-2
    Delve into multiple representations of the number 6 in this hands-on lesson. Students take the lead in creating, describing, and comaring their "creations of 6" with others

    Access Resource 3-5
    Discover the effects of halving a distance. Begin with students establishing a goal of deep understanding the concept of one half.

    Middle School (6-8)

    For each grade level, 6th through 8th grade, you will find resources focused on the major work of each grade level.

    Access Resource Middle School
    During this lesson, students will explore the handshake problem, a classic problem in mathematics that asks, "How many handshakes occur when n people shake hands with each other?" Groups work to determine how many handshakes take place among the nine Supreme Court justices, and then generalize to the number of handshakes in any size group. Students explore the problem using a verbal description, a table, a graph, a picture, and an algebraic formula.

    High School (9-12)

    The high school library is divided into content areas: Algebra and Functions, Probability and Statistics, Geometry, and Number and Operations.

    Access Resource High School
    Light it Up is an Illumination that will guide students through an exploration of rational functions. The goal, or learning target, of this task is that students will be able to use rational functions to model problem situations, and will be able to state descriptive elements of rational functions based on the problem situations.

    As you explore MyNCTM, be sure to check out the  ElementaryMiddle, and  High School  resource libraries. There you will find some of NCTM's best resources, organized by grade level and by key concept within each grade level. You'll find resources from Illuminations, journal articles that blend research with classroom activities and lessons, games from Calculation Nation, and more! If you find a resource you might use in your classroom, click to "Favorite" it and you'll always be able to find it on your profile page (under My Contributions). We'll also use those Favorites to help us feature and share the most popular resources. And if you have another favorite resource, whether it's from NCTM, something you created, or a link to share from another source, you can add it to the library as well, and it might just show up in our Featured Resources one day!

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