Connected Mathematics Program + Family/Student Resources (Middle Grades)
What we Use: District 65 uses the Connected Mathematics program in grades 6-8 to teach the grade level standards for mathematics. In District 65, we currently use the Common Core Aligned CMP3 Edition to instruct in the following Courses: Math 6, Math 7, Algebra 8, and Algebra 1.
Why: Connected Mathematics (CMP) is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings and meaningful skills. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within each problem.
Originating at Michigan State University and published by Pearson, CMP has been developed over the last 25 years by teams of mathematicians, educators, and cognitive and adolescent psychologists. This program was initiated and continues to grow based on research about learning, teacher development, and field tests in actual classroom environments. The program fosters the development of a mathematical curiosity, encourages disciplinary discourse, and explores the interrelatedness of conceptual strands to advance children along their academic lives while preparing them for the rich problems they will encounter beyond school.
The Connected Mathematics program focuses on:
Each grade level is carefully mapped and aligned to the grade level standards to build mathematical proficiency as children progress from grade to another.Useful Websites
- Cooperative learning and classroom discourse - supporting student-centered investigation of mathematical problems through exchanges between students and between teachers and students;
- Equity and motivation in problem solving - providing learning tasks and support that engage and sustain the interest and effort of students with very diverse background experiences, values, interests, and abilities;
- Conceptual and procedural knowledge - recognizing the interplay of conceptual understanding and computational skill by setting problems contexts that reveal the web of mathematical strands and developmental progression of knowledge;
- Proportional reasoning - building on the relationship between quantities, figures, and functions so student can see and use mathematical patterns and properties to solve problems; and
- Mathematical Modeling - exercising the critical reasoning skill of analyzing symbols, systems, and situations; representing challenging problems concretely and abstractly; and communicating solution strategies in thorough yet clear ways.
Name Description Website Michigan State Univeristy - Connected Math Resources from the authors of Connected Mathematics at Michigan State University
- information about the program development and research
- contains parent resources to work with children at home (Helping with Math is especially useful)
Pearson School - Connected Mathematics Project This resource provides a guide to the program components of the Connected Mathematics (CMP3) Third Edition, access to digital samples, research/validity, and other published assets. http://www.pearsonschool.com CMP Math Dashboard / Student PlaceDigital access to the textbook. Students use this platform to take notes, access/review assignments, connect to instructional videos and virtual manipulatives.Digital Math Tools available on Student Place:
(Students have personal login information)
- 3D Geometry
- Coordinate Grapher
- Expression Calculator
- Number Charts
- Number Line
- Pattern Blocks
- Algebra Tiles
- Data and Graphs
- Fraction Shapes
- Integer Chips