Core Connections Course 1 Homework

Chapters are divided into sections that are organized around core topics. Within each section, lessons include activities, challenging problems, investigations and practice problems. Teacher notes for each lesson include a “suggested lesson activity” section with ideas for lesson introduction, specific tips and strategies for lesson implementation to clearly convey core ideas, and a means for bringing the lesson to closure.   Read More...

Core ideas are synthesized in “Math Notes” boxes throughout the text. These notes are placed in a purposeful fashion, often falling one or more lessons after the initial introduction of a concept. This approach allows students time to explore and build conceptual understanding of an idea before they are presented with a formal definition or an algorithm or a summary of a mathematical concept. “Math Notes” boxes include specific vocabulary, definitions and instructions about notation, and occasionally interesting extensions or real-world applications of mathematical concepts.

Learning Log reflections appear periodically at the end of lessons to allow students to synthesize what they know and identify areas that need additional explanation. Toolkits are provided as working documents in which students write Learning Logs, interact with Math Notes and create other personal reference tools.

Each chapter offers review problems in the chapter closure: typical problems that students can expect on an assessment, answers, and support for where to get help with the problem. Chapter closure also includes lists of Math Notes and Learning Logs, key vocabulary in the chapter, and an opportunity to create structured graphic organizers.

The books include “Checkpoints” that indicate to students where fluency with a skill should occur. Checkpoints offer examples with detailed explanations, in addition to practice problems with answers.

In addition, CPM provides a Parent Guide with Extra Practice available for free download cpm.org of in booklet form for purchase. In addition to practice problems with answers, the Parent Guide with Extra Practice provides examples with detailed explanations and guidance for parents and tutors.

Each chapter comes with an assessment plan to guide teachers into choosing appropriate assessment problems. CPM provides a secure online test generator and sample tests. The Assessment Guidebook contains guidance for a wide variety of assessment strategies.

Technology is used in the course to allow students to see and explore concepts after they have developed some initial conceptual understanding. Ideally, classes have access to a computer lab with computers for pairs of students to use the dynamic tools that provide students with a deeper understanding of the concepts involved. A classroom computer equipped with projection technology suffices, but does not allow students to explore individually. Read Less...

Resources for Students

Math Circle After School Programs

SF Math Circle holds weekly math programs throughout the school year for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These programs include exciting activities for engaging students in mathematical thinking. Students will explore math through art, nature, and games!

Pi Day!  𝞹

What's so special about March 14?? It's 𝞹 day!  Pi is a very important number... it's the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, for one thing.  It's an irrational number that can be approximated as 3.14, which is why we celebrate 𝞹 day on March 14. 

Find out more from the Exploratorium where Pi day started.

Online Access to Student Pages of the SFUSD Core Curriculum

Online Access to CPM Homework Pages

Students can access CPM homework problems online:
  1. Go to homework.cpm.org
  2. You will see Core Connections. To switch courses, there is an arrow on the right hand side. 
  3. Course 1 = 6th grade, Course 2 = 7th grade Course 3 = 8th grade, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
  4. Students can then click on the appropriate course and then choose the chapter, lesson, and problem number(s).

Bay Area Science Festival 

The Bay Area Science Festival occurs every year in late October and early November. There are activities in various Bay Area locations, culminating in the Discovery Day at AT&T Park on November 11, 2017. Go there for hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. 
Suggested Age: Families with kids 0 to 14

Cost: FREE!
Click on the image to find out more about fractals.

Free course: How to Learn Math

Now in English and Spanish! ¡Ahora en español!
How to Learn Math is a free class for learners of all levels of mathematics. There are 6 sessions, the first three are approximately 10 minutes long and the last three approximately 20 mins long. This course combines important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math, this course can help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.


Do the Math!

Some sites with interesting and varied Math Problems and Puzzles to challenge you: If you have a favorite site to add to this list, please let us know!

Mathy Websites

The NRICH website publishes free mathematics resources, games, and puzzles that are challenging, fun and develop your mathematical thinking.The focus of this organization is to improve student interest and ability to problem solve through competitions for middle and high school students​.Information about free programs for middle school math students, including The National Math Club and the Math Video Challenge.  Math Olympiads provides structure and competition for elementary and middle school mathematics clubs.  

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