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 realworld 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 ProgramsSF 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! 𝞹What'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 

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