Overview

A rigorous math education includes an equal emphasis on procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications. Real-world lessons from Mathalicious are an important component of math class, and are easy to integrate into any core curriculum.

We recommend using Mathalicious lessons at three points in an instructional unit: at the beginning to introduce the unit; in the middle of the unit; and at the end to culminate the unit. Introductory lessons are accessible to students without a formal understanding of the upcoming mathematics, and help set the stage for what's to come. Meanwhile, culminating lessons are typically more challenging and require students to have a stronger procedural and conceptual foundation.

Introductory Lesson

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This is a good first lesson for the unit. It should be accessible to students without a formal understanding of the upcoming mathematics.

2-3 days

Conceptual Understanding & Procedural Fluency

Middle Lesson

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This is a great mid-unit application after some (but not all) of the relevant mathematics has been introduced.

2-3 days

Conceptual Understanding & Procedural Fluency

End Lesson

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This is a particularly challenging application. Students will get the most out of this lesson after they’ve built a strong conceptual foundation and developed some procedural fluency.

2-3 days

On the sidebar to the left, select a course to view the unit descriptions, and select a unit to view the Mathalicious lesson alignment. The units were developed in collaboration with Illustrative Mathematics. Even if your units differ somewhat, the tool should still be helpful in determine how best to incorporate Mathalicious lessons into your overall curriculum.